50 Bold and Off-the-Wall Predictions for College Football Week 2
Week 1 of the college football season is now complete. It is time to look ahead to Week 2 and come up with some crazy predictions that could very possibly come true.
It is easy to predict what is likely to occur, but what about those scenarios that would take a little imagination to come true?
With 75 games, a lot could happen over the next three days.
Why not come up with 50 bold and off the wall predictions for Week 2 of the college football season?
Here they are.
Boston College Will Knock off Wake Forest on Friday Night
Even though Boston College struggled at times during a 24-14 home victory over FCS member Villanova in the first game of the season, the Eagles did some good things.
Led by quarterback Chase Rettig and running back Andre Williams, the offense totaled 413 yards.
The star of the game was wide receiver Alex Amidon. He brought down 13 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown.
Boston College is at home and might just pull off the upset over conference rival Wake Forest on Friday night.
Penn State Will Pitch a Shutout Against Eastern Michigan
Penn State was very impressive, particularly on defense, in a 23-17 neutral-site victory against Syracuse.
The Nittany Lions held the Orange to 260 yards of offense and also forced three turnovers in the process.
Eastern Michigan had a solid 34-24 victory over Howard, but the Nittany Lions are a completely different animal than the Bison.
Don’t be shocked if Penn State pitches its first shutout of the season in Week 2.
Wisconsin Will Rush for 500 Yards Against Tennessee Tech
Rushing for 500 yards is no easy task, but for a team like Wisconsin against a FCS school such as Tennessee Tech, it is certainly not out of the question.
Last week the Badgers totaled 393 yards on the ground against Massachusetts while averaging 8.9 yards a carry.
This week Tennessee Tech comes calling, fresh off a 63-7 victory over Cumberland College.
Wisconsin will be a huge step up in completion. Expect some major yards on the ground for the Badgers.
Bowling Green Will Upset Kent State on the Road
Bowling Green looked very good in its 34-7 victory over Tulsa in the season opener. Now the Falcons take to the road for a conference matchup against Kent State.
The Golden Flashes did not look very impressive last week, barely defeating Liberty 17-10.
If star running back Dri Archer is not able to play, it could be big trouble for Kent State. Even if he does, expect Bowling Green to pull off the upset here.
The Falcons defense might be the best in the MAC.
Miami Will Shock Florida
Both Miami and Florida posted solid victories over the weekend. The two teams meet on Saturday for in-state bragging rights and so much more.
While the Hurricanes might still be a year or two from contending for a national title, they have the talent to compete with just about anybody in the country.
The Florida Gators have struggled offensively in recent years, and Miami has the offensive firepower to put points up against a talented Florida defense.
This one is going to be very close, but the Hurricanes will pull the shocker off in Miami.
The TCU Defense Will Hold Southeast Louisiana Under 150 Total Yards
TCU was exposed by LSU on Saturday night, but that does not take away from the fact that the Horned Frogs have one of the best defenses in the Big 12.
That group will be on full display this weekend against Southeast Louisiana. The Lions did post a solid 45-7 victory over Southeast Missouri, but TCU is going to be extra angry.
Look for a dominating TCU victory, and the defense will be the main reason for that.
Bobby Petrino Will Give Tennessee All It Can Handle
Bobby Petrino made quite a debut at Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers knocked off Kentucky 35-26 and now take to the road to battle a Tennessee team that beat Austin Peay 45-0.
This will be a huge step up in competition for the Volunteers, but they are at home and certainly have the most talent of the two teams.
While Tennessee might come out on top, Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino will have enough up his sleeve to keep the Hilltoppers close in this one.
Ohio State Will Trail San Diego State at Halftime
Ohio State came out like a ball of fire against Buffalo. In the blink of an eye, Ohio State was up 23-0.
The Buckeyes were not very impressive from that point on but still cruised to a 40-20 victory.
San Diego State, on the other hand, was dominated by Eastern Illinois in one of the biggest upsets of the week. The Aztecs were dismantled 40-19.
This week San Diego State will have a tall task but will be up for it against Ohio State on the road. Expect this to be close in the first half, but San Diego State will feel the wrath of the Buckeyes in the second half.
Toledo Will Go on the Road and Beat Missouri
Toledo was handled rather easily by Florida 24-6 on Saturday, and Missouri put together a dominant performance in a 58-14 victory over Murray State.
That does not mean Missouri is going to roll over Toledo.
The Rockets are a very talented team, particularly offensively. They should be able to put plenty of points up against a Missouri defense that is nowhere near as talented as Florida.
This one will likely be very close, but Toledo will pull off the road upset.
Virginia Will Lead Oregon After the 1st Quarter
Virginia put together quite a defensive performance in a 19-16 win over BYU. This week the Cavaliers will get a new challenge when Oregon comes to town.
The Ducks are an offensive juggernaut. They put up 66 points on Nicholls State in the opener.
If Virginia can force a turnover or two, it can stay in the game for the first quarter or maybe until halftime.
Do not be shocked if the Ducks are trailing in the second quarter at Virginia.
Jadeveon Clowney Will Sack Aaron Murray 2 Times
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney did not have the success against North Carolina that he was anticipating in the opener. He only finished the game with three tackles.
This week he will be highly motivated against a Georgia team that is ranked near the top of the country.
Expect Clowney to be fired up coming into this one and get to Murray at least two times.
Lache Seastrunk Will Go for 250 Yards
Baylor takes on Buffalo the second game of the season. The Bulls defense is not exactly capable of stopping a team like Baylor, particularly when it comes to the running game.
The star for Baylor on offense is running back Lache Seastrunk. He is a Heisman hopeful and proved his talent in Week 1, rushing for 111 yards and two touchdowns on only 11 carries.
If he gets 25 touches, he will go for over 250 yards against a Buffalo defense that allowed 261 yards on the ground to Ohio State.
Georgia Will Defeat South Carolina in Overtime
There is no question that the marquee game of the week is South Carolina traveling to Athens to take on Georgia.
These are the two powers of the SEC East and the winner will step into the driver’s seat to play in the SEC title game.
It appears that South Carolina might be the slightly better team at this point in the season, but Georgia is at home.
This should be close all the way, with the Bulldogs pulling off the dramatic overtime victory.
Indiana and Navy Will Combine for 100 Points
Indiana put on a show against Indiana State. The Hoosiers scored 73 points against the Sycamores and after one week lead the country in scoring.
The bad news for the Hoosiers is they allowed 35 points. That means a showdown with Navy on Saturday could result in a lot of points.
With the talent on offense of both these teams, and the lack of a defensive game, expect 100 points between the two, with Indiana coming out on top.
Louisiana-Lafayette Will Beat Kansas State
Kansas State fell 24-21 to North Dakota State in one of the biggest upsets of opening weekend.
This week the Wildcats will once again be at home but this time will be taking on an even better team in Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Rajin’ Cajuns are coming off a 34-14 defeat at the hands of Arkansas but are still talented enough to hang with the Wildcats.
Expect Kansas State to struggle against a talented Louisiana-Lafayette defense and fall to 0-2 on the season.
BYU Will Shock Texas
BYU is coming off a very disappointing 19-16 loss to Virginia, but the Cougars still have the talent to hang with just about anybody in the country.
With names like Kyle Van Noy and Cody Hoffman, BYU has some of the best players in the country at their respective positions.
Texas struggled mightily in the first half, before turning it on to knock off New Mexico State 56-7. If Texas struggles like it did in the first half of the season opener, BYU will be able to pounce on it at home and come up with an upset victory.
Johnny Manziel Will Commit 3 Turnovers Against Sam Houston State
Sam Houston State might be a team nobody has heard of, but the FCS power has the talent to hang with Texas A&M for at least a little while.
The Bearkats defeated Houston Baptist 74-0 in their opener. It is certainly not going to be anything like that, but to believe Texas A&M is going to turn the table on Sam Houston State is out of the question.
Their defense has the potential to be very good. Don’t be surprised if Johnny Manziel commits a few turnovers, before leading his team to a double-digit victory.
Michigan State Holds South Florida to Under 100 Yards
Michigan State is not exactly an offensive juggernaut, but the Spartans have a very talented defense. This week that group will take on a South Florida team that just lost 53-21 to FCS school McNeese State.
The Bulls did manage 342 yards but had three costly turnovers and were never really in the game against the Cowboys.
Michigan State held Western Michigan to 204 yards of total offense. South Florida might be worse than that.
The talented Spartans linebackers are going to have their way with a weak South Florida offensive line.
Gary Nova Will Make a Name for Himself
Gary Nova will emerge as one of the best quarterbacks in the country this weekend when Rutgers takes on Norfolk State.
This is the easiest game on the Scarlet Knights schedule. After losing 52-51 at Fresno State in overtime, Rutgers is looking to get that bad taste out of its mouth.
Norfolk State will be the perfect team to do that against.
During the loss to Fresno State, Nova passed for 348 yards and five touchdowns with only one interception on 26-of-41 attempts. He will have a huge game once again this week and continue to make a name for himself on a national scene.
Sacramento State Will Be Shut out for the 2nd Straight Week
This day and age, getting shut out in college football is something that is very difficult to do, but getting blanked two weeks in a row is nearly impossible.
FCS member Sacramento State did not exactly do itself any favors scheduling San Jose State and Arizona State the first two weeks of the season.
After falling 24-0 to the Spartans, the Hornets will take on an Arizona State team with an even better defense.
They will be shut out once again this week.
Trevone Boykin Will Take over the TCU Quarterback Job for Good
Needless to say, neither Trevone Boykin nor Casey Pachall looked particularly good in the 37-27 loss at the hands of LSU.
The two quarterbacks combined to finish the game 15-of-28 for 145 yards and an interception.
They posted very similar numbers, but Pachall threw an interception before being pulled in favor of Boykin.
Look for Boykin to take the job for good in Week 2, as he can do a little more with the ball in his hands, particularly with his feet.
Logan Thomas Will Be Replaced at Quarterback
Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas had one of the worst games of his career in a 35-10 loss to Alabama.
The senior only completed 5-of-26 passes for 59 yards with an interception.
Those are downright awful numbers. If Virginia Tech could get any production out of this position, the Hokies could have a solid 2013 season.
A few more bad plays and backup Mark Leal could be taking Thomas’ job from him.
Clemson Totals 750 Yards of Offense Against South Carolina State
If Clemson can put up 467 yards against Georgia, then there is no telling what it could do against an overmatched team like South Carolina State.
The Bulldogs allowed 369 yards to Coastal Carolina in a 27-20 loss.
This Clemson offense has the talent to score every time it touches the ball against South Carolina State.
The only problem might be is if the field position is too good to put up enough yards.
Todd Gurley Will Emerge as a Heisman Front Runner
Even though Georgia lost its first game of the season, running back Todd Gurley showed just how talented he is, playing through an injury to rush for 154 yards and two touchdowns on only 12 carries.
This week he will go up against an even better defense when his Bulldogs take on Jadeveon Clowney and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
If Gurley can have a huge game and lead his team to a victory, he will jump up to the top of the Heisman conversation, even with Georgia already having a loss on the season.
Duke Will Post Its 2nd Shutout of the Season Against Memphis
A 45-0 win against a team like North Carolina Central is certainly no big deal, but for Duke it was a huge win, considering the Blue Devils had lost five games in a row dating back to last season.
This week Duke will take a step up in competition, as the Blue Devils travel to Memphis to take on the Tigers.
It will be the first game of the season for Memphis. The Tigers are one of the worst teams in the new American Athletic Conference. They will be exposed by the Blue Devils, and Duke will get its second straight shutout to start off the season.
Michigan Will Roll over Notre Dame
Michigan was very impressive in a 59-9 victory over Central Michigan last weekend.
The Wolverines displayed an excellent running game and showed why they are one of the most talented teams in the Big Ten.
This week, the competition level will go up a notch with Notre Dame coming to town. The Fighting Irish knocked off Temple 28-6 in textbook Notre Dame fashion.
There is not enough talent offensively for Notre Dame to hang with Michigan, unless it wins the turnover battle like last season.
Expect Michigan to win this one by double digits.
Arkansas State Will Handily Defeat Auburn
Auburn got off to a winning start, knocking off Washington State 31-24 on the road in the opener.
Arkansas State was also impressive, beating Arkansas Pine Bluff 62-11, including a 48-0 halftime lead.
This week the two square off at Auburn. The Tigers are certainly the bigger name of the two, but Arkansas State is the better team right now.
Expect an upset by the Red Wolves in this one.
Austin Peay Will Get Shut out by a SEC Team Once Again
Last week, Austin Peay took on its first SEC foe of the season in Tennessee. The Vols dominated the Governors en route to a 45-0 victory. Austin Peay only managed 211 yards of total offense in the loss.
This week, Vanderbilt will take on Austin Peay. The Commodores are fresh off a devastating 39-35 loss to Ole Miss.
Needless to say, they are going to be a little angry coming into this one.
After allowing 39 points last week, the Vanderbilt defense is going to be on its game against Austin Peay.
Jordan Matthews Will Catch 15 Passes for over 225 Yards
Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews proved last week why he is one of the best receivers in all of college football.
He hauled in 10 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. Imagine what he can do against a team like Austin Peay.
While 15 catches and 225 yards is not something anybody would expect, do not be surprised if Matthews puts up similar numbers and becomes the talk of the nation as far as wide receivers are concerned.
Washington State Will Upset USC
USC showed just how far it is from being a contender in the Pac-12, when it struggled in a 30-13 victory at lowly Hawaii in the season opener.
This week the Trojans will play their first home game of the season against a Washington State team that finished near the bottom of the Pac-12 last season.
The Cougars are coming off a 31-24 loss at the hands of Auburn.
While USC is clearly the more talented of the two teams, Washington State has enough firepower on offense to knock off the Trojans on the road.
Derek Carr Will Throw for 500 Yards
When it comes to pure passers, there are few in the country more talented than Derek Carr of Fresno State.
After passing for over 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns last season, he started off 2013 with a bang. Carr threw for 456 yards and five touchdowns in an overtime victory over Rutgers.
This week his squad takes on Cal Poly. This could be one of those games that's over at halftime.
Carr might have 500 yards passing already at that point.
Kansas Will Get Its Only Win of the Season
Kansas only won one game last season. That was the season opener against South Dakota State. This year, it appears that could be the case once again.
After not playing in Week 1, the Jayhawks will take on FCS foe South Dakota. The Jayhawks might have more talent than last season, but the schedule is not doing them any favors.
This will be the only win for head coach Charlie Weis and his Kansas squad in 2013.
West Virginia Will Shock Oklahoma in Norman
West Virginia looked awful last week, barely knocking off William & Mary 24-17. Oklahoma, on the other hand, was very impressive. The Sooners shut out Louisiana-Monroe 34-0.
This week the two square off in Norman. It is a game that Oklahoma is a heavy favorite, but one that West Virginia has the ability to win.
The rushing attack of the Mountaineers, led by Houston transfer Charles Sim,s will have enough to keep the Sooners offense off the field.
If that happens, West Virginia will pull off the major upset here.
San Jose State Will Give Stanford All It Can Handle
Stanford was one of the teams that had a bye last week to kick off the season. This week the Cardinal take on a San Jose State team who is one of the best non-BCS schools in the nation.
San Jose State rolled in its opener, knocking off Sacramento State 24-0.
Last year the Spartans came within three points of knocking off Stanford, but this year the Cardinal will be at home.
This is the final game of the evening and could be one of the best of the night. Expect Stanford in a very close matchup.
But do not be surprised if San Jose State comes out with a dramatic victory.
Ka'Deem Carey Will Return and Rush for over 200 Yards
After serving a one-game suspension to start the season, Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey will return and have a huge game for the Wildcats against UNLV.
The Wildcats running back led the country last season in rushing yards. If he is going to do it this year, he will have one less game to accomplish the feat.
Expect him to try to make up for lost time. Look for Carey to touch the ball at least 30 times. If that happens, he will have no trouble going over 200 yards against a UNLV defense that allowed 221 yards on the ground against Minnesota last week.
The SEC Will Lose 4 Non-Conference Games
In Week 1, the SEC went 10-4 overall and 9-3 in non-conference games. This week, expect a similar number, even though the SEC teams will be favored in every non-conference game.
There are more than a few possible losses, but the most likely to occur are Toledo winning at Missouri, Miami (FL) beating Florida at home, Western Kentucky beating Tennessee on the road and Miami (OH) knocking off Kentucky in Lexington.
While those are not necessarily likely to happen, the SEC is going to lose at least three of those non-conference games this week.
LSU Will Have 3 Running Backs Go over 100 Yards Against UAB
LSU always has very talented running backs, and the 2013 season is no different. The Tigers have three backs who figure to see a considerable amount of action this season.
Leading the way is senior Alfred Blue. Against TCU he carried the ball 19 times for 89 yards. Junior Terrence Magee rushed 13 times for 95 yards and two scores. Junior Kenny Hilliard only had eight yards on four carries but figures to be more a factor as the year progresses.
This trio will each go over 100 yards in a dominating victory over UAB on Saturday.
Florida Will Turn the Ball over 4 Times Against Miami
The Florida defense is so talented that it is very hard to knock off the Gators without winning the turnover battle.
That is exactly what Miami is going to have to do when the two teams take the field on Saturday.
Florida has been known to turn the ball over a time or two in big games over the past few seasons. This week will be no different as Miami will win the turnover margin and come away with a huge upset victory.
Oklahoma State Will Score 9 Touchowns on UTSA
Oklahoma State was one of the most prolific offenses in the country last season and that appears like it will be the case once again this year.
The Cowboys struggled against Mississippi State, only putting up 21 points. Still, they managed 432 yards of total offense.
If Oklahoma State plays like it is capable against UTSA, there is no telling just how many points it could score.
After only 21 in the first game, the Cowboys are going to be looking to score at least 60 in Week 2.
Maine Will Beat Massachusetts by 2 Scores
Massachusetts is undoubtedly one of the worst FBS teams. The Minutemen started off the season with a 45-0 defeat at the hands of Wisconsin.
This week UMass takes on FCS member Maine. Maine comes into the game 1-0, having knocked off Norfolk State 23-6.
The Black Bears will now take on a much more talented team, but UMass is a team lacking in confidence after only winning a game last season.
Do not be shocked if UMass falls by at least two touchdowns to Maine.
Syracuse Will Knock off Northwestern on the Road
Syracuse is fresh off a tough 23-17 loss at the hands of Penn State; Northwestern, on the other hand, was excellent during its 44-30 road victory over California.
The Wildcats are at home in a game they are supposed to win, but Syracuse played with Penn State and was a few plays from winning that game.
This is a game that is going to come down to who wins the turnover battle.
Don’t count Syracuse out, even if it is on the road.
Akron Will Get Its Only Win of the Season
Akron has been downright awful the past few seasons, and that was on full display in the season-opening 38-7 loss at the hands of Central Florida.
This week, the Zips play perhaps their most winnable game of the season when they take on James Madison at home.
James Madison is an FCS school but did pick up a 38-14 win over Central Connecticut State on Saturday.
Look for this to be the only win of the season for Akron.
Rakeem Cato Will Throw for 7 Touchdowns for Marshall
Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato is the top returning quarterback in the country as far as yardage is concerned.
In the season opener against Miami (OH), he passed for 253 yards and five touchdowns. That was not nearly his best game yardage-wise, but he is still one of the top passers in the country.
This week Marshall takes on FCS member Gardner-Webb. This could be a game that is extremely high scoring. Marshall put up 52 points on Miami on Saturday, while Gardner-Webb beat Furman 28-21.
Look for Cato to pass for an amazing seven touchdowns in the Marshall victory.
Middle Tennessee Will Give North Carolina All It Can Handle
North Carolina was the pick of many to be a sleeper in the ACC.
That does not appear to be the case after being handled 27-10 at South Carolina in the season opener.
This week, the Tar Heels take on a very talented Middle Tennessee team.
While North Carolina is certainly the better team, Middle Tennessee has the ability to play up to its competition.
Just ask Georgia Tech, who was ambushed in a 49-28 defeat at home last season.
Braxton Miller Will Rush for 100 Yards and Pass for 250
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is certainly one of the most explosive players in the country.
The junior has the ability to beat teams with his legs and his arm. He is one of the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy.
This week, San Diego State comes to town. Miller should be able to have a field day against a defense that gave up 40 points to Eastern Illinois over the weekend.
Look for him to have one of his best games of the season for the Buckeyes.
Lane Kiffin Will Be on the Hot Seat by Sunday
USC head coach Lane Kiffin is seemingly always on the hot seat. After his team struggled to a 30-12 victory over Hawaii, Kiffin needs to find a way to get his team to play up to its potential.
The home opener against Washington State is a chance for that. The Cougars have been a Pac-12 cellar-dweller for a few years.
USC is going to have its hands full with a team that appears to be headed in the right direction.
A loss here and rumors will begin to swirl that Kiffin is on his way out.
Virginia Tech Will Force 5 Western Carolina Turnovers
The Virginia Tech defense came to play in the season opener against Alabama. Too bad for the Hokies, nobody else did.
Virginia Tech held Alabama to 206 yards of offense, and quarterback A.J. McCarron only managed 110 yards through the air.
This week, the Hokies will not only shut out Western Carolina, but they will force five turnovers.
The Hokies might be one of the best defenses in the country by the end of the year.
Cincinnati Will Put Up 50 on Illinois
Cincinnati had no problem moving the ball on the Purdue defense in Game 1. The Bearcats throttled the Boilermakers to the tune of a 42-7 final score.
Next up for Cincinnati is Illinois. The Fighting Illini beat Southern Illinois last weekend but allowed a good amount of points in a 42-34 victory.
This week Cincinnati comes to town, and the Illinois defense is going to have its work cut out.
Expect a huge day out of the Bearcats offense in a blowout victory over the Fighting Illini.
Lamar Will Shock Louisiana Tech on the Road
Louisiana Tech is clearly not the team it was a year ago. The Bulldogs finished the season 9-3.
They lost a lot of talent, particularly at the skill positions, and fell to North Carolina State 40-14 the first game of the season.
A game against Lamar seems like an easy win, but Lamar has the potential to pull off the upset. The Cardinals are fresh off a 75-0 victory over OK Panhandle State.
This is obviously a step up in competition, but this could be an upset in the making this weekend.
Mississippi State Will Hold Alcorn State to 3 1st Downs
Mississippi State showed just how talented it is defensively by holding Oklahoma State to only 21 points.
That is a huge accomplishment for any team. Now the Bulldogs take on a much less talented offense in Alcorn State.
The Braves did knock off Edward Waters 63-12, but Mississippi State will pose a little more of a challenge.
With the way the defense played in the first game, if the Bulldogs can duplicate that, Alcorn State will have trouble moving the ball at all on Saturday.