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BYU quarterback Taysom Hill against Texas on Sept. 7.
Overall Record: 15-5
Week 2 Record: 6-4
Note: Team in bold indicates author's pick.
Prediction: Florida 28, Miami (FL) 17
Result: Miami (FL) 21, Florida 16
It was expected to be a low-scoring ball game, but the Hurricane defense came to play and caused nightmares for quarterback Jeff Driskel and the Florida offense. The Canes’ went on to convert five turnovers and finally have a big win to give them some momentum.
Prediction: Cincinnati 35, Illinois 27
Result: Illinois 45, Cincinnati 17
The Fighting Illini are proving that Bill Cubit’s spread offense is working. Senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns. Cincinnati was behind the entire game and was eventually outscored 17-0 in the fourth quarter. The biggest loss of the game for the Bearcats was quarterback Munchie Legaux, who suffered a nasty knee injury with 9:25 remaining in the fourth quarter and will be out for the rest of the season.
Prediction: Oregon 48, Virginia 16
Result: Oregon 59, Virginia 10
The Ducks dropping 59 points at ACC opponent Virginia was no surprise to anyone. Oregon started strong right out of the gates and there was no reason to believe that Virginia would even come close to making a comeback. The Duck offense, led by quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back De’Anthony Thomas, had 557 total yards of offense. The defense also converted four turnovers.
Prediction: Georgia 35, South Carolina 31
Result: Georgia 41, South Carolina 30
When many doubted that Mark Richt and his Dawgs could bounce back after a loss at Clemson, they proved their critics wrong. A lot of credit to a talented South Carolina team, but Georgia made the big plays when they needed to. Star quarterback Aaron Murray’s 85-yard touchdown pass to Justin Scott-Wesley early in the fourth quarter gave the Dawgs a much needed 41-30 victory.
Prediction: Northwestern 34, Syracuse 21
Result: Northwestern 48, Syracuse 27
The Wildcats went home to Evanston and didn’t disappoint. Pat Fitzgerald’s squad blew out Syracuse on Saturday night as they put up 581 yards on offense and caused four interceptions on the defensive end. Northwestern wide receiver Tony Jones had 185 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Prediction: Texas 31, BYU 17
Result: BYU 40, Texas 21
This was supposed to be Mack Brown and his Longhorn’s year to be back in the national discussion after disappointing and mediocre seasons since advancing to the BCS National Championship in the 2009-10 season.
BYU put up 550 rushing yards on the Texas defense, which is the most it has ever given up in school history. BYU quarterback Taysom Hill could not be stopped as he rushed for an astounding 259 yards and three touchdowns.
Prediction: Oklahoma 35, West Virginia 13
Result: Oklahoma 16, West Virginia 7
We knew it would be a low-scoring affair between these two teams, but a 16-7 final score was a bit unexpected. 99 total points last season to just 23 this season. It’s clear the Sooners and Mountaineers will not have the fire power on offense it had in 2012.
Prediction: Auburn 27, Arkansas State 21
Result: Auburn 38, Arkansas State 9
With Auburn attempting to make a comeback after a brutal 3-9 finish in 2012, the Tigers blew out head coach Gus Malzahn’s former Arkansas State team. The Auburn rushing game seems to be the driving factor in their early success. Cameron Artis-Payne and Tre Mason rushed for a combined 201 yards and two touchdowns.
Prediction: Michigan 24, Notre Dame 20
Result: Michigan 41, Notre Dame 30
Michigan led the entire game, but Notre Dame wouldn’t give up. Defense didn’t end up playing as big of a factor. Wolverine quarterback Devin Gardner had a solid night, as he passed for 294 yards and two touchdowns. Irish quarterback Tommy Rees did well, but his two interceptions ended up hurting in the end. Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon was the game-changer of the night as he had three touchdown receptions.
Prediction: USC 30, Washington State 24
Result: Washington State 10, USC 7
This was an all-time low at USC for head coach Lane Kiffin and his Trojans. It wouldn’t have been a surprise if USC had won in a close game, but to lose to a Pac-12 team that has been in the cellar by a score of 10-7 at home is almost as bad as it can get.
USC had just 54 yards through the air and quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek each had one costly interception. Once again though, the Trojan defense played well and held the Cougars to an astounding seven total rushing yards.