College Football Picks Week 2: B/R's Expert Predictions for Top 5 Games

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2014

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Week 2 of the 2014 college football season will bring us to the end of an era in South Bend, a battle of playoff favorites in Eugene, a whole bunch of unknowns in Columbus and shots at redemption in Austin and Palo Alto.

Michigan and Notre Dame will square off for the final time in the foreseeable future in what should be a close contest throughout. Neither team wants to end this rivalry matchup with a loss, so expect the game to go down to the wire.

With two contrasting styles of play, the Oregon and Michigan State game is sure to keep fans on the edge of their seats. Will the Spartans' hard-nosed defense slow down the great speed of the Ducks’ roster? 

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian knows what it takes to beat Stanford, but earlier this week, Trojans starting quarterback Cody Kessler had a procedure done on his toe. Will he be fully healthy and ready to challenge the Cardinal's talented defense? 

Ohio State struggled to put Navy away in Week 1, and now the Buckeyes face a hungry Virginia Tech squad looking to make some noise with the national spotlight on it. Will Urban Meyer have his team ready to avoid an upset?

And the final contest our experts picked this week is a rematch of a game that was an embarrassment for Texas a season ago.

BYU quarterback Taysom Hill will once again be tough to stop, but Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is known for solid defense.

However, the major question in this game is how will Texas’ offense look without quarterback David Ash and starting center Dominic Espinosa?

Sallee and Blaudschun have the early lead with perfect picks from Week 1, but there is a great deal of football left to be played. Kramer, Kercheval and Felder have plenty of time to catch up. Who will come out on top this week?

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Sound off in the comments below on their picks and who you think will win in Week 2.

*All picks made straight up. Spread is not a factor.