College Football Predictions: Week Two
For the second straight week, a monster top 10 game headlines the weekend's games. After getting crushed by USC at the Coliseum 35-3 last year, the Buckeyes are poised to get some revenge on their home turf.
Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley faces off against sophomore Terrelle Pryor. We'll find out who comes out on top Saturday night.
As for the rest of the games this weekend, the schedule is less than spectacular.
A major rivalry game in my home state of Iowa between the Hawkeyes and the Cyclones is near and dear to my heart. Clemson has a tough ACC battle against Georgia Tech on Thursday night. A rematch of last year's upset between East Carolina and West Virginia should be a good game as well.
Other than that, there's not too much to get excited about this week.
No. 3 USC vs. No. 8 Ohio State
The Buckeyes are looking for revenge after the 35-3 trouncing they suffered last year at the hands of USC. The Buckeyes haven't been able to handle the spotlight in big games in recent years. That trend will continue.
It'll be closer than last year, but I still go with Pete Carroll and the Trojans.
Clemson vs. No. 15 Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets have won eight of the last 12 meetings with Clemson, including a 21-17 victory last year. I think Tech's rushing attack with Jonathan Dwyer will be too much for the Tigers to handle.
GEORGIA TECH 28-14.
Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 LSU
These two SEC teams meet for the first time since 2005, when the Tigers defeated Vandy 34-6. While Vanderbilt had a lot of success last season, they're a long way from reaching LSU's level.
LSU wins 38-20.
No. 18 Notre Dame vs. Michigan
This big rivalry has been pretty competitive. Notre Dame and Michigan have split the last 10 meetings. Both teams were pretty impressive in their week one wins, but I think Michigan has a way to go before they get back to dominating again.
NOTRE DAME beats Michigan 35-24.
South Carolina vs. No. 21 Georgia
Georgia has beaten South Carolina eight out of the last 11 meetings. The Gamecocks were less than impressive in their win against North Carolina State, and Georgia is coming off a tough loss to Oklahoma State. I think the Bulldogs bounce back in this game, but it'll be close.
GEORGIA beats the Cocks 21-20.
Iowa vs. Iowa State
The Hawkeyes dropped out of the top 25 this week after they barely escaped with a win against Northern Iowa. They face another in-state rival this week in Iowa State. The games have been close the last couple years, and I predict another close one.
IOWA 23-20 IN OVERTIME.
East Carolina vs. West Virginia
The Mountaineers will try to get back at the Pirates after last year's upset loss to ECU. While West Virginia no longer has Pat White, I think they get some revenge and win 30-20.
UCLA vs. Tennessee
Both of these once proud programs are trying to work their way back to prominence. Tennessee started the season on a good note with a blowout victory over Western Kentucky. I think they continue to roll and go 2-0 on their way to next week's showdown with Florida.
TENNESSEE wins 27-10.