Ryan's College Football Predicitons: Part 3

Ryan Senior Writer IJuly 31, 2008

Heading into the second week of games, the slate doesn't improve much.  Power houses are still shaking off the rust by squaring off with cupcakes.  But, there are three intriguing match ups for week two of the college football season.

Miami (FL) Hurricanes @ #4 Florida Gators
The power house Gators resume their rivalry with the former heavyweight Hurricanes in the Swamp.  Miami is not quite what it used to be, but can never be considered a walk-over opponent.

The Hurricanes will be looking to figure out question marks all over the place, starting a freshman quarterback since the days of Bernie Kosar.  They have tons of potential on offense, but will need rebound years from a few returning players like Javarris James and Sam Shields.

For Florida, the team is stacked.  Junior Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow returns to lead a potent attack and the defense has another year of experience under it's belt and should be a very good unit.  Expect Tebow to pick up where he left off, running and passing all over the Canes defense.

Florida: 38 Miami(FL): 21

Troy Trojans @ #9 LSU Tigers
The only reason this is an "intriguing" match up is because the Trojans always come to play no matter how out-matched they may be.  It will be a tough atmosphere playing in Baton Rouge, but the Trojans are familiar with games in a national power's house.

The Trojans will have to answer questions at quarterback and running back if they are to pull off the upset.  Defensively, however, they should be a solid unit despite losing first-round pick Leodis McKelvin.

The Tigers will still be testing out possibilities at quarterback at this point, but the defense will no doubt shut down the Trojans.  Look for the Tigers to ground and pound, picking up a relatively easy victory.

LSU: 34  Troy: 13

#13 BYU Cougars @ Washington Huskies
The road to crashing the BCS party continues for BYU in what can be considered it's first test of the season, despite the Huskies recent struggles.

Washington boasts a potential Heisman candidate in quarterback Jake Locker.  He is well protected thanks to a big, mobile offensive line. But there is little proven talent at running back or receiver and the defense, one of the nation's worst last year, doesn't look much better a year later.

The Cougars, meanwhile, boast one of the nation's most dangerous offenses.  Led by Max Hall and Harvey Unga, this unit should have little trouble putting up points on a poor Washington defenses.  All the BYU defense has to do is simply bend but not break.

BYU: 41  Washington: 24

An updated look at the standings, which haven't changed much..

#1 Georgia (2-0)
#2 Oklahoma (2-0)
#3 Ohio State (2-0)
#4 Florida (2-0)
#5 USC (1-0)
#6 West Virginia (2-0)
#7 Clemson (2-0)
#8 Missouri (1-0)
#9 LSU (2-0)
#10 Texas Tech (2-0)
#11 Auburn (2-0)
#12 Texas (1-0)
#13 BYU (2-0)
#14 Arizona State (2-0)
#15 Wisconsin (2-0)

Next up: Part 4


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