College Football Week 2 Picks: The Sports Mac Friday Football Fives
Top 5 Games To Watch This Weekend
1. #9 Iowa (2-0) at #24 Arizona (2-0), 10:30 PM, ESPN: The first real test for the Hawkeyes is a late night game on the West coast against a good offensive team.
2. Clemson (2-0) at #16 Auburn (2-0), 7:00 PM, ESPN: A good ACC/SEC matchup as two sets of Tigers faces off to see who remains undefeated.
3. #8 Nebraska (2-0) at Washington (1-1), 3:30 PM, ABC: An interesting road test for the Cornhuskers as the Huskies are still looking for that signature win.
4. #10 Florida (2-0) at Tennessee (1-1), 3:30 PM, CBS: The rivalry is renewed with another new coach with Derek Dooley’s first encounter with the Gators.
5. #12 Arkansas (2-0) at Georgia (1-1), 12:00 PM, ESPN: It could b a rough start for the Razorbacks in conference having to go between the hedges against the Bulldogs.
5 Games Under The Radar This Weekend
1. Brigham Young (1-1) at Florida State (1-1), 3:30 Pm, ESPNU: Both teams are coming off tough losses and need a win to jumpstart their seasons.
2. Notre Dame (1-1) at Michigan State (2-0), 8:00 PM, ABC: Brian Kelly’s first road game as Irish coach comes against a traditional rival in East Lansing.
3. Air Force (2-0) at #7 Oklahoma (2-0), 3:30 PM, FSN: The Falcons are coming off a big win over BYU and the Sooners will try to continue the momentum from last week’s win over FSU.
4. Maryland (2-0) at #21 West Virginia, 12:00 PM, ESPNU: The border rivals enter this year as the Terrapins trying to become an early season surprise and the Mountaineers trying to feed off the big comeback at Marshall.
5. California (2-0) at Nevada (2-0), 8:00 PM Friday, ESPN 2: Both teams are looking to continue early momentum to set themselves up for conference play.
5 Games To Just Get The Final Score
1. Massachusetts (2-0) at #20 Michigan (2-0), 12:00 PM, Big Ten Network: The only thing to see is how many yards Denard Robinson has by halftime because he probably won’t play in the 2nd half.
2. Portland State (1-1) at #5 Oregon (2-0), 6:15 PM: The Ducks hung 72 on New Mexico; you can pick the number against the FCS Vikings.
3. #14 Utah (2-0) at New Mexico (0-2), 8:00 PM: The Lobos have given up an average of 63 points in their first two games; here’s betting the Utes score at least 50.
4. #18 Southern Cal (2-0) at Minnesota (1-1), 3:30 PM, ESPN: The Gophers gave up 41 points to FCS South Dakota, so the Trojans must be salivating at the prospects this weekend.
5. #1 Alabama (2-0) at Duke (1-1), 3:30 PM, ABC: The Blue Devils put up 48 points against Wake Forest last week; there will probably be a lot less on Saturday.
5 Players To Watch This Weekend
1. Mark Ingram, Alabama RB: The reigning Heisman Trophy winner will see his first action of 2010 after arthroscopic knee surgery before the season.
2. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska QB: The freshman gets his first test leading the Cornhuskers into a tough road venue at Washington.
3. Cameron Newton, Auburn QB: The junior has thrown for over 300 yards and 5 TDs in his first two starts, but faces his second tough opponent in a row vs. Clemson.
4. Riley Nelson/Jake Heaps, Brigham Young QBs: The platoon system for the Cougars worked vs. Washington and didn’t work vs. Air Force; a permanent starter might be needed to stabilize the offense.
5. Ricky Stanzi, Iowa QB: The senior needs to make sure he is having a productive night as the Hawkeye defense will face the best offense they’ve seen thus far in Arizona.
5 Teams That Have To Have A Big Week
1. #22 Penn State (1-1) hosting Kent State (1-1): The Nittany Lions need to bounce back with a good effort after being thoroughly outplayed at #1 Alabama last Saturday.
2. #3 Boise State (2-0) visiting Wyoming (1-1): The Virginia Tech win looks a lot worse after last weekend and the Broncos may have to start blowing out teams to impress the pollsters.
3. Connecticut (1-1) visiting Temple (2-0): The Huskies, who have BCS aspirations, need to win this game after being dismissed by Michigan and winning a glorified scrimmage over FCS Texas Southern to show they can be a serious contender for the conference title.
4. Colorado (1-1) hosting Hawaii (1-1): The Buffaloes need to show what kind of team they are; either the one that beat Colorado State by 21 or the one that lost to California by 45.
5. Nevada-Las Vegas (0-2) visiting Idaho (1-1): New coach Bobby Hauck needs a victory to get some forward momentum before the Rebels face Nevada and West Virginia in back-to-back weeks in October.
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