College Football Week Two Picks

Tim PollockSenior Writer ISeptember 2, 2008

Last week I was nearly 100 percent on my picks—and by nearly 100 percent, I mean 7-12, good for 58 percent.

I might add, however, that even though my pick for Tennessee to win didn’t work out, it’s always fun to watch the Vols lose.  So really I was 100 percent in my heart—and that’s all that matters.   

There aren’t too many exciting games this week, but enough to keep it interesting.

Thursday night action gets it started again.

South Carolina at Vanderbilt

A lot of people are doubting the Head Ball Coach after his team won 34-0 last Thursday.  Meanwhile, everyone is all of a sudden in love with Vandy because they beat a MAC team while passing for 91 yards—total.

The Gamecock defense proves too good again, as Vandy struggles to move the ball all night. 

Paging Mike Davis. 

Winner: South Carolina

On to Saturday’s games.

Ole Miss at Wake Forest

Ole Miss finally found some offense last week, but they gave up serious acreage to Memphis.  I love what Jim Grobe is doing in Winston-Salem, and I expect the new Wild Rebel to fall flat on its face this week against Grobe’s tough-minded D.

Wake Forest separates itself from the suddenly pathetic ACC by taking care of business.  

Winner: Wake Forest

Georgia Tech at Boston College

BC gets the unfortunate task of being the first ACC team to face Paul Johnson’s offense.  Both teams are a mystery right now, though, with only one week of showcasing their new personnel.  I think this will be a close game, with GT’s offense making the difference. 

Winner: Georgia Tech

West Virginia at East Carolina

East Carolina is riding high after their Week One upset.  Meanwhile, Pat White went pass-crazy on us last week.  Look for both to change. 

East Carolina can’t keep up with WVU’s rushing attack, although they do keep it respectable. 

Winner: West Virginia

South Florida at UCF

USF has always struggled to put away teams with lesser talent.  While UCF played the Bulls tough at home two years ago, I think Jim Leavitt’s kids finally understand how to play week in and week out. 

UCF would love nothing more than to upset the Bulls, but this just in: UCF isn’t good—and they have a serious inferiority complex down in Orlando.

The Bulls keep the momentum from Week One going and handle the Knights. 

Winner: USF

Louisiana Tech at Kansas

It’s so tempting to pick Louisiana Tech in this game.  In the end, though, Kansas will do enough to slide by...but it will be close. 

Winner: Kansas 

Miami at Florida

Welcome back to the Swamp, Miami!  I hope your trip back home is safe.

Winner: Florida rolls

Northwestern at Duke

Northwestern looked good last week, even if it was against Syracuse.  But I’m sold on what David Cutcliffe has going in Durham. 

This should be a close one.  At least I hope. 

Winner: Dukies

Stanford at Arizona State

Jim Harbaugh’s boys looked solid in Week One, while ASU had a decent season opener.  Stanford might stay in the game, but home field advantage wins it for the Sun Devils.   

Winner: Arizona State

Upset Special: Texas Tech at Nevada

Two high-powered offenses caring little about defense—this reminds me of the Instant Classic Purdue-Central Michigan bowl game from back in January.   

Why is this game not on TV?  The "Texas Tech is for real" talk ends in Week Two.  

Winner: Nevada by a field goal


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