College Football Picks Week 2: Top 25 Teams That Should Watch Their Back
It happens every week. A highly ranked team will look past their weaker opponent and get trapped, letting what should be a sure victory, slip through their fingers. Just ask TCU. Just ask Notre Dame.
Upsets—they're why we love the game. It's also why we play the games on the gridiron, and not just on paper. Every dog has their day, and for some of those dogs, that day is rapidly approaching.
Week 1 in college football reminded us all how any team, regardless of roster, conference, or even division (look at Sacramento St. over Oregon State) can pull off an upset, given the right conditions. With that said, Week 2 looks to have several games that could lead to more major upsets.
Arizona vs. #9 Oklahoma State
Week 2 of the college football season kicks off with a bang on Thursday night, as unranked Arizona travels to Stillwater to take on #9 Oklahoma State.
OSU's offense got off to a great start last week, putting up 61 points on lowly Louisiana-Lafayette. Brendan Weeden and Justin Blackmon picked up right where they left off last season, with Weeden throwing for 388 yards and three touchdowns, while Blackmon racked up eight catches for 144 yards.
The trouble for the Cowboys, however, comes from their defense, which gave up 320 yards and 34 points. If the Ragin' Cajun's could put up numbers like that, just think what darkhorse Heisman candidate Nick Foles could do in Arizona's potent attack.
Arizona is a very solid team that is more than capable of pulling of a big upset at some point throughout the season, and what better time to start then on a nationally televised game against a Top Ten team.
#21 Missouri vs. Arizona State
This game is much closer than some may think, as Arizona St. is just outside the Top 25. Led by QB Brock Osweiler and LB Vontaze Burfict, the Sun Devils are very solid on both the offense and defense sides of the ball, and they could have an outside shot at the Pac-12 title.
Missouri is starting a new era after QB Blane Gabbert left for the NFL, but it got off to a very weak start in Week 1. The Tigers escaped a home loss at the hands of Miami (OH) last week, but their offense sputtered mightily, resulting in just 17 points scored.
With Missouri forced to travel to a hostile environment in Phoenix, Arizona St. has an excellent opportunity to pull out the victory.
#11 Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina
This has to feel like déjà vu for Virginia Tech fans, who lost their opener to East Carolina just a few years ago in 2008, 27-22.
The Hokies easily handled Appalachian State in Week 1, 66-13, and like Missouri, they are entering a new phase after the departure of long-time QB Tyrod Taylor. New starter Logan Thomas fared well, but it is still unknown how he will perform against a more stout defense. However, that challenge will likely not come this week.
East Carolina's defense gave up 56 points to #12 South Carolina in their home opener last week, certainly not the type of performance that the Pirate's fans were hoping for.
The main reason that East Carolina has any shot at an upset is because of QB Dominique Davis. Davis, one of the most unknown QBs in the country, is a stud who passed for just under 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns a season ago.
If Davis can go off, and Logan Thomas and the VT offense struggles to mesh, East Carolina could come away with a big win.
#12 South Carolina vs. Georgia
It wouldn't be Saturday without a great SEC match up, and this weekend is no exception. Had Georgia beaten Boise State last weekend, we could be talking about one of the premier games of Week 2 here, but alas, it wasn't to be. Instead the Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss last week, against one of the hottest teams in the country.
Marcus Lattimore and the Gamecocks have a great shot at an SEC Title this season, but if they want to get there, they've got to open strong and hold off Georgia.
The Bulldogs have home field advantage, which usually plays a big role in SEC games, and the talent to beat South Carolina. But, if QB Aaron Murray and Georgia's defense don't get over last week, it could be a long day in Athens.
Toledo vs #15 Ohio State
This one may seem like a bit of a head-scratcher. Didn't Ohio State just blow out a MAC opponent at the Horseshoe? Yes, they certainly did.
But, a 42-0 win over Akron doesn't mean as much as you would think. Akron is one of the worst teams in the country, bar-none. Toledo however, is one of the best teams in the MAC and has a great chance to win the conference and go to a good bowl game.
Ohio State is still settling their QB situation between Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller, and they are still without four suspended starters, including WR DeVier Posey, who would take a lot of pressure off of whoever plays QB.
Toledo has a good, balanced attack with Junior QB Austin Dantin and Senior RB Adonis Thomas, who is one of the most underrated players in the nation.
It'll take some luck, and some good struggles on the part of the Buckeye's offense, but Toledo might just have enough to make a big splash on the national stage.
BYU vs #24 Texas
I close out the upset special with BYU at #24 Texas.
BYU had a slow start out of the gate, but still came away with a nice 14-13 comeback victory over Ole Miss in Week 1. The defense that the Cougars have put together is a great unit, and they held nothing back, allowing just over 200 total yards to the Rebels and offensive guru Houston Nutt last week.
Texas is an interesting case.
They always have the talent to compete and beat anyone, but lately they just haven't been able to put it all together. I am in no way sold on Garrett Gilbert as the starting QB for Texas, but as of now, he is the best they have got, so the Longhorns will have to go with him.
I am much more impressed with BYU QB Jake Heaps, who came on strong late last season in his freshman year, and seems to have built off of that going into year two.
We'll see if Texas' frosh sensation RB Malcolm Brown can have a breakout game and take the pressure off of Gilbert, but if he can't, I like BYU for the upset here.
Don't Sleep On...
#23 Penn State over #3 Alabama
Auburn over #16 Mississippi State
Ball State over #22 South Florida
Air Force over #25 TCU