Predictions for College Football's Second Weekend

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer ISeptember 11, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 05:  Wide receiver Damian Williams #18 of the USC Trojans carries the ball against the San Jose State Spartans on September 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.   USC won 56-3.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

College Football's opening weekend had it's share of close calls, it's share of blowouts as well as it's share of upsets. Time will tell if it's second weekend has the same in store.

This weekend should be one of the better ones as it will feature Michigan and Notre Dame as well as USC visiting Ohio State. Then we have games like Oklahoma and Idaho State, Florida State and Jacksonville State, games that most would consider "cupcake" games, though I call them "pad your record" games.

But, instead of listening to me complain about those "pad your record" games, let's talk about where my predictions are going for this weekend.

After finishing week one with a 12-1 record, I look for even more success this week, and for those of you who read my week one article, you know I have something called an "upset alert."

This weekend will be no different as I have my share of upset alerts, but I have my share of games that should go the way they look.

So, without further ado, let's get into the my predictions for week two as well as my upset alert picks.

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No. 1 Florida v Troy

Do I seriously need to pick this game? Florida, top ranked in the country, coming off a 62-3 win over Charleston Southern last weekend, should roll in their second straight "cupcake" game. Not to mention their second straight played at home.

Florida 66 Troy 17

No. 2 Texas @ Wyoming

Texas does have concerns coming into this game. The Longhorns currently have three players, including cornerback Deon Beasley wait for the NCAA to clear them academically. Not only that, but Texas lost two starters to injury in their first game against Louisiana-Monroe. Linebacker Jared Norton and offensive guard Michael Huey will remain out for their game against Wyoming on Saturday. Texas is so deep and so talented, but don't count out Wyoming being ready for this game.

Texas 31 Wyoming 20

No. 3 USC @ No. 8 Ohio State

A game that everyone is going to be tuned into tomorrow as the third-ranked Trojans visit the Horseshoe to take on the eight-ranked Buckeyes of Ohio State. The Buckeyes want revenge after a lopsided 35-3 loss last season. But, if Ohio State plays like they did against Navy last weekend, I don't see this game going any differently. This one will be closer than last year, but the outcome won't be different.

USC 31 Ohio St 21

No. 4 Alabama v Florida International

Alabama is coming off an impressive 34-24 win on the road against Virginia Tech but they can't have a letdown this weekend. They need to keep their momentum going and I think they will as this will be their home opener.

Alabama 49 Fla Int'l 7

No. 5 Oklahoma State v Houston

Speaking of teams that looked impressive. The Cowboys are coming off a just short of dominating 24-10 win over Georgia last weekend. This could be a team to watch in the Big XII. Look for the Cowboys to jump all over Houston in this one.

Ok St 37 Houston 10

No. 7 Penn State v Syracuse

Penn State looked a lot better than I thought they would right out of the gate. I know people are going to say "anyone can look good against a team like Akron." Though that's true, you still have to put points on the board and win the ballgame. Before I watched Syracuse play last weekend, I looked at this game as a possible upset alert but I quickly changed that opinion.

Penn State 37 Syracuse 17

No. 9 BYU @ Tulane

BYU is coming off possibly one of their biggest wins in recent memory, and they showed they will be a team to be reckoned with this season. They'll stay on the road and head to Tulane to face the Golden Wave who are coming off a 37-13 loss to Tulsa. BYU needs to keep their dominance going and not let up.

BYU 34 Tulane 3

No. 10 Cal v Eastern Washington - For those of you who watched Cal last weekend absolutely dominate Maryland, get used to the same or worse this weekend against Eastern Washington. Cal running back Jahvid Best made his presence felt with a 73-yard touchdown run in the very first quarter. Best would finish with 10 carries, 137 yards, and two scores. Cal also got a great performance from quarterback Kevin Riley who threw for 298 yards on 17-of-26 passing and four touchdowns.

Cal 57 E. Wash 13

No. 12 LSU v Vanderbilt

LSU surprisingly had a tough time with the Huskies of Washington last weekend but were finally able to pull out a 31-23 victory. LSU needs to tighten their defense, they gave up 500 yards to the Huskies and will face a team this weekend in Vanderbilt that ran up 620 yards of total offense in their win over Western Carolina. This is going to be closer than people think, but LSU in their home opener will be too much.

LSU 27 Vanderbilt 23

No. 12 Boise State v Miami (OH)

Boise State manhandled the Oregon Ducks to the tune of a 19-8 win, letting their defense do most of the work not giving up a first down to Oregon until midway through the third quarter. Miami (OH) only mustered 188 total yards in their 42-0 loss to Kentucky. Don't look for Boise to keep the RedHawks around for long.

Boise State 49 Miami (OH) 3

No. 13 Oklahoma v Idaho State

With quarterback Sam Bradford out for the better part of three to four weeks, then finding out that the Sooners will be without All-American tight end Jermaine Gresham for the entire season, it could spell trouble for a team who was in the National Title game just a season ago. The Sooners should be fine against a team that's lost 16 of its last 17 games (Idaho State).

Oklahoma 31 Idaho State 17

No. 14 Virginia Tech v Marshall - Though Virginia Tech is coming off a disappointing loss at home against fifth-ranked Alabama, they should know that Alabama is just a good football team. The Hokies will look to bounce back against Marshall who won their season opener 31-28 over Southern Illinois.

Virginia Tech 27 Marshall 17

No. 16 TCU @ Virginia - TCU plays their season opener against a Virginia team that's coming off an upset loss to William & Mary this past weekend. Virginia is going to be angry and they're going to be ready to go because they have to prove they're a different team than last weekend. TCU, next to BYU and Utah, is arguably the best team in the Mountain West. UPSET ALERT. Virginia turned the ball over seven times in their 24-16 loss. Don't look for that to happen again.

Virginia 21 TCU 18

No. 17 Utah @ San Jose State

Speaking of the Mountain West Conference, the Utah Utes of the MWC will travel to San Jose to take on the Spartans of the Western Athletic Conference, a team coming off a lopsided loss to the third ranked Trojans of USC. This is another game I'm tempted to put on my upset alert list, but I don't think San Jose State is quite the caliber of Utah.

Utah 41 San Jose State 17

No. 18 Notre Dame @ Michigan - This is one of the a few games this weekend that will be worth watching as the Irish renew their rivalry against the Michigan Wolverines from the Big House. I had Notre Dame on my upset alert list last weekend against Nevada, but that went awry in a lopsided 35-0 victory over Nevada. This week, they're back on my list. UPSET ALERT. This is not the same Michigan team from last season. Look for Michigan to play with something to prove, especially at home.

Michigan 27 Notre Dame 17

No. 19 North Carolina @ UConn

A rematch from last season, a 38-12 win by North Carolina over a ranked UConn team. This season, North Carolina comes into the game ranked 19th and boasts nine returners to the defense that blocked three punts against UConn last season. Look for the Tar Heels to dominate defensively and cause turnovers.

UNC 38 UConn 13

No. 21 Georgia v South Carolina

Georgia plays their home opener after losing their season opener at Oklahoma State last weekend. They'll face off against Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, a team that opened their season with an ugly 7-3 win over South Carolina. UPSET ALERT. Georgia was manhandled by Oklahoma State and although Georgia plays their home opener tonight, South Carolina will be better than they were last weekend.

South Carolina 24 Georgia 21

And, of course, you know I can't finish my weekly picks without throwing in Fresno State. The Bulldogs travel to Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisc. to take on the Wisconsin Badgers.

The Badgers escaped with a 13-10 victory over Fresno State in 2008, a game in which the Bulldogs missed three field goals that would have given them a much needed victory.

This season is different and a young Bulldog squad may give Wisconsin all they can handle, especially defensively where Fresno State is much improved from last season.

If quarterback Ryan Colburn can limit the interceptions and the defense can keep Wisconsin's offense off the field, this could be a big win for Fresno State heading back home for a showdown against Boise State. Fresno State 31 Wisconsin 24