Guaranteed NCAA Football Week Two Locks

Major ClausenContributor ISeptember 12, 2009

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 11:  Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish drops back to pass against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium October 11, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

I've had a big week so far, as I went 2-0 on Labor Day with Cincinnati and Miami and 2-0 on Thursday with Clemson and the Titans (that game is not counted in my record below, as that record only counts college football games I've picked against the line so far).

I'm feeling very confident about 12 games this week, which are listed below. Let's get off the ball like Kevin Mawae and hit these picks.

Record as of Sept. 11, 2009: 11-6
NCAA Football Week Two Locks (capitalized)

SYRACUSE (+28.5) at Penn State
USC at OHIO STATE (+7.5)
Purdue at OREGON (-13)
MIAMI OH (-37.5) at Boise State
Vanderbilt at LSU (-14.5)
Pittsburgh at BUFFALO (+10.5)
Western Michigan at INDIANA (-1.5)
Marshall at VIRGINIA (-19.5)
Kent at BOSTON COLLEGE (-21)
East Carolina at WEST VIRGINIA (-6.5)
Texas at WYOMING (+33)
Michigan at NOTRE DAME (-3)


1) Syracuse (+28.5) at Penn State: I like Syracuse to cover in this game, as they have morphed into a much more competitive team after beating Notre Dame late last season, plus Greg Paulus looks like a good quarterback for the 'Cuse.

2) USC at Ohio State (+7.5): Ohio State may not be as good as USC, but it is hard for any road team to be successful in the Shoe. I think Terrelle Pryor's really goanna be up for this game, and did well against formidable Penn State and Texas defenses last year.

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3) Purdue at Oregon (-13): The Boilermakers looked good last week, but the Ducks are goanna be thrilled to have an opportunity to rid themselves of their poor performance against Boise State and the fallout that came after it with LeGarrette Blount's shot heard round the world.

4) Miami OH (-37.5) at Boise St.: Miami didn't look good last week, but the Broncos are due for a let down after beating Oregon, and will also probably be looking ahead to their game in Fresno next Friday. Boise State will win but Miami will cover.

5) Vanderbilt at LSU (-14.5): The crowd, Jordan Jefferson and a solid defense will lead the Tigers to a win over the Commodores by more than two touchdowns.

6) Pittsburgh at Buffalo (+10.5): Turner Gill will have his team ready to play hard against Pitt and head coach Dave Wannstedt. It won't be enough for them to win but it'll be a one-score win for the Panthers by the time the final whistle blows thanks to Gill's strong defense.

7) Western Michigan at Indiana (-1.5): This looks like a game that could go either way on paper, but on the field I'll take Indiana's DI players to slightly outwill an FCS Western Michigan team that is playing two DI-AA opponents in two weeks. It should also be noted that Western Michigan wasn't very impressive against the Wolverines last week.

8) Marshall at Virginia Tech (-19.5): The Hokies will take out their frustration from last week's game on Byron Leftwich's alma mater, which is not very good to say the least.

9) Kent at Boston College (-21): The Eagles program is on cruise control, and they'll show it in this game with an easy win.

10) East Carolina at West Virginia (-6.5): Bill Stewart's team has revenge on their minds, and I think they'll have their offense clicking more than it was last week.

11) Texas at Wyoming (+33): The biggest game to hit Wyoming since who knows when will propel the Cowboys to a a good first half that will lead to a cover.

12) Notre Dame (-3) at Michigan: The Wolverines' defense isn't going to be able to handle Jimmy Clausen and Notre Dame's passing attack.


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