Week 2 Wrap Up

My Predictions Record:  Week 2:  57-16    (Overall:  135-27)

Against the Spread Predictions:  Week 2:  29-17   (Overall:  50-39-1)

Overall, I think that Week 2 will give us a much better idea of what to expect from the college football season going forward.  There were three big winners in ranked games this weekend, first up is the Clemson Tigers in their 14-6 win over Auburn.  The defense looked the part of defending champions and with their 11 sacks of Jarrett Stidham have set themselves up perfectly headed into a big game this weekend at Louisville.  The next big winner was the Georgia Bulldogs with their 20-19 win at Notre Dame, in a sloppy game the Georgia pass rush could not be stopped in the second half, and ended up forcing the game winning fumble with only a little more than a minute left.  The biggest winner of the weekend however was the Oklahoma Sooners, their 31-16 win over Ohio State was the most impressive game of the weekend and gives them some serious breathing room as they head into Big 12 play now not needing a perfect run through their schedule to make the playoffs.

 

Other teams in the rankings who impressed me were Louisville lead by my player of the week Lamar Jackson who tallied 6 touchdowns and over 500 yards of total offense.  USC rebounded from a bit of a shaky Week 1 to dominate Stanford 42-24.  TCU and their defense came to play at Arkansas with a 28-7 win, a huge win for the Big 12 over an SEC school.  Washington State impressed me with a 21 point comeback in the 4th quarter to defeat Boise State in Triple Overtime.  Lastly once again Penn State showed their playmaking offense with a 19 point victory over Pittsburgh and kept rolling what I believe to be the best offense in the country.

 

There were several non ranked teams that have impressed me both in Week 2 and so far on the season, so I will touch on several of them briefly.  Duke is off to a 2-0 start with a big win over Northwestern.  Iowa finished off an Overtime victory over Iowa State to stay perfect so far on the season.  Wake Forest is off to a 2-0 start and started conference play with a win at Boston College on Saturday.  Oregon has seemed to rebounded from a couple of down seasons and are looking back to the power they once had on offense as they scored 42 points in a win over Nebraska.  South Carolina is the first team to record an SEC victory on the season with a road win at Missouri.  Lastly Illinois is off to a 2-0 start with their underdog win over WKU and have a big road game Friday night at South Florida.

 

My Top 10 Rankings:

  1.  Alabama
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Clemson
  4. Penn State
  5. USC
  6. Oklahoma State
  7. Michigan
  8. LSU
  9. Ohio State
  10. Georgia

Week 1 Wrap Up + Monday Night Preview

Now that Week 1 of college football is mostly in the books, I will offer my thoughts on how the games played out, offer up my current Top 10, and also preview tonights special Labor Day edition of college football.

Starting on Thursday, the team that stood out most to me was Oklahoma State, their offense seemed unstoppable at times and they did it both in the running game and the passing game, with a balanced offense, they could be a possible threat to win the Big 12.  The next team I was impressed with was the last 20 minutes that Ohio State played, Freshman Running Back, J.K. Dobbins ran for 181 yards on 29 carries in his debut, and for the final quarter, the Buckeyes looked like the #2 team in the country.  However if the inability to defend the pass continues, I can’t help but think a team like Oklahoma or Penn State will give them fits.

Moving to Friday night, I was underwhelmed by Washington’s performance, along with the first half played by Wisconsin, while they both picked it up in the second half, a better opponent would have provided a serious threat to upsetting these Top 10 teams if performances like that continue.  However on the bright side, both Army and Navy came up with very convincing wins, scoring a combined 108 points, setting up the start to what I believe will be a compelling race between these two all year until their December matchup.  The last team to stand out to me was Boston College, to open their season with a new QB, on the road at 9:30pm, and to gut out a 23-20 win, that was impressive but a real test comes next week when they host Wake Forest in the ACC opener.

On Saturday, I was impressed with Alabama’s performance to a point, it feels that this may be a team with equal amount of talent all around the field, but I am still not sold that Jalen Hurts will lead them to a National Championship.  Without two huge special teams plays, this would have been a very close game, however the Tide did pick up the best win of Week 1.  Clemson, Penn St, and Oklahoma all dominated lesser opponents going into their huge Week 2 match ups, where we will actually find out what these teams are made of.  The unit I was most impressed with on Saturday was Michigan’s defense, while Florida hasn’t had a good Quarterback in nearly 10 years, the Wolverines still kept them to 3 points on offense and actually outscored them, as they recovered a fumble in the endzone.  A few teams who won but didn’t impress me were, Lousiville, South Florida, Pittsburgh, Northwestern and Nebraska.  While I still believe that each of those teams are capable of a special season, I will need to see more out of them than they gave while beating lower competition Week 1, but a win is a win, and they remain on the radar going forward.  Wrapping up Saturdays action, a few unranked teams that stood out to me in their wins are; Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Cal picking up big wins away from home and Iowa, Notre Dame and Marshall, all picking up home wins over teams that went to bowl games last season.

Possibly the two best games of the entire weekend took place on Sunday night, where Virginia Tech lead by Josh Jackson really showed they are here to contend for an ACC championship, and with three easy games coming up, a September 30th game, at home against Clemson looms huge.  UCLA lead by Josh Rosen, who is my player of the weekend with 491 passing yards and 4 TD’s, erased a 44-10 deficit against Texas A&M and won 45-44.

My Post Week 1 Top 10:

1:  Alabama

2:  Clemson

3:  Penn State

4:  Ohio State

5:  Oklahoma

6:  Oklahoma State

7:  USC

8:  Florida State

9:  Michigan

10:  LSU

 

After the first 91 games of the college football season my record at picking games is:

My Record:  80-11

Against the Spread:  21-21-1

And here is my prediction for the game tonight between Tennessee and Georgia Tech:

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Week 1 Thursday 8/31 Games

FIU at UCF

Line:  UCF -17

My Prediction:  UCF 35  FIU 20

Presbyterian at Wake Forest

Line:  N/A

My Prediction:  Wake Forest 47  Presbyterian 10

Tennessee State at Georgia State

Line:  N/A

My Prediction:  Georgia State 26  Tennessee State 12

Austin Peay at Cincinnati

Line:  N/A

My Prediction:  Cincy 29  Austin Peay 17

Buffalo at Minnesota

Line:  Minnesota -24

My Prediction:  Minnesota 38  Buffalo 16

Rhode Island at Central Michigan

Line:  N/A

My Prediction:  CMU 49  URI 0

Elon at Toledo

Line:  N/A

My Prediction:  Toledo 34  Elon 13

North Dakota at Utah

Line:  N/A

My Prediction:  Utah 51  North Dakota 17

Tulsa at #10 Oklahoma State

Line:  OKST -17.5

My Prediction:  OKST 41  Tulsa 20

Holy Cross at UConn

Line:  N/A

My Prediction:  UConn 22  Holy Cross 3

#2 Ohio State at Indiana

Line:  OSU -21

My Prediction:  Ohio State 32  Indiana 14

Florida A&M at Arkansas

Line:  N/A

My Prediction:  Arkansas 46  FAMU 9

Sacramento State at Idaho

Line:  N/A

My Prediction:  Idaho 37  Sacramento State 14

UL Monroe at Memphis

Line:  Memphis -26

My Prediction:  Memphis 41  ULM 17

New Mexico State at Arizona State

Line:  ASU -22.5

My Prediction:  ASU 39  NMSU  14