Week Two: CFB Top 25 Picks
Writers: Andrew Martin & Aaron Hendon
Andrew and Aaron’s prediction challenge week one update:
Andrew: 16 Correct-1 Incorrect
Aaron: 14 Correct- 3 Incorrect
#1 Alabama Vs. Fresno State
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Time: 2:30 on ESPN2
Line: Alabama -43.5
Alabama began their 2017 campaign exactly how you would expect them to, with a dominant win. They beat #3 Florida State 24-7 in the first game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Heading into week 2, the Tide have a much easier contest as they’ll be facing Fresno State whose 1-0 after defeating Incarnate Word 66-0 in their Week 1 matchup.
#2 Ohio State Vs. #7 Oklahoma
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Time: 6:30 on ABC
Line: OSU -7.0
Ohio State survived a scare to Indiana in week 1, while Oklahoma destroyed UTEP 56-7. They now meet for what hopes to be one of the best games of the regular season, as Baker Mayfield leads his high-powered Sooner offense into the horseshoe, and the Ohio State defense awaits them to prove the BIG 10’s superiority.
#10 Florida State Vs. Louisiana Monroe
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida
When: 6:00 on ACC
Line: FSU -33.5
Florida State looks to come back from their disappointing 24-7 loss against the Crimson Tide during their first home game. For the Warhawks, they’re looking to pull off a major upset in front of the Seminole fans and bounce back after a week one loss to Memphis.
#6 USC Vs. #14 Stanford
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
When: 7:30 on FOX
Line: USC -6.5
Behind QB Sam Arnold, USC was projected as a playoff contender, but after a close game with Western Michigan in week one, many are uncertain of the Trojan’s future. On the opposite end, Stanford won their first matchup against Rice 62-7. This week 2 matchup will give the nation a good idea of the PAC 12’s strength this year, and if Sam Arnold is a legit Heisman candidate.
#3 Clemson Vs. #13 Auburn
Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
When: 6:00 on ESPN
Line: Clemson -4.5
The defending National Champion Clemson Tigers did exactly what was expected of them week one as they dominated Kent State 56-3. However, their week two game promises to be more challenging in this ACC Vs. SEC matchup as they take on Auburn. Auburn also impressed week one, defeating Georgia Southern 41-7.
#4 Penn. State Vs. Pittsburgh
Where: Beaver Stadium, State College, Pennsylvania
When: 2:30 on ESPN
Line: PSU -20.5
In Penn. State’s week one 52-0 victory of Akron, Senior QB Trace McSorley threw 18-25 for 280 yards, and 2 TD’s. McSorley leads his Nittany lions into Beaver Stadium as the ACC’s own Pittsburgh Panthers come to town. Pitt barely survived an OT game against Youngstown State last week in a 28-21 win. Pitt comes in hoping to end Penn State’s 2017 playoff hopes.
Andrew: Penn State
Aaron: Penn State
#11 Oklahoma State Vs. South Alabama
Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
When: 7:00 PM on ESPN2
Line: OKST -28.0
After defeating Tulsa 59-24 in Oklahoma State’s week one matchup, they now head into what many consider a “cupcake” game. It’s a game no one wants to watch because it’s usually a blowout, but with South Alabama playing at home, they would love to pull off an upset no one expects.
#19 Kansas State Vs. Charlotte
Where: Bill Snyder family Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas
When: 11:00 AM
Line: KSU -36.5
Kansas State started the season with a 55-19 win over Central Arkansas, while it was an easy game for a Power-5 school, it did move them up one spot in this week’s AP rankings. Charlotte comes in as heavy underdogs after a 24-7 loss to Eastern Michigan last week, and hopes to at least put up a fight against a powerful KSU offense.
#8 Michigan Vs. Cincinnati
Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
When: 11:00 AM on ABC
Line: Michigan -34.0
In week one, many experts thought Michigan Vs. Florida would not only be a close game, but that Florida would upset the Wolverines. However, that was not the case as Harbaugh took his team to a 33-17 win. Now heading into week two, Michigan heads into the Big House for their season opener as 34-point favorites against Cincinnati.
#9 Wisconsin Vs. Florida Atlantic
Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin
When: 11:00 AM on BTN
Line: Wisconsin -32.0
The Badgers started slow during their first game against Utah State, they were down 10-0 at the half, and it didn’t look promising for the Wisconsin faithful. In the second half, the Badgers come out swinging, scoring 59 unanswered points to eventually win the game 59-10, and erase all doubts. On the Owls side, Lane Kiffin lost his first game as the head coach and now heads into Madison looking to prove he’s the real deal.
#17 Louisville Vs. North Carolina
Where: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
When: 11:00 AM on ESPN
Line: Louisville -9.5
Lamar Jackson and Louisville had a rocky start to the 2017-18 season, and after not covering the spread and barely beating unranked Purdue, they dropped to #17 in this week’s rankings. On the Tar Heel side of the ball, they’re coming off a disappointing 35-30 defeat at the hands of Cal. However, playing this game at home is a big advantage for the Heels, as they look to beat the Cardinals in a major ACC matchup.
#21 USF Vs. Connecticut
Where: Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT
When: 11:00 AM ESPNEWS
Line: USF -17.5
Charlie Strong is two games into his coaching career at USF and is 2-0, and now heading into an away game at Connecticut he hopes to get another win to show he’s the right guy for the job. Connecticut is 1-0 after barely edging out Holy Cross 27-20, and now will attempt to pull off a ranked upset for their fans at home.
#18 Virginia Tech Vs. Delaware
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Virginia
When: 2:00 on ACC Extra
Line: VT -37.0
Virginia is coming off a close game with West Virginia that almost went into OT, but with that being said, their veteran QB Josh Jackson had a great first game with 235 passing yards and 1 TD. Obviously not much is expected out of Delaware, but the Blue hens might just be able to cover the spread against VT.
#16 Miami @ Arkansas State
Due to Hurricane Irma
#23 TCU @ Arkansas
Where: Arkansas Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas
When: 2:30 on CBS
Line: TCU -3.5
TCU obliterated Jackson State at home in week one by a count of 63-0, but this week promises a challenge for the Horned Frogs. Arkansas welcomes in TCU in week two as 3.5-point underdogs. Arkansas is notorious for coming extremely close to pulling off upsets, but not getting it done. The true test of this game will be whether the TCU defense can stand strong, and if Arkansas can maintain the same level of play throughout the game.
#25 Tennessee Vs. India State
Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee
When: 3:00 on SECN
A wild OT win over Georgia Tech in week one leaves Tennessee a little exhausted heading into week two. Luckily, they’re strong favorites as the 0-1 Sycamores come to town.
#15 Georgia @ #24 Notre Dame
Where: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
When: 6:30 on ESPN
Line: Notre Dame -4.5
The powerful QB/RB combo with Jake Fromm and Nick Chubb led Georgia past their week one game with App State, but now has to travel to face the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. After a couple disappointing seasons at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly might be on the hot seat. If that’s the case then a win against 15th ranked Georgia from the SEC would go a long way in keeping his job.
Andrew: Notre Dame
Aaron: Notre Dame
#12 LSU Vs. Chattanooga
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
When: 6:30 on SECN
Coach O brings a new fiery, and gritty mentality to LSU this season. After already starting with a 27-0 shutout win LSU now turns to dominate Chattanooga at home.
#7 Washington Vs. Washington State
Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington
When: 7:00 on PAC 12
After losing John Ross to the NFL draft, Washington QB Jake Browning looks to continue his 2017 Heisman Campaign against Montana in week two. The Grizzlies, don’t exactly have a high chance of pulling off the upset, but if they can it will be because of their defense as Jake Browning must be stopped.
#20 Washington State Vs. Boise State
Where: Martin Stadium, Pullman, Washington
When: 9:30 on ESPN
Line: WSU -10.0
Mike Leach’s pass raid offense succeeded in week one as QB Luke Falk passed for 311 yards, and 3 Touchdowns in their victory. For Boise State, it comes down to their passing game as well, transfer QB Brett Rypien had 160 yards, and 1 INT in week one. If Boise State wants to win they’ll need Rypien to step up.
Each week Aaron, and Andrew will be making their upset projections for the week on who will be able to cover the spread. Here are this week’s picks.
Andrew: #18 Virginia Tech Vs. Delaware, Line: VT -37.0
While the Blue Hens may not have a defense strong enough to hang with Virginia Tech, they do have three powerful weapons on offense. In Delaware’s first week QB Joe Walker passed for 192 yards and 1TD, RB Thomas Jefferson ran for 102 yards, and WR Diante Cherry caught 4 passes for 83 yards and 1 TD. I understand they put up those numbers against a team like DSU, but they’re three good football players capable of carrying the offensive load, and covering the spread in this game.
Aaron: Cincinnati will cover the 34 point spread against Michigan in the Big House.