Week 2 Picks

Now that I’ve gotten to see all the teams play (or at least seen highlights), picking games for week 2 should be a lot easier, right?  Here are what I think will be some of the Best games of the week.

Arizona @ Oklahoma St. — Although, I think Arizona looked better in the opening week, I will take Weedle, Blackman and the Pokes to right the ship in week 2.

Missouri @ Arizona State — Lets stick with the home team, and even up the PAC-12 / Big 12 score.  I’ll go with the Sun Devils at home.  Missouri did not look Top 25 against Miami, OH.

Florida International @ Louisville — I will call the Big Upset here.  The Panthers looked better against N. Texas than Louisville did against Murray State.  FIU for the win.

Oregon State @ Wisconsin — Was Oregon St.’s monumental meltdown last week because they were looking ahead to Wisconsin?  Doesn’t matter.  The Badgers are by FAR the better team.

Iowa @ Iowa State — Iowa State’s new cross state rival should be N. Iowa.  That game was a lot closer than this one will be.

Mississippi St. @ Auburn — The Bulldogs won’t make the same mistakes the Aggies made last week.  The longest active winning streak in NCAA FBS goes back up for bids.

Alabama @ Penn St. — I have witnessed some amazing “home field advantages” take place in Happy Valley, but I do not expect the Nittny Lions to be so Happy after next week.

Nevada @ Oregon — Last week, did LSU play that good, or Oregon that poorly.  The Wolfpack will be hungry in their first outing of the year while the Ducks are still nursing their wounds.  It’s hard to say how Nevada will look without Kirkpatrick.  I’ll pick the Ducks to fly right in week 2.

Virginia Tech @ East Carolina — Although this could be the Hokies toughest road test this year (except the ACC Championship game) it still is more of a quiz than a test.

TCU @ Air Force — TCU’s win here just proves how good Baylor could be.

California @ Colorado — Week 1, Cali topped Fresno St. and Colorado fell to Hawaii.  I expect both teams to keep headed in the same direction.

Hawaii @ Washington — The Warriors have already conquered one PAC 12 team this year.  They will make it 2 this week.

South Carolina @ Georgia — After last week, I have no grounds to make a case for the Dawgs, but I’ll stick with them for at least another week.

Fresno St. @ Nebraska — Though they will take on anyone, anywhere, a loss last week against California doesn’t inspire confidence in the Bulldogs ability to roll into Lincoln and post an upset.  The Cornhuskers should prevail.

BYU @ Texas— A win at Ole Miss was a huge step for the Cougars in their first outing as an independent, but the quality of the win is not sufficient enough to lead me to believe that they will be able to topple the Longhorns.  I believe Texas is a much better team than we saw last year.

Notre Dame @ Michigan — Both team battled the weather last week.  The expectations placed on Notre Dame at the beginning of the season proved to be too much.  Michigan hasn’t even finished a full four quarters yet this season.  The Wolverines should be able to win in the Big House.

Other picks:

  • Ohio St. over Toledo (but doesn’t cover the spread)
  • Kentucky over C. Michigan
  • North Carolina over Rutgers
  • UCF over Boston College
  • Connecticut over Vanderbilt

About Jesse Alber

Jesse Alber attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications with an Athletic Coaching Endorsement from Hastings College in May, 1993. From 1994 - 2000, Alber served in leadership roles in human resources, retail, and production. Alber enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2000. He served as a Armored Cavalry Scout and Troop Training Manager with A 3/7 CAV 3d ID until 2004. Alber deployed to Bosnia in 2001 and Kwait / Iraq in 2003. Alber served in the Army Reserves from 2005 - 2008. From 2004 - 2010 Alber served as the Adult Education Coordinator for Central Community College and Executive Director for the Hastings Literacy Program. Alber returned to Hastings College in 2010 to study Computer Science and Web Design. He is currently emploed as a Programming and Web Development Intern with Servi-Tech Industries. Alber will complete his program of study in the summer of 2012.
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One Response to Week 2 Picks

  1. Jesse Alber says:

    16-5 on the week. Not too bad. 4 of the 5 I missed were determined by a TD or less. Week 3 should be a good week of college football.

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