BYU at Utah Before the year started, I was all over BYU as a possible BCS buster. This weekend, it’s put up or shut up time for the Cougars! The Cougars travel to Rice-Eccles Stadium to face the Utes, who have one the last two battles in this rivalry. The Utes come in 1-1 after getting upset in overtime last week at Utah State. With Utah Quarterback Jordan Wynn injured and giving up football, John White, who has rushed for an average of 107 yards per game, figures to be the key to this matchup if he can find running room against a Cougar defense that has allowed only 19 points this season. The Cougars come in 2-0, and if they get past the Utes and Boise State next Thursday, they may be a BCS contender.
Arizona State at Missouri The Sun Devils are off a big home 45-14 win against Illinois and looking to go 3-0 with a win over an SEC squad. A win Saturday would be big not only for the Devils, but for the PAC-12 Conference as well. Sophomore Quarterback Taylor Kelly has impressed, starting the season by completing more than 75 percent of his passes for 496 yards. The defense has also been impressive allowing just 20 points through two games. The Tigers are 1-1 and are coming off a 41-20 loss to Georgia in their first game as a member of the SEC Conference. Quarterback James Franklin leads an offense, which has several playmakers, and should be able to put up points against the Sun Devils. This game really intrigues me, as I want to see if Arizona State is for real.
Notre Dame at Michigan Both teams come into the game at 2-0 and rated in the top-25. At Notre Dame, Everett Golson has taken over at quarterback for the Irish, leading them to a 2-0 start, and top Running Back Cierre Wood should be back this week! The Spartans come with one of the better defenses in the country and Sparty will need a solid defensive performance this week if they are going to win. On offense, Andrew Maxwell has been inconsistent, but Leveon Bell has been outstanding and I expect more of the same.
Boston College at Northwestern I have been on the Wildcat bandwagon and I am NOT about to get off just yet. The Cats are off to a 2-0 start with a road victory at Syracuse and a home win against Vanderbilt. Not to look too far ahead but a win here against the Eagles and the Wildcats could be on their way to a 7-0 start. The 1-1 Eagles bring in a pedestrian offense and a solid defense.
Florida at Tennessee This is the game of the week! Both teams come in at 2-0, looking solid with big early season wins. On offense, the Gators have settled in with Jeff Driskel at Quarterback, and Mike Gillislee at Running Back. The Gator defense, which had 10 starters return, has been stellar in wins over Bowling Green and at Texas A&M. The challenge this week will be to stop Quarterback Tyler Bray and the Volunteer offense. The Vols come in averaging 43 points per game, and Bray has completed 45 of 61, for 643 yards and 6 TDs. This should be a good one.
I think the BYU Cougars get revenge this weekend in a tight 20-17 win.
I am going to go with Gary Pinkel’s Missouri Tigers to bounce back 37-30.
My pick is the Fighting Irish 24-20.
I see the Wildcats going 3-0 with 30-28 win.
I look for home field advantage to be a huge factor in a 23-20 Tennessee Volunteers victory.