Following what was considered by many to be the best College Football Kickoff Weekend ever, Week Two features 29 games pairing FCS schools against the Big Boys. But guess what, the days of 29 sure victories are over. Last Saturday David beat Goliath over and over and over again. Teams from the FCS made a major statement as four FCS teams defeated FBS opponents, all four were facing in-state opponents. Washington state hosted Eastern Washington and fell 45-42, the second season in a row that the Cougars have opened with a loss to a FCS opponent! Virginia kindly paid the Richmond Spiders $375,000 to beat them up 37-20. Northern Iowa made the hour drive to Ames Iowa, and walked out a winner stunning the Cyclones 25-20. Finally, Albany defeated Buffalo 22-16.
A QUICK LOOK BACK AT WEEK ONE It was a “gourmet” weekend of college football. We feasted on five days of incredible action, ending Monday night, when Florida State rallied from 22 down to beat Ole Miss. The SEC and Pac-12 disappointed in week one. The SEC finishg 7-7 and it could have been worse as Tennessee and Arkansas narrowly escaped with wins. In my previews, I called for the ACC to be the best conference, and they didn’t disappoint with a 10-2 mark in week one!
WHAT TO WATCH IN WEEK TWO
PENN STATE 1-0 AT PITTSBURGH 1-0 These schools haven’t met since 2000, when the Panthers won 12-0. Pitt is one of my teams to watch this season, and the Panthers have the edge on both sides of the ball. James Connor and Qadree Ollison give the Panthers two potential 100 yard backs, while Lions QB Trace McSorley will be making his first collegiate road start. The Panthers should renew of this spirited rivalry with a big home win. PENNSYLVANIA PROPERTY OF PANTHERS, PITT 28-20.
SOUTH CAROLINA 1-0 AT MISSISSIPPI STATE 0-1 Two surprising results last weekend, as I thought the records would be reversed. I’m still in shock over the Bulldogs effort last Saturday. Westin Graves clanked the game-winning field goal attempt off the upright with seconds left. Meanwhile, the Gamecocks rallied to defeat Vanderbilt on the road. Head coach Will Muschamp finally settled on quarterback Perry Orth, who guided the second half surge. The Bulldogs are 13-4 versus the SEC East since 2009, while the Gamecocks have won seven straight in this series, with the last Bulldog win in 1999. BULLDOGS BOUNCE BACK 24-20.
ARKANSAS 1-0 AT TCU 1-0 These teams haven’t met since both were members of the Southwest Conference. Both teams struggled last week! TCU gave up 41 points to South Dakota State, while Arkansas was held to just 106 yards rushing by Louisiana Tech. I will be shocked if TCU gives up another 41 points, but I will be equally stunned if Arkansas doesn’t rush for at least 175 yards in this contest. This is a game that should be decided late in the fourth quarter. Kenny Hill has beaten the Hogs before, leading A&M to a win just two years ago. FROGS CALL THE HOGS, TCU 31-28
NORTH CAROLINA 0-1 AT ILLINOIS 1-0 Head coach Lovie Smith has Champaign excited about this squad. The Illini opened the season by thumping Murray State 52-3. The defense forced two turnovers and recorded six sacks in the victory. Quarterback Wes Lunt is one of the top quarterbacks in the BIG 10. He will need to pick apart the Tar HeEl defense to will a victory. The Heels are coming off a tough loss to Georgia, as the defense was gashed by Bulldog running back Nick Chubb’s 222 rushing yards. The Illini don’t have a feature back to take advantage of what many are calling a soft front seven. North Carolina is the better football team, but I’m just not sure if they bounce back this weekend. I’ll be in the stands for this game and expect a tight shootout. TAR HEELS WIN NAILBITER, UNC 33-30.
WASHINGTON STATE 0-1 AT BOISE STATE 1-0 This could be the best game of the weekend. My Boise insider, tells me the Boise fans are feeling snubbed by the national media, as Houston is getting all the love for the non-power five schools. The Broncos will have a chance to make a statement against the Cougars. For the second straight season, the Cougars dropped their opener to a FCS team. Last season the Wazzu fell to Portland State, then went on to finish 9-4. Luke Falk passed for 418 yards in the loss on Saturday. It was the Cougar defense that played poorly, allowing 606 total yards! I give the Broncos a big advantage on defense. The offenses are a toss-up, with Falk and Brett Rypien both premier quarterbacks. The Broncos have won 14 straight home openers on the blue turf, but the last loss was to these same Cougars in 2001. If you want excitement and high scoring this is your game! I’ll be watching. BRONCOS MAKE A STATEMENT, WIN WILD ONE 48-44.
TEXAS TECH 1-0 AT ARIZONA STATE 1-0 Quarterback Manny Wilkins got the nod under center for the Sun Devils in the season opener. He was efficient throwing for 180 yards, while adding 89 yards on the ground. The Devils have only 10 starters back from last season and will have growing pains all season long. Last week the Devil D gave up six passing plays of over 20 yards to FCS foe Northern Arizona. Just imagine what Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes will do — he threw for 4,653 yards and 36 touchdowns a year ago! He added another 6 touchdowns in the season opener Saturday. The Devils will score, but they will not keep up with the Red Raiders, who enter this game as an underdog! RED RAIDERS STICK A FORK IN THE SUN DEVIL, TECH 49-35.
SUPER SIX PACK: SIX GAMES, SIX WORDS, SIX PICKS
VIRGINIA TECH 1-0 AT TENNESSEE 1-0 (AT BRISTOL SPEEDWAY) Volunteers win race by 14 laps. UT 34 – VT 20.
OHIO 0-1 AT KANSAS 1-0 Jayhawks haven’t won back-to-back since 2011. Rock Chalk Jayhawk 31-30.
BYU 1-0 AT UTAH 1-0 The Holy War is still raging! Beehive dates Cougars, Utes 20-17.
IOWA STATE 0-1 AT IOWA 1-0 Cy-Hawk trophy stays in Iowa City. Hawks soar 38-13.
CINCINNATI 1-0 AT PURDUE 1-0 A special one for the Boilers. Bearcats excited about date with Cougars, forget to take care of Boilermakers, Purdue 38-28.
NEW MEXICO 1-0 AT NEW MEXICO STATE 0-1 Winner gets the Rio Grande Trophy. Lobo’s win one 32-21.
Please comment – HOW MANY FCS TEAMS WILL BEAT FBS SCHOOLS THIS WEEK?
LAST WEEKS RESULTS
FEATURED GAMES 3-2
UPSET SPECIAL 0-1
PICK SIX 5-1