Mid Major Headache...on to Week 2

By Amsinger - September 03, 2007


53-17? 53-17? 53-17? I thought I was primed and ready for my first single-digit loss column after going 61-12 in week one last year. But NOOOOO...Appalachain State had to pull off the biggest upset of all time, first year coaches like Gene Chizik (Iowa St.), Tim Brewster (Minnesota), Tom O'Brien (N.C. State), David Bailiff (Rice) and Stan Brock (Army) let me down while I was just plain idiotic picking against teams like Kansas (52-7 winners), Purdue (52-24 winners) and BYU (20-7 winners).

I must improve, do so I will stop forecasting so many upsets and stick with the BCS Conference powers when they face mid-majors. Conferences like the MAC (6-6), CUSA (6-5) and the Mountain West (4-4) really destroyed my record.

More focus must be paid to those three leagues in order to salvage the momentum I created from year one.

As always, I get the party started each and every week with the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten and MAC. On Wednesday, my predictions from CUSA, Independents, Mountain West, Pac-Ten, SEC, Sun Belt and WAC will come your way.

Bust out your pencils and take notes, pure genius is coming your way for Week #2 on "OFF PROMPTER"!!!!

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE: 8-2 in this league

NEBRASKA - 27
Wake Forest - 14

*Too many weapons for Bill Callahan. Marlon Lucky throws his name in the Heisman hat with another incredible performance. He'll almost be halfway to 1,000 yards on the season after this slug-fest. As for QB Sam Keller, another so-so outing as Lucky continues to be the leader in Lincoln.

Keller: 17-31, 168 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Lucky: 33 carries, 215 yds, 2 TD
Nunn: 5 catches, 78 yds, 1 TD

Skinner: 23-39, 260 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Andrews: 15 carries, 55 yds
Moore: 7 catches, 80 yds, 1 TD

Miami (FL) - 14
OKLAHOMA - 28

*The Sooners are better than I expected. New QB Sam Bradford shines again as HC Bob Stoops has found the missing piece to his OU puzzle. The Sooner D swarms QB Kirby Freeman as Oklahoma becomes a serious favorite to win the national title. Freshman RB DeMarco Murray also picks up his 6th and 7th touchdowns of the year!

Bradford: 24-30, 286 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Murray: 21 carries, 128 yds, 2 TD
Kelly: 8 catches, 112 yds, 1 TD

Freeman: 12-30, 130 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT
James: 21 carries, 94 yds, 1 TD
Cooper: 16 carries, 71 yds, 1 TD

Duke - 10
VIRGINIA - 12

*The Cavs don't score a single touchdown in this disgusting victory. Move on Greg, nobody is reading about this game anyway.

Sewell: 12-25, 145 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT
Peerman: 15 carries, 78 yds
Covington: 4 catches, 70 yds

Lewis: 14-31, 153 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT; 6 carries, 45 yds
Boyle: 15 carries, 62 yds

La. Monroe - 7
CLEMSON - 42

*The Tigers are still licking their paws after they almost handed a win away in the 2007 Bowden Bowl. RB's James Davis and C.J. Spiller are simply too much for Monroe. Backup QB Will Korn will have to wait another week after Cullen Harper gets the job done again for Tommy Bowden.

Harper: 13-19, 213 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Davis: 23 carries, 155 yds, 2 TD
Spiller: 13 carries, 107 yds, 1 TD


Samford - 0
GA. TECH - 45

*Ladies and gentleman, Chan Gailey is back! The NFL may be ready to open its' arms to this guy once again after the tremendous job he has done with the Yellow Jackets. GT were one of my top five most impressive teams in week one and their smash-mouth defense continues its nasty ways against a bad Samford club. Tashard Choice says "Hello Heisman" after another jaw-dropping performance. QB Taylor Bennett plays much better than he did against the Irish.

Bennett: 23-27, 233 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT
Choice: 21 carries, 237 yds, 3 TD
Smith: 7 catches, 105 yds, 2 TD

N.C. State - 23
BOSTON CO. - 27

*Tough 0-2 start for Tom O'Brien and to make matters worse, his Pack gives up a 4th quarter lead in the final moments. O'Brien is reminded why QB Matt Ryan was his favorite player in college football a year ago. Chestnut Hill will be rockin' for O'Brien's return and for revenge after last year's miraculous hail mary win for N.C. State. Losing RB Toney Baker (knee injury) for the season against UCF is brutal for State.

Ryan: 31-47, 340 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Callender: 20 carries, 88 yds
Challenger: 10 catches, 147 yds, 2 TD

Beck: 25-40, 290 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Brown: 23 carries, 110 yds

UAB - 3
FLORIDA ST. - 30

*What a horrible offensive showing for FSU on Monday night. Against UAB, QB Drew Weatherford learns he CAN throw the ball out of bounds instead of taking sack after sack after sack. OC Jimbo Fisher commits to RB Antone Smith and the Seminole ground game in this easy win.

Weatherford: 12-21, 150 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT
Smith: 33 carries, 185 yds, 2 TD
Fagg: 4 catches, 62 yds, 1 TD

N. Carolina - 13
ECU - 17

UPSET SPECIAL #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*You tell me who "really" won that game in Blacksburg? Skip Holtz made a name for himself (like his last name wasn't familiar in the first place) against the Hokies with a dominating defensive display. It continues against an improving North Carolina club that isn't ready for what the Pirates and their hometown crowd has to throw at them. QB Patrick Pinkney regains control of the QB position at ECU as Greenville goes bonkers after beating their in-state rival for the first time since 1975!

Pinkney: 21-34, 245 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; 7 carries, 56 yds, 1 TD
Lindsay: 14 carries, 70 yds
Henry: 8 catches, 153 yds, 1 TD

Yates: 15-29, 148 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
White: 12 carries, 19 yds

MARYLAND - 38
Florida Int. - 6

*FIU almost beat Maryland last year (losing 14-10). This year, different story. The Terps may have the best team in the Ralph Friedgen era. RB's Keon Lattimore and Lance Ball roll over the Golden Panther defense that gave up 236 yards on the ground to Penn State in week one.

Steffy: 25-32, 278 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT
Lattimore: 24 carries, 193 yds, 2 TD
Heyward-Bey: 11 catches, 158 yds, 2 TD

Virginia Tech - 10
LSU - 21

*One of the most anticipated games of the season goes to Les Miles. The reason? His defense is better than Frank Beamer's. QB Matt Flynn struggles for LSU and Miles looks to backup Ryan Perrilloux once again in the 4th quarter. The Tigers hold on to their #2 ranking with a solid win over a top ten team, but questions offensively leave numerous SEC teams foaming at the mouth to get a crack at the Tigers.

Flynn: 9-23, 117 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT
Perrilloux: 6-9, 122 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT
Williams: 15 carries, 85 yds, 1 TD
Doucet: 7 catches, 148 yds, 1 TD

Glennon: 13-30, 132 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Ore: 21 carries, 56 yds

BIG 12 CONFERENCE: 8-4 in this league

Fresno State - 21
TEXAS A&M - 38

*Fresno State fans hate my guts and I know this. Two years ago I said FSU would lose to USC 55-10 and the Bulldogs almost won. I won't say the Dawgs get blown out in College Station, since their defense played well against Sacremento State (just 102 total yards given up) - but it was SACREMENTO STATE! Therefore, QB Stephen McGee takes advantage of the 7 new faces on defense for Fresno State and rushes for over 150 yards in A&M's second straight home win to start '07.

McGee: 14-23, 166 yds, 1 TD; 12 carries, 152 yds, 2 TD
Goodson: 23 carries, 121 yds, 1 TD
Lane: 12 carries, 63 yds, 1 TD

Brandstater: 17-36, 221 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Mathews: 15 carries, 75 yds, 1 TD

MISSOURI - 35
Ole Miss - 24

*Last year Mizzou beat the Rebels 34-7 at home. This time around Ed Orgeron's club comes out strong but fades in the end to QB Chase Daniel and his potent offensive attack. RB Tony Temple gets back on track after a miserable 33 yard rushing performance against Illinois. The Heisman "Chase" in Columbia is revved up even more after picking up this SEC road win.

Daniel: 32-47, 363 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT; 9 carries, 44 yds, 1 TD
Temple: 21 carries, 113 yds, 1 TD
Maclin: 6 catches, 175 yds, 2 TD

Adams: 18-29, 174 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Green-Ellis: 27 carries, 135 yds, 2 TD

Northern Iowa - 17
IOWA STATE - 41

*HC Gene Chizik worked the Cyclones HARD after losing at home to Kent State in week one. There's NO WAY they lose to this Championship Subdivision rival. Keep an eye on RB JJ Bass Jr., this kid was the lone bright spot for the fans in Ames and the offense will begin and end with him.

Meyer: 13-20, 155 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT; 15 carries, 87 yds, 1 TD
Bass Jr.: 34 carries, 193 yds, 3 TD
Blythe: 5 catches, 90 yds, 1 TD

Rice - 13
BAYLOR - 23

*Baylor's defense was solid against TCU, nothing was solid in Rice's opening day loss to NICHOLLS STATE! HC Guy Morriss is about to enjoy a three-game winning streak (Texas St. and Buffalo are next).

Szymanski: 20-33, 228 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT; 7 carries, 32 yds
Whitaker: 22 carries, 104 yds, 1 TD
Fenty: 5 catches, 63 yds, 1 TD

Clement: 14-26, 185 yds, 1 TD
Dillard: 7 catches, 123 yds, 1 TD

TCU - 14
TEXAS - 20

*The Horned Frogs offense isn't ready for an upset like this. Sure, Arkansas State almost knocked off the Longhorns but in this game Texas simply has more weapons. TCU's defense may be the best in the country but QB Colt McCoy, RB Jamaal Charles and WR Limas Sweed are simply one play better than Gary Patterson's bunch. TCU RB Aaron Brown will play more than he did against Baylor, but it won't be enough. Texas will have to get ready in a hurry for - what should be - a VERY difficult trip to UCF in week three.

McCoy: 21-40, 234 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT; 12 carries, 57 yds
Charles: 25 carries, 118 yds, 1 TD
Sweed: 7 catches, 133 yds, 1 TD

Dalton: 17-32, 228 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Brown: 16 carries, 63 yds, 1 TD

SE. Louisiana - 10
KANSAS - 45

*I won't make this mistake two weeks in a row. Kansas was one of the nation's most impressive teams in week one and I picked the Jayhawks to lose. QB Todd Reesing continues his hot play against a bad Southeastern Louisiana bunch.

Reesing: 27-34, 320 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Sharp: 20 carries, 145 yds, 2 TD
Henry: 6 catches, 133 yds, 2 TD

UTEP - 13
TEXAS TECH - 41

*No offense for the Miners and a TON of "O" for the Red Raiders.

Harrell: 40-48, 458 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Woods: 13 carries, 74 yds
Crabtree: 13 catches, 220 yds, 2 TD

Florida Atlantic - 14
OKIE STATE - 49

*Cowboy fans really thought they had a chance in Athens last week. I did not. OSU played well for a good three quarters before the Bulldog defense took control (allowed just 266 total yards). HC Mike Gundy works out a few kinks and the Cowboys prove they will give Oklahoma and Texas a run for their money in the Big 12 South.

Reid: 30-43, 347 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Savage: 18 carries, 105 yds, 2 TD
Pettigrew: 10 catches, 144 yds, 2 TD

San Jose St. - 13
KANSAS ST. - 31

*I picked KSU to beat Auburn and they almost pulled it off!!! The Wildcats return to Manhattan and smash the Spartans. QB Josh Freeman continues to impress. HC Ron Prince has a very good team on his hands.

Freeman: 27-35, 310 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Johnson: 15 carries, 51 yds, 1 TD
Nelson: 10 catches, 168 yds, 2 TD

Colorado - 21
ARIZONA ST. - 30

*Dan Hawkins bunch is getting there, slowly but surely. After an impressive OT win against Colorado State, the Buffaloes will lead at the half and give Dennis Erickson's QB Rudy Carpenter fits. The Sun Devils remain undefeated thanks to their star-studded splitbacks in Ryan Torain and Keegan Herring. Watch for RB Demetrius Sumler to become the next great Colorado back. His HS stats were unbelievable, 5,696 rushing yards in four years at San Diego's Cathedral Catholic High.

Carpenter: 24-40, 264 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Torain: 22 carries, 140 yds, 1 TD
Herring: 13 carries, 78 yds, 1 TD

Hawkins: 17-31, 196 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Sumler: 24 carries, 125 yds, 2 TD

NEBRASKA - 27
Wake Forest - 14

*Too many weapons for Bill Callahan. Marlon Lucky throws his name in the Heisman hat with another incredible performance. He'll almost be halfway to 1,000 yards on the season after this slug-fest. As for QB Sam Keller, another so-so outing as Lucky continues to be the leader in Lincoln.

Keller: 17-31, 168 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Lucky: 33 carries, 215 yds, 2 TD
Nunn: 5 catches, 78 yds, 1 TD

Skinner: 23-39, 260 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Andrews: 15 carries, 55 yds
Moore: 7 catches, 80 yds, 1 TD

Miami (FL) - 14
OKLAHOMA - 28

*The Sooners are better than I expected. New QB Sam Bradford shines again as HC Bob Stoops has found the missing piece to his OU puzzle. The Sooner D swarms QB Kirby Freeman as Oklahoma becomes a serious favorite to win the national title. Freshman RB DeMarco Murray also picks up his 6th and 7th touchdowns of the year!

Bradford: 24-30, 286 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Murray: 21 carries, 128 yds, 2 TD
Kelly: 8 catches, 112 yds, 1 TD

Freeman: 12-30, 130 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT
James: 21 carries, 94 yds, 1 TD
Cooper: 16 carries, 71 yds, 1 TD

BIG EAST CONFERENCE: 8-0 in this league.

M. Tennessee St. - 10
LOUISVILLE - 55

*Brian Brohm is in the drivers seat for the Heisman Trophy after his second straight perfect performance.

Brohm: 38-50, 438 yds, 5 TD, 0 INT
Stripling: 15 carries, 108 yds, 2 TD
Douglas: 12 catches, 204 yds, 2 TD

OREGON ST. - 24
Cincinnati - 21

*One of the best games of week two! Sure, Cincinnati opened up with a 59-3 drubbing of Southeast Missouri State - but they took advantage of SIX TURNOVERS! There's no way OSU gives the rock away like that - especially after an impressive opener against Utah. RB Yvenson Bernard made plays against the Utes that reminded me of Marshall Faulk, he could be a first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Yvenson is the difference in this one as Cincy proves it's a serious player in the Big East.

Canfield: 9-21, 109 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT
Moevao: 10-17, 133 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Bernard: 30 carries, 194 yds, 2 TD

Mauk: 18-29, 226 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Benton: 26 carries, 105 yds, 1 TD

Navy - 21
RUTGERS - 41

*I picked Rutgers to lose to the Mids last year and although this year's squad in Annapolis is better than in '06 the Scarlet Knights will not get knocked off at home. Ray Rice rolls for another 200+ in this halftime laugher.

Teel: 25-33, 296 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rice: 32 carries, 216 yds, 2 TD
Underwood: 8 catches, 166 yds, 1 TD

Enhada: 5-9, 60 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; 16 carries, 74 yds
Ballard: 15 carries, 63 yds, 1 TD
White: 24 carries, 100 yds

W. VIRGINIA - 45
Marshall - 17

*The Thundering Herd hangs around for a half. Then...well...it's all Mountaineers. Rich Rodriguez is so happy he stayed in Morgantown, because he knows this squad can win the BCS Title. They're my pick to do it and the second half of this one will show you why.

White: 15-21, 218 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; 20 carries, 168 yds, 2 TD
Slaton: 24 carries, 188 yds, 2 TD

Maine - 3
UCONN - 48

*The Huskies are my Big East sleeper and you're seeing why. HC Randy Edsall is doing a phenominal job in Storrs and with Temple, Pitt and Akron on the schedule next - UConn is one upset away from being 5-0 heading into its October 13th matchup with Virginia on the road...another winnable game!

Lorenzen: 26-34, 343 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT; 12 carries, 88 yds, 2 TD
Brown: 22 carries, 125 yds, 2 TD
Taylor: 9 catches, 172 yds, 1 TD

GRAMBLING ST. - 31
Pittsburgh - 27

UPSET SPECIAL #2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Oh yes I did!!! The Panthers looked "blah" against an Eastern Michigan team that was 1-11 in 2006. Throw in the thumb injury to QB Bill Stull - who looked good before the injury to EMU and questions surround the Pitt program. RB LeSean McCoy is the real deal and will become the "go-to-guy" for HC Dave Wannstedt, but he's not enough for the high-octane offense of the Grambling State Tigers. HUGE UPSET!

Landers: 22-40, 294 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Warren: 35 carries, 196 yds, 2 TD
Jackson: 9 catches, 154 yds, 1 TD

Smith: 12-25, 122 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT; 10 carries, 53 yds
Bostick: 10-16, 150 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
McCoy: 25 carries, 138 yds, 1 TD

Syracuse - 10
IOWA - 34

*The Hawkeyes just keep it on the ground and the Orange defense wrinkles up as usual.

Christensen: 10-19, 128 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT
Young: 26 carries, 201 yds, 3 TD
Sims: 15 carries, 74 yds

USF - 21
Auburn - 10

UPSET SPECIAL #3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*How do I pick against the Tigers AT HOME two weeks in a row? I just did. Kansas State should have won that game anyway, with a fumble return TD being the difference. USF is better than Kansas St. - the Bulls defense will give Auburn's OVERRATED offense fits. QB Brandon Cox continues to struggle and HC Tommy Tuberville starts to consider a change at the position. You may be saying, "Greg...USF beat ELON 28-13!!!" Yeah, but ask the locals...the Bulls hid their offense in that game. QB Matt Grothe threw the rock 39 times (a personal most) and 20-year-old freshman Miike Ford only touched the ball 6 times. Ford had 3 TOUCHDOWNS!!! USF throws everything it has at Auburn and the Bulls pull of the upset!

Grothe: 14-20, 164 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; 17 carries, 105 yds, 1 TD
Ford: 27 carries, 155 yds, 2 TD

Cox: 16-37, 153 yds, 0 TD, 3 INT
Tate: 28 carries, 76 yds, 2 TD

BIG TEN CONFERENCE: 8-3 in this league.

Nevada - 7
N'WESTERN - 13

*Nevada isn't as bad as their blowout loss to Nebraska last week. Their defense, which held six opponents to 10 points or less last season - returns 7 starters...including two of their top three tacklers. Chris Ault gave a promotion to linebackers coach Ken Wilson and made him defensive coordinator this year...Kenny will get his unit to perform against the Wildcats. The problem is, Northwestern has an even better defense! 4 of their top 5 tacklers from '06 led the way against lowly Northeastern last week and HC Pat Fitzgerald's Cats will do it again this week improving to 2-0.

Bacher: 18-28, 203 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT
Sutton: 32 carries, 124 yds, 1 TD
Peterman: 6 catches, 95 yds

Graziano: 14-32, 140 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT
Taua: 15 carries, 62 yds

Bowling Green - 30
MICHIGAN ST. - 34

*Two mistakes from last week. I picked the Falcons to lose to Minnesota and I predicted an ugly opening game for Mark Dantonio and the Spartans. I couldn't have been more wrong as Bowling Green won and MSU was awesome. Michigan State was the most impressive team in week one (despite playing lowly UAB). This week the competition goes up a couple notches, but the Spartans still respond and await Pitt, Notre Dame and Wisconsin in consecutive weeks.

Hoyer: 15-22, 240 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Ringer: 15 carries, 112 yds, 2 TD
Caulcrick: 19 carries, 94 yds, 1 TD

Sheehan: 30-55, 302 yds, 3 TD, 3 INT
Ransom: 9 catches, 127 yds, 2 TD

Miami (OH) - 24
MINNESOTA - 27

*The Gophers escape another MAC meltdown! After losing in OT to Bowling Green in week #1, new HC Tim Brewster narrowly escapes opening up his coaching era in Minneapolis 0-2 - at home.

Weber: 20-30, 231 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Pinnix: 30 carries, 184 yds, 1 TD
Decker: 6 catches, 128 yds, 1 TD

Kokal: 16-34, 174 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Murphy: 26 carries, 115 yds, 2 TD

Akron - 13
OHIO ST. - 42

*Please don't think this game will be close. OSU is simply too much. I don't care if they opened up sluggish against Youngstown State. RB Chris Wells will erase a horrible 46 yards performance against the Penguins and help the Buckeyes cruise to an easy win. QB Todd Boeckman looks sharp once again, helping folks in Columbus forget about departed Troy Smith.

Boeckman: 22-29, 265 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
C. Wells: 23 carries, 170 yds, 2 TD
Robiskie: 7 catches, 116 yds, 1 TD

E. Illinois - 17
PURDUE - 49

*Like I mentioned earlier, I apologize to HC Joe Tiller and his staff for picking against them on the road versus Toledo. It was a bad move on my part and QB Curtis Painter rubbed my nose in it with 4 touchdown passes (he was only 14-30 though). The Boilermakers have more weapons now than they had when Drew Brees was under center. Therefore, the boys from West Lafayette smash this Championship Subdivision'er and have their sights on a possible 5-0 start (C. Michigan, Minnesota and Notre Dame are next) before hosting Ohio State on October 6th.

OREGON - 42
Michigan - 38

UPSET SPECIAL #4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*For those of you who think there is NO WAY the Wolverines will lose this game after the most humiliating defeat in Michigan history - you're wrong. Oregon is the BOWL Subdivision version of Appalachain State!!! Dennis Dixon's ability to tuck and run will destroy this terrible Michigan defense and Lloyd Carr is all but fired after this one. Expect RB Jonathan Stewart to feel better this week and get more carries, to go along with RB Jeremiah Johnson's explosiveness in the Oregon backfield.

Dixon: 16-32, 185 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT; 16 carries, 132 yds, 2 TD
Stewart: 15 carries, 94 yds, 1 TD
Johnson: 13 carries, 85 yds, 2 TD

Henne: 22-37, 263 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Hart: 32 carries, 153 yds, 3 TD
Manningham: 6 catches, 107 yds, 2 TD

Notre Dame - 13
PENN STATE - 37

*Yes sir, it does get THIS BAD for Charlie Weis. QB Jimmy Clausen is forced to play much earlier than anyone at Notre Dame wanted and the kid is attacked by a fantastic Penn State defense. The Irish could lose 8 games this year.

Morelli: 23-30, 290 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Scott: 10 carries, 82 yds, 1 TD
Royster: 12 carries, 71 yds

Clausen: 14-33, 170 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Sharpley: 5-8, 64 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT
Carlson: 8 catches, 95 yds, 1 TD

W. Illinois - 28
ILLINOIS - 45

*If QB Juice Williams doesn't get injured against Missouri, the Illini win that game. Juice is back for WIU and he shows why folks in Champaign have every reason to believe in HC Ron Zook. RB Rashard Mendenhall gets off the snide as well and the lllini are about to become a dangerous team in the Big Ten.

Williams: 20-28, 265 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT; 12 carries, 110 yds, 2 TDBenn: 6 catches, 96 yds, 1 TD
Mendenhall: 18 carries, 123 yds, 1 TD

INDIANA - 38
W. Michigan - 21

*Fans in Bloomington may be asking, "Yo, Greg - did you see what our D did last week?" My response to that is yes, it played against Indiana State (1-11 last year). So, I do expect the Hoosiers to give up 21 points to a Bronco offense that doesn't have a solidified leader at the QB position. IU on the other hand, does. QB Kellen Lewis continues to shine and gets the ball in the hands of WR James Hardy more in this road victory for HC Bill Lynch.

Lewis: 25-33, 285 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT; 11 carries, 77 yds, 1 TD
Hardy: 10 catches, 160 yds, 2 TD
Thigpen: 13 carries, 73 yds, 1 TD

Peregrin: 22-35, 175 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
West: 20 carries, 105 yds, 1 TD
Simmons: 12 catrches, 110 yds, 2 TD

Syracuse - 10
IOWA - 34

*The Hawkeyes just keep it on the ground and the Orange defense wrinkles up as usual.

Christensen: 10-19, 128 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT
Young: 26 carries, 201 yds, 3 TD
Sims: 15 carries, 74 yds

WISCONSIN - 30
UNLV - 14

*Closer than anyone in Madison expected...in the first half at least. Too many question marks on offense for UNLV and QB Travis Dixon shows his inexperience against a legitimate national title contender.

Donovan: 23-35, 240 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Hill: 28 carries, 178 yds, 2 TD
Swan: 8 catches, 97 yds, 1 TD
Beckum: 6 catches, 110 yds, 1 TD

Dixon: 13-26, 128 yds, 0 TD, 3 INT; 15 carries, 105 yds, 1 TD
Summers: 16 carries, 54 yds, 1 TD

MAC CONFERENCE: 6-6 in this league.

Buffalo - 21
TEMPLE - 23

*A classic few will see!!! The Owls get revenge for last year's 9-3 OT loss at Buffalo to open the season. HC Al Golden may be working some magic in Philly when you consider Temple's week one showing against Navy. The Mids were expected to roll over the Owls, but they hung tough and only lost by eleven. QB Adam DiMichele is a decent option and he's the difference in this one.

DiMichele: 28-34, 288 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Harper: 12 carries, 46 yds
Francis: 7 catches, 99 yds, 1 TD

BALL STATE - 27
E. Michigan - 17

*BSU let me and alum David Letterman down last week. I picked the Cardinals to beat Miami (OH) and they choked at home in Muncie. HC Brady Hoke knows his club is better than last week's 13 point offensive showing and they prove it on the road.

Davis: 22-31, 237 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Lewis: 25 carries, 112 yds, 1 TD
Love: 9 catches, 133 yds, 2 TD

Kent State - 17
KENTUCKY - 48

*Yeah, yeah, I picked against Kent State last week and it burned me. Well, they have NO SHOT against my pick to win the SEC!!!!! QB Andre Woodson eclipses the 300 yard mark and RB Rafael Little is showing NFL scouts there's more to this conference than McFadden and Jones at the running back position.

Woodson: 35-51, 344 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Little: 20 carries, 156 yds, 2 TD
Burton: 12 catches, 177 yds, 2 TD

Ohio - 30
La. Lafayette - 31

*A great finish! After giving Steve Spurrier and South Carolina all they had to open the season on the road, the Rajun' Cajuns come storming back to nip the Bobcats! QB Michael Desormeaux was awesome vs. the Gamecocks and will run all over Frank Solich's Ohio defense. Crucial loss for Ohio considering a trip to Virginia Tech and a home contest versus Wyoming follows.

Desormeaux: 12-18, 108 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT; 21 carries, 133 yds, 2 TD

TOLEDO - 13
C. Michigan - 9

*A battle of two teams that let me down last week. Toledo, by NOT beating Purdue and CMU by getting HAMMERED by Kansas. This game could be as ugly as it gets.

S. ILLINOIS - 17
N. Illinois - 16

UPSET SPECIAL #5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*An upset to anyone OUTSIDE the "Land of Lincoln." Folks aware of SIU, understand how good this Championship Subdivision program is each and every year. NIU played Iowa tough (16-3 the final), but the Salukis ground game is even better than Iowa's!!!

Hill: 10-15, 138 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Randle: 29 carries, 132 yds, 1 TD

Bowling Green - 30
MICHIGAN ST. - 34

*Two mistakes from last week. I picked the Falcons to lose to Minnesota and I predicted an ugly opening game for Mark Dantonio and the Spartans. I couldn't have been more wrong as Bowling Green won and MSU was awesome. Michigan State was the most impressive team in week one (despite playing lowly UAB). This week the competition goes up a couple notches, but the Spartans still respond and await Pitt, Notre Dame and Wisconsin in consecutive weeks.

Hoyer: 15-22, 240 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Ringer: 15 carries, 112 yds, 2 TD
Caulcrick: 19 carries, 94 yds, 1 TD

Sheehan: 30-55, 302 yds, 3 TD, 3 INT
Ransom: 9 catches, 127 yds, 2 TD

Miami (OH) - 24
MINNESOTA - 27

*The Gophers escape another MAC meltdown! After losing in OT to Bowling Green in week #1, new HC Tim Brewster narrowly escapes opening up his coaching era in Minneapolis 0-2 - at home.

Weber: 20-30, 231 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Pinnix: 30 carries, 184 yds, 1 TD
Decker: 6 catches, 128 yds, 1 TD

Kokal: 16-34, 174 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Murphy: 26 carries, 115 yds, 2 TD

Akron - 13
OHIO ST. - 42

*Please don't think this game will be close. OSU is simply too much. I don't care if they opened up sluggish against Youngstown State. RB Chris Wells will erase a horrible 46 yards performance against the Penguins and help the Buckeyes cruise to an easy win. QB Todd Boeckman looks sharp once again, helping folks in Columbus forget about departed Troy Smith.

Boeckman: 22-29, 265 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
C. Wells: 23 carries, 170 yds, 2 TD
Robiskie: 7 catches, 116 yds, 1 TD

INDIANA - 38
W. Michigan - 21

*Fans in Bloomington may be asking, "Yo, Greg - did you see what our D did last week?" My response to that is yes, it played against Indiana State (1-11 last year). So, I do expect the Hoosiers to give up 21 points to a Bronco offense that doesn't have a solidified leader at the QB position. IU on the other hand, does. QB Kellen Lewis continues to shine and gets the ball in the hands of WR James Hardy more in this road victory for HC Bill Lynch.

Lewis: 25-33, 285 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT; 11 carries, 77 yds, 1 TD
Hardy: 10 catches, 160 yds, 2 TD
Thigpen: 13 carries, 73 yds, 1 TD

Peregrin: 22-35, 175 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
West: 20 carries, 105 yds, 1 TD
Simmons: 12 catrches, 110 yds, 2 TD


Posted by Amsinger at 12:48 PM on September 03, 2007
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