Round 2 of Week 2

By Amsinger - September 04, 2007


I'm feeling spiffy after my first half of picks for the second week of college football. USF over Auburn, ECU over UNC, Grambling St. over Pitt, Oregon over Michigan and Southern Illinois over Northern Illinois has me excited for an upset prone weekend.

For those predictions, along with others from the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten and MAC - check out my previous blog.

If your game of interest belongs in CUSA, Independents, Mountain West, Pac-Ten, SEC, Sun Belt and WAC - you're about to get hooked up on OFF PROMPTER!!!!!

CONFERENCE USA: 6-5 in CUSA

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

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

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

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

MEMPHIS - 20
Ark. State - 17

*Nope, I'm not going with this sexy upset pick. Sure Arkansas State gave Texas fits in week one, that doesn't mean they're an automatic against a Tiger team that is still furious it lost to Ole Miss. HC Tommy West decides to NOT throw the ball 60 TIMES!!!! QB Martin Hankins will NOT throw 4 interceptions in this contest as Memphis puts together a solid performance on the road against a very good Arkansas State team that beat them last year on a last second Hail Mary.

Hankins: 28-43, 277 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Doss: 26 carries, 138 yds, 1 TD
Calhoun: 7 catches, 115 yds, 1 TD

MISS. STATE - 28
Tulane - 0

*Hate predicting shutouts, but I have to. The Bulldog defense played well in their opener against LSU (don't laugh, 45-0 did not indicate how good the D was). QB Michael Henig couldn't have played worse. This kid may be the smallest QB in America. MSU has him listed at 6'1, 195 lbs. Come on, I met him at SEC Media Day and he's 5'10, 175. Which means he threw more picks than feet he is tall...6. Henig sits back and watches Josh Riddell take over the controls and get a much needed win for Sylvester Croom.

Riddell: 11-20, 152 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT
Henig: 2-9, 28 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT

N. Texas - 13
SMU - 37

*The Mustangs aren't looking like CUSA contenders after a sloppy first half versus the Mean Green. QB Justin Willis gets more room to maneuver than he did in week one against Texas Tech. Still, the Mustangs offense needs to wake up before it goes on the road to face gritty Arkansas State and TCU defenses. NTU will be giving up an average of 53 points per game after its second loss of the season.

Willis: 23-34, 272 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT; 12 carries, 103 yds, 1 TD
Martin: 20 carries, 91 yds
Sanders: 6 catches, 115 yds, 2 TD

So. Mississippi - 24
TENNESSEE - 41

*Tennessee looked great offensively against Cal. Defensively, it was another story. The Vols couldn't stop the Bears ground game because they were so worried with Cal's aerial attack. Southern Miss RB Damion Fletcher is a special player, but the Golden Eagles don't have the pass attack to stretch Phil Fulmer's defense.

Ainge: 32-45, 392 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Foster: 18 carries, 88 yds, 1 TD
Brown: 8 catches, 137 yds, 2 TD

Fletcher: 27 carries, 128 yds, 2 TD


INDEPENDENTS: 3-1 overall record.

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

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

Rhode Island - 17
ARMY - 27

*Closer than folks in West Point want, but a win is a win.

Pevoto: 18-29, 185 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
McMahand: 21 carries, 95 yds, 1 TD
Trimble: 8 catches, 100 yds, 1 TD

W. Virginia Tech - 9
W. KENTUCKY - 35

*This is agianst West Virginia TECH - not the men from Morgantown.

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE: I'm 4-4 in this league.

CALIFORNIA - 41
Colorado State - 23

*Longshore, Jackson, Forsett and Hawkins are just too much for the Rams...even at home. Last week's OT loss to rival Colorado was a back-breaker for Sonny Lubick and company. Now, CSU is off to an 0-2 start, with trips to Houston and TCU next. Smells like 0-4 to me!

Longshore: 32-44, 355 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Forsett: 24 carries, 138 yds, 2 TD
Jackson: 6 catches, 140 yds, 2 TD

Hanie: 24-36, 233 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Bell: 35 carries, 117 yds, 1 TD

Utah State - 9
WYOMING - 34

*I love this Wyoming football team! Based around defense, a consistent ground game and young, star quarterback. HC Joe Glenn is becoming a hot coaching prospect once again. Check out Wyoming's schedule, 9-3 is a very real possibility.

Sween: 23-28, 305 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT
Seldon: 17 carries, 122 yds, 1 TD
Moore: 13 carries, 87 yds

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

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

AIR FORCE - 17
Utah - 16

UPSET SPECIAL#6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*With QB Brian Johnson out at least three weeks, the Utes can't move the ball. Oregon State looked like the Steel Curtain against HC Kyle Whittingham's bunch last week. This week, the Falcons continue to impress and get ready for the most brutal portion of their schedule (TCU, BYU and Navy in consecutive weeks). Senior tailback Kip McCarthy becomes the "go-to" back for new HC Troy Calhoun, who should be commended for not completely dumping the option offense when he showed up in Colorado Springs.

Carney: 15-21, 183 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT; 20 carries, 95 yds, 1 TD
McCarthy: 24 carries, 120 yds
Dekker: 6 catches, 82 yds, 1 TD

Grady: 22-43, 251 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Hernandez: 8 catches, 133 yds, 1 TD


BYU - 24
UCLA - 48

*Yep, the Bruins are THIS good! BYU made me look like an idiot last week and they have another shot and laughing in my face. Beating Arizona the way they did was impressive, but UCLA boasts too many weapons. The Pac-Ten is all about offense this year, with Cal, USC, Washington, Washington St., Oregon, Oregon St. and UCLA all able to drop a 40-spot on you. Give it up to the Bruins in this one, QB Ben Olson may get a few Heisman whispers.

Olson: 28-39, 398 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
Markey: 23 carries, 118 yds, 1 TD
Bell: 15 carries, 68 yds
Breazell: 7 catches, 162 yds, 2 TD

Hall: 30-48, 294 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Vakapuna: 16 carries, 81 yds

San Diego St. - 23
WASH. STATE - 37

*I like this Cougar club! For three quarters they were just as good as Wisconsin...a team that I predict will play for the national championship. This "home game" in Seattle will be all WSU, with the Aztecs coming on strong when the Cougar first string defense comes off the field.

Brink: 24-33, 285 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Tardy: 22 carries, 164 yds, 1 TD

NEW MEXICO ST. - 23
New Mexico - 21

*A classic finish between two rivals! A bit of an upset too. Since 1969, NMSU has won in Alburquerque just twice! I predict the Aggies come back from five down with under a minute left to snag another close win away from a dejected and experienced Lobo team.

Holbrook: 30-52, 414 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT

Ferguson: 29 carries, 193 yds, 2 TD

PAC TEN CONFERENCE: 7-2 in this league.

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

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

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

CALIFORNIA - 41
Colorado State - 23

*Longshore, Jackson, Forsett and Hawkins are just too much for the Rams...even at home. Last week's OT loss to rival Colorado was a back-breaker for Sonny Lubick and company. Now, CSU is off to an 0-2 start, with trips to Houston and TCU next. Smells like 0-4 to me!

Longshore: 32-44, 355 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Forsett: 24 carries, 138 yds, 2 TD
Jackson: 6 catches, 140 yds, 2 TD

Hanie: 24-36, 233 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Bell: 35 carries, 117 yds, 1 TD

San Diego St. - 23
WASH. STATE - 37

*I like this Cougar club! For three quarters they were just as good as Wisconsin...a team that I predict will play for the national championship. This "home game" in Seattle will be all WSU, with the Aztecs coming on strong when the Cougar first string defense comes off the field.

Brink: 24-33, 285 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Tardy: 22 carries, 164 yds, 1 TD

BYU - 24
UCLA - 48

*Yep, the Bruins are THIS good! BYU made me look like an idiot last week and they have another shot and laughing in my face. Beating Arizona the way they did was impressive, but UCLA boasts too many weapons. The Pac-Ten is all about offense this year, with Cal, USC, Washington, Washington St., Oregon, Oregon St. and UCLA all able to drop a 40-spot on you. Give it up to the Bruins in this one, QB Ben Olson may get a few Heisman whispers.

Olson: 28-39, 398 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
Markey: 23 carries, 118 yds, 1 TD
Bell: 15 carries, 68 yds
Breazell: 7 catches, 162 yds, 2 TD

Hall: 30-48, 294 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Vakapuna: 16 carries, 81 yds

N. Arizona - 14
ARIZONA - 19

*You know that "hot seat" so many of you think Lloyd Carr is on after losing to a Championship Subdivision opponent??? HC Mike Stoops would share it with the Big Blue Boss if the Cats drop this one.

Boise State - 38
WASHINGTON - 41

UPSET SPECIAL #7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*The streak comes to an end!!! Washington impressed me with their blowout road win at Syracuse last week. QB Jake Locker is the man behind center and HC Tyrone Willingham is back in the RELEVANT CATEGORY of college football!!!! Boise State's BCS busting dreams will not be back-to-back. Believe it or not, this is a cornerstone victory for Ty's current program.

Locker: 20-31, 280 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT; 14 carries, 105 yds, 1 TD
Rankin: 27 carries, 144 yds, 1 TD

Tharp: 13-28, 153 yds, 2 TD, 4 INT
Johnson: 35 carries, 186 yds, 3 TD

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE: 9-2 in this league.

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

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

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

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

MISS. STATE - 28
Tulane - 0

*Hate predicting shutouts, but I have to. The Bulldog defense played well in their opener against LSU (don't laugh, 45-0 did not indicate how good the D was). QB Michael Henig couldn't have played worse. This kid may be the smallest QB in America. MSU has him listed at 6'1, 195 lbs. Come on, I met him at SEC Media Day and he's 5'10, 175. Which means he threw more picks than feet he is tall...6. Henig sits back and watches Josh Riddell take over the controls and get a much needed win for Sylvester Croom.

Riddell: 11-20, 152 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT
Henig: 2-9, 28 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT

So. Mississippi - 24
TENNESSEE - 41

*Tennessee looked great offensively against Cal. Defensively, it was another story. The Vols couldn't stop the Bears ground game because they were so worried with Cal's aerial attack. Southern Miss RB Damion Fletcher is a special player, but the Golden Eagles don't have the pass attack to stretch Phil Fulmer's defense.

Ainge: 32-45, 392 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Foster: 18 carries, 88 yds, 1 TD
Brown: 8 catches, 137 yds, 2 TD

Fletcher: 27 carries, 128 yds, 2 TD

Troy - 24
FLORIDA - 44

*Gotta give the Trojans credit. Opening up against Arkansas and Florida on the road and Oklahoma State at home is ridiculous. QB Tim Tebow shows the skeptics he can pass for 300 yards in back to back weeks!!!!

Tebow: 20-27, 315 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT; 10 carries, 83 yds, 2 TD
Moore: 18 carries, 102 yds
Caldwell: 5 catches, 137 yds, 2 TD
Harvin: 3 catches, 92 yds, 1 TD

ALABAMA - 23
Vanderbilt - 10

*Much closer than anticipated! Both teams put on a offensive show in week#1, but things change in conference play. RB Terry Grant is legit and gives fans in Tuscaloosa an explosive back they thought they were getting in Kenneth Darby when he took the job in 2005. J.P. Wilson continues to play mistake-free football as 'Bama gets revved up for Arkansas, Georgia and Florida State in consecutive weeks. Watch for WR Earl Bennett, he's amazing. After two weeks, he'll have 23 catches! The best skill receiver in the college game.

Wilson: 17-30, 226 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Grant: 32 carries, 195 yds, 1 TD
Hall: 6 catches, 100 yds, 1 TD

Nickson: 15-27, 207 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT; 12 carries, 63 yds, 1 TD
Bennett: 10 catches, 164 yds

South Carolina - 13
GEORGIA - 24

*The Gamecocks defense gives the Dawgs fits in the first half. Expect Spurrier's crew to lead at the break. Then, QB Matthew Stafford takes over. Knowshon Moreno breaks out with two breakaway runs that give UGA all the momentum. Georgia is becoming a national title contender.

Stafford: 18-32, 240 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Brown: 18 carries, 73 yds
Moreno: 13, 112 yds, 1 TD

Mitchell: 24-43, 253 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT
Boyd: 21 carries, 56 yds


SUN BELT CONFERENCE: 6-1 in this league.

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

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

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

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

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

MEMPHIS - 20
Ark. State - 17

*Nope, I'm not going with this sexy upset pick. Sure Arkansas State gave Texas fits in week one, that doesn't mean they're an automatic against a Tiger team that is still furious it lost to Ole Miss. HC Tommy West decides to NOT throw the ball 60 TIMES!!!! QB Martin Hankins will NOT throw 4 interceptions in this contest as Memphis puts together a solid performance on the road against a very good Arkansas State team that beat them last year on a last second Hail Mary.

Hankins: 28-43, 277 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Doss: 26 carries, 138 yds, 1 TD
Calhoun: 7 catches, 115 yds, 1 TD

N. Texas - 13
SMU - 37

*The Mustangs aren't looking like CUSA contenders after a sloppy first half versus the Mean Green. QB Justin Willis gets more room to maneuver than he did in week one against Texas Tech. Still, the Mustangs offense needs to wake up before it goes on the road to face gritty Arkansas State and TCU defenses. NTU will be giving up an average of 53 points per game after its second loss of the season.

Willis: 23-34, 272 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT; 12 carries, 103 yds, 1 TD
Martin: 20 carries, 91 yds
Sanders: 6 catches, 115 yds, 2 TD

Troy - 24
FLORIDA - 44

*Gotta give the Trojans credit. Opening up against Arkansas and Florida on the road and Oklahoma State at home is ridiculous. QB Tim Tebow shows the skeptics he can pass for 300 yards in back to back weeks!!!!

Tebow: 20-27, 315 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT; 10 carries, 83 yds, 2 TD
Moore: 18 carries, 102 yds
Caldwell: 5 catches, 137 yds, 2 TD
Harvin: 3 catches, 92 yds, 1 TD


WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: 9-0 in this league.

Cal Poly - 6
IDAHO - 21

*The Vandals played really well against USC in week #1. Their momentum carries over and gives new HC Robb Akey his first win in Moscow.

Enderle: 16-25, 193 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Jackson: 24 carries, 121 yds, 2 TD

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

HAWAII - 55
La. Tech - 14

*Colt Brennan is just better than everyone else in this game.

Brennan: 43-63, 515 yds, 6 TD, 1 INT
Grice-Mullen: 13 catches, 232 yds, 3 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

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

Utah State - 9
WYOMING - 34

*I love this Wyoming football team! Based around defense, a consistent ground game and young, star quarterback. HC Joe Glenn is becoming a hot coaching prospect once again. Check out Wyoming's schedule, 9-3 is a very real possibility.

Sween: 23-28, 305 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT
Seldon: 17 carries, 122 yds, 1 TD
Moore: 13 carries, 87 yds

NEW MEXICO ST. - 23
New Mexico - 21

*A classic finish between two rivals! A bit of an upset too. Since 1969, NMSU has won in Alburquerque just twice! I predict the Aggies come back from five down with under a minute left to snag another close win away from a dejected and experienced Lobo team.

Holbrook: 30-52, 414 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT

Ferguson: 29 carries, 193 yds, 2 TD

Boise State - 38
WASHINGTON - 41

UPSET SPECIAL #7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*The streak comes to an end!!! Washington impressed me with their blowout road win at Syracuse last week. QB Jake Locker is the man behind center and HC Tyrone Willingham is back in the RELEVANT CATEGORY of college football!!!! Boise State's BCS busting dreams will not be back-to-back. Believe it or not, this is a cornerstone victory for Ty's current program.

Locker: 20-31, 280 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT; 14 carries, 105 yds, 1 TD
Rankin: 27 carries, 144 yds, 1 TD

Tharp: 13-28, 153 yds, 2 TD, 4 INT
Johnson: 35 carries, 186 yds, 3 TD


Posted by Amsinger at 10:42 AM on September 04, 2007
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