Week 1 of the College Football Season did not disappoint. While there was not a David v. Goliath like upset, but there were plenty of good games that pitted Top 25 teams against each other. Week 2 in the College Football Season is typically a down week with regards to exciting matchups, but we have a few games this weekend that have playoff implications. Below we’ll be picking 6 matchups from around the country. We will begin each Weekly Pick’em with the overall record for the year. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Record on the Year:
Kansas State vs. #18 Mississippi State
Ben: One thing you might not know about me is that I am a huge Bill Snyder fan. He’s such a legend that he still coaches on the field that is named after him (he’s also 78 years old). Kansas State playing in the Little Apple is always a tough out, but Nick Fitzgerald will be playing his first game of his senior season (He was suspended for Game 1) and look for him to have a loaded stat line before this game is over
Mississippi State 35
Kansas State 17
Aaron: Mississippi state is a dark horse, for the inevitable second SEC CFP spot. They’ll keep rolling here against a Kansas State team that to be honest with you I couldn’t name a player off of if I didn’t Google it.
Miss St. 42
Kansas St. 17
Texas A&M vs. #2 Clemson
Ben: As much as I would love to pick Texas A&M here, I think the Clemson defense is the best in college football. For that reason I’m going with the Tigers, but not before they struggle a little bit in the first half. Clemson needs to be cautious though, if they let the Aggies hang around until the 4th quarter the 12th man faithful could play a huge factor in the outcome.
Texas A&M 28
Aaron: A&M will start hot in this one, I have no doubt about that. I think it’ll be 17-3 at the half. This is the game where we will see how long of a leash Kelly Bryant has, look for Trevor Lawrence to come in mid 3rd Quarter and lead Clemson to the victory against Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies.
#25 Florida vs. Kentucky
Ben: Will Kentucky finally end the 31(!) game losing streak to the Florida Gators? Nope, but they will come painstakingly close just like they did last year. Benny Snell will have struggle to find yards on the ground as the Florida defense will handle a sub par Kentucky offensive line. The Gators will do just enough on offense with the help of the Swamp to extend this streak to 32 games.
Aaron: Neither of these teams are very good in my opinion, Florida snuck into the rankings this week, but won’t be ranked for long. Kentucky has to beat these guys at some point and this is it for them. You can’t lose to a team more times in a row than there are days in any single month.
#10 Stanford vs. #17 Southern Cal
Ben: Southern Cal just gave up 308 yards on the ground to UNLV last Saturday and I don’t see the defense fixing a deficiency that large in a week. Bryce Love had a tough outing in his first game, but look for the Heisman hopeful to run wild on Saturday night. True freshman JT Daniels will make only the second start of his career Saturday. A freshman QB on the road at night with a versus a top 10 team with a Heisman frontrunner? Give me the Cardinals to take this one on The Farm.
Southern Cal 24
Aaron: This will be the first of many games this season, where we see what Bryce Love is really made of. He struggled last week but now faces a sub-par USC defense, nonetheless I’m sure they will pack the box. Love is still hard to stop, as I think he rushes for almost 200 yards in this one and the Cardinals assert their dominance in the Pac-12 early in the year.
Arizona State vs. #15 Michigan State
Ben: Shoutout to our west coast games that don’t start until 10:45 after most fans have gone to bed. This game is interesting for two reasons. 1) Michigan State nearly lost at home to a horrible Utah State team in Week 1. I’m curious to see how they will bounce back with a long trip to play a better Power 5 opponent. 2) Arizona State has Herm Edwards at their coach. I still think the Edwards hire was one of the worst ones in the off-season, but Saturday night will be our first taste of him as a head coach in the spotlight. I’m still taking Sparty though.
Michigan State 27
Arizona State 16
Aaron: I read a tweet last week that said Herm Edwards is the best coach in college football, and I guess looking at winning percentage and through his first game he’s at .1000? Pretty, Pretty, Pretty good. Michigan State will roll over the Jon Gruden of the NCAA, Michigan State will bounce back this week, in a big way.
Michigan State 35
Arizona State 17
#24 South Carolina vs. #3 Georgia
Ben: I’ve analyzed this game in every way humanly possible. My heart and my head have been arguing all week, each one trying to find an angle that would strengthen their argument. Georgia hasn’t won in Williams-Brice on a Saturday since 2008, South Carolina is undefeated against Georgia at home when ranked, and so on and so forth. I think South Carolina is finally ready to once again play with the Big Dawgs (pun intended). I think their 22 starters match-up very well with Georgia’s. My two big questions are: 1) Will Jake Bentley finally show up in a big game? 2) Will the Gamecocks allow the national talk to overhype them for this game? I know exactly how I want to predict this game, but for the sole purpose of reverse psychology I’m going to pick the opposite. The ‘Dawgs will escape Willy B by a hair.
Aaron: This game will either be a blowout or a nail biter. There is no middle ground, Georgia is no doubt one of the most talented teams in the country but the Gamecocks haven’t worried about that before. 2018 has been the year of the underdog (exception of the Warriors). Gamecocks are a top 10 team in college football I’ve said it all summer and I’ll say it now. Willy B will be rocking, and that means the Cocks are taking the W.
South Carolina 35