Week 2 Picks: Texas A&M will top Gators, Michigan will bounce back
September 6, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
My picks for Week One weren't great, but they weren't dreadful either. I went two over .500 (12-10) against the spread. The good: picking San Jose State to give Stanford fits. The bad: picking Michigan State to have no trouble with Boise State. The ugly: picking Auburn to beat Clemson. Here are this week's guesses:
Ohio State 28, UCF 13: Tougher test for Braxton Miller this time, but his defense will be the difference this week.
Kansas State 30, Miami 28: Stephen Morris and the young 'Canes offense is dangerous, but stopping Collin Klein and the KSU run game will be too much for Miami.
South Carolina 34, East Carolina 17: The Pirates will see too much of Marcus Lattimore for their own good.
Clemson 44, Ball State 13: Chad Morris' offense looked terrific without Sammy Watkins. Expect more fireworks.
Virginia Tech 59, Austin Peay 6: Hokies will have a lot less trouble this week. The Governors are coming off a 49-10 thumping at the hands of Western Kentucky, which doesn't have a D as salty as Bud Foster's bunch.
Michigan State 35, Central Michigan 7: Central ran for more than 300 yards last week against an FCS program. They'll be fortunate to run for 30 against the Spartans.
Wisconsin 31, Oregon State 17: Beavers should be a little better than they were last year, but Badgers are still too big and physical and will wear Oregon State down in the second half.
Louisville 56, Missouri State 10: The Bears hung around for awhile against K-State last week, but the Cards won't allow that to happen.
Michigan 37, Air Force 20: Denard Robinson will bounce back as the Wolverines' run game gets cranked up against a smaller defense.
Southern California 52, Syracuse 17: The Orange surrendered 42 points last week to a team with inferior talent at every skill position compared to what Syracuse will see this week.
Texas A&M 20, Florida 17: Was leaning to going with the Gators, but playing the hunch that Johnny Manziel, a couple of big-time backs and the solid Aggies O-line will rise to the stage.
Notre Dame 34, Purdue 17: The Irish's improved front seven isn't dominant but it's good enough to keep heat off a shaky secondary.
Alabama 54, Western Kentucky 10: Willie Taggert's done a nice job with Western, but his squad isn't ready for the most physical team in the country.
Florida State 69, Savannah State 0: Jimbo Fisher will pull off the gas early so the 'Noles also don't go over 80 on Savannah State.
Oregon 59, Fresno State 14: Chip Kelly's super fast team will make this one a track meet early and Marcus Mariota will continue to impress with his passing skills. The bandwagon for the redshirt freshman QB and this team is filling up fast.
Arkansas 47, Louisiana-Monroe 13: Hogs have become more balanced and will blow this open by the second quarter.
LSU 42, Washington 21: Keith Price is really good, but his O-line will be overmatched against the Tigers' front, especially in Death Valley.
Oklahoma 66, FAMU 14: No hiccups this week for the Sooners offense.
TCU 59, Grambling State 6: If the Tigers couldn't win last week against an FCS opponent, they aren't getting close to the Horned Frogs.
Nebraska 27, UCLA 24: Brett Hundley faces a much tougher D, but he and the Bruins will give Bo Pelini's team all it can handle.
Georgia 23, Missouri 21: Even though the Dawgs are under .500 away from the Athens the past two seasons and missing some key players on D, look for Murray and Gurley to spark Georgia and for the Georgia pressure to rattle the Tigers.
Texas 44, New Mexico 3: The Longhorns will have no trouble with Bob Davie's team.
Oklahoma State 35, Arizona 27: Matt Scott and Ka'Deem Carey will give the Cowboys some problems, but Rich Rod's D won't be able to keep up with OSU.
Stanford 28, Duke 20: David Cutcliffe's team is much improved. Just not that much improved although it's worth noting that the Blue Devils staff is very close to the San Jose State staff whose team just gave the Cardinal a big scare.