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College Football Picks: Predicting Every Game in Week 2

Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield

The Week 2 edition of picking every game on the college football schedule features some crucial non-conference matchups with national title implications, most notably the Auburn-Clemson game and the Oklahoma-Ohio State showdown in Columbus. Conference play also begins for some, with Stanford and USC kicking off the action in the Pac-12 and Missouri hosting South Carolina in the SEC.

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Thursday, Sept. 7

Idaho State at Utah State

Utah State is dominating the first quarter this season (it had a 10–0 lead at Wisconsin after 15 minutes) but struggling in the final three (outscored 59–0 in Madison). Idaho State is 1–0, with a 37–6 win over Western Oregon. Utah State 28, Idaho State 24

Friday, Sept. 8

Ohio at Purdue

Purdue played well in Jeff Brohm’s debut, dropping a 35–28 decision to Louisville in Indianapolis. The Boilermakers had their issues on defense (Louisville rolled up 524 yards) but enjoyed success in the passing game (David Blough and Elijah Sindelar combined for 293 yards). Ohio had no trouble with Hampton (59–0). Purdue 41, Ohio 27

Oklahoma State at South Alabama

South Alabama hung around in Oxford on Saturday for a half but was overwhelmed in the final two quarters. Oklahoma State was one of the most impressive teams in the opening weekend. The Cowboys are loaded at the skill positions. Oklahoma State 49, South Alabama 13

Saturday, Sept. 9

Buffalo at Army

This will end up being one the best stats of the season: Army scored 64 points and had 513 yards of offense in its win over Fordham without completing a pass. Buffalo held Minnesota to three points in the final three quarters of a 17–7 loss on Thursday night. Army 24, Buffalo 17

Charlotte at Kansas State

Kansas State was dominant on the ground and through the air in its easy win over Central Arkansas. Charlotte lost at Eastern Michigan. Kansas State is far more talented than Eastern Michigan. Kansas State 44, Charlotte 10

Cincinnati at Michigan

It’s a matchup of one of the least impressive teams from Week 1 (Cincinnati struggled with an Austin Peay team that is 1–45 in the last four seasons) against arguably the most impressive team (Michigan dominated Florida). Michigan 41, Cincinnati 0

East Carolina at West Virginia

West Virginia rolled up 592 yards and had only one turnover yet scored only three touchdowns in a 31–24 loss to Virginia Tech. Will Grier was sharp in his first start for the Mountaineers, throwing for 371 yards and three TDs. West Virginia 51, East Carolina 10

Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky held Western Kentucky to 364 yards in its 31–17 loss in Bowling Green — that’s the fewest the Hilltoppers have had against a team other than Alabama or Vanderbilt since November 2014. The point? This could be a struggle for the Kentucky offense. Kentucky 27, Eastern Kentucky 3

FAU at Wisconsin

Lane Kiffin’s debut at FAU did not go well; the Owls managed only 326 yards in a 42–19 loss at home to Navy. The trip to Madison will be a bigger challenge. Wisconsin 47, FAU 20

Iowa at Iowa State

Iowa’s defensive effort was one of the underrated storylines of Week 1. The Hawkeyes limited Wyoming to 3.3 yards per play — the fewest by the Cowboys since November 2013 — in a 24–3 win in Iowa City. Iowa State avenged last year’s loss to Northern Iowa, topping the Panthers 42–24. UNI, however, threw for 378 yards. Iowa 27, Iowa State 10

Louisville at North Carolina

Louisville’s margin of victory — only seven points — over Purdue is a bit of a concern, but Lamar Jackson did his part. The defending Heisman Trophy winner threw for 378 yards and two TDs and added 107 yards on the ground to lead a Cardinal attack that rolled up 524 yards. Louisville 37, North Carolina 20

Northwestern at Duke

Duke has struggled to score against Northwestern, averaging only 11.5 points in the past two seasons (both losses). The Blue Devils barely broke a sweat in a Week 1 win over NC Central. Northwestern, on the other hand, had to rally to beat Nevada; the Cats trailed 17–10 at the half before outscoring the Wolfpack 24–3 in the final two quarters. Duke 33, Northwestern 30