Recap of last weeks picks: 6-1 (Not mad I got LSU-Miami wrong.)
2018 College Football Season: 9-2
Week Two gives us a couple of interesting matchups. Only two games have both teams ranked. In College Station, #2 Clemson vs Texas A&M (A&M is receiving a good amount of votes, but just missed in both polls). Keystone Classic is also this weekend, Pitt and Penn State will square off at Heinz Field.
#3 Georgia at #24 South Carolina
SEC Conference gets started with the Bulldogs going against a new and improved Gamecocks team. Both teams faced relatively easy opponents week 1, with respects to Austin Peay and Coastal Carolina. This game will have an impact on who goes against Alabama (I’m calling it now) in the SEC Championship. Georgia used a balanced attack throwing 3 TDs and 3 rushing TDs for the easy 45-0 win. Don’t expect heavy ground and pound this year with Nick Cubbs and Sony Michel gone (42 rushing compared to 24 TDs in 2017). The Bulldogs will face a hostile environment at Williams-Brice Stadium where they’ve had struggles in the past.
All of us … together. pic.twitter.com/d53aR0bnfj
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) September 5, 2018
Will Muschamp dialed up the offense this year and it showed. Jack Bentley going for 250 yards and 4 TDS. He has a multiple targets to choose from, including Deebo Samuel.
DEEBO! 👀 pic.twitter.com/OwJUQUupmv
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 1, 2018
Georgia over South Carolina in a close game.
#2 Clemson at Texas A&M
Dabo Swinney will face Jimbo Fisher for the 9th straight year, only this time as a non-league matchup. Jimbo Fisher is giving Texas A&M new life in College Station, and Aggies Nation loves it.
Texas A&M put up 758 (!!!) yards of offense in Jimbo Fisher’s debut as head coach.
That’s the second-most yards *ever* put up by an A&M team.
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) August 31, 2018
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— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 7, 2018
If I had $1 for every time Florida St has called me in the last hour I would be even richer then I already am. #Noles
— Jive Jimbo Fisher (@JiveJimbo) September 4, 2018
Apparently this is Clemson’s toughest game of the year. Says a lot about the ACC.
College GameDay will air from Texas A&M. Your boy will probably wear the Tiger’s head gear.
College Station, WE ARE COMING TO YOUR CITY!@ClemsonFB vs. @AggieFootball … SEE YOU SATURDAY. pic.twitter.com/NCA4SdLrZe
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 2, 2018
Clemson over Texas A&M
#17 USC at #10 Stanford
If I was a betting man, which I’m not, I wouldn’t touch this game. It’s too close to call with the spread at -6 Stanford. Stanford’s Heisman hopeful Bryce Love had a slow start last week.
He ended the game with 29 yards on 18 carries. SD State went all out and filled the box with 8 players. That allowed QB K.J. Costello to let it fly. He threw for 332 yards and 4 touchdowns. USC started slow last week as well, but ended with a 43-21 win over UNLV. USC allowed 300 yards rushing last week, not good with Love in the backfield this week.
Stanford over USC
#13 Penn State at Pittsburgh
Interstate rivals are set to meet for the 99th time during primetime. The game heads back to Heinz Field where Penn State lost in 2016. Unfortunately, the game was a black eye on Penn State’s record and effected their bid for the College Football Playoffs.
This use to be a heated rivalry, especially in the 70’s and 80’s when both teams were consistently ranked. I wish this game could happen every year, but sadly, next year is suppose to be the last. Hopefully the two schools can bring back the rivalry year after year. However, that’ll probably not happen (Pitts fault). Penn State needs an annual rivalry game that’s locked in every year. Other than Michigan State, they really don’t have a “hated rival”. If you ask a Penn Stater to name their rival, they’ll probably say Ohio State or Michigan State. WRONG! If you ask me, it’s Pitt.
Penn State over Pitt