Friday, September 11, 2009

College football preview - week two

Last week's predictions: An ugly 4-6.

This week's key matchups:

Kansas at University of Texas-El Paso: Line - KU by 12.5. Prediction - KU by 14. Look for a probable high-scoring game, the kind KU fans became accustomed to last year when Kansas would have to out-score opponents. UTEP has a very good air game and too many questions were raised last week about the Jayhawks' pass defense.

Iowa at Iowa State: Line - Iowa by 6.5. Prediction - Iowa by 8. Is Iowa as bad as two late FG blocks in order to beat Northern Iowa? I don't think so--the Hawkeyes will show up this week in Ames...and win.

Bowling Green at Missouri: Line - MU by 20. Prediction - MU by 17. Gary Pinkel is 0-2 versus Bowling Green while at Mizzou but that streak will end this Saturday. Can Blaine Gabbert replicate his tremendous outing in week two?

Kansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette: Line - KSU by 7. Prediction - KSU by 4. Louisiana-Lafayette only lost by 8 last year in Manhattan. A key will be Kansas State's special teams play--make the same mistakes as last week and this one will be a loss.

Colorado at Toledo: Line - CU by 4. Prediction - CU by 7. I'll be optimistic and suggest that Sunday's horrid loss in Boulder to Colorado State was a bad first game. If the Buffs fall at Toledo, look for the howls about Dan and Cody Hawkins to become a crescendo.

USC at Ohio State: Line - USC by 7. Prediction - Ohio State by 3. I'm not convinced that Matt Barkley is ready to go into the Horseshoe and navigate a win. Yeah, I know, the Big Ten is awful this year but I'll take Terrell Pryor over Barkley in the QB duel and go with home field advantage.

Notre Dame at Michigan: Line - Notre Dame by 3. Prediction - Michigan by 4. Don't remind me--I picked Nevada over the Golden Domers as my "upset special" last week. It not only didn't happen--Notre Dame looked good. But, so did Michigan...and this game is a home one for Rich Rod and the Wolverines. It'll be close but I've got to go with Michigan.

Oklahoma State over Houston, Texas over Wyoming, Texas Tech over Rice, Oklahoma over Idaho State and Nebraska over Arkansas State.

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