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2013 NCAA Football Week 2 – Must See Games

Week 2 is generally a fairly weak week in college football. Teams settle into their non-conference schedule which means great teams are playing cupcakes which means there is nothing really to follow. This week the number of big games isn’t that high but the headliners are about as good as you can possibly find!

You can’t help but love the state of Florida games. I love it when Miami-FL plays Florida St., or if Florida St. plays Florida. Adding in Florida against Miami-FL to the mix just makes it even better! The current line has Florida at -3, but that has to be a function of their ranking. Miami-FL looked good in their 34-6 win over Florida Atlantic. Duke Johnson ran wild & the Miami offense really clicked. Florida was the opposite in their 24-6 win over Toledo. For some strange reason the Gators just sputter on offense. This will be an interesting game because Miami-FL could definitely be a team that can score & we’ll see if the Gators are up to the task of stopping them. Another interesting aspect is this is a win Miami-FL could use to catapult back onto the national stage. Virginia Tech looks terrible so “THE U” could win the ACC Coastal, get to the ACC Championship game and potentially get to a BCS Bowl! Miami gets V-Tech at home but draws Florida St. in Tallahassee. That could still mean 11-1!
Really interesting matchup between a couple of new head coaches. Bobby Petrino has already started off the year well by beating in-state rival Kentucky while Butch Jones at Tennessee had a great start to his season as the Vols beat Austin Peay 45-0! Petrino is going to be interesting to watch this year because everyone knows the guy can coach. It would be pretty wild for Petrino to lose his job at Arkansas, grab the WKU gig and then in his first 2 games beat SEC opponents! Butch Jones is trying to restore Tennessee after the Volunteers bumbled hires of Lane Kiffin & Derek Dooley. Both teams ran the ball exceedingly well in their openers and I wouldn’t be surprised if both teams tried to do the same. Another interesting fact is that last week’s UK/WKU game was played in Nashville. A win by WKU would mean 2 straight wins in the state of Tennessee. The current line is Tennessee by 13.5 which seems ridiculously high. Maybe I’m missing something.
It doesn’t get much bigger in the regular season than this. The implications here are gigantic. These are the two best teams in the SEC East. These two teams are 2 of the top-10 if not top-5 teams in all of college football. These two teams are viable contenders to not only win an SEC Championship but also win a BCS National championship! As far as team v. team, this is about as good as it gets. The national implications are also amazing. After last week’s opening loss to Clemson, a loss by Georgia effectively ends their season. The Bulldogs could run the table to 10-2 and the season would feel like a failure because they aren’t going to win the East. A loss by South Carolina essentially pushes the Gamecocks 2 games out of first & ruins their season for the most part as they would not only be behind Georgia but also Clemson! The current line has Georgia by 3, but a Georgia win here really throws chaos into the system unless of course Alabama steamrolls everyone…..which seems likely. Game of the week right here.
I’m not sure how much of a big game this truly is to be honest. The Mountaineers aren’t very good & it took all they had to come away with a 24-17 win over William & Mary last week! Oklahoma cruised by UL-Monroe 34-0, but that wasn’t much of a test for the Sooners. The current line has Oklahoma by 21 so that should tell you a little something. I think this game is one to keep an eye on from the standpoint of perception. Oklahoma is a giant in the college football world, but have posted back-to-back 10-3 win seasons without a place in a BCS bowl. Texas was slow to start last week while TCU lost & Oklahoma St. didn’t look all that good. The Sooners are lurking and while WVU is down, a huge blowout win would garner some attention. A win will likely mean a 3-0 start before 3 straight games against Notre Dame, TCU & Texas.
Another game about perception rather than reality. The current line is Texas by 7 which goes to show you the game could be a little closer than you think. BYU had a rough time last week in a 19-16 loss to Virginia, but Texas struggled early in an eventual blowout win over New Mexico State. BYU may have been off last week against the Cavaliers, but this will still be a disciplined football team with decent talent. I don’t think Texas can go on the road to Provo & get a win by taking the first two quarters off. This also isn’t a horrible non-conference game if Texas wins. They would have much rather had BYU open up with a win over Virginia but having a win over the Cougars isn’t terrible. Texas is starting to get some national play. A road win will definitely help the cause.
The last time we see this game in awhile, the current line has Michigan by 4 points which makes sense considering the game is in Ann Arbor. In my opinion this is a jump off point for both teams. Each had a fairly easy time with their opening games, but a win here really catapults the winner to new heights. This is Michigan’s toughest game until they host Ohio St. in the season finale. A win here & there is no excuses for a 11-0 start. The season isn’t as easily navigated by Notre Dame because even with a win here the Irish still have games against Oklahoma, Stanford & USC! A win here probably takes Notre Dame into the top-10 but there is still work to be done. Keep an eye on Devin Gardner in this one. Michigan blew out Central Michigan 59-9 in their opener, but Gardner wasn’t amazing. If the Irish defense can get pressure on Gardner & Tommy Rees avoids turnovers, Notre Dame can walk away with a great road win.
Why would I put this game on the board? Currently the line has Stanford by 25.5 points so this isn’t going to be much of game as the Cardinal open up the season, but San Jose St. QB David Fales is worth the price of admission. Last season Fales completed 72.5% of his passes for 4,193yds including 33TD to only 9INT! He’s got ideal size to be an NFL QB at 6’3/225lbs & it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was a 1st round QB in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Spartans went 11-2 and ended up the #21 ranked team in the country! They return 7 starters on offense so expect points. I don’t think they’ll come close to beating Stanford but it’ll be interesting to see how Fales plays against arguably one of the 5 best teams in the nation. Stanford is that good.

September 5, 2013 - Posted by | BYU, Florida, Georgia, Miami-FL, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, San Jose St., South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Western Kentucky

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