College football Week 2: Picks and preview

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On to Week 2 of the 2022 season. There is likely to be fewer intriguing matchups than we had in Week 1, however there are nonetheless some fascinating matchups nonetheless.

Listed here are our previews and predictions (level spreads courtesy of DraftKings and present on the time of publication, however topic to alter) for video games that includes groups in The Associated Press Top 25 and another notable contests.

All occasions Jap, statistics in parentheses are from this season except in any other case famous.

 

1 of 25

South Carolina (1-0, 0-0 in SEC) at No. 16 Arkansas (1-0, 0-0 in SEC), Midday, Saturday, ESPN

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The quarterbacks will likely be entrance and heart when Arkansas tries for a seventh win within the final 10 conferences with South Carolina on this SEC crossover. The Razorbacks’ KJ Jefferson threw for 223 yards with three touchdowns and ran for 62 and a rating in final week’s 31-24 win over then-No. 23 Cincinnati. In the meantime, Spencer Rattler’s debut for the Gamecocks appeared higher than his stats (227 passing yards, one landing, two interceptions) indicated throughout a 35-14 win over Georgia State. Nevertheless, Rattler and the South Carolina offense want to enhance this weekend after its particular groups accounted for 20 factors in opposition to the Panthers.

Prediction: Arkansas (-8 1/2)

 

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Southern Miss (0-1) at No. 15 Miami, Fla. (1-0), Midday, Saturday, ACC Community

Southern Miss (0-1) at No. 15 Miami, Fla. (1-0), Noon, Saturday, ACC Network

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For simply the second time in 5 years, Miami is trying to begin 2-0. Rolling over Bethune-Cookman 70-13 final weekend was fairly the beginning, however the competitors will get a step up this weekend. Now, Southern Miss fell in 4 overtimes to Liberty at dwelling final weekend, however that is nonetheless a recreation the Hurricanes ought to dominate. If they will accomplish that, then we are able to begin considering critically about their probabilities within the ACC.

Prediction: Miami, Fla. (-24 1/2)

 

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Arkansas State (1-0) at No. 3 Ohio State (1-0), Midday, Saturday, Huge Ten Community

Arkansas State (1-0) at No. 3 Ohio State (1-0), Noon, Saturday, Big Ten Network

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Ohio State does not want injured star receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigb to win this weekend. The Buckeyes might need the deepest receiving corps within the nation, as confirmed by Emeka Egbuka (9 receptions, 90 yards) and Xavier Johnson catching landing passes final week. Nevertheless, the Buckeyes’ protection holding Notre Dame to 10 factors and 253 complete yards was an announcement for the unit and new coordinator Jim Knowles. Arkansas State rolled to a 58-3 win over Grambling however was outscored 112-7 in its final two video games in opposition to top-5 groups (No. 1 Alabama in 2018, No. 3 Georgia in 2019).

Prediction: Arkansas State (-43 1/2)

 

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No. 1 Alabama (1-0) at Texas (1-0), Midday, Saturday, Fox

No. 1 Alabama (1-0) at Texas (1-0), Noon, Saturday, Fox

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The Nick Saban-Steve Sarkisian storyline will get loads of traction main as much as kickoff. However, the reality is that the Longhorns will doubtless have a tough time maintaining with the Crimson Tide. Certain, the Longhorns’ protection was stable throughout final weekend’s 52-10 rout of Louisiana-Monroe. However, Bryce Young is already in Heisman type after throwing 5 touchdowns in opposition to Utah State in Week 1. That is definitely a proving-ground second for Texas, which has some comparatively excessive expectations this season.

Prediction: Alabama (-20 1/2)

 

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No. 23 Wake Forest (1-0) at Vanderbilt (2-0), Midday, Saturday, SEC Community

No. 23 Wake Forest (1-0) at Vanderbilt (2-0), Noon, Saturday, SEC Network

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The large information right here is that Wake could have star quarterback Sam Hartman available after he was cleared for motion following his blood-clot points. The Demon Deacons seemed fairly good with Mitch Griffis (288 passing yards, three touchdowns) main an offense that totaled 506 yards in a 44-10 rout of VMI, so we’ll see how that performs out. Vandy allowed 31 factors in opposition to Elon final weekend however has additionally scored 105 in its first two video games. The Commodores, who’ve already matched their win complete from the earlier two seasons, final began 3-0 in 2017.

Prediction: Wake Forest (-13 1/2)

 

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Charleston Southern (0-1) at No. 18 North Carolina State (1-0), 12:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN3

Charleston Southern (0-1) at No. 18 North Carolina State (1-0), 12:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN3

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The Wolfpack have moved on from eeking out a one-point win at East Carolina, they usually should not have a tough time right here of their dwelling opener. Then once more, Devin Leary (17-for-33, 211 passing yards, one landing, one interception) may want a dominant recreation to maintain the N.C. State diehards from considering there’s something fallacious with their star quarterback following a middling efficiency within the opener. The Wolfpack have received 33 consecutive video games in opposition to FCS opponents — all coming at dwelling.

Predictions: North Carolina State (OFF)

 

7 of 25

Southern Utah (1-0) at No. 13 Utah (0-1), 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Pac-12 Community

Southern Utah (1-0) at No. 13 Utah (0-1), 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Pac-12 Network

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Following a 29-26 loss at Florida, Utah returns dwelling for a recreation that shouldn’t be doubtful for too lengthy. Nevertheless, blowing out Southern Utah actually will not show a lot of a degree. We count on operating again Tavion Thomas (23 rushes, 115 yards, one landing) to churn out the yards and the Utes’ protection to be higher after permitting the Gators to go 7-for-12 on third down and convert each fourth-down probabilities. Southern Utah has misplaced its final seven video games versus Pac-12 opponents by a mean margin of 31.1 factors.

Prediction: Utah (OFF)

 

8 of 25

Marshall (1-0) at No. 8 Notre Dame (0-1), 2:30 p.m., Saturday, NBC/Peacock

Marshall (1-0) at No. 8 Notre Dame (0-1), 2:30 p.m., Saturday, NBC/Peacock

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The Irish gave a valiant effort at Ohio State, however there is likely to be trigger for concern with their offense. Quarterback Tyler Buchner had his moments, however Notre Dame managed simply 76 dashing yards in Week 1. Marshall held outmatched Norfolk State to 114 complete yards in a 55-3 rout, however, clearly, faces a stiff problem right here. The Thundering Herd have dropped 13 straight street video games versus high 25 groups. In the meantime, Notre Dame has received 24 consecutive dwelling contests in opposition to unranked opponents.

Prediction: Marshall (+20 1/2)

 

9 of 25

Furman (1-0) at No. 5 Clemson (2-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ACC Community

Furman (1-0) at No. 5 Clemson (2-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ACC Network

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The Clemson offense nonetheless has some kinks to iron out, and it appears DJ Uiagalelei will keep at quarterback. However, we all know the protection can play. The Tigers held Georgia Tech to 10 factors and 237 complete yards. Defensive deal with Bryan Bresee seems robust, and linebacker Barrett Carter may very well be one thing particular. Since 1988, Clemson owns a 287-53 scoring benefit whereas successful its final 9 conferences with Furman. The Tigers have additionally received 24 straight non-conference dwelling video games.

Prediction: Clemson (OFF)

 

10 of 25

No. 24 Tennessee (1-0) at No. 17 Pittsburgh (1-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC

No. 24 Tennessee (1-0) at No. 17 Pittsburgh (1-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC

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Pitt’s 41-34 win at Tennessee was one of many extra entertaining video games of 2021. Followers can be so fortunate to have one other high-scoring, shut contest this 12 months. The Panthers held on for a 38-31 win over West Virginia final weekend however allowed 404 yards, together with 190 on the bottom. Tennessee, in the meantime, did not have bother beating Ball State by 49 factors. The Volunteers rolled up 218 dashing yards, and may once more attempt to pound the ball at a Pitt protection that must be higher than final week’s efficiency.

Prediction: Tennessee (+6 1/2)

 

11 of 25

Appalachian State (0-1) at No. 6 Texas A&M (1-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2

Appalachian State (0-1) at No. 6 Texas A&M (1-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2

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Do not count on Appalachian State to attain 61 factors on an Aggies’ workforce that dealt with a stable FCS workforce Sam Houston in a 31-0 victory. This must be a stiffer take a look at for Texas A&M, however we do not count on Jimbo Fisher‘s group to be on upset alert in the meanwhile. What we do wish to see is that if the Aggies’ protection that held Sam Houston to 198 complete yards can dominate once more in opposition to an App. State offense that totaled 649 yards in opposition to a porous North Carolina squad.

Prediction: Texas A&M (18 1/2)

 

12 of 25

Washington State (1-0) at No. 19 Wisconsin (1-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, FOX

Washington State (1-0) at No. 19 Wisconsin (1-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, FOX

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Wisconsin executed its recreation plan to perfection throughout a 38-0 rout of Illinois State. Working the ball (221 yards on the bottom — 148, two touchdowns from Braelon Allen) and taking part in some stifling protection (243 complete yards allowed). The Badgers have received their final 5 straight non-conference dwelling video games by a 201-21 margin. Washington State wanted to work to get by Idaho at dwelling and is 1-8 versus ranked Huge Ten groups on the street in the course of the common season since 1983.

Prediction: Wisconsin (-17 1/2)

 

13 of 25

Samford (1-0) at No. 2 Georgia (1-0), 4 p.m., Saturday, SEC Community

Samford (1-0) at No. 2 Georgia (1-0), 4 p.m., Saturday, SEC Network

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Here is what we discovered from Georgia’s 49-3 dismantling of then-No. 11 Oregon. 1) The reigning nationwide champion Bulldogs is not going to rebuild however reload. 2) Stetson Bennett (25-of-31, 368 passing yards, two dashing touchdowns, one dashing TD) must be thought of a Heisman Trophy candidate. This matchup in opposition to Samford ranked twenty fourth within the STATS/TSN FCS Ballot, will not be a very good indicator of the place Georgia goes from its spectacular opening win, however let’s simply say Kirby Smart‘s group is a severe menace to repeat.

Prediction: Georgia (OFF)

 

14 of 25

Akron (1-0) at No. 14 Michigan State (1-0), 4 p.m., Saturday, Huge Ten Community

Akron (1-0) at No. 14 Michigan State (1-0), 4 p.m., Saturday, Big Ten Network

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Dropping linebacker Darius Snow to a season-ending harm in final week’s 35-13 win over Western Michigan is a blow for Michigan State. Nevertheless, that doubtless will not make distinction because the Spartans appear in a very good place to increase their successful streak over Mid-American Convention opponents to fifteen video games. Maintain an additional eye on Wisconsin switch Jalen Berger, who rushed for 120 yards and a landing in opposition to WMU. Since 1996, Akron is 1-22 in opposition to Huge Ten groups.

Prediction: Michigan State (-34 1/2)

 

15 of 25

No. 25 Houston (1-0) at Texas Tech (1-0), 4 p.m., Saturday, FS1

No. 25 Houston (1-0) at Texas Tech (1-0), 4 p.m., Saturday, FS1

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Houston stays within the Prime 25 after squeaking out a 37-35, triple-overtime victory in opposition to UTSA in its opener. Issues will not get any simpler in opposition to Texas Tech, which has an apparent issue at quarterback however is coming off a 63-10 rout of Murray State. There are many questions — on either side of the ball — for the Cougars, and they may not be answered this week. Houston may win the American Athletic Convention this season however ought to have bother prevailing this weekend.

Prediction: Texas Tech (-3)

 

16 of 25

No. 20 Kentucky (1-0, 0-0 in SEC) at No. 12 Florida (1-0, 0-0 in SEC), 7 p.m., Saturday, ESPN

No. 20 Kentucky (1-0, 0-0 in SEC) at No. 12 Florida (1-0, 0-0 in SEC), 7 p.m., Saturday, ESPN

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If Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson (17-of-24, 168 passing yards; 106 dashing yards and three touchdowns) retains taking part in like he did within the Gators’ upset win over then-No. 7 Utah final weekend, he may very well be within the Heisman dialog. He ran for 25 yards on 5 carries final season when the Gators misplaced to Kentucky for the second time in 4 conferences. Nevertheless, the Wildcats wanted a breakout second half to place away Miami (Ohio) final weekend and now face a rejuvenated Gators program. Kentucky quarterback Will Levis (303 yards, three touchdowns, one interception) is likely to be overshadowed on this contest.

Prediction: Florida (-5 1/2)

 

17 of 25

Kent State (0-1) at No. 7 Oklahoma (1-0), 7 p.m., Saturday, ESPN+

Kent State (0-1) at No. 7 Oklahoma (1-0), 7 p.m., Saturday, ESPN+

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The Brent Venables period at Oklahoma opened with a bang. The well-balanced Sooners’ offense was key throughout a 45-13 win over UTEP final weekend. Oklahoma’s protection primarily did what it needed to do, and has the possibility for a second straight stable effort in opposition to a Kent State squad that managed 20 factors throughout a 25-point loss at Washington final weekend. Oklahoma is driving a 41-game successful streak in opposition to unranked non-conference opponents.

Prediction: Oklahoma (-33 1/2)

 

18 of 25

Central Arkansas (0-1) at No. 22 Mississippi (1-0), 7 p.m., Saturday, ESPN+/SEC Community

Central Arkansas (0-1) at No. 22 Mississippi (1-0), 7 p.m., Saturday, ESPN+/SEC Network

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Ole Miss quarterback Jaxson Dart will get loads of consideration, however operating again Zach Evans is value watching after the TCU switch ran for 130 yards on 20 carries throughout its 28-10 victory over Troy final weekend. The Rebels weren’t utterly dominant of their opener, however acquired the job finished, and certain will likely be extra pronounced of their dominance throughout this contest. Ole Miss has received 10 straight conferences in opposition to FCS applications by a mean margin of 30.9 factors.

Prediction: Mississippi (OFF)

 

19 of 25

Arizona State (1-0) at No. 11 Oklahoma State (1-0), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2

Arizona State (1-0) at No. 11 Oklahoma State (1-0), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2

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Arizona State held Northern Arizona to simply 120 complete yards of offense throughout its opening 40-3 victory. However, the Solar Devils’ protection faces an enormous hurdle in Oklahoma State. Notably, quarterback Spencer Sanders, who went 28-of-41 for 406 yards with 4 touchdowns and likewise ran for 57 yards and two extra scores throughout a 58-44 win over Central Michigan. The Cowboys had been beneficiant defensively within the second half after constructing a giant lead final weekend, however we count on either side of the ball to be on their recreation in opposition to the Solar Devils.

Prediction: Oklahoma State (-11)

 

20 of 25

No. 10 USC (1-0, 0-0 in Pac-12) at Stanford (1-0, 0-0 in SEC), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC

No. 10 USC (1-0, 0-0 in Pac-12) at Stanford (1-0, 0-0 in SEC), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC

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The Trojans will exhibit their new high-powered offense in primetime. Appears like Caleb Williams made the proper option to observe Lincoln Riley to Los Angeles after going 19-for-22 with 249 yards, two touchdowns, and 68 dashing yards throughout that 66-14 rout of Rice. Stanford rolled to a 41-10 win over Colgate, however this can be a severe early take a look at for David Shaw’s group. The Cardinal have received two straight and 4 of the final 5 dwelling conferences in opposition to USC, however this 12 months is totally different. The Trojans appear to have extra battle in them than in latest seasons.

Prediction: USC (-8 1/2)

 

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Hawaii (0-2) at No. 4 Michigan (1-0), 8 p.m., Saturday, Huge Ten Community

Hawaii (0-2) at No. 4 Michigan (1-0), 8 p.m., Saturday, Big Ten Network

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J.J. McCarthy is ready to make his first collegiate begin below heart, and the Wolverines’ offense will roll over a Hawaii group that is been outscored 112-27 in its first two video games of 2022. So, there is a good probability this contest will not decide who ought to begin at quarterback for Jim Harbaugh‘s squad the remainder of the way in which. And, count on the Michigan protection to stay stout after holding Colorado State to seven factors and 219 yards. This one may get ugly early.

Prediction: Michigan (-51 1/2)

 

22 of 25

No. 9 Baylor (1-0) at No. 21 BYU (1-0), 10:15 p.m., Saturday, ESPN

No. 9 Baylor (1-0) at No. 21 BYU (1-0), 10:15 p.m., Saturday, ESPN

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Baylor received 38-24 in final season’s assembly with BYU, however this 12 months, each groups are ranked. That ought to elevate the anticipation degree for some late-night intrigue. Neither workforce had bother in its opener, however this looks like extra of an announcement recreation for the Cougars, who’ve misplaced six consecutive dwelling video games in opposition to ranked top-10 groups since beating then-No. 1 Miami, Fla., in September 1990. The Bears, although, will look to finish a 12-game street skid in opposition to ranked opponents.

Prediction: BYU (-4)

 

23 of 25

Iowa State (1-0) at Iowa (1-0), 4 p.m., Saturday, Huge Ten Community

Iowa State (1-0) at Iowa (1-0), 4 p.m., Saturday, Big Ten Network

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Iowa has received the final six Cy-Hawk matchups, but it surely managed simply 166 complete yards throughout its 7-3 victory over South Dakota State within the opener. Now, SDSU is without doubt one of the higher FCS applications and was held to 120 complete yards, however the Hawkeyes want extra offense in the event that they’re to proceed streaking on this sequence. Iowa State rolled to a 42-10 win over its personal FCS opponent in SE Missouri State final weekend. Jirehl Brock ran 16 occasions for 104 yards and a landing for the Cyclones, who’ve dropped their final two at Iowa by a mixed 49 factors.

Prediction: Iowa (-3 1/2)

 

24 of 25

Boston School (0-1, 0-0 in ACC) at Virginia Tech (0-1, 0-0 in ACC), 8 p.m., Saturday, ACC Community

Boston College (0-1, 0-0 in ACC) at Virginia Tech (0-1, 0-0 in ACC), 8 p.m., Saturday, ACC Network

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Virginia Tech final began 0-2 in 2010. In the meantime, it was a 12 months later, in 2011, when BC most not too long ago dropped its first two video games to open the season. Three turnovers and simply 29 dashing yards performed a component within the Eagles’ 22-21 dwelling loss to Rutgers final week. The Hokies, nonetheless, allowed 10 unanswered fourth-quarter factors in falling 20-17 at Outdated Dominion. Virginia Tech is the favourite right here however has misplaced three of the final 4 in opposition to Boston School.

Prediction: Virginia Tech (-3)

 

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Mississippi State (1-0) at Arizona (1-0), 11 p.m., Saturday, FS1

Mississippi State (1-0) at Arizona (1-0), 11 p.m., Saturday, FS1

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This might very properly be the perfect recreation of the week between groups not a part of the Prime 25. A winner of 1 recreation complete in 2000 and ’01, Arizona turned some heads with final week’s 38-20 victory over San Diego State. Washington State switch Jayden de Laura (299 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, one interception) was spectacular throughout his Wildcats’ debut. Nevertheless, Arizona really has an opportunity to show its value in opposition to an SEC squad. De Laura dedicated to Washington State when present Mississippi State boss Mike Leach was coach, so there may be some added incentive for the house workforce. In the meantime, Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers threw for 450 yards with 5 touchdowns and an interception throughout final week’s 49-23 win over Memphis and would be the greatest signal-caller on the sector.

Prediction: Mississippi State (-11)

Jeff Mezydlo has written about sports activities and leisure on-line and for print for greater than 25 years. He grew up within the far south suburbs of Chicago, 20 minutes from the Mascot Corridor of Fame in Whiting, Ind. He’s additionally the proud father of 11-year-old Matthew, aka “Bobby Bruin,” mascot of St. Robert Bellarmine College in Chicago. You’ll be able to observe Jeff at @jeffm401.





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