The Spun staff makes its picks for College Football Week 2 games.
If last weekend didn’t live up to the billing as “the greatest first weekend in college football history,” it came pretty damn close. A number of games, including Notre Dame-Texas and LSU-Wisconsin were nail-biters, and even something like Alabama’s rout of USC was interesting and taught us a lot about this two teams in 2016.
After a stellar Week 1, the second weekend of the season is a bit of a comedown. Following a weekend littered with exciting match-ups between big teams, there are only 11 games between Power Five opponents this weekend.
Still, dig in a bit, and there are some very intriguing games this weekend.
- Penn State and Pitt renew a dormant in-state battle, and the Panthers are a solid favorite.
- TCU and Arkansas look to rebound after both looked very shaky against lesser opponents in Week 1.
- The heated Holy War between BYU and Utah takes place after last year’s Bowl Season edition.
- Boise State hosts a fun, if extremely enigmatic Wazzu squad.
- Tennessee and Virginia Tech are set to play in front of the biggest crowd in history, and that game looks way more competitive that it did a week ago.
Sometimes, the weeks that look least promising in college football wind up being the craziest. Here is how our staff sees the games featuring Power Five and Top 25 teams shaking out for College Football Week 2.
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|Syracuse vs. 13 Louisville|
|FIU vs. Maryland|
|22 Oklahoma State vs. CMU|
|ECU vs. NC State|
|Pittsburgh vs. Penn State|
|5 Michigan vs. UCF|
|Purdue vs. Cincinnati|
|6 Houston vs. Lamar|
|Rutgers vs. Howard|
|Minnesota vs. Indiana State|
|UMass vs. Boston College|
|9 Georgia vs. Nicholls|
|20 Texas A&M vs. Prairie View A&M|
|Nebraska vs. Wyoming|
|3 Florida State vs. Charleston So.|
|2 Clemson vs. Troy|
|USC vs. Utah State|
|West Virginia vs. Youngstown State|
|Kansas vs. Ohio|
|Georgia Tech vs. Mercer|
|Northwestern vs. Illinois State|
|4 Ohio State vs. Tulsa|
|Duke vs. Wake Forest|
|10 Wisconsin vs. Akron|
|18 Notre Dame vs. Nevada|
|Florida vs. Kentucky|
|Alabama vs. Western Kentucky|
|23 Baylor vs. SMU|
|Ole Miss vs. Wofford|
|Indiana vs. Ball State|
|Vanderbilt vs. Middle Tennessee|
|8 Washington vs. Idaho|
|Colorado vs. Idaho State|
|25 Miami vs. FAU|
|14 Oklahoma vs. Louisiana Monroe|
|11 Texas vs. UTEP|
|Mississippi State vs. South Carolina|
|15 TCU vs. Arkansas|
|Auburn vs. Arkansas State|
|16 Iowa vs. Iowa State|
|Utah vs. BYU|
|Missouri vs. Eastern Michigan|
|21 LSU vs. Jacksonville State|
|Illinois vs. UNC|
|17 Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech|
|UCLA vs. UNLV|
|Arizona State vs. Texas Tech|
|Boise State vs. Washington State|
|San Diego State vs. Cal|
|24 Oregon vs. Virginia|
|Arizona vs. Grambling State|