I have followed the lead of several FBS powers and put up some impressive numbers against a relatively weak lineup.  Now comes the tough part: maintaining the momentum through the rigors of regular conference play.  I've gone out on some limbs this week, by picking three higher ranked teams to lose.  Stay tuned to find out which ones I think will tumble.  Last week I was 18-2, which put me at 35-5 for the season.  The terrific twenty for this week...

 

Thursday, September 15

 

#3 LSU (2-0) at #25 Mississippi State (1-1) – The Bulldogs’ Vick Ballard ranks third in the country with 301 rushing yards, and the Puppies will need a healthy dose of him to win this one.  Bengals 37-29

 

Friday, September 16

 

#4 Boise State (1-0) at Toledo (1-1) – The Rockets were a possession away from winning in Columbus last weekend.  The Smurf Turf Crew hasn’t played since routing Georgia.  Broncos 28-24

 

Iowa State (2-0) at Connecticut (1-1) – ISU knocked off in-state rival Iowa in triple overtime while the Huskies were losing at Vandy on Saturday.  Cyclones 34-31

 

Saturday, September 17

 

#18 West Virginia (2-0) at Maryland (1-0) – If WVU can avoid the distraction of Maryland’s unis, they have a chance to do some damage on the road.  But those unis are really distracting.  Minor Upset #1.  Terps 35-21

 

#21 Auburn (2-0) at Clemson (2-0) – Both teams have had their share of early season struggles, but Auburn appears to have more of an upside.  SEC Tigers 39-38

 

Penn State (1-1) at Temple (2-0) – We know Penn State can’t play with the top of the SEC, but this challenge against a MAC squad should produce a win.  Lions 30-13

 

Pittsburgh (2-0) at Iowa (1-1) – Pitt’s Ray Graham leads the nation in rushing after two weeks, and could have his way against a Hawkeyes’ team that allowed 44 points to Iowa State.  Panthers 33-27

 

Ole Miss (1-1) at Vanderbilt (2-0) – Okay, I just noticed I’ve picked all but one road team up to this point.  Just for a change of pace, Vandy 20-17

 

Kansas (2-0) at Georgia Tech (2-0) – GT has shown an ability to throw the ball this year better than in recent years, and will be looking to avenge a loss to the Jayhawks last season.  Jackets 48-26

 

Washington (2-0) at #10 Nebraska (2-0) – Nebraska won this matchup last year 56-21 in Seattle.  This one might be closer, but with the same result.  Cornhuskers 38-22

 

#15 Michigan State (2-0) at Notre Dame (0-2) – So much for the luck of the Irish, who have lost two games by a combined seven points with the worst of their schedule still ahead of them.  Spartans 30-25

 

#24 Texas (2-0) at UCLA (1-1) – The Bruins won this matchup in a rout last season in Austin, so this will go a long way in seeing if Texas has improved.  Longhorns 27-23

 

Virginia (2-0) at North Carolina (2-0) – UVA kicker Robert Randolph has already made eight field goals this year, including the winner at Indiana last week.  Only problem is that means the Cavs aren’t scoring touchdowns.  Tarheels 24-16

 

Tennessee (2-0) at #16 Florida (2-0) – Tyler Bray leads the SEC and ranks fifth in the nation in passing efficiency, but must play on the road against a defense that has allowed only three points in two games.  Gators 29-17

 

Navy (2-0) at South Carolina (2-0) – The high-scoring affairs are abounding again for Steve Spurrier’s teams, and he has a good record in those kind of games.  Gamecocks 49-38

 

#22 Arizona State (2-0) at Illinois (2-0) – Both teams have impressive offenses, but the Sun Devils won’t get to wear those horrific black jerseys in this game.  Minor Upset #2.  Illini 41-30

 

Louisville (1-1) at Kentucky (2-0) – The Cardinals were upset by FIU last Friday, while Kentucky has narrowly avoided disaster the last two weeks.  Wish this was a basketball game.  Wildcats 28-10

 

#17 Ohio State (2-0) at Miami (0-1) – Scandal Bowl I.  Buckeyes 31-18

 

#1 Oklahoma (1-0) at #5 Florida State (2-0) – Another rematch game.  The Sooners blistered FSU 47-17 in Norman a year ago.  That’s a lot of motivation in addition to hosting the top-ranked team.  Minor Upset #3.  Seminoles 37-27

 

Syracuse (2-0) at Southern Cal (2-0) – If I were a Utah fan (or a Lane Kiffin hater) I would accuse USC of running up the score last weekend.  Trojans 24-13