Now that we've had a chance to see some of these teams actually play, hopefully that will make for some more informed predictions. 

The SEC features two notable divisional games (SCar/UGA, MsSt/Aub), which is more than enough to get the juices flowing. If things fall into place this weekend the way I suspect they will, preseason top 25 squads Georgia, Notre Dame, and TCU will all be 0-2 by this time next week.

 

Last Week: 17-3

Season: 17-3

 

Thursday, September 8

Arizona at #9 Oklahoma State – These two teams combined for 870 passing yards and 102 points in their respective openers.  Can you say shootout?  Cowboys 48-45

 

Friday, September 9

#21 Missouri at Arizona State – The Tigers looked rusty at home against Miami (Ohio) and now must play in a tough road environment.  Minor upset.  Sun Devils 27-17

 

Saturday, September 10

Oregon State at #8 Wisconsin – The Beavers couldn’t handle Sacramento State at home in the opener (a 29-28 overtime loss).  Tough envisioning them bouncing back in this one.  Badgers.  51-24

Toledo at #15 Ohio State – The Buckeyes don’t miss Jim Tressel and Co. yet.  OSU 35-10

Central Michigan at Kentucky – Polar opposite of the Thursday night game.  These two combined for only 35 points in the opening weekend.  Wildcats 22-9

#16 Mississippi State at Auburn – The defending champs were fortunate to escape last week.  Fortunate won’t cut it this week.  Bulldogs 37-23

Rutgers at North Carolina – Both teams won blowout openers against very weak competition.  Tarheels 28-26

#3 Alabama at #23 Penn State – A rematch of the 24-3 Alabama victory in Tuscaloosa last season.  This one should be closer, but with the same result.  Tide 27-24

#6 Stanford at Duke – As if losing to Richmond in the opener wasn’t bad enough, now the Blue Devils try to defend the field against Andrew Luck.  Cardinal 41-12

#11 Virginia Tech at East Carolina – Both teams proved last week that they are capable of lighting up the scoreboard.  But VT looks primed for a National Title run.  Hokies 55-21

#25 TCU at Air Force – The Horned Frog defense was surprisingly fragile against Baylor, while the AFA offense ran for 391 yards in its opener.  Mild upset #2.  Falcons 34-28

Cincinnati at Tennessee – UT looks to start 2-0 for the first time since 2006.  Cincinnati scored 72 points in the opener, tops in the FBS, while running for 387 yards.  Vols 38-31

#12 South Carolina at Georgia – A huge test for both teams, but for some reason it seems like a more important game for UGA.  I picked the Bulldogs in the preseason, but… Gamecocks 40-33

Fresno State at #10 Nebraska – Tough start for the Bulldogs, who lost at Cal last weekend.  Huskers 42-20

New Mexico at #14 Arkansas – The Hogs continue to show off their offensive firepower.  Razorbacks 52-13

UAB at #18 Florida – This will be the season opener for the Blazers.  Perhaps they needed an extra week to prepare for their first loss.  Gators 37-14

BYU at #24 Texas – The Cougars impressively came from behind at Ole Miss last week.  Texas is looking to return to prominence.  Longhorns 31-28

Georgia Tech at Middle Tennessee – GT was surprisingly efficient through the air last week, and could use more of the same against a tough MTSU squad.  Jackets 45-24

Utah at USC – First conference game for the Utes as a member of the Pac 12.  Tough way to open up.  Trojans 24-21 

Notre Dame at Michigan – First home game at night in Michigan Stadium history, but apparently UND was the team looking ahead last week.  Wolverines 30-20