Welcome to the Weekly Scoreboard for the second week of the season. As always, it was a wild week in college football with Arkansas and Wisconsin suffering terrible losses, and LSU and Georgia picking up huge wins.
The Big E Picks leaderboard coming after the jump, followed by a review of last week's picks, how Notre Dame's opponents fared, and an early look at this upcoming week's spreads.
The betting from the OFD community has been strong so far with only 8 people under .500 on the season.
Thanks to their perfect 8-0 records in Week 1 both JerseyDomer and Savannah_Domer still lead the overall race even though they both went 4-4 this week.
For week two, TLNDMA and dman led all participants with a 6-2 record.
Yours truly, the Big E, went 4-4 and needs to step up his game.
1) Miami 13 at Kansas State 52
Winner: Kansas State (-6.5)
90% picked correctly
I think it's safe to say that Miami's defense isn't very good and their team lacks toughness. Anyone still feeling bad for Al Golden? Kansas State threw the ball a total of 11 times, completed 9 of them for 210 yards, and then added 288 yards on the ground in a huge romp. Those are like Notre Dame numbers circa 1989.
2) UCF 16 at Ohio State 31
Winner: UCF (+17.5)
18% picked correctly
This was a close game at half but a couple Buckeye touchdowns in the third quarter put the Knights to bed. Braxton Miller continues to impress with 4 more touchdowns. Ohio State hosts California this week which will be a mildly interesting game.
3) Purdue 17 at Notre Dame 20
Winner: Purdue (+14.5)
10% picked correctly
Former Irish player Shane Walton posted this on BGI:
If you were to tell me 2 of our top 3 rbs weren't going to play, our deep threat (Daniels) would miss the 2nd half, our best offensive player(eifert) wouldn't play the second half, the qb would make his 2nd start, we would lose our best play making safety (slaughter), two of our top 3 DEs would miss most of the game, a freshman cb made his second start( first against a true offense) all this and we still won the game. I believe we would all be thrilled. Winning is hard to come by. I'm impressed with the mentality, not one of them thought or played like we were going to lose that game. I saw a ton of character displayed today. I don't agree with all the decisions or all of the calls but they won and that builds confidence amongst the team and staff. If you place those circumstances on most teams regardless of the level, a win would be pleasing.
4) Air Force 25 at Michigan 31
Winner: Air Force (+21.5)
52% picked correctly
A little too close for comfort if you're a Wolverine fan, no? It looks Michigan went back to a Rich-Rod gameplan of keeping the ball in Denard's hands as he threw 25 passes and had 20 of the team's 28 rushes. UM will get to blast UMass before coming to South Bend for a night game in a couple weeks.
5) Florida 20 at Texas A&M 17
Winner: Florida (+1.5)
45% picked correctly
In a game that featured no turnovers, the Gators scored a fourth quarter touchdown to beat A&M and spoil the Aggies first game in SEC league play. The quarterbacks were extremely efficient in this game, although neither threw a touchdown pass.
6) Washington 3 at LSU 41
Winner: LSU (-23.5)
61% picked correctly
Washington got LSU'd---running for 26 yards on 24 carries. Keith Price, he of darkhorse Heisman candidacy, completed only 17 of 35 passes for 157 yards and one pick. Washington scored the game's first point but then the Tigers ripped off 41 unanswered points. Give me a quick stock report on Coach Sark.
7) Nebraska 30 at UCLA 36
Winner: UCLA (+5.5)
20% picked correctly
I never was a believer in Nebraska, I swear. Would you believe that the Huskers gave up 653(!!!) yards in this game? Maybe they should be happy they gave up that many yards and still kept themselves in the game?
8) Georgia 41 at Missouri 20
Winner: Georgia (-2.5)
76% picked correctly
Missouri led from the start until the third quarter but Georgia sealed the deal with 4 unanswered touchdowns to finish the game. The Bulldogs really clamped down on Mizzou quarterback James Franklin and his rushing abilities, as he finished with 25 yards on 20 carries. Welcome to the SEC.
Michigan State 41 at Central Michigan 7
Le'Veon Bell was held to 70 yards but he scored twice. QB Andrew Maxwell looked very sharp and loves throwing to his tight ends. Spartans ended up +250 in total yards with an easy win.
Duke 13 at Stanford 50
The Cardinal put up 50, but they were outgained (again) in total yardage and still don't look strong running the ball. Stanford was able to take advantage of 4 Duke turnovers while building up a big 23-0 lead in the 1st half.
Weber State 13 at BYU 45
BYU showed off their strong ground game and trounced a 1-AA opponent. Their starting to get some attention but the Cougars have yet to play a strong team yet. We'll see how they fare in the coming weeks.
Florida A&M 13 at Oklahoma 69
So, the OU offense woke up. Granted, not the best competition of course. JUCO transfer Damien Williams continues to tear it up from the running back spot. 4 more touchdowns gives him 5 on the season to go with 260 yards at 13.7 per rush for 2012.
Pittsburgh 10 at Cincinnati 34
LOL @ Pitt.
Maine 3 at Boston College 34
Boston College is now over .500 against Maine. Good job Eagles!
North Carolina 27 at Wake Forest 28
This was a really sneaky good win for Wake Forest if the Tar Heels turn out to be a pretty good team as I expect they will. Tanner Price remains one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the country.
USC 42 at Syracuse 29
Syracuse played USC tough but the Trojans pulled away late. Woods and Lee combined for 21 receptions and Matt Barkley tossed 6 touchdowns. He's now got 10 touchdowns passes, 559 yards, and a 182.3 rating in 2012.
Early Lines for This Week's Big E Picks:
Virginia Tech (-10.5) at Pittsburgh
Virginia (+10.5) at Georgia Tech
Alabama (-19.5) at Arkansas
Florida (+2.5) at Tennessee
Arizona State (+6.5) at Missouri
USC (-8.5) at Stanford
Notre Dame (+4.5) at Michigan State
Utah State (+13.5) at Wisconsin