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The Big E College Football Picks: Week 2

Following an exciting opening week full of great games we are treated to a dreadful week of games. On behalf of college football fans everywhere, I am sorry.



How'd the first weekend of football treat you?


Our leader after week one is Dmac4Real who went 18-5 against the spread. I'm pretty sure a 78% clip is unsustainable over the long haul but that's a heck of an opening week.

4pointshooter and 8footpenguin are just one game back while 6 others are only two games back.

This week we have 3 games without a spread. Let's hope we win them all this time (thanks, Georgia State).

Wake Forest (+3) at Boston College

Pick: Wake Forest

Why is BC favored in this game? I like the Demon Deacons as a (somewhat) surprise team in the ACC this year. Not so much with Boston College.

UCF (-24.5) at Florida International

Pick: FIU

FIU lost to Maryland by 33 points which isn't good. But have they fallen off a cliff so badly that they'll be blown out by UCF too? I don't know, I'll take the points for the home team.

Florida (-3) at Miami

Pick: Miami

This is a game the Hurricanes just have to have. It's about time they had a "we're back" type of game and Florida really isn't that good this year. Even if the Canes don't win I'm comfortable taking the home underdog again.

Houston (-3) at Temple

Pick: Houston

This is me using some strategy. I'm assuming everyone thinks Temple is a little better than we all thought and they'll play the Cougars tough. This time I'm not taking the home underdog.

Cincinnati (-8) at Illinois

Pick: Cincinnati

Illinois didn't beat a major conference team last year and barely scraped by Southern Illinois in week one. Illinois is really, really bad. There's no way they aren't beaten soundly by a quarterback named Munchie Legaux.

Bowling Green (-7.5) at Kent State

Pick: Bowling Green

Bowling Green is going to win the MAC this year. They just handed Tulsa their worst loss in a couple years and I'll take the Falcons against a Kent State team that struggled with a FCS team last weekend.

Miami, OH (+17) at Kentucky

Pick: Kentucky

I really don't want to take the Wildcats here, but they should be motivated to kick some butt after a humiliating defeat last week. SEC losing to Bobby Petrino is one thing, but a MAC school? They'll be fired up.

Western Kentucky (+13) at Tennessee

Pick: Western Kentucky

A week after beating Kentucky can Petrino cover the spread inside Neyland?

Army (+7.5) at Ball State

Pick: Ball State

Brady Hoke once coached at Ball State. Advantage, Cardinals.

Oregon (-22.5) at Virginia

Pick: Oregon

I wonder what Oregon's record is covering as a three-touchdown favorite against unranked teams over the past 4 or 5 years? I bet it's really, really good.

San Diego State (+28) at Ohio State

Pick: Ohio State

Man, that Buckeyes schedule just isn't getting any easier.

Utah State (-9.5) at Air Force

Pick: Utah State

Tough game to pick but Utah State played well in a close loss to Utah last week and should be a notch or two better than the Falcons.

Idaho (+28) at Wyoming

Pick: Wyoming

Wyoming nearly upset Nebraska in Lincoln last week with a boat load of offensive fireworks. Poor Idaho is coming off a 34 point loss to North Texas. Not good news for the Vandals.

South Carolina (+3) at Georgia

Pick: Georgia

Georgia will win and cover for two reasons. One, so I don't have to listen for the rest of the season why Aaron Murray can't beat ranked teams. Two, the SEC has a way of evening things out and it's much better for each of these teams to have 1-loss instead of having one team with 2 losses.

Duke (-4.5) at Memphis

Pick: Duke

The Blue Devils are coming off their first shutout in a really long time. Good for them.

Navy (+13.5) at Indiana

Pick: Indiana

That Hoosier offense is finally getting developed into something worthwhile. Navy doesn't usually fare well against spread offenses.

Syracuse (+16.5) at Northwestern

Pick: Syracuse

Don't trust that NW offense coming back from a trip to California.

West Virginia (+21) at Oklahoma

Pick: Oklahoma

It's going to be a rough year in Morgantown. I was impressed with Oklahoma's defense last week so they should be able to cover here.

Texas (-7) at BYU

Pick: Texas

BYU has quarterback issues (can't throw the ball worth a damn) and Texas has their defense turned around, I think.

Notre Dame (+4) at Michigan

Pick: Notre Dame

One last showdown in Ann Arbor. For a while.

Minnesota (-15.5) at New Mexico State

Pick: Minnesota

How'd the Gopher faithful feel about signing up for this game?

New Mexico (+6) at UTEP

Pick: New Mexico

I roll with Bob Davie.

Arizona (-10.5) at UNLV

Pick: Arizona

The spread feels pretty low, to me.