Expert College Football Picks: 10 Intriguing Week 2 Matchups

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Welcome back to Round 2 of the 2015 college football season. Up on the schedule this week are a handful of big-time, non-conference matchups. There’s also a battle in the Deep South that’ll begin to shape the all-important SEC race.

With Saturday just around the corner, we’ve selected 10 games that are can’t miss. Below are the Expert College Football Picks for Week 2 of the season.

Week 2 Expert College Football Picks


Rich Cirminiello

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Oregon State at Michigan

Good spot for Jim Harbaugh to nab first win in Ann Arbor. Young Beaver quarterbacks will wilt in the face of the Wolverine defense.

Michigan 29, Oregon State 14

 

Notre Dame at Virginia

The Mike London death march continues, courtesy of an Irish team brimming with confidence.

Notre Dame 31, Virginia 17

 

Iowa at Iowa State

Cyclones always play Hawkeyes tough, and they’re coming off a tight effort in the opener with Northern Iowa.

Iowa State 27, Iowa 24

San Diego State at California

Bears recognize the opportunity for upward mobility in the Pac-12 North. Still, defense has a lot to prove.

California 42, San Diego State 28

 

Oklahoma at Tennessee

Welcome back to the big-time, Vols. Sooner D will resemble the one that routinely imploded last fall.

Tennessee 38, Oklahoma 33

 

Oregon at Michigan State

Duck D sprung leaks in the opener. Connor Cook will outplay Vernon Adams to avenge last year’s loss in Eugene.

Michigan State 37, Oregon 30

 

Utah State at Utah

Defensive struggle favors team with better playmakers. Edge Utes, who’ll ride the legs of Devontae Booker and the toes of Andy Phillips.

Utah 28, Utah State 19

 

LSU at Mississippi State

The LSU quarterbacks needed reps last weekend. The Mississippi State quarterback just needs the ball in his hands.

Mississippi State 23, LSU 20

 

Boise State at BYU

Cougars’ prayers won’t be answered this week. Life without Taysom Hill–again–begins with a home loss.

Boise State 27, BYU 21

 

UCF at Stanford

Both teams were rotten in the opener. Cardinal has far better talent, though, especially at the line of scrimmage.

Stanford 34, UCF 13


Jordan Cornette

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Oregon State at Michigan

Michigan’s athletic defense overpowers the inexperienced Seth Collins and his lackluster offense. Harbaugh gets his first win as the Michigan head coach.

Michigan 28, Oregon State 14

 

Notre Dame at Virginia

The Irish played a complete game last Saturday against a lesser opponent and dominated. Expect deja vu in Charlottesville.

Notre Dame 42, Virginia 14

 

Iowa at Iowa State

This game is always a memorable one. I am going with the team who has the veteran QB.

Iowa 21, Iowa State 17

 

San Diego State at California

Cal is loaded at the receiver spot and his the ability to put up points quickly. SDSU is strong with the run game but that won’t be enough to bring them back when they fall so far behind early.

California 35, San Diego State 21

 

Oklahoma at Tennessee

Baker Mayfield continues his aerial onslaught. Taking full advantage of a sub par Volunteer secondary.

Oklahoma 34, Tennessee 27

 

Oregon at Michigan State

The Spartans are prepared for the Oregon tempo. Its comes down to QB play in this one. Connor Cook prevails.

Michigan State 42, Oregon 34

 

Utah State at Utah

Devontae Booker runs all over Utah State.

Utah 28, Utah State 3

 

LSU at Mississippi State

LSU has the playmakers in Leonard Fournette and and Travin Duval. Canceling their first game puts 1st time starting QB Brandon Harris in challenging spot, having to produce against a tough defense in a tough road environment.

Mississippi State 31, LSU 24

 

Boise State at BYU

No miracles on this day. No Taysom Hill makes it hard on the BYU offense to produce offense against this stout Broncos defense.

Boise State 24, BYU 14

 

UCF at Stanford

The Knights rely on QB Justin Holman and WR Jordan Atkins to provide offense, only problem…. Stanford is sublime defending the pass.

Stanford 21, UCF 10


Shae Peppler

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Oregon State at Michigan

This is when we see Harbaugh’s first victory in Ann Arbor as the Michigan head coach. Wolverines start their momentum with this win.

Winner: Michigan

 

Notre Dame at Virginia

Notre Dame takes on Virginia… Notre Dame rolls. Poor Virginia, what a schedule, what a terrible start…

Winner: Notre Dame

 

Iowa at Iowa State

I’ll give the nod to Iowa here. While this should be a good match-up and Cyclones have home field advantage, Big Ten gets the best of the Big 12.

Winner: Iowa

 

San Diego State at California

San Diego State is at Cal, and I’m giving the nod to the Aztecs. Was on the sideline for their game against San Diego last week and saw this defense up close and personal. Their offense has some work to do but the defense can take care of this Cal offense if everything clicks on all cylinders.

Winner: San Diego State

 

Oklahoma at Tennessee

Well Tennessee better hope Neyland Stadium helps the Vols out, they need this victory if they want to make a splash in the SEC…Butch Jones still has games coming up against Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama… this is your shot.

Winner: Tennessee

 

Oregon at Michigan State

The game of the weekend. And the first time Oregon hasn’t been favorited in a game since Nov of 2011. There’s a reason people. Spartans take care of it.

Winner: Michigan State

 

Utah State at Utah

Utes have more offensive fire power than the world gives them credit for, they take care of Utah State effortlessly in Salt Lake.

Winner: Utah

 

LSU at Mississippi State

LSU at Mississippi State and is on upset alert. No game 1 under their belt after their game was canceled last week so momentum is on the Bulldogs side in Starkville.

Winner: Mississippi State

Boise State at BYU

No smurf turf for Boise and no Taysom Hill for BYU. This one is a battle for the Group of 5 and Boise State comes out victorious.

Winner: Boise State

 

UCF at Stanford

UFC comes off a loss and rolls, Stanford still has no fire power and loses 2 weeks in row. Nothing promising came out of their matchup with Northwestern, so I can’t believe in the Cardinal.

Winner: UCF


Ray Crawford

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Oregon State at Michigan

Let’s hear it for khakis!

Michigan 30, Oregon State 7

 

Notre Dame at Virginia

Poor Cavaliers. Irish roll.

Notre Dame 37, Virginia 10

 

Iowa at Iowa State

Iowa State brings the Cy-Hawk Trophy back to Ames.

Iowa State 27, Iowa 21

 

San Diego State at California

I didn’t see much from the Aztecs offense in week one and neither did Rocky Long.

California 24, San Diego State 13

 

Oklahoma at Tennessee

Tennessee is on its way back, but not at Oklahoma’s level just yet.

Oklahoma 34, Tennessee 20

 

Oregon at Michigan State

Last year, Oregon had the QB and the home game.. this year it’s Connor Cook’s game in East Lansing.

Michigan State 30, Oregon 24

 

Utah State at Utah

Utah keeps it going.

Utah 34, Utah State 17

 

LSU at Mississippi State

LSU has dried out, but it could be a slow start in Starkville.

LSU 28, Mississippi State 24

 

Boise State at BYU

No Hail Mary in this one, but the Broncos ride out with this one.

Boise State 24, BYU 20

 

UCF at Stanford

Stanford rebounds.

Stanford 28, UCF 10


Dan Vasta

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Oregon State at Michigan

Jim Harbaugh is not coming close to losing his home opener.

Michigan 35, Oregon State 13

 

Notre Dame at Virginia

This will be a tough matchup for the scorching Domers despite the fact that UVA is coming off a solid beating to UCLA.

Notre Dame 24, Virginia 16

 

Iowa at Iowa State

Kirk Ferentz needs this one badly after losing three of the last four meetings in this rivalry.

Iowa 28, Iowa State 27

 

San Diego State at California

The Aztecs have quite the defense and the Bears can roll up a ton of yards. Lean towards Jared Goff.

California 35, San Diego State 20

 

Oklahoma at Tennessee

The Vols and Sooners are both in for solid seasons, but Rocky Top will be electric and Josh Dobbs is about to be the real deal.

Tennessee 37, Oklahoma 31

 

Oregon at Michigan State

The Ducks have been favored in 46 straight games, but that streak is officially over now for a reason. Sparty will win the battle in the trenches.

Michigan State 34, Oregon 28

 

Utah State at Utah

The Utes thrive on defense in Salt Lake City, so expect them to limit QB Chuckie Keeton.

Utah 26, Utah State 12

 

LSU at Mississippi State

The Bayou Bengals should unleash Fournette and dominate the time of possession.

LSU 30, Mississippi State 21

 

Boise State at BYU

If Boise State is running the table this season and playing in a New Year’s Six matchup, they must get this one.

Boise State 27, BYU 23

 

UCF at Stanford

Stanford was the most disappointing team in the country last week and they will bounce back against another struggling offense.

Stanford 26, UCF 13