Week 2 Predictions – 2019
Last Week: A great start for the 2019 Buckeyes and the Ryan Day Era. Unfortunately after the first 7 minutes (and 28 points), the game became a bit pedestrian. FAU actually scored more than the Buckeyes from that point so there are plenty teaching moments from week one. Our staff predictions got off to a nice start. Brent, John and Trout are all 6-0 to own the top of the leaderboard, and Vaughn predicted the actual score of the OSU game. Let’s see how well everyone does this weekend.
This Week’s Games: The Buckeyes will welcome back former Head Coach Luke Fickell as he brings his Cincinnati Bearcats to Ohio Stadium. Very few coaches in the country know the OSU program as well as Luke, but will it be enough to steal a road win? …. Texas A&M begins a brutal part of their schedule, first stop Clemson. The Aggies will need to go on the road and try to pull the update victory. One A&M lineman is already guaranteeing the win, is he right? …. Texas and LSU will give us our first top ten match-up of the season. Both teams have aspirations to compete for a conference championship, will a loss this weekend knock either team out of the playoff picture? …. Colorado and Nebraska get together again this year to renew the old Big 12 rivalry. The Buffalos won last year after a controversial call on the Huskers last drive. Will Scott Frost and the boys get it done on the road?
Buckeye Greats: As with the past, we will continue to include former Buckeye players in our prediction fun and we are thrilled to have Vaughn Broadnax back with us as a regular participant for the fifth straight year.
Here we go with our Week 2 Picks – Good Luck to All – Gregg
(30)Cincinnati @ (5)Ohio State (-16)
Andy: This game makes for an excellent story. Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell is a Buckeye legend who grew in Columbus and played on the defensive line for the Buckeyes as well. History aside, Fickell took the Cincinnati job when the Bearcats were in a major rebuilding mode. He quickly assembled a strong coaching staff including former Buckeye great Marcus Freeman as their defensive coordinator.
They’ve done a terrific job particularly on the defensive side of the ball going from the 93rd overall defense in 2017 to the 8th best defense in 2018. The Bearcats aren’t flashy on offense or defense, they play fundamental football and try to make as few mistakes as possible because they don’t always have the best the athletes on the field. Currently a 16 point under dog, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cincinnati stay with Ohio State in the first half. I expect the Buckeyes to open things up after half time to secure the win. Ohio State 32 – Cincinnati 21
Bbaver: Pick: Ohio State – I have to say that Luke Fickell has done far better at UC than I expected him to do. I watched the entire UC-UCLA game last Thursday and am really impressed with the Bearcat defense led by D-Coordinator Marcus Freeman, another ex-Buckeye. Their Cincy D went from giving up 31.8 pig in 2017 to 17.2 pig in 2018, and only gave 218 yds of total offense to Chip Kelly and UCLA. I see a lower scoring game Saturday with UC giving the Bucks a challenge. Ohio State has got to get better results out of the tailback position. 4.2 yds per carry out of your starting TB just doesn’t cut it at Ohio State. I think Justin Fields is going to have to fight through some growing pains, but is eventually going to be very good. And the Buckeye defense looks like a big step up from a year ago. I like Ohio State 28-20 in this one.
Coach Rick: Ohio State by 13. I was impressed with Cincys first win but think they will play great on the 1st half before they fall apart.
Cory: It’s easy to feel positive about the Buckeyes’ performance in Week 1, but Cincinnati is going to be a much tougher opponent than Florida Atlantic. The Bearcats are coming off a nice win over UCLA, a game in which their defense looked tremendous. UCLA only completed eight passes, averaged just 1.7 yards per rush, and had two turnovers against Cincinnati. You absolutely cannot count out the Bearcats this week no matter how much better you think Ohio State is. The other concern for Ohio State is that the Buckeyes appeared to have let off the gas after scoring 28 points in the first quarter against Florida Atlantic. The Buckeyes struggled offensively in the second and third quarters, and the offensive line still is very inconsistent. This is a scary game for Ohio State, and is going to much closer than most people think. Ohio State 31, Cincinnati 24
Dave: OSU 38 Cincinnati 21
Dr. Mark: OSU 38-20 Cincy looked good against UCLA but I don’t think they can put up as many points on our defense. Some questions about our pass D in the 10-15 yard range but hopefully they learned from watching last week’s film
Gregg: In week 1, Cincinnati was very sloopy with a lot of mistakes and a lot of penalties. They will need to clean that up to have a chance to challenge the Buckeyes. Ohio State showed flashes against the Owls, but after that 28-0 start, they were out scored the rest of the game. I don’t think Coach Day was showing very much so I am not going to get too worried about it. Justin Fields looked solid and his 51 yard touchdown scamper was great, but he will want to continue to improve as well. And I think that improvement will come if we get the ground game more established. I think the defense comes to play, the offense keeps the foot on the pedal longer this time and we end up with a very comfortable win over a very solid opponent. The Buckeyes have not lost to Cincinnati since 1897 and that will not change this season. Ohio State 48 Cincinnati 17
Jason: The Ryan Day/Justin Fields era began with a bang, exploding for 28 quick points and the game was over quickly. The Bearcats controlled the clock and dominated an undermanned UCLA team in week 1 but can they do that to the Buckeyes? They have talent defensively at the line of scrimmage, but if the Buckeyes get the offense going, the ‘Cats will struggle to keep up. UC totaled six sacks and plenty of hurries against UCLA but with Fields’ ability to move they will need to play as much contain as they play attack. Cincinnati will try to grind this one out and get into the fourth quarter with a chance. To do that, they must establish a running game against one of the game’s most talented defensive lines. This certainly won’t be an easy game for the Buckeyes and Fields will struggle some early to get into a rhythm but look for the Buckeyes to get the ball in space and establish JK Dobbins on the ground to take some of the pressure off of him. It will be tight for a quarter or so but the Buckeyes speed and depth will win out and Ohio State will pull away to cruise to 2-0. Ohio State 49 UC 17
Joe-S-U: OSU over Cincy – (In my best Lone Ranger announcer voice)- Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear! In 2002, Ohio State opened their season with a 45-21 non-conference win. On September 7th, 2002, they hosted a team from Ohio. Although that wasn’t Cincinnati, the Bearcats were part of that season’s slate. The Big Ten opener in ’02 was against Indiana. And the schedule featured a night game in Evanston. Hopefully these bits of deja va put a little bit of a whammy on Fickell’s crew this Saturday.
John: College football, maybe more so than any other team sport, is a game of emotion. A lesser team can play out of their minds against a more talented team that maybe isn’t quite as jacked, and before you know it an upset has happened. Almost everyone on UC’s roster grew up dreaming of playing of OSU, but for whatever reason the Buckeyes weren’t an option. Look for the ‘Cats to come out on fire and keep this one close well into the second half, but in the end the talent difference will be too much for UC to overcome. Ohio State 31 Cincinnati 24
Josh: Ohio State opens up as 17 point favorites and I can see that spread line decreasing as it gets closer to the game. With Cincinnati, they will be a different defense that will challenge Ohio State and Justin Fields, and disguise some blitzes. It will take some in game adjustments I believe for the Buckeyes to adjust, and I see this as a closer game in the beginning, and then will pull away late. Cincinnati had a lot of penalties, and has a dual threat quarterback with experience. This will be a better test for the Buckeye Defense, and if they are able to handle the Bearcats like they could the Owls, this will be a game won when Ohio State has the ball. Fickell said he is trying to keep the emotion out of this one, but I think he will get his cheers when he comes into the stadium, and realize this is just not another game. Ohio State wins and covers the spread late, moving to 2-0. Ohio State 42 – Cincinnati 17
Pia Pete: This one will be WAY to close. OSU 32 – UC 24
PJSBuck: Well, it’s about time for my cousin Mark to start in on me this year. He went undergrad to Miami of Ohio – Close enough to Cincinnati for me to yank his chain this week about his picks (HA!!). Well, I was overall positive about the game against FAU but was disappointed in either the offensive line or lack of adjustments the coaches made (or didn’t make) in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. I am totally optimistic about this team, the players and coaches so I giving a comprehensive PASS to us last week. That said, I watched Cincinnati play UCLA and have two major observations: 1) Cincinnati was playing VERY fundamentally sound in their first game (Tribute to Luke); 2) UCLA looked sloppy and undisciplined (Also a tribute to coaching – POOR!). This is likely to be a better game than Buckeye fans are used to in the second game of the year. I can believe this could either be a shootout or a defensive struggle. I like our new look defense so if we can adjust defensively on the fly we COULD win by 21 or more. Prediction: Ohio State by 17 in a game close until the 4th quarter. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Silver Bullets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our offensive brain trust against their defensive brain trust could well be the game.
Steven: What we saw out of both of these teams last week is just a glimpse of the final product we should get come late November. UC played well against a UCLA team, but was prone to mistakes. Bearcat lineman Lorenz Metz took home the team’s JB Shugarts award for multiple false starts. As expected, though, Coach Luke Fickell had the Cincinnati defense ready. They bottled up Bruin QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson who was a highly recruited dual threat quarterback coming out of Tate Martell’s High School, Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. They may not be able to do the same to Justin Fields, but if the Ohio State line fails to improve, it could be a lot of broken plays Saturday. Luckily, Fields has possibly the best receiving corps in the country, (especially if the team keeps the tight ends involved). Coach Day needs to keep the troops engaged for at least a half or so, since last week was a steep cliff the whole team fell off after the first quarter. If Day doesn’t keep their heads in the game coach Fickell will. This could be the toughest test the Bucks will face for quite a while. Calling this one close, OSU 34-24.
Trout: I think the Buckeyes win this game, but I think it will be close. Luke Fickell has done an amazing job since he took over the Cincinnati job, turning them into a top contender in the AAC. However, they are still a mid-major team. They do not get the level of talent that Ohio State gets. The defense was better on Saturday for the Bucks, but it was still an average outing for the silver bullets. I think we will see the Bearcats do a lot of short slant passes , that will give the Buckeyes fits. But to counter that, I think Justin Fields and the OSU offense should be able to move the ball down the field with a solid rushing and passing attack. This will be a big test for these new Buckeyes, and I think they up for the challenge. The Bucks win a close one. (Ohio State, 31-23)
Vaughn Broadnax (OSU 1980-83): The are few opposing coaches that know The Ohio State University football program better than Luke Fickell. He has been a part of this program as a player or coach for nearly 25 years. So I am always concerned when you know that he has been watching his former team intently. I notice a few areas of concern that I am sure Luke make try to take advantage of come Saturday. I only have a few concerns at this point and it includes Justin Fields improving his route recognition, offensive players playing to the whistle, and our punt formation may need to work. I feel with the extra week off for a few of our defensive linemen to heal, UC’s quarterback will not be able to get comfortable in the pocket. I am encourage with the defensive changes and look for them to hold UC in check. Buckeyes tame the Bearcats 42-10.
Final Score: Ohio State 42 Cincinnati 0
(12)Texas A&M @ (1)Clemson (x)
Andy: The biggest match up of the year for Clemson luckily is one that is at home for the Tigers. Last year first year head coach Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies nearly upset Clemson in College Station. Clemson lost some amazing players last year to the NFL including five guys from their defensive front seven (3 first round picks) and a 2nd round pick with corner Trayvon Mullen.
The Aggies have an ace in the hole in Quarterback Kellen Mond. Mond had a breakout year last season not only throwing, but he is a surprisingly good running quarterback. I think if the Aggies are going to have success against Clemson Mond is going to have to do it all. On the other side of the football Clemson has the best quarterback (Trevor Lawrence) and the second best running back in college football (Travis Etienne). On top of that the Tigers have a three headed monster at receiver in Justyn Ross, Diondre Overton and Tee Higgins who are all tall, long and fast receivers.
I just think Clemson has an offense built to score a lot of points because they can run the ball well and Trevor and his three amazing receivers can beat most defensive coverages. I do believe Texas A&M will be able to put up points against this Tiger defense, but I think the Tigers have too much firepower for Texas A&M to win in shoot out. If A&M wins this game, it has to have their defense step up big. Clemson 35 – Texas A&M 24
Bbaver: Pick: Clemson – I DVR’d both teams opening week games, but will likely delete them without having time to watch any of either. Surprising that Trevor Lawrence’s numbers were so poor. Has he been reading too many of his own headlines? Actually, I think Lawrence will be fine. Either the Aggies pull the upset in this one, or the Orangemen do so a week from Saturday….or Clemson, with a healthy Trevor Lawrence, will waltz into their last season game at South Carolina 11-0. And then most likely walk into the CFB Playoff 13-0. So, go Aggies. But hard to go against Clemson here. I think A&M covers the Vegas spread, but Clemson prevails in the end.
Coach Rick: Real good game but Clemson takes it in the end. I have Clemson by 21.
Cory: This has to be one of the most interesting non-conference matchups this season. It features a rematch of two teams that met last year, and even though Texas A&M lost to Clemson last year it was only by two points. That game was the catalyst for putting in Trevor Lawrence at quarterback over Kelly Bryant, so an argument could made that if Lawrence played the entire game it wouldn’t have been as close. Still, the Aggies are talented and feel like they have something prove after last year’s disappointing loss. The problem is that not only do they have to try to contain Lawrence, they also have to try to stop Travis Etienne, the Tigers’ explosive running back. Against Georgia Tech last week, Etienne ran 12 times for 205 yards and two touchdowns. This year’s rematch probably won’t be as close as it was last year. Clemson 35, Texas A&M 21
Dave: Clemson 32 Texas A&M 14
Dr. Mark: Clemson 40-27 I’m tired of the Clemson hype but it is deserved until someone gives them a game- the Aggies can be good but I don’t think they can stop Clemson from scoring or controlling the clock.
Gregg: Jimbo and the Aggies may be able to keep this close for a couple of quarters but will not have enough firepower to win the game. Last year they went for two and failed the conversion which cost them a two point loss. The Tigers will not over look AM this year. Trevor Lawrence will come back and have a monster game. I know this because he was my first pick on our Buckeye50 fantasy draft and he was just terrible last week. His best play was to out out run the guy who intercepted one of his passes and tackled him on the one yard line. Expect the Tigers to pick up a few of the first place votes they are missing with a win. Clemson 31 Texas AM 17
Jason: The best game of the weekend might have been the best non-conference matchup in 2018 as week as Clemson went into College Station and escaped with a 2 point win and the rest is history. This time the game is in Clemson and likely to be Clemson’s only real challenge the entire year. Without another resume building game and depending on what happens around the country, if the Tigers fall short on Saturday, they may see their chance at repeating heading out the door with it. If they win, go ahead and punch their ticket as one of the four playoff teams already. If the Aggies can get the win, they still face some tests, but they will put themselves in a great position to claim their own berth to the CFP. The Aggies certainly have the talent to get it done and speed to match the Tigers. They also have the QB. Kellen Mond threw for over 400 yards and 5 TD’s in last year’s matchup so he will not be intimidated. They also have one of the fiercest pass rushes in all of college football as well as a very capable secondary so they will certainly test Trevor Lawrence, who played only sparingly in last year’s contest before taking the full time QB job from Kelly Bryant. The Tigers will lean heavily on RB Travis Etienne, who was largely held in check a year ago but can hit a seam and go as well as any back in college football. A&M’s hopes rest firmly on Mond’s shoulders. If he can hit a couple deep balls and the Aggie D can slow the Clemson attack, we are in for a classic. That’s a big if, but they have the horses to get it done. Look for Texas A&M to do just enough to make it a four quarter game and a late Mond TD pass stuns the Tigers at home in an upset. Texas A&M 31 Clemson 28
Joe-S-U: Clemson over Texas A&M – One of the wonderful things about 2002 is college football fans weren’t getting nauseated on SEC lovefests from the gullible media. 6 SEC teams in the top 12 of the new AP poll. Puh-leeeeeeze….I hope Dabo absolutely keeps the pedal down and buries the Aggies; though A&M, like Auburn, deserves credit for being MEN and actually playing someone with a pulse OOC. Trevor Lawrence probably needs to put up some big numbers to keep pace with Jalen, Tua and Justin, but if Etienne’s gonna pile up yardage like he did last week, Clemson could be even more dangerous, crazy as that sounds. Etienne’s doing what we all wish J.K. Dobbins would do.
John: How good is Clemson? Given the weak state of the ACC, we might not find out until the playoffs. I sure don’t look for aTm to put up much of a fight this week in Death Valley East. Clemson 35 Texas A&M 17
Josh: Last years game was close, and if it weren’t for Kelly Bryant, Clemson might have lost this one. What is interesting about this game is that it will be a 3:30 kick, and with this being in Death Valley, Clemson fans will have time to prepare. But I also think this helps A&M as well with the time adjustment, and with it not being a night game, this could balance out some of the out of game variables. But, Clemson is stout, and will need to stay disciplined. Both teams walked through the opening game. and could have won by more, but stayed vanilla enough to not give the other team a film-study advantage. Trevor Lawrence did not play like a Heisman favorite week one, and the Tiger offense was carried but All-American Travis Etienne. They will need him to control the game once more as Jimbo Fisher is a coach who also has experience against Dabo and Clemson with his time at Florida State. I think this will be a game of emotion early on, and Kellen Mond can be a difference maker with his feet, but Clemson wins at home by double digits. Clemson 38 – Texas A&M 24
Pia Pete: Clemson’s #1 for a reason. Tigers 44 – A&M 17
PJSBuck: Rooting for A&M but Clemson will flatten Jimbo Fischer’s team. By the way, have I told you how I feel that Jimbo is the most over-rated college coach beside that ass-clown at UCLA? Oh yeah, Clemson by 35
Steven: Silly Aggies, they think they can win this one. If they do, it will be a huge blow to the ACC and the media narrative of the Tigers’ walking into the College Football Playoff. It could be a slug-fest but the Aggies will have to pick their poison between stopping RB Travis Etienne on the ground or QB Trevor Lawrence through the air. My guess is they’ll put their eggs in the run defense as they held Texas State to a net 8 yards rushing last week. Be advised: Past performance is not an accurate indicator of future performance. The Tigers are on a whole different planet than the Bobcats. So far, I’ll go with the Tiger’s aura of invincibility. They just have too many weapons, and the Aggies will just be a slightly bigger speed bump than Georgia Tech. Clemson 49 -29
Trout: I think Clemson wins against the Aggies. I just don’t think that Texas A&M is as good as their ranking indicates. Although I don’t think Clemson is unbeatable, they are still a really good team. I can see the Aggies getting some scores on them, but I think Trevor Lawrence and the Tiger’s offense will be to counter whatever the A&M throws at them defensively. I think Clemson starts off slow and lets the Aggies hang around for a while. But in the end, the Tigers will be too much for Texas A&M. (Clemson 38-27)
Vaughn Broadnax (OSU 1980-83): Texas A&M has a rather tall task coming into Clemson to take down this juggernaut. Jimbo Fisher is trying to build TAMU in the team that the millions invested in him deserve, but they are not there yet. Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne will get tested with a real defense this week and we will see if this offense can continue its potent attack. I think they will. Clemson leaves Texas A&M wondering if they needed a 13th man and beats them 35-14.
Final Score: Clemson 24 Texas A&M 10
(6) LSU @ (9)Texas
Andy: Another awesome matchup in week 2 for college football fans. This is a perfect storm game for both teams. I think this is the best team Texas has fielded since it played against Alabama in 2010. LSU is fielding not only of it’s most experienced teams in recent memory 8 starters on defense and 7 starters on offense including quarterback Joe Burrow.
Dave Aranda the defensive coordinator for LSU has put together some amazing defenses. Despite a slight regression last season on defense, I think with 8 returning starters and with how well the Tigers have been recruiting over the last 4-5 years they’ll have a staunch defense waiting for Texas. Joe Burrow’s playing style will be a big difference maker for the Tigers in this game. Head coach Ed Oregeron brought in a new offensive coordinator (Steve Esminger) who really specializes with rollout style offenses and quarterbacks (Joe Burrow is a typical roll out/boot leg quarterback who is also good at the run pass option or RPO).
On the Longhorns side of the ball things get a little trickier for them. They are a very talented and tough team, and frankly I expect them to win the Big XII conference this year despite losing 6 starters from offense and 8 defensive starters. Not only that, but the Longhorns had an already think running back stable and lost another one last week (true freshman Jordan Whittington) with a sports hernia injury.
Texas however last year showed they’re willing to get as tough and physical as needed and they proved that against Georgia in their bowl win last year. Nobody embodies that tough physicality of Texas more than quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Last year Ehlinger threw for over 3,200 yards and 25 touchdowns, while also running for just under 500 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns. At 6’3″ 230 lbs. he reminds a lot of folks of former Florida Gator great Tim Tebow.
Unless Texas can control the line of scrimmage and get some good productivity out of their running backs they’re going to need Sam Ehlinger to do it all against an elite defense. I do see this game being pretty close, but the lack of experience and weapons on the Texas Longhorns team leads me to believe they’ll struggle to get a win. LSU 27 – Texas 21
Bbaver: Pick: LSU – Really, really hard to go against Tom Herman when he is an underdog. But this is by far the best looking LSU team since 2011. From what I saw of Joe Burrow last Saturday, he seems like he has taken a big step forward. Texas I think is too inexperienced at this point in the year, but again…never count out Herman as a dog. 6 pts seems like a big spread, and I tend to think Texas covers that line…but I gotta go with the Tigers in this one.
Coach Rick: I think LSU comes out early strong and maintains it. I have LSU winning by 17.
Cory: What a difference a year can make. Last year Joe Burrow struggled in his first season as a starter, throwing for less than 3,000 yards and just 16 touchdowns. One week into the 2019 season Burrow already has five touchdowns. He faces a much tougher opponent this week when the Tigers head to Austin to take on the Longhorns. Similar to Burrow, the Longhorns have also had quite the turnaround since last season. Last season Texas opened the season with a loss to Maryland and a one-touchdown win over Tulsa. They finished strong, however, smacking Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. That momentum has carried over into this season as Texas is ranked No. 10. Many feel that the Longhorns still have something to prove, and a win over No. 6 LSU this week would silence a lot of the critics. Texas 28, LSU 17
Dave: LSU 28 Texas 14
Dr. Mark: LSU 28-24 This will be the best game of the day from the even match up standpoint. Joe Burrow seems to have put the ghosts of OSU behind him and is playing well, sadly I agree with Pat that Texas will continue to get better and be relevant in the title chase in the years to come but I’ll take the Tigers this week.
Gregg: Both LSU and Texas start the season very highly ranked and with high expectations. I was all about getting behind the Tigers and their new OSU quarterback Joe Burrow. But now it is just business, and I want to see what is best for the fortunes of the Buckeyes. I know last year should not matter but the Longhorns destroyed Georgia so they should have no problem dispatching the Tigers. Herman does well as an underdog and is 3-0 against the SEC. Fun fact, we all know that the SEC really doesn’t play anyone in the non-conference, although over the years, LSU has done their part. But this game will be the first EVER top ten match-up in the regular season between the SEC and Big-12. Hook’em Horns Texas 31 LSU 28
Jason: A potential College Football Playoff elimination game takes place in Austin with LSU visiting the Longhorns. The Longhorns go as QB Sam Ehlinger goes. He is dangerous in the passing game as well as the Horns’ most effective running option. Unfortunately for Ehlinger, the Bayou Bengals are flat loaded on the defensive front and will be very physical, so it will be on his arm to solve an NFL level secondary. The Tigers rode the arm of Joe Burrow in week 1 who threw for nearly 280 yards along with five TD’s albeit against Louisiana Tech, and this time he will have to do it with pressure. Texas will do its best to come after him and force him to throw with hands in his face and while being hit. LSU will need to run the football at least a little to avoid the Texas D from just pinning their ears back and coming after him. This game will likely come down to which QB keeps his offense moving. Ehlinger will make just enough plays to keep the chains moving but ultimately the LSU defense will make the extra couple plays that will be the difference. LSU leans on its defense and goes into Austin and comes away with a big win. LSU 28 Texas 24
Joe-S-U: LSU over Texas – Matthew McConaughey is gonna be teaching a film class at UT. What that has to do with this pick is beyond me. I’ve lost so many points over the years here picking SEC teams to lose these big matchups only to be gut-punched time after time. So new tact this year, just surrender and pick the SEC. Texas’ bowl win over Georgia was impressive, don’t get me wrong, but the Dawgs didn’t care to be there and the ‘Horns punched them right in their overrated mouths. I don’t think the Tigers are gonna fall into that trap, and the winning quarterback in this game will keep themselves in the Heisman conversation.
John: How relieved is Texas to be done with their home and home with the mighty Maryland Terrapins? Tom Herman finally goes to 1-0 as Longhorn coach. The win streak should be short lived, however, as I thing the Joe Burrow lead Tigers go into Austin and leave with a W. LSU 27 Texas 21
Josh: This will be a fun game and honestly a toss up. Both quarterbacks have a lot of moxy, with Burrow for LSU and Ehlinger for Texas. Even though this game will be in Austin, and with Game Day coming to town, LSU is favored to win. I think they have a great defensive scheme, and Burrow flashed some of his skill in the opener, throwing for 5 touchdowns. Both teams don’t have a strong running game, so it will be a matter of which quarterback wants it more. I think this will be an old fashioned shoot out, and I can see Texas pulling the upset in this one. Tom Herman will have his offense challenge the stout Tiger secondary, and win this game with spreading the ball and Ehlinger carrying the team with his legs. Texas 41 – LSU 38
Pia Pete: Texas isn’t quite up for the task. LSU 36 – UT 21
PJSBuck: I am a Tom Herman fan. Do not doubt me; he won the national championship for us! This should be a great game and I predict Tom Herman’s Longer Horny’s to win by 10.
Steven: Is Joe Burrow the next pro style darling, or was last week a mirage? It was week one, so I and everyone else just needs to simmer down. It is nice to see him go down to SEC country, grow into a legitimate (albeit way too early) Heisman candidate. A trip to Austin and prime time tilt with the Longhorns will be a huge barometer of his, and the team’s growth. Texas QB Sam Ehlinger is another one to watch and should also provide offensive fireworks. This could be a heck of a shootout. The winning defense won’t have to pitch a shutout, just provide one or two more stops than the other guys. Liking the Tiger defense here over Bevo and the Fighting Hermans. LSU 38-31
Trout: I would like to pick the Longhorns, but I still don’t think they are “back”, despite what their QB, Ehlinger said. Granted, I don’t the LSU tigers are world beaters either, but I think they have the advantage in this game. Joe Burrow is a much better quarterback and game manager. Not to mention, LSU place in a conference that actually play defense. It will be close, probably coming down to the last minute of the game. However, I don’t think Texas has the ability to close the deal. LSU will pull off the victory, and Texas’ campaign for relevancy gets another setback. (LSU, 24-21)
Vaughn Broadnax (OSU 1980-83): It looks like Joe Burrow has brought some offense to the bayou. His record setting performance from last weekend might foretell of offensive explosions to come for LSU. Texas’s defense surrendered over 300 yards passing to La Tech, but still dominated the game until the fourth quarter. They cannot afford to allow Mr. Burreaux to get hot and I think know he will. LSU goes horns down and beats Texas 42-27.
Final Score: Texas 38 LSU 45
(23)Stanford @ (39)USC
Andy: I was thinking this could be the year where USC turns it around. Despite and crummy season last year USC has recruited really well the past 4-5 years and they have talent on both sides of the football. However in the season opener last week they lost their star player quarterback J.T. Daniels to a torn ACL.
With this game being at home and USC having better athletes on the perimeter makers me believe they still have a chance at a win despite the loss of their QB. And Stanford struggled last week against Northwestern. I think USC will be able to control the line of scrimmage and get some consistent plays out of their running back Vavae Malepeai to at least move the ball some against Stanford.
Despite that I think Stanford quarterback KJ Costello will be the difference maker in this game. Stanford 24 – USC 20
Bbaver: Pick: Stanford – I really don’t have an confidence in either of these teams, especially after big injuries for both teams in their openers. I guess I have less confidence in USC, so I’ll go with the Cardinal here.
Coach Rick: This will be a good game. Even with Stanford traveling, I still have them winning by 10 points.
Cory: It’s only been one week in the 2019 college football season and the PAC 12 is already a mess. Stanford is coming off a lackluster win over Northwestern, and USC enters this game off a one-score win over Fresno State. The bigger issue for both Stanford and USC is that both teams lost their starting quarterbacks last week. Stanford’s K.J. Costello left in the middle of the game with a head injury, and USC’s J.T. Daniels is out for the season after tearing an ACL in the team’s win last week. Stanford didn’t score after Costello left, and the Trojans saw a 18-point second-half lead evaporate after Daniels left. What we’re going to see this week is going to be some ugly football. At this point, USC has more questions to answer than Stanford. Stanford 20, USC 13
Dave: Stanford 36 USC 14
Dr. Mark: USC 31-21 At some point Trojans should be bigger faster stronger than Stanford but they continue to underachieve and now their QB is out. They don’t seem to be able to hire a qualified athletic director- They are a long way from Mark Sanchez and Reggie Bush. But I’ll say USC pulls what I think will be an upset.
Gregg: True freshman quarterback, will it work for USC? not this week. Stanford 27 USC 10
Jason: A Big Pac 12 matchup as USC hosts No. 25 Stanford and there is quarterback issues for both teams. USC lost their talented signal caller J.T. Daniels for the season with a torn ACL in week one, which will make the Trojan’s battle even more uphill than it already was going to be this season. Their hopes now rest on true freshman Kedon Slovis. He will face a Cardinal defense that forced four turnovers and held the normally high powered Northwestern offense in check in a 17-7 win. Stanford’s talented QB K.J. Costello was also knocked out of the last game with a head injury and is day to day. If Costello can’t go on Saturday then Stanford will play redshirt sophomore Davis Mills. Mills replaced Costello following his injury and went 7-10 for 81 yards. He led the game sealing drive a week ago to kill the clock for the victory for the Cardinal, but also fumbled twice while he was in the game. However, the talent at wide out for Stanford against a young and inexperienced secondary for USC could be the key to this one. That combined with Stanford’s ability to grind out a tough 4 quarter game will lead the Cardinal to the road win. If Costello can play, it may not be close, but the conservative call is Stanford in a close one on the road. Stanford 24 USC 17
Joe-S-U: Stanford over USC – So here we are barely 2 weeks into the season, and neither of these teams (one for sure, one probable) are gonna have their quarterbacks available. For crying out loud, Stanford may have to go with Davis Mills. I thought maybe he was the fifth Beatle, but then I remembered- Gregg, myself and the rest of our Myrtle Beach crew used to drive by Davis Mills on 23 south past Piketon on our way to the beach each summer. I knew that name rang a bell. Urban might be several steps closer to the ‘SC job after this one.
John: Having suffered through watching most of Stanford/Northwestern last week (man, that was not good football on either side) I initially thought USC would win this one easily. Then the Trojans starting QB went down with a torn ACL in the second half of their game last week. Now Vegas has this one as a pick-em. I will give the benefit of the doubt to the Men of Troy, because the game is in LA. USC 21 Stanford 17
Josh: Both quarterbacks who started the year will be out this game. Clay Helton is coaching for his job at this point, and trying to quiet some of the Urban to USC rumors. This will be a late game that I think most people will just wait and see the results Sunday morning. I do not see this as being an exciting game. Talent wise, USC has the edge, but David Shaw always plays a conservative defense. I expect this to be a game of mistakes and low scoring, and USC finding a way to win this one, especially after seeing Stanford struggle with Northwestern last week. USC 17 – Stanford 14.
Pia Pete: USC lost their starting QB for the season which will give Stanford a perfect opportunity to go 2-0. Stanford 21 – USC 14
PJSBuck: Stanford by 21 or more. Fire the ass clown now!
Steven: USC is already on their backup quarterback, and truthfully didn’t look all that great in their win over Fresno State. They will be forced to rely on their run game as new QB Kedon Slovis takes over. Expect Trojan running back Vavae Malepeai to shoulder even more of the offensive load. Stanford, while coming off a win over Northwestern, really didn’t look like world beaters by any means in the contest. Most of the world seems to want USC coach Clay Helton to fail and quietly sulk away. At least for a week, the team rallies around Slovis and the men of Troy eke out an ugly win at home. USC 24-21
Trout: Neither team is great, but the Cardinal is slightly better than the Trojans. Besides maybe Oregon, their is no PAC-12 team that I could see being a contender for the CFP. I see this game being a sloppy low scoring game. And I see Stanford doing just enough to pull off the victory. It won’t be pretty, but the Cardinal win in snoozer. (Stanford, 14-13)
Vaughn Broadnax (OSU 1980-83): Stanford seems to always start their seasons slow for the past decade or so. USC has lost their starting QB JT Daniels for the season. I am not expecting a score fest by any means. However, I believe USC can out athlete Stanford just enough to win 21-14.
Final Score: Stanford 20 USC 45
(25) Nebraska @ Colorado
Andy: I think this game is the easiest to pick this week. Colorado is pretty depleted under first year head coach Mel Tucker. I also believe Scott Frost is going to emerge as one of the more dominant coaches across the college football landscape in the next few years. He has already changed the culture at Nebraska to that of a winning culture, on top of that he has done an excellent job at recruiting. The Cornhuskers just got better last year as the season progressed.
I don’t honestly know what to expect from Colorado other than just trying to stay alive in this game. I think Martinez and the Cornhuskers will roll into this game looking to establish a strong offense. Nebraska 42 – Colorado 17
Bbaver: Pick: Nebraska – Another game I DVR’d and can’t find time to watch is the Nebraska-South Alabama game. From the sounds of things, Nebraska’s O and their D both got beat up in the trenches and they are lucky to be 1-0 right now. This is no easy game for Nebraska and I probably would take Colorado here were it not for the revenge factor, and the cheap shot returning Buff’s MLB Nate Landman had on Adrian Martinez last September. I like Nebraska in this one.
Coach Rick: Nebraska had a bad 1st game but I think the offense finds their groove this week. I have the Big Red winning by 17 points.
Cory: Heading into the season it seems everybody was bullish on Nebraska returning to greatness. Perhaps they’ll get there someday, but this season likely won’t be it. The Cornhuskers struggled to beat South Alabama at home last week, and they were really only saved by their defense. Two of Nebraska’s touchdowns came from the defense – a fumble return and an interception return – and another came from a punt return. Offensively, Nebraska could not get anything going and that is a concern. The Cornhuskers face a much bigger challenge this week in Colorado. The Buffaloes have a good quarterback in Steven Montez and talented running back in Alex Fontenot. Unless we see a massive turnaround from the Cornhuskers offense this week, Colorado should prevail and make a claim for becoming a top 25 team. Colorado 24, Nebraska 14
Dave: Nebraska 21 Colorado 14
Dr. Mark: Nebraska 40-14 Colorado plays ball control short passing game- they wont be able to keep up with the Huskers.
Gregg: This is the return of rivalry between two of college football’s bluebloods. It would be great for the game if both returned to their former glory but I dont see Bill McCartney or Tom Osborne coming back any time soon. Mel Tucker is in his first season for the Buffaloes and Scott Frost is in his second year in Lincoln. Give them time and we will see what happens but dont expect either team to complete for their respective divisions this year. Nebraska 24 Colorado 21
Jason: A big one in Boulder as the new look Scott frost Cornhuskers invade the Buffs. The Huskers O struggled in week 1 against a very undermanned South Alabama outfit which has to be concerning for the Cornhusker faithful. What was expected to be the strength of the team failed to operate with the sharpness and tempo as expected and had way too many turnovers. But, that’s why you schedule South Alabama to start the season to work out some of the kinks to prepare for a game like this. The Buffaloes offense got rolling against Colorado State in week 1 and was tremendous up front allowing RB Alex Fontenot to run for 125 yards and reach paydirt 3 times. The key for Colorado is withstanding the storm if the Nebraska offense gets going. They struggled in every aspect in week 1 and will have to be better to get out of Boulder with a win. A year ago Colorado went into Lincoln and got the 5 point win and I expect this one to be just as close. In the end, Colorado at home, is just a bit better and although both offenses will play well, the Buff defense will come up with a key turnover late to seal the win. Colorado 31 Nebraska 21
Joe-S-U: Nebraska over Colorado – Pat Steger has a patent, I believe, on the “Who Gives A S**t Game of the Week” in our picks. I have to be careful how I word that ’cause in the true spirit of Ohio State’s attempt to copyright the word “THE”, Pat might sue me if I cop his “Who Gives A S**t……” act. Anyway, I do kind of give a s**t since I think we all want Nebraska to be in top form come September 28th, but I’ll take Pat’s tradition and give it a twist. How about the “Why Didn’t We Do This Game Instead” pick? That honor goes to Boise State/Marshall. Why didn’t that game get any Buckeye 50 love? I’ll stop there, since after Pat gives me a cease and desist on the “S**t” game, I’ll get Gregg saying, “Well, why don’t you pick the games, genius?”
John: I don’t know how bad the Buffalo’s must be to be a 7 point dog to this Nebraska team. They say that a college football team makes its most improvement from week one to week two. If you are a Husker fan, you are hoping they find an offense in week two, because it was almost non existent in week one against S. Alabama – not exactly the Crimson Tide. I’ll give the Big Ten the benefit of the doubt here… Nebraska 35 Colorado 28
Josh: As hyped as Nebraska is this season, I am not impressed with their week one win, and Colorado even had to come from behind against Colorado State to win. This is a game of flawed teams. Adrian Martinez will need to have a better game to keep this one competitive, and Colorado has a strong running back in Alex Fontenot. These will be the key players, and with this game in Colorado, I think this should give Nebraska some of the chip on the shoulder mentality, and have to win a tough one on the road. Nebraska wins in overtime. Nebraska 31 – Colorado 24.
Pia Pete: Nebraska cracks the top 25 and travels to Colorado for what should be an entertaining game. Huskers 23 – Buffs 17
PJSBuck: Another great game to watch or tape! I think Scott Frost at Nebraska is on his way up and up to West Division champs for a long time. Nebraska by 21.
Steven: Don’t discount the Buffaloes. While a host of media have been singing the praises of Cornhusker coach Scott Frost, Colorado has made improvements of their own. Coach Mel Tucker has a team that could contend in the Pac-12 South. Wouldn’t that just surprise the heck out of everyone who picked Utah? The Husker defense will have to be much better than they were against South Alabama, as will QB Adrian Martinez. Not feeling the Husker Hype Train just yet. Unless they were completely dogging it last week they are in for a rude awakening. Buff’s 41-35
Trout: I will give the slight edge to the Cornhuskers. I think under Scott Frost, they will continue to improve through the season . Although Colorado can put up some points, I can see Nebraska being able to counter each attack and slow them down defensively. Not to mention, Martinez has the potential to be the a really good college quarterback I see this game being somewhat of a shootout, with both teams scoring a lot of points. However, Nebraska scores just a little more, and wins the game. (Nebraska, 45-38)
Vaughn Broadnax (OSU 1980-83): Unless Nebraska and Scott Frost decided to keep their offense in witness protection, last week’s display was not what we expected to see. Adrian Martinez fell flat in light of the Heisman hype he has received all off season. Not a good sign when your defense outplays your offense. Colorado scored 51 points against their instate rival Colorado State. I guess I am going with the team that appears to score points and has the likes of Leviska Shenault at your disposal. I am taking Colorado 42-31 over Nebraska.