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Justin’s World: Top 5 College Games to Watch in Week 2

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Justin’s World: Top 5 College Games to Watch in Week 2

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Week 1 of college football is in the books and what an exciting week it was. Jim Harbough’s seat got a lot hotter, Ed Orgeron’s has cooled down significantly. Miami will have to wait another year to be “back” and FSU is right there with them. UCF’s offense got even faster. Ohio State is the best team in the Big Ten and Oklahoma hasn’t missed a step under Kyler Murray. The SEC is very good while the Pac 12 is still not. Week 2 is just around the corner so it’s time to pick 5 more must-see games. Last week I went 3-2 and lost my upset of the week pick. Not a bad start for me but I’m hoping to improve this week. It’s my world you’re just reading about it!

5: Mississippi State(#18) at Kansas State

The Post-Dan Mullen Era has begun for Mississippi State and they look good…really good. They’re led by Quarterback Keytaon Thompson who opened the season accounting for 7 TDs and 473 yards of offense. But that was against SF Austin at home, not on the road against a power five program. Anything can happen at Bill Snyder Family Field, however, K-state will need a bit of a miracle to pull off this upset. The Wildcats barely edged FCS foe South Dakota at home in week 1 and do not feature an offense with any type of punch. They’ll need to control the clock and find ways to score outside of the offense like they did in week 1 if they want to keep this game close.

The line sits at -8.5 for Mississippi State and will continue to grow as the week goes on. I don’t think this will be much of a challenge for Mississippi State as the Bulldogs should have no problem covering this spread. The game will be played on Saturday, September 8th at 12am on ESPN. 

My Prediction: Mississippi State-49 at Kansas State-17

4: Colorado at Nebraska

We will finally get to see the debut of Scott Frost’s Cornhuskers…hopefully. After a weather delay postponed the first game of the season for Nebraska, they will host a Colorado team coming off an impressive first win over rival Colorado State. This game will be hyped for Nebraska and Memorial Stadium will be loud, heck maybe Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade will show up. Both offenses will put on a show so expect a high scoring affair filled with highlight reel plays. I believe home field advantage will matter and the Scott Frost era will begin on a high note. 

The spread currently sits at Nebraska -5.5. Colorado’s offense is good enough to keep up with what Scott Frost will roll out, which will keep the game close. I think it could go either way, but my choice will be the home team every time in this situation. The game will be played on Saturday, September 8th at 3:30pm on ABC.

My Prediction: Colorado-31 at Nebraska-34

3: Georgia(#3) at South Carolina 

The first test of the season for the Runner-Up from last year, is an important one in the SEC East race. South Carolina will be about the best competition Georgia will face in the East division and the Gamecocks are for real. Will Muschamp easily has his best team ever in his tenure at South Carolina, led by star QB Jake Bentley and dynamic Wideout Deebo Samuel back from injury. The offense has explosive potential alongside a stout defense. However, even with home field advantage, taking care of the Bulldogs will be a tall task. Georgia had to replace seven starters on defense and their star RB’s who left for the NFL, that’s never a good sign. Lucky for them, Smart is a recruiting wizard and there seems to have been no drop off in talent.

The spread currently sits at -10 for Georgia. Vegas knows being on the road in the SEC is never easy. I think South Carolina will hang with Georgia in the beginning before the Bulldogs talent becomes to overwhelming for the Gamecocks to handle. The game will be played on Saturday, September 8th at 3:30pm on CBS.

My Prediction: Georgia-31 at South Carolina-20

2: Clemson(#2) at Texas A&M

Not even a coaching change to the SEC could keep us from getting our fill of Dabo vs Jimbo! Both teams looked solid in week 1, however they both played against teams that my high school could probably beat. So we don’t know much, but what we do know is pretty telling. These coaches are more than familiar with each others game plans so both teams will come prepared for a fight. For A&M success will be based off of how loud the 12th man can get and if they can get star running back Trayveon Williams to help control the pace of the game. For Clemson it will be about providing a healthy dose of the new 2 QB system of Kelly Bryant and Trevor Lawrence, and controlling the line of scrimmage on defense. 

The line sits at +11.5 for the Aggies. Its a tempting spread for any gamblers out there. I think Texas A&M can win with the spread at home, but in real life I don’t give them much of a chance. The game will be played on Saturday, September 8th at 7pm on ESPN.

My Prediction: Clemson-42 at Texas A&M-27

1: USC(#17) at Stanford(#10)

No game in week 2 is better than a primetime Pac 12 rivalry, featuring two ranked opponents in USC and Stanford. Two teams that couldn’t be more opposite. Stanford returns major skill players such as wideout and leading receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside, QB K.J. Costello and most important Heisman hopeful RB Bryce Love. The Trojans are breaking in new players at those same positions. Two of which are true freshman in QB J.T. Daniels and Wideout A’Mon-Ra St. Brown. They’ll need to grow up fast if they want to steal a win on the road at Stanford Stadium.

The line is currently at -5 for Stanford and probably won’t move. Rivalry games are usually close and USC has the athletes to keep up with anyone. That being said I still think experience always wins and Stanford has returning starters in all the right places this year. The game will be on Saturday, September 8th at 8:30pm on FOX.

My Prediction: USC-24 at Stanford-28

Upset of the Week!

Arizona State over #15 Michigan State. The Spartans looked pretty sloppy in their home opener against Utah State. Now they’ll have to travel out west to take on the explosive Sun Devils, coached by none other than Herm Edwards. Led by QB Manny Wilkins and his go to target N’keal Harris, this is a sneaky good Pac 12 team that will do some damage this year. Starting on Saturday when they eventually upset the Spartans on Espn as a part of Pac 12 after dark.

My Prediction: Michigan State-31 at Arizona State-35

A Florida Boy who now calls LA his home now! In my free time all I do is watch sports and look up stats. I love all things college football, especially my beloved Miami Hurricanes! I also partake in my fair share of Fantasy Football and Basketball.

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