College football games of the week: Top picks for the second Saturday of theseason
Slim pickin’s this week, folks. I can’t remember the last time I saw a college football schedule that looked so... “meh.”
Still, there are a few games of interest. And remember, these picks are for entertainment purposes only (unless you win, then I want my cut).
This Week — All Games on Saturday, Sept. 8
No. 23 Florida Gators at Texas A&M Aggies: 2:30 p.m. on ESPN
The Ags are still undefeated. Whoop! The good news is Florida has no game film of A&M from this season to look at while the Aggies do (Florida beat Bowling Green last week). The bad news is A&M has no game film of A&M because they haven’t played yet. They say the most improvement in a season usually comes from game one to game two. The Gators are on game two, the Ags are on week one.
They do get Florida at home and everyone will be SEC crazy. The crowd will sway, do their weird hand signs, grunt and lean over — all the things they do weekly — and wave their towels ferociously. Florida coach Will Muschamp didn’t make many friends in Aggie Land with his comments about College Station and Kyle Field is going to be loud. Unfortunately, Kyle Field doesn’t tackle or catch the ball, so the Aggies are going to be in a little bit of trouble.
I see a lot more talent on the visiting sideline than the home sideline, and while the “SEC!” chants are going to be loud and the heavily-armed kids in the band will stomp and turn to the crowd’s delight, the Gator defense is going to limit A&M’s passing success and the Florida ground game will take over in the second half. Or, A&M wins 77-0 and Florida quits midway through the first quarter. One of those two things. Whoop!
This probably isn't the sexiest game of the week, but the Ags get in here, since it is their SEC debut.
Texas Tech Red Raiders at Texas State Bobcats: 6 p.m.
Texas State won at Houston last week, 30-13, despite being 37 point underdogs. This is the biggest game in San Marcos ever and the place will be packed. It can’t possibly mean as much to Tech as it does to Texas State. This is a shootout, and usually, Tech wins shootouts, but not this time.
Texas State rises up and moves to 2-0 in Division I football with a shocking upset of Texas Tech. Texas State 33, Texas Tech 31. Someone please pick this up for television.
No. 16 Oklahoma State at Arizona: 9:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Network
Fresh off their 84-0 absurdity, Oklahoma State travels to the desert for a late-night date with Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats. The crowd will be into it and this is the sort of game that can set the tone for the RichRod era.
I don’t think they have enough to get by Oklahoma State, but the Cowboys are starting a true freshman at quarterback on the road. I think this will be a very entertaining game and Arizona will have a shot to win it late, but will come up just short. Oklahoma State 34, Arizona 28.
Worst Game of the Week
Savannah State Tigers at No. 6 Florida State: 5 p.m.
Sorry, Savannah State. I don’t mean to do this to you twice in a row, but 84-0? And now you play a better team. A better team that doesn’t mind running the score up to prove a point. Enjoy the check.
Last Week's Picks
Before you go, let's take a look at how close (or far off) I was on last week's picks.
No. 9 South Carolina at Vanderbilt
Why it was included: The first televised game of the year.
Prediction: Boring, Steve Spurrier unhappy, sloppy, 20-12 Gamecocks win.
Reality: Boring, Steve Spurrier unhappy, sloppy, 17-13 Gamecocks win.
That’s close enough for me. It was your classic
ACC SEC vs. SEC season opener — the first game of the season on TV and neither team was really ready to play yet. I saw no mention of coaches' wives; instead I got 1,000 references to Aaron Rodgers brother, the quarterback at Vandy. Did you know that he was there? Me, neither!
Washington State at BYU
Why it was included: Mike Leach is back on the sideline.
Prediction: Wazzu doesn’t have the horses to compete, Leach is sorta crazy, 38-28 BYU win.
Reality: Wazzu didn’t have the horses to compete, Leach didn’t say anything of interest, 30-6 BYU win.
I thought we’d see more from the Cougars, but it’s clear there is no talent on that team at all. I expect a hotshot Texas high school quarterback for Leach in the fold next year. On the positive side, they held BYU to only 30, which is less than I thought. On the negative side? Everything else.
No. 25 Auburn vs. No. 14 Clemson
Why it was included: Top 25 match up right out of the gate
Prediction: Big day from Tajh Boyd, Auburn flexes SEC muscles, ACC not trustworthy, 30-24 Auburn win
Reality: Big day from Tajh Boyd, Auburn didn’t have enough muscles, ACC trustworthy, 26-19 Clemson win
Turns out Boyd’s big day was enough for Clemson and the defense shredded in the Orange Bowl limited all the new faces on the Auburn offense to win a field goal game (seven of them total) with a fourth quarter touchdown. This year the was no Dabo Sweeney awesomeness.
No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 2 Alabama
Why it was included: Top 10 match up right out of the gate.
Prediction: Too much Bama talent, SEC dislike, Shoelace’s playmaking limited but there, 28-17 Tide win.
Reality: Too much Bama talent, SEC dislike, Shoelace’s playmaking absent, 41-14 Tide win.
It was 24-0 before Michigan realized they had been given a swirly and stuffed in a locker by Alabama. New faces on the Tide looked the same as they completely dominated the Maize. Michigan’s tailback suspension wouldn’t have made a difference.
Savannah State at No. 19 Oklahoma State
Why it was included: OSU needs to remind everyone they are relevant, and Savannah State is Savannah State.
Prediction: Worst game of the week, OSU will flex on I-AA team, will the check be worth the beat down?
Reality: Worst game of the week, OSU flexed on I-AA team, the check was not worth the 84-0 beat down.
Totally uncalled for, but predictable. With Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon no longer there, Mike Gundy needed to make sure Oklahoma State was not forgotten. He accomplished that by scoring 12 touchdowns on a bad I-AA team.