Week 2 Predictions
Sept 5th 2008 - Written by: Scott Swinney
Editors note... this was turned in last night, and he correctly predicted that Vandy would beat the chickens. I also predicted the upset on my podcast this week, but I predict a chicken loss quite often, more times than not, I am correct.
Week 2 Predictions: Coming off a strong weekend in which we went 7-4 ATS and 11-4 overall we will again try to look in to our crystal ball and produce some winners out of a batch of mediocre matchups.
Georgia Tech @ Boston College (-7) Noon Raycom: Both of these teams were much more impressive in their openers than many expected and the Jackets showed the ability to spread the ball around via ground and air. However, the Jackets won’t be facing Jacksonville State this week. Who will win: Chris Crane did a nice job directing a ground control offense for the Eagles last week and the D pitched a shutout on the road vs. Kent. Don’t look for the Eagles to be as conservative this week offensively and the D will try to make GT one-dimensional by stacking the line and making Tech beat them through the air. BC gets it done this weekend and continues to be an early season surprise on defense. BC 24 Georgia Tech 14
Ole Miss @ Wake Forest (-9) 3:30 ABC: I know it was Baylor but, the Deacons went on the road and salvaged a little bit of respectability last week with a win @ Baylor. This week they take on Houston Nutt’s Rebels in a game that should be very entertaining. Both of these teams put 41 points on the board last week so this one should be high scoring. Who will win: The Rebels will try to match the Deacons score for score, which is a huge mistake. Wake will score early and often and their opportunistic defense will force Ole Miss in to turnovers that will prove costly. Wake 48 Ole Miss 24.
Northwestern (-7) @ Duke 7:00: Excitement in Durham and Evanston is sky high after both of these perennial doormats opened the 2008 campaign with convincing wins. Duke has a real opportunity to start the season with three consecutive win’s but, this one won’t be a cake walk as the Wildcats come in with a great deal of confidence after dismantling Syracuse 30-10 last week. Who will win: This is a must have game for Duke if they have any visions of improving on last season’s win total but, it’s not meant to be. The fact that the underdog is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two makes me think this one is closer than expected. Take the points: Northwestern 31 Duke 27.
Maryland (-13 1/2) @ Middle Tenn. State 7:00: OK, someone at MTSU must have nude pictures of Ralph Friedgen (OH my gosh, that’s a scary thought) because; I see no other reason for the Terps to make this trip. Both of these teams looked awful this past weekend so; I’m not looking for a whole lot of excitement out of this one. Who will win: It’s Chris Turner’s turn on the Fridge’s game of musical QB’s. If he’s no more accurate than Jordan Steffy was last week this one could prove interesting . Good news for the Terps. Turner settles in and takes advantage of weak MTSU D. The fact that Maryland is 2-6 ATS the spread in its last 8 games causes me some concern but I think the Terps cover with a late 4th QTR. Score. Maryland 37 MTSU 21.
Miami @ Florida (-22) 8:00 ESPN: The Hurricanes did just what they were supposed to do this past weekend by dismantling Charleston Southern 52-7 but, now they step in to big time football. Florida showed its explosiveness in a run away win vs. Hawaii last weekend and they will look to expose a very young Miami defense. Who will win: Miami is starting to recruit the type of athletes that will get them back to a competitive level but, they just aren’t there yet. Look for the Gators to open it up a little bit this week and utilize the arm of Tim Tebow for some early quick strike scores. This one could be ugly early. Florida 47 Miami 17.
The Citadel @ Clemson 3:30: Alright Tiger fans explain to me how in the HELL do the Tigers carry the ball only 14 times against Alabama. Good thing is this week the opponent won’t dictate how the game is played this week. In what could be a muddy track due to rains from Hanna I expect the Tigers to keep this one on the ground and put up some big numbers. Who will win: Clemson players and fans need to put last week behind them and focus on the goal of winning the ACC. Though beating The Citadel won’t take the bad taste of last week out of their mouths it will help the psyche of the team. Clemson 62 The Citadel 7.
Furman @ Virginia Tech 1:30: Well, the Tyrod Taylor red shirt experiment lasted all of one week after Sean Glennon struggled in a loss to ECU. Many are looking at this as a panic move and it should be interesting to see how the players react. Good news for the Hokies is that Furman won’t present much of a challenge. Who will win: Frank Beamer will try to develop some consistency on offense but I’m not sure the rotating QB is the answer. It won’t matter who plays QB this week as the Hokies keep it on the ground and win big. Virginia Tech 42 Furman 17.
Richmond @ Virginia 3:45 ESPNU: My goodness could the Cavaliers been taken to the woodshed any worse last week by USC? I doubt it. The way UVA looked this past week they would be wise not to overlook the Spiders. New Richmond Head Coach, Mike London was the DC at Virginia and should have a pretty good idea of the UVA personnel. Who will win: This will be an emotional game as London head back to the place he worked twice but, the Cavs will have too much in the end. Look for this one to be competitive for three Qtrs. But, UVA wins in the end. Virginia 24 Richmond 20.
Western Carolina @ FSU 6:00: Christian Ponder beat out Drew Weatherford for the starting QB position in pre season camp but, it really shouldn’t matter who is under center for this one. The Catamounts are out classed and this one will be a blow out. Who will win: FSU 52 WCU 10.
William & Mary @ NC State 6:00: Everything that could go wrong for the Pack did so last week in Columbia. They failed to score for the 10th consecutive Qtr. Dating back to 2007 and they lost starting QB Russell Wilson for up to a month. The pack should be able to get well against the Tribe, which is looking to improve on a 4-7 campaign last year. Who will win: NC State should put this one away early but, if Tropical Storm Hanna brings a sloppy track and Daniel Evans plays like he did last week it could be interesting. NC State 27 W&M 10
National Games: Cincinnati @ Oklahoma (-20) 3:30 ABC: The Bearcats try to maintain momentum from a surprising 2007 season. Too bad they catch a Sooners team that is loaded and Norman is one tough place to play. OU 41 UC 17
Oregon State @ Penn State (-15) 3:30 ABC: The Nittany Lions looked sharp last week but it appears they will be without some key players this week due to suspension. Oregon State coming off a surprise loss to Stanford will need QB Lyle Moevao to throw for big numbers if they hope to stay close. PSU 30 OSU 17
West Virginia (-8) @ ECU 4:30 ESPN2: The Pirates look to maintain momentum off a huge win against VaTech last week. The Mountaineers won’t overlook ECU and will look to put them away early. Dowdy Ficklen Stadium will be rocking but that won’t be enough. WVU 35 ECU 24
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