PSF College Football Week 2 Game Picks/Predictions: Weekly Pick’em

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After one wild week of college football, the staff at PSF is back and ready to release their picks for what looks to be like an exciting week two of football in the collegiate landscape. There are three top 15 matchups which make for 3 potentially great football games. Last week, some teams took tumbles, and some took strides, as we started the season off with some great games. The PSF Pick’em Standings are jam-packed after one week and let’s take a quick look at them.

  1. Jon Butler (28-4)
  2. Dustin Beard (28-4)
  3. Heath Kyser (27-5)
  4. Tristan Beckmann (25-7)
  5. Chris Chastain (24-8)
  6. Eric Jensen (24-8)
  7. Jack Geary III (22-10)

Check out everybody on Twitter:
Tristan Beckmann: @TristanBeckmann
Eric Jensen: @eric18utah
Chris Chastain: @ChrisPSF
Heath Kyser: @HeathKyser
Jon Butler: @JButlerPSF
Dustin Beard: @DBeard13
Jack Geary III: @JackGeary32

Consensus Picks:
*Winners in bold

  • #11 Oklahoma State over South Alabama.
  • Iowa over Iowa State.
  • #19 Kansas State over Charlotte. 
  • West Virginia over East Carolina.
  • #8 Michigan over Cincinnati. 
  • #9 Wisconsin over FAU.
  • #4 Penn State over Pittsburgh.
  • Oregon over Nebraska.
  • #20 Washington State over Boise State.
  • Arizona State over San Diego State.

All Other Picks:

#17 Louisville @ North Carolina

  • Tristan Beckmann: Louisville
  • Eric Jensen: North Carolina
  • Dustin Beard: Louisville
  • Heath Kyser: Louisville
  • Jon Butler: Louisville
  • Chris Chastain: Louisville
  • Jack Geary III: Louisville

Northwestern @ Duke

  • Tristan Beckmann: Duke
  • Eric Jensen: Northwestern
  • Dustin Beard: Northwestern
  • Heath Kyser: Northwestern
  • Jon Butler: Northwestern
  • Chris Chastain: Northwestern
  • Jack Geary III: Northwestern

#21 South Florida @ UConn

  • Tristan Beckmann: South Florida
  • Eric Jensen: UConn
  • Dustin Beard: South Floria
  • Heath Kyser: South Florida
  • Jon Butler: South Florida
  • Chris Chastain: South Florida
  • Jack Geary III: South Florida

Wake Forest @ Boston College

  • Tristan Beckmann: Boston College
  • Eric Jensen: Boston College
  • Dustin Beard: Boston College
  • Heath Kyser: Boston College
  • Jon Butler: Wake Forest
  • Chris Chastain: Boston College
  • Jack Geary III: Boston College

San Jose State @ Texas

  • Tristan Beckmann: Texas
  • Eric Jensen: San Jose State
  • Dustin Beard: Texas
  • Heath Kyser: Texas 
  • Jon Butler: Texas
  • Chris Chastain: Texas
  • Jack Geary III: Texas

#23 TCU @ Arkansas

  • Tristan Beckmann: Arkansas
  • Eric Jensen: Arkansas
  • Dustin Beard: TCU
  • Heath Kyser: Arkansas
  • Jon Butler: Arkansas
  • Chris Chastain: TCU
  • Jack Geary III: TCU

Western Michigan @ Michigan State

  • Tristan Beckmann: Michigan State
  • Eric Jensen: Western Michigan
  • Dustin Beard: Michigan State
  • Heath Kyser: Michigan State
  • Jon Butler: Michigan State
  • Chris Chastain: Michigan State
  • Jack Geary III: Michigan State

Indiana @ Virginia

  • Tristan Beckmann: Indiana
  • Eric Jensen: Virginia
  • Dustin Beard: Indiana
  • Heath Kyser: Indiana
  • Jon Butler: Virginia
  • Chris Chastain: Indiana
  • Jack Geary III: Virginia

South Carolina @ Missouri

  • Tristan Beckmann: South Carolina
  • Eric Jensen: Missouri
  • Dustin Beard: South Carolina
  • Heath Kyser: Missouri 
  • Jon Butler: South Carolina
  • Chris Chastain: South Carolina
  • Jack Geary III: South Carolina

#15 Georgia @ #24 Notre Dame

  • Tristan Beckmann: Notre Dame
  • Eric Jensen: Notre Dame
  • Dustin Beard: Georgia
  • Heath Kyser: Georgia
  • Jon Butler: Georgia
  • Chris Chastain: Georgia
  • Jack Geary III: Notre Dame

Minnesota @ Oregon State

  • Tristan Beckmann: Oregon State
  • Eric Jensen: Minnesota
  • Dustin Beard: Oregon State
  • Heath Kyser: Minnesota
  • Jon Butler: Oregon State
  • Chris Chastain: Minnesota
  • Jack Geary III: Minnesota

Houston @ Arizona

  • Tristan Beckmann: Houston
  • Eric Jensen: Arizona
  • Dustin Beard: Houston
  • Heath Kyser: Houston
  • Jon Butler: Arizona
  • Chris Chastain: Houston
  • Jack Geary III: Arizona

Utah @ BYU

  • Tristan Beckmann: Utah
  • Eric Jensen: Utah
  • Dustin Beard: Utah
  • Heath Kyser: BYU
  • Jon Butler: Utah
  • Chris Chastain: Utah
  • Jack Geary III: Utah

Pro Sports Fandom Writers Pick Games of the Week:

#14 Stanford @ #6 USC

Saturday, 8:30pm, (FOX) 

Tristan Beckmann: Both of these football teams are extremely talented. Stanford just doesn’t have the quarterback play and enough experience to go on the road and grab a huge road win against a top ranked USC squad with high hopes. USC has a tremendous quarterback and is all around the better and more experienced football team. Look for Sam Darnold to shine in this one and USC will dominate Stanford. Yes, I said dominate, USC wins big. USC 45, Stanford 17. 

Eric Jensen: This game will be won or lost on the ground. In Week 1, Stanford’s running back answer for Christian McCaffrey, Bryce Love, tore apart the Rice defense with 180 yards on the ground. USC struggled to stop the ground game against Western Michigan, and if there’s a way this Stanford team wins, its by grinding out rushing yards and winding down the game clock. With that said I really believe in Sam Darnold, I think he has a major bounceback game and the Trojans win. Also look out for USC halfback Ronald Jones II. He tore it up in week one and scored three touchdowns. USC 31, Stanford 24.

Jack Geary III: Sam Darnold will have a huge bounce back game against Stanford this week. It’s possible that this could be Darnold’s Heisman Trophy statement type game if he plays well enough. Stanford is really young and while refreshed with talent, the team’s new players just don’t have the experience to win this big of a game. This is a season defining matchup for both teams. Although, it’s the Trojans year this year! USC 35, Stanford 27.

The other PSF Writers picks for this game:

  • Jon Butler: USC
  • Heath Kyser: Stanford
  • Chris Chastain: USC
  • Dustin Beard: USC

#13 Auburn @ #3 Clemson

Saturday, 7:00pm, (ESPN)

Heath Kyser: Clemson got all they wanted from the Auburn Tigers in 2016. This year’s version of the game should be extremely entertaining. After a couple of warm ups in week one, both sets of Tigers are ready to see what they have for the upcoming season. Kelly Bryant passed his first test in filling the shoes of departed Clemson legend, Deshaun Watson. Jarrett Stidham looked like he had a firm grasp on Gus Malzahn’s offense. I think Auburn uses a good running game to keep this one close, but ultimately Clemson pulls out in the end. Clemson 30, Auburn 27.

Jon Butler: This week Auburn travels to Clemson to try and knock down the 2017 National Champions on their home field. Even though Clemson lost Deshaun Watson to the NFL Draft this past spring, Clemson didn’t lose much in terms of mobility at quarterback. Kelly Bryant is a very athletic and mobile quarterback who had a strong start against Kent State this past week, but is facing much better competition this weekend in Auburn. The Tigers are not going to make it easy on the junior quarterback with how much he loves to take the rushing yards when he can, but it will be great competition for Bryant to see early this year to help him grow as a quarterback. Gus Malzahn, head coach of the Auburn Tigers, will look to use the run game early and often again this week as he has sophomore running back Kam Martin and junior running back Kerryon Johnson primed for good seasons. The dynamic duo each rushed for over 130 yards each last week against the Georgia Southern Eagles and will be something to watch this weekend. I will be watching for sophomore defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence to see if he can be a force in this game after being one of an unstoppable force on that defensive line during his freshman year. Clemson will need him to eat up blockers on that offensive line to help slow down that running attack while getting to quarterback Jarrett Stidham. I think Clemson can rise up to their first big challenge of the 2017 season even without Deshaun Watson and walk away with a win. Clemson 37, Auburn 28.

The other PSF Writers picks for this game:

  • Tristan Beckmann: Clemson
  • Jack Geary III: Auburn
  • Dustin Beard: Clemson
  • Eric Jensen: Clemson

#5 Oklahoma @ #2 Ohio State

Saturday, 8:00pm, (ABC)

Tristan Beckmann: Another great matchup on deck for week 2 of this college football season. Baker Mayfield leads his 5th ranked Sooners squad into Columbus for a huge game with playoff implications against the 2nd ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. Mayfield is good and he will shine in prime time but Ohio State’s home crowd raucous will be too much combined with a solid game from J.T. Barrett, and the rest of the Buckeyes team. Expect Ohio State to get a huge red zone stop to win the game for the Buckeye faithful. Ohio State 34, Oklahoma 28. 

Eric Jensen: This game between two top five teams will be an instant classic to watch. You’ve got two playoff contenders with tremendous talent spread around all over the football field. I think that in this one Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield continues to stake his early case for the Heisman Trophy with a huge game against an NFL caliber Ohio State defense. Look for Oklahoma to explode out of the gate offensively and defensively and while I think that Ohio State will make a run at a comeback, I think that the Buckeyes catch up too little too late and lose this one in a last second finish. Oklahoma 42, Ohio State 35.

Dustin Beard: #2 Ohio State got a bit of a scare against Indiana in week one, after allowing Indiana’s QB Richard Lagow to shred the defense for 410 yards through the air and 3 TD’s to boot. The Buckeyes have another scary matchup with one of the nations top QB’s Baker Mayfield rolling in, in this big time Big 10 vs Big 12 match up. Though Ohio State will have the ground game to keep it close throughout, J.T Barrett struggled mightly in week one and will get outshined by Mayfield. If Indiana can pass the ball on Ohio State then The Sooners should have no problem putting up enough points to out last the Buckeyes. Oklahoma 34, Ohio State 24.

Jack Geary III: Week 1 proved to me that this Ohio State team is for real. Ohio State has too much talent to lose to a new coach. Don’t get me wrong, this game will be close. Baker Mayfield will need to be lights out if he wants to lead Oklahoma to a victory. Although, the Buckeyes just pass the eye test. Urban Meyer will utilize the most experienced quarterback in college football to beat the Sooners in this College Gameday showdown. Ohio State 28, Oklahoma 23.

Heath Kyser: Well the 2017 lineup is definitely not devoid of early season prime time matchups. My preseason Heisman favorite, Baker Mayfield, looked incredibly sharp in week one. Ohio State’s secondary is going to have to fix some issues that Indiana exploited in week 1. J.T. Barrett and the OSU offense finally turned it on in the second half last week, and they will not have the luxury of starting slow this week. This should be a tremendous matchup in the trenches between OSU’s Defensive front and OU’s Offensive line, both of which could possibly be the best units in the country, respectively. My feeling is that Mayfield has his Heisman moment in this game and the Sooners roll into Columbus and extract some revenge for the upset. Oklahoma 38, Ohio State 31.

Jon Butler: After trouncing the unranked Indiana Hoosiers 49-21 last Thursday, the Ohio State Buckeyes are ready for their next challenge this season. They will face the #7 ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday night. Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer will be preparing all week for a Sooners team that was performing on all cylinders this past week against the UTEP Miners as they charged to a 56-7 win. The Buckeyes are sure to utilize freshman running back J.K. Dobbins as he carried the ball 29 times for 181 yards while adding in 2 receptions for another 24 yards in their first game of the year and would help keep the Sooners offense out of sync. The Sooners have their own big threat in Mark Andrews, who is a 6’5” tight end in his junior year, who clicked very well this past week with senior quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mayfield completed seven passes to Andrews for 134 yards and a touchdown against UTEP. However, the Sooners aren’t one dimensional as they had 3 running backs hit the 50-yard mark last week on less than 10 touches each. The Buckeyes won’t have an easy time winning this game, but if they can contain the Andrews in the passing game, it will make the rest of the defense’s job easier. I see Ohio State walking away with a win this week by a score of 37-30 as they move to 2-0 on the season. Ohio State 37, Oklahoma 30.

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