What a week of college football! That’s one way to describe how the college football season began last week. There were highlights, upsets, insane endings, and we learned a lot about a lot of programs. The eighth ranked Miami Hurricanes were trudged by the 25th ranked LSU Tigers. Auburn outlasted Washington in a battle of top ten teams and Virginia Tech embarrassed Florida State in Tallahassee. Those were just some of the biggest games of the week. But regardless, it’s week 2 of the season and that means another week of college football pick’em with your favorite writers. There are some exciting games on tap for the second week of the season and the pick’em standings will start to sort themselves out as time rolls on. Before we begin, I’d like to announce that the crew has gained another member, in Tim, otherwise known as Obstructed Viewer. He is a writer on Pro Sports Fandom and loves college football, so be sure to check him out on twitter and read his content!
Each week of the season, the crew will pick a select group of games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. If you need a reminder of how this format works, I’ll discuss that here. Points will be rewarded each week based on the weekly standings (based on everybody’s weekly record). One note of importance is that one point is still rewarded for each correct pick (excluding Game of the Week picks, which are worth three points).
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- Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
- Travis Calvin (@GSPTCal)
- Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
- Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
- Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
- Heath Kyser (@RollCubsRoll)
- Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
- Tim (@obstructedview2)
Now before we unveil the picks for all of this week’s action, let’s take a closer look at the standings through one week of play!
Now let’s get the ball rolling with the game picks that everyone agreed on for some of the week one games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)
#16 TCU over SMU.
(Fri. 9/7, 8:00 p.m. EST, ESPN2, TCU -21.5)
#6 Oklahoma over UCLA.
(Sat. 9/8, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, OU -30.5)
Iowa over Iowa State.
(Sat. 9/8, 5:00 p.m. EST, FOX, IOWA -4.0)
#2 Clemson over Texas A&M.
(Sat. 9/8., 7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, CLEM -11.5)
Now let’s take a look at some of the games in which a majority of our staff agreed on the pick but one or two staff writers had other plans. (The predicted winners are noted in bold)
#18 Mississippi State over Kansas State. Travis Calvin and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked Kansas State to win.
(Sat. 9/8, 12:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, MSST -9.5)
Northwestern over Duke. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked Duke to win.
(Sat. 9/8, 12:00 p.m. EST, ESPNU, NW -3.0)
#3 Georgia over #24 South Carolina. Heath Kyser was the only writer who picked #24 South Carolina to win.
(Sat. 9/8, 3:30 p.m. EST, ABC, UGA -10.0)
Nebraska over Colorado. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked Colorado to win.
(Sat. 9/8, 3:30 p.m. EST, ABC, NEB -5.5)
#25 Florida over Kentucky. Travis Calvin and Heath Kyser were the only writers who picked Kentucky to win.
(Sat. 9/8, 7:30 p.m. EST, SECN, FLA -14.0)
Virginia over Indiana. Tristan Beckmann was the only writer who picked Indiana to win.
(Sat. 9/8, 7:30 p.m. EST, BTN, IND -6.5)
#13 Penn State over Pittsburgh. Eric Jensen and Heath Kyser were the only writers who picked Pittsburgh to win.
(Sat. 9/8, 8:00 p.m. EST, ABC, PSU -8.5)
#15 Michigan State over Arizona State. Tristan Beckmann was the only writer who picked Arizona State to win.
(Sat. 9/8, 10:45 p.m. EST, ESPN, MSU -6.5)
Only a few of the Week 2 games are mixed in terms of predictions from our staff, but let’s see what our staff thinks about those very few games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)
Houston vs. Arizona. The crew splits their first game of the season. Tristan Beckmann, Eric Jensen, Brian Willis, and Obstructed Viewer all picked Houston to win, while Travis Calvin, Chris Chastain, Heath Kyser, and Ian Cusick all picked Arizona to win.
(Sat. 9/8, 12:00 p.m. EST, ABC, HOU -4.0)
Georgia Tech over USF. Eric Jensen, Heath Kyser, and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked USF to win.
(Sat. 9/8, 12:00 p.m. EST, ABC, GT -3.5)
Temple over Buffalo. Tristan Beckmann, Chris Chastain, and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked Buffalo to win.
(Sat. 9/8, 3:30 p.m. EST, ESPN3, TEM -5.0)
The PSF Game of the Week:
#17 USC @ #10 Stanford
(Sat. 9/8, 8:30 p.m. EST, FOX, STAN -5.0)
Tristan Beckmann: It’s early on in the season and we are already getting rematches from last season’s conference championship games. That’s exactly what will happen when the 17th ranked USC Trojans take the field against the 10th ranked Stanford Cardinal.
Both teams had their struggles at times in their season openers but they both pulled out a victory by coming in clutch down the stretch. JT Daniels will have a tough time adapting to a road environment in his first such game of his career at USC. Stanford has built a tough program and Bryce Love will burst out in Week 2 after a quiet season opener. Add in K.J. Costello’s solid play at the quarterback position and Stanford may very well be the best team in the entire PAC-12, as well as a possible college football playoff contender. #10 Stanford 41, #17 USC 31.
Eric Jensen: For those who only watched a quarter of Stanford’s season opener, the Cardinal may have looked a bit lifeless. But to say they weren’t arguably the best Pac 12 performance of last week would be an absolute joke. KJ Costello dominated through the air and the offense moved the ball without Bryce Love coming alive against a great San Diego State defense. That’s a really good sign for a team a lot of people have called one dimensional. If they can put together a great passing offense as well, Stanford could do real damage on a national level. On the other side of the ball, the Cardinals defense was absoloutely phenomenal and was flying around the field, completely shutting down the Aztecs offense. USC, for as good as their win looked on paper, really struggled against UNLV. They didn’t establish a running game until garbage time, and true freshman QB J.T. Daniels basically only targeted one receiver. The Trojans defense was alsodominated by UNLV’s offense. There are real reasons to be concerned by this team. All that said I believe it is clear where I am going. #10 Stanford 31, #17 USC 20.
Other Staff’s Picks:
Travis Calvin: #10 Stanford 27, #17 USC 21.
Chris Chastain: #10 Stanford 25, #17 USC 15.
Ian Cusick: #10 Stanford 37, #17 USC 33.
Heath Kyser: #10 Stanford 31, #17 USC 28.
Brian Willis: #10 Stanford 35, #17 USC 27.
Obstructed: #10 Stanford 31, #17 USC 24.