DK’s 2015 Week 2 CFB Game Picks

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DK’s 2015 Week 2 CFB Game Picks

We had a solid first week from a picks percentage standpoint. From a fan (and conference affiliation) standpoint, though, not so much. Let’s try to at least keep the picks percentage high as we roll into week 2. One intriguing note: both PAC-12 Oregon schools are indeed playing in Michigan against B1G opponents this Saturday. One of those two games has enormous national significance.

All game times in Eastern Daylight Time.

Last Week: 6-2 (.750)
2015 Season: 6-2 (.750)

DK’s 2015 Week 2 CFB Game Picks

Oregon State @ Michigan (Saturday, September 12th, 12:00., ABC)

Michigan played tough in its season-opener at Salt Lake City; Oregon State handled FCS Weber State at home. This early a.m. (Pacific time) game at the Big House favors Michigan immensely. Count on the Wolverines earning the first win of the Harbaugh era on Saturday.

Pick: Michigan 35, Oregon State 28

 

Army @ Connecticut (Saturday, September 12th, 12:00 p.m., CBSSN)

UConn welcomes in the tough-to-prepare-for Army Black Knights in each team’s second game of the season. The two teams faced similar competition last week, and Connecticut fared much better in its match up against Villanova. Expect the Huskies to prevail at home.

Pick: Connecticut 28, Army 14

 

Wake Forest @ Syracuse (Saturday, September 12th, 12:30 p.m., ESPN3)

This lower division ACC matchup might be a bowl eligibility elimination game early in this very young CFB season. Syracuse lost its starting QB for the season in Week 1, but it does get to play this one at home. I like the Orange in a very low scoring affair.

Pick: Syracuse 21, Wake Forest 17

 

Minnesota @ Colorado State (Saturday, September 1212h, 3:30 p.m., CBSSN)

This is a tougher-than-it-looks match up for the Golden Gophers, coming off a valiant—yet futile–effort in Week 1. If the time zone doesn’t make this tough for Jerry Kill’s squad, the altitude will. Still, I think the visitors from the B1G will get it done this weekend in Fort Collins.

Pick: Minnesota 31, Colorado State 21

 

Washington State vs. Rutgers (Saturday, September 12th, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU)

Wazzou was absolutely horrible last week, losing at home to FCS foe Portland State. The performance was embarrassing for Mike Leach and his program, and for the PAC-12 Conference as a whole. Week 2 is unlikely to feel any better for either entity. Rutgers gets a rare laugher at home.

Pick: Rutgers 49, Washington State 14

 

Notre Dame @ Virginia (Saturday, September 12th, 3:30 p.m., ABC)

The ACC did Virginia and embattled coach Mike London no favors by matching the Hoos up with ND this season, even though the game is at home. This one has mismatch written all over it.

Pick: Notre Dame 42, Virginia 21

 

Iowa @ Iowa State (Saturday, September 12th, 4:45 p.m., FOX)

Early season rivalry games are always really tough to predict. This particular rivalry has been even more volatile than most in recent years. Gimme the home team in a mild upset in 2015.

Pick: Iowa State 28, Iowa 17

 

Oklahoma @ Tennessee (Saturday, September 12th, 6:00 p.m. ESPN)

Tennessee is a better football team this season, and this year they get the Sooners at home. It looks like Oklahoma is better in 2015 than last year’s edition as well. Boomer Sooner will overcome adversity and a tough Tennessee team to pull out a key intersectional victory.

Pick: Oklahoma 28, Tennessee 23

 

Marshall @ Ohio (Saturday, September 12th, 7:00 p.m. ESPN3)

Marshall opened strong in Week 1, handily beating Purdue at home. The Fighting Peter Kings are notoriously tough at home in Athens for visiting MAC opponents. I’m going with the road favorite in this one, though. The Thundering Herd gets the win.

Pick: Marshall 31, Ohio 25

 

Oregon @ Michigan State (Saturday, September 12th, 8:00 p.m. ABC)

Will a change of venue be the key for Sparty to avenge last year’s early season loss at Autzen Stadium to the Ducks? In a word, no. MSU is a slight favorite, and Connor Cook is a very good quarterback, but I think Oregon’s speed (and a suitable Mariota-facsimile in Vernon Adams) will overtake a Michigan team that lost key playmakers to the NFL on both sides of the football. Expect the Ducks to wear them down, and win a close one late.

Pick: Oregon 38, Michigan State 34