College football Week 2 picks: LSU will get a win deep in the heart of Texas
Syracuse at Maryland: Syracuse 26-24
The Terrapins go from a 79-0 win to a loss to a team that’s just a little further along.
Vanderbilt at Purdue: Purdue 28-23
In a game featuring two teams desperate to not go 0-2, Purdue’s passing game wins.
Nebraska at Colorado: Nebraska 38-31
The Cornhuskers’ sluggish Week 1 performance will have them focused against a former rival.
San Diego State at UCLA: UCLA 27-13
The Bruins avoid going winless in their nonconference slate against the bland Aztecs.
Brigham Young at Tennessee: Tennessee 20-16
Tennessee’s Georgia State embarrassment will motivate, and BYU isn’t ready for a win like this.
The second week of college football features two top-25 matchups as No. 12 Texas A&M travels to No. 1 Clemson and No. 6 LSU challenges No. 9 Texas in Austin.
Louisiana State at Texas: LSU 34-28
The Tigers will prove themselves the more complete team with a revamped spread offense.
Arkansas at Mississippi: Mississippi 20-14
There won’t be many wins on the schedule for either team. The Rebels find a way at home.
Miami at North Carolina: Miami 24-17
The Tar Heels got a huge win last week, but it’s hard to see how they will score on Miami.
Minnesota at Fresno State: Fresno State 28-27
The Golden Gophers’ players will pay for an administrative mistake with the scheduling of this one.
Stanford at USC: USC 21-19
If Clancy Pendergast’s USC defense can’t slow this Stanford offense, his job is in trouble.
Last week: 9-1; Season: 9-1
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