Picking Every Game: College Football Predictions, Week 2

Game of the Week

Virginia Tech (1-0) vs.

Tennessee (1-0)

8 p.m. EST
Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.
ABC
Tennessee -11 — O/U 53.5

No matter what happens Saturday night, something remarkable is going to take place. For three years, the college football attendance record has stood at 115,109 – a number that was set when ultra-popular Notre Dame visited ultra-huge Michigan Stadium to play the Wolverines. While neither Tennessee nor Virginia Tech is as broadly popular as Notre Dame, and neither stadium has the capacity to break the record, none of those factors will matter on Saturday night. When the Vols and Hokies meet at Bristol Motor Speedway, the crowd is expected to hit at least 150,000 – a new record that may never be surpassed .(That is unless future games are scheduled at other specially configured NASCAR venues. On a side note, East Tennessee State will play Western Carolina on the same field next week, but it’s doubtful that crowd will reach as high – the two schools’ combined stadium capacity reaches just upward of 20,000.) With all of the focus on the venue and crowd size, there will definitely be a game taking place on the field between two teams that won on opening day. Tennessee had to go to overtime to beat Appalachian State 20-13, and Virginia Tech easily dispatched FCS Liberty 36-13. While Tennessee’s defense finally responded in the second half against Appalachian State, the Vols’ vaunted rushing attack didn’t make much of an impact, in spite of Jalen Hurd rushing for 110 yards. QB Joshua Dobbs was spotty, but ultimately effective. Virginia Tech was dominant on both side of the ball against Liberty, but that was to be expected. QB Jerod Evans controlled the game with ease, both with his arm and with his legs. WR Isaiah Ford was busy all night, hauling in 11 passes for 117 yards, and CB Greg Stroman snagged two of the Hokies three interceptions. Despite early thoughts that this might be an easy matchup for Tennessee, it will be nothing of the sort. Coach Justin Fuente has opened up Tech’s offense, so expect the Hokies to try to stretch the field all night. Tennessee has the defensive backs to shut that down – mostly. Tech will get two or three scores, plus a field goal or two. But Tennessee’s real offense will show up and get just enough separation to put the game away in the fourth quarter.

Prediction: Tennessee 30, Virginia Tech 20

Result: Tennessee 45, Virginia Tech 20. For the second week in a row, Tennessee dug itself a fairly deep hole, falling behind the Hokies 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. But an offensive miscue by Virginia Tech gave the Vols some instant momentum, and Tennessee never looked back on its way to a sizeable win. Joshua Dobbs completed only 10 passes for 91 yards, but three of those went for TDs. Dobbs and Jalen Hurd controlled the Hokies on the ground, combining for 36 carries and 205 yards. Even in victory, Tennessee was not as dominant as the score. Virginia Tech outgained Tennessee by 70 yards, and picked up five more first downs. The Vols have virtually no passing attack and could struggle against more aggressive SEC competition as the year progresses. Even in defeat, Justin Fuente’s club should have some positive points to build on moving forward, but must figure out how to close out drives with touchdowns if the Hokies are to have any success in the ACC. The big winner was Bristol Motor Speedway, which shattered the college football attendance record with a total of 156,990.

Record:
This week: SU – 64-11; ATS – 23-22-1; O/U – 23-22-1
Overall: SU – 132-28; ATS – 42-43-1; O/U – 43-40-3

Upsets are bold underlined
(Results in parentheses; wins are underlined; losses in italics)

Friday, Sept. 9      
Matchup Time (ET) TV Coverage Prediction
Maryland (-10) at FIU (O/U 57.5) 7:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network logo Maryland, 28-17
(Maryland, 41-14)
Louisiville (-14.5) at Syracuse (O/U 65.5) 8 p.m. ESPN2 logo Louisville, 42-17
(Louisville, 62-28)
Saturday, Sept. 10      
Matchup Time (ET) TV Coverage Prediction
Central Michigan (+21) at Oklahoma State (O/U 61) Noon FS1 logo Oklahoma State 38-24
(Central Michigan, 30-27)
N.C. State (-4.5) at East Carolina (O/U 56) Noon ESPNU logo N.C. State, 24-17
(East Carolina, 33-30)
Penn State (+5) at Pittsburgh (O/U 47.5) Noon ABC logoESPN logo Penn State, 23-17
(Pittsburgh, 42-39)
UCF (+35) at Michigan (O/U 54.5) Noon ABC logo
ESPN logo
Michigan, 56-7
(Michigan, 51-14)
Cincinnati (-6) at Purdue (O/U 59.5) Noon BTN logo Cincinnati, 34-24
(Cincinnati, 38-20)
Lamar (NL) at Houston Noon ESPN3 logo Houston, 45-10
(Houston, 42-0)
Howard (NL) at Rutgers Noon BTN logo Rutgers, 38-3
(Rutgers, 52-20)
Indiana State (NL) at Minnesota Noon ESPNews logo Minnesota, 42-20
(Minnesota, 52-28)
Rice (+9.5) at Army (O/U 52.5) Noon CBS Sports Network logo Army, 27-17
(Army, 31-14)
Boston College (-16) at Massachusetts (O/U 39.5) Noon ESPN3 logo Boston College, 17-7
(Boston College, 26-7)
Nicholls State (NL) at Georgia Noon SEC Network Logo Georgia, 45-0
(Georgia, 26-24)
Prairie View A&M at Texas A&M Noon SEC Network Logo Texas A&M, 52-10
(Texas A&M, 67-0)
Wyoming (+24.5) at Nebraska (O/U 58) Noon ESPN2 logo Nebraska, 38-21
(Nebraska, 52-17)
Charleston Southern (NL) at Florida State 12:30 p.m. ESPN3 logo Florida State, 51-7
(Florida State, 52-8)
Troy (+36) at Clemson (O/U 63.5) 12:30 p.m. ACCN logo Clemson, 51-17
(Clemson, 30-26)
Stony Brook (NL) at Temple 1 p.m. ESPN3 logo Temple, 21-17
(Temple, 38-0)
Georgia State (+20) at Air Force (O/U 54) 2 p.m. MWN logo Air Force, 41-17
(Air Force, 48-14)
Utah State (+16.5) at USC (O/U 59) 2 p.m. Pac 12 Network logo USC, 31-24
(USC, 45-7)
Youngstown State (NL) at West Virginia 2 p.m. West Virginia, 28-17
(West Virginia, 38-21)
Ohio (+3) at Kansas (O/U 59.5) 2:30 p.m. FSN logo Ohio, 34-27
(Ohio, 37-21)
Mercer (NL) at Georgia Tech 3 p.m. Georgia Tech, 31-17
(Georgia Tech, 35-10)
North Dakota (NL) at Bowling Green 3:30 p.m. ASN logo Bowling Green, 42-21
(Bowling Green, 27-26)
Connecticut (+4) at Navy (O/U 45) 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network logo Navy, 34-20
(Navy, 28-24)
Illinois State (NL) at Northwestern 3:30 p.m. BTN logo Northwestern, 27-21
(Illinois State, 9-7)
Tulsa (+29) at Ohio State (O/U 73.5) 3:30 p.m. ABC logo Ohio State, 49-21
(Ohio State, 48-3)
Eastern Illinois (NL) at Miami (Ohio) 3:30 p.m. ESPN3 logo Miami (Ohio), 24-21
(Eastern Illinois, 21-17)
Wake Forest (+5) at Duke (O/U 44.5) 3:30 p.m. ESPNU logo Duke, 27-17
(Wake Forest, 24-14)
Old Dominion (+21) at Appalachian State (O/U 54.5) 3:30 p.m. ASN logo Appalachian State, 38-20
(Appalachian State, 31-7)
Akron (+24) at Wisconsin (O/U 47.5) 3:30 p.m. BTN logo Wisconsin, 31-10
(Wisconsin, 54-10)
Nevada (+28) at Notre Dame (O/U 61) 3:30 p.m. nbc-logo Notre Dame, 41-17
(Notre Dame, 39-10)
Kentucky (+16.5) at Florida (O/U 49) 3:30 p.m. CBS logo Florida, 35-10
(Florida, 45-7)
Western Kentucky (-28.5) at Alabama (O/U 61.5) 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 logo Alabama, 45-20
(Alabama, 38-10)
SMU (+31.5) at Baylor (O/U 76) 3:30 p.m. FS1 logo Baylor, 59-20
(Baylor, 40-13)
Wofford (NL) at Ole Miss 4 p.m. SEC Network Logo Ole Miss, 56-10
(Ole Miss, 38-13)
Ball State (+17) at Indiana (O/U 61) 4 p.m. ESPNews logo Indiana 45-17
(Indiana, 30-20)
UTSA (+10) at Colorado State (O/U 54) 4 p.m. MWN logo Colorado State, 31-20
(Colorado State, 23-14)
Middle Tennessee (+5) at Vanderbilt (O/U 47.5) 4 p.m. SEC Network Logo Middle Tennessee, 24-20
(Vanderbilt, 47-24)
Portland State (NL) at San Jose State 4:30 p.m. Portland State, 31-27
(San Jose State, 65-35)
Idaho (+37) at Washington (O/U 60) 5 p.m. Pac 12 Network logo Washington, 48-14
(Washington, 59-14)
Idaho State (NL) at Colorado 5:30 p.m. Pac 12 Network logo Colorado, 48-3
(Colorado, 56-7)
Morgan State (NL) at Marshall 6 p.m. bein SPorts logo Marshall, 55-0
(Marshall, 62-0)
Elon (NL) at Charlotte 6 p.m. CUSA-TV Logo Charlotte, 27-7
(Charlotte, 47-14)
N.C. A&T (NL) at Kent State 6 p.m. ESPN3 logo N.C. A&T, 24-21
(N.C. A&T, 39-36 4OT)
Florida Atlantic (+24.5) at Miami (Fla.) (O/U 62) 6 p.m. Miami, 48-21
(Miami, 38-10)
Georgia Southern (-13.5) at South Alabama (O/U 58) 7 p.m. ASN logo Georgia Southern, 38-17
(Georgia Southern, 24-9)
McNeese State (NL) at Louisiana 7 p.m. ESPN3 logo McNeese State, 27-21
(Louisiana, 30-22)
ULM (+46.5) at Oklahoma (O/U 65) 7 p.m. fsn-ok-logo Oklahoma 63-7
(Oklahoma, 59-17)
N.C. Central (NL) at Western Michigan 7 p.m. ESPN3 logo Western Michigan, 56-3
(Western Michigan, 70-21)
Maine (NL) at Toledo 7 p.m. ESPN3 logo Toledo, 49-14
(Toledo, 45-3)
Northern Illinois (+15) at USF (O/U 57) 7 p.m. CBS Sports Network logo USF, 35-24
(USF, 48-17)
Bethune-Cookman (NL) at North Texas 7 p.m. CUSA-TV Logo North Texas, 21-14
(North Texas, 41-20)
South Carolina State (NL) at Louisiana Tech 7 p.m. CUSA-TV Logo Louisiana Tech, 51-10
(Louisiana Tech, 53-24)
Savannah State (NL) at Southern Miss 7 p.m. Southern Miss, 58-14
(Southern Miss, 56-0)
UTEP (+28.5) at Texas (O/U 59.5) 7 p.m. Texas, 48-17
(Texas, 41-7)
South Carolina (+6.5) at Mississippi State (O/U 45) 7 p.m. ESPN logoESPN2 logo Mississippi State, 27-20
(Mississippi State, 27-14)
Arkansas (+7.5) at TCU (O/U 58.5) 7 p.m. ESPN logoESPN2 logo TCU, 38-30
(Arkansas, 41-38 2OT)
Arkansas State (+19) at Auburn (O/U 54.5) 7:30 p.m. SEC Network Logo Auburn, 27-20
(Auburn, 51-14)
Iowa State (+15) at Iowa (O/U 51) 7:30 p.m. BTN logo Iowa, 31-14
(Iowa, 42-3)
BYU (+3.5) at Utah (O/U 45) 7:30 p.m. fox-logo Utah, 27-23
(Utah, 20-19)
Eastern Michigan (+25) at Missouri (O/U 57.5) 7:30 p.m. SEC Network Logo Missouri, 34-14
(Missouri, 61-21)
Jacksonville State (NL) at LSU 7:30 p.m. ESPNU logo LSU, 45-17
(LSU, 34-13)
North Carolina (-7.5) at Illinois (O/U 58) 7:30 p.m. BTN logo North Carolina, 35-24
(North Carolina, 48-23)
Southern (NL) at Tulane 8 p.m. ESPN3 logo Tulane, 27-13
(Tulane, 66-21)
Virginia Tech (+11) vs. Tennessee (at Bristol) (O/U 53.5) 8 p.m. ABC logo Tennessee, 30-20
(Tennessee, 45-20)
UNLV (+26) at UCLA (O/U 58.5) 8 p.m. Pac 12 Network logo UCLA, 42-17
(UCLA, 42-21)
New Mexico (-12.5) at New Mexico State (O/U 63) 8 p.m. aggievisionnm-logo New Mexico, 38-24
(New Mexico State, 32-31)
Sacramento State (NL) at Fresno State 10 p.m. Fresno State, 23-14
(Fresno State, 31-3)
Texas Tech (+2.5) at Arizona State (O/U 80) 10 p.m. FS1 logo Arizona State, 44-37
(Arizona State, 68-55)
Washington State (+11) at Boise State (O/U 74) 10:15 p.m. ESPN2 logo Boise State, 42-30
(Boise State, 31-28)
California (+7) at San Diego State (O/U 61) 10:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network logo San Diego State, 34-24
(San Diego State, 45-40)
Virginia (+24.5) at Oregon (O/U 70.5) 10:30 p.m. ESPN logo Oregon 45-21
(Oregon, 44-26)
Grambling (NL) at Arizona 10:45 p.m. Pac 12 Network logo Arizona, 42-14
(GArizona, 31-21)
Tennessee-Martin (NL) at Hawaii 11:59 p.m. Hawaii, 48-14
(Hawaii, 41-36)

Copyright © 2016 Doug DeBolt

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About Douglas Blaine

Capnpen is a writer who was a newspaper and magazine journalist in a previous life. A college journalism major, he now works as an administrator, but gets his writing fix by blogging about a variety of topics, including politics, religion, movies and television. When he's not working or blogging, Capnpen spends time with his family, plays a little golf (badly) and loves to learn about virtually anything.
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