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Alright guys, week 2 of the season is here and it might just be the best week of regular season college football we'll have this year. So many great games to choose from and we're forced to narrow it down to 3.

First, I will start with my Pac-10 conference picks:

No. 11 Oregon over Tennessee

Oregon's offense looks better than ever, and that's saying something. Sure it was just New Mexico that they piled 72 points on, but at least they didn't play Jacksonville St or anything like that (hope Masoli is happy at Ole Miss ;)). Let's also keep in mind, Oregon didn't even score in the 4th quarter, imagine if they had... Anyways, Tennessee will put up a much better fight than New Mexico and in Neyland, who knows, the Vols could pull off the upset, but I doubt it. Oregon will take this one by double digits.

No. 16 USC over Virginia

USC's defense looked horrid vs Hawaii. What has happened to this D which just two years ago was considered one of the best college football defenses of all time? If things don't shape up, USC is gonna have a rough week out East. But, I think the talent differential between these two teams will prove to be too much for Virginia to take advantage of USC. USC takes this with another big day from Barkley.

No. 25 Stanford over UCLA

I'll be honest, if I wasn't a Stanford fan, I'd probably have the Bruins winning this game. It just couldn't be a more perfect time for an upset in the Pac-10. The Cardinal, just recently voted into the top 25, getting knocked off by UCLA after a dissapointing loss to Kansas State. Plus, it's in the Rose Bowl, a place where Stanford has been shut out twice in their last 3 visits. Being that this is week 1 of conference play in the Pac-10, anything could happen, but I think Stanford's run game is gonna tear apart that Bruins D which looked awful vs K-State. Cardinal win it in a tight one.

Cal over Colorado

The Bears looked stellar in their opening win. Sure it was just UC Davis, but winning by 49 points was impressive either way. Freshman athlete Keenan Allen made an incredible debut with 1 rushing TD and 1 receiving TD and Kevin Riley threw for 3 more. Dan Hawkins sure could use a win here to help keep his job, but I don't see it happening. With this game being played in Berkeley, I give the edge to Cal in this very evenly matched game.

Arizona over Citadel

Arizona looked great week 1, and they're on the rise .... Must I say anymore?

Washington over Syracuse

After a dissapointing week 1 loss to BYU, I expect Washington to come out firing. The home crowd in Seattle is one of the best kept secrets in college football. I think that might be the edge Jake Locker and the Huskies need to overcome the Orange dudes.

Arizona State over Northern Arizona

A second awful opponent in a row for Arizona State. Dissapointed in their non-conference schedule. They'll win this easy.

Washington State over Montana State

Washington State will win this.... probably..... maybe..... I hope.....

Now, for my Next Best 3:

NEXT BEST 3:

Alabama over Penn State

Alabama is just too darn good. Even without Ingram, this team is just stacked. Richardson should easily fill the hole for Ingram for a second week in a row, and as well all know, this offensive line has no problem shoving bodies out of the way to make running space. I think Penn State keeps it close in the first half, but Bama will pull away in the second.

Ohio State over Miami

This is actually the game I'm most looking forward to. The Nat'l Title game between these two teams a few years back was one of the best I've ever seen (perhaps only behind the 2005 game between Texas and USC). Two of the best dual threat QBs in the country collide between Tyrelle Pryor and Jacory Harris. It seems like ever since the Rose Bowl game last season, Tyrelle Pryor has been making headlines and aweing people left and right. I think he'll be the difference (no surprise).

Florida State over Oklahoma

Yep, there, I said it. The most overrated team in the country will lose on Saturday, at home none the less. The Sooners looked horrendous in their opener vs Utah St. and yet people don't seem worried. I think Florida St will march in and win this one. The way I see it being played out, very similar to the BSU/VT game. Florida State will take an early lead only to see Oklahoma storm back. However, in this case, Oklahoma will never have the lead and will only get within one score before turning the ball over and watching FSU run the clock out.

Honorable Mention:

Michigan vs. Notre Dame

This game is always a favorite of mine. I don't even want to guess who will win this one because it's so evenly matched.

September 8, 2010  09:48 PM ET

Awesome job. Thanks.

September 8, 2010  09:56 PM ET

Nice blog. I'll look forward to reading more of your PAC 10 thoughts as the season progresses. I agree with all your PAC 10 picks....differences on some of the others.

September 8, 2010  09:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Nice blog. I'll look forward to reading more of your PAC 10 thoughts as the season progresses. I agree with all your PAC 10 picks....differences on some of the others.

I looked back at my Pac-10 picks, and noticed I had every team winning (except UCLA who plays Stanford, and Oregon State who is idle), but I just didn't see a game where I think the Pac-10 will lose. THe two most competitive games were both at home for the Pac-10 teams.

And no problem Grue, it's my pleasure.

September 9, 2010  02:25 AM ET

Very nicely done OM. We think the same on your NB3 games. I don't know if you can call FSU beating OU an upset though. I think Ponder will light-up the OU secondary and that the defense is just good enough.

September 9, 2010  06:51 AM ET

Washington State versus Montana State? It sure is a good thing they aren't playing North Dakota State. You and Bruce bring up some good points about Oklahoma-FSU. The Sooners lost five games last year, and generally got a pass to some extent because four of them were close and against good teams.

September 9, 2010  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE:

I agree JP. This OM kid is good. He's got a serious case of Pac-10 bias going on but he's still good.

Haha, as I said, I looked back at my Pac-10 picks and thought "oh crap, I don't have a Pac-10 team losing".

September 9, 2010  01:10 PM ET

'Washington State will win this.... probably..... maybe..... I hope....."

Great line.

September 9, 2010  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Haha, as I said, I looked back at my Pac-10 picks and thought "oh crap, I don't have a Pac-10 team losing".

Maybe Tennessee or Syracuse. I see all the PAC 10 teams as favorites as well and I don't believe they play college football past the Rockies. ;)

September 9, 2010  02:25 PM ET

Nice work, especially as your first effort.

That FSU-OK game has me intrigued, with plenty of question marks on both sides. FSU's D has been terrible, how improved are they? and can Ponder carry his team on the road to a big W? OK looked terrible last week, but was it just opening jitters against a better-than-advertised opponent?

I believe a big road win requires a huge defensive effort, and don't see FSU's D being able to bring that to the table. They are probably improved, but they have sukked royally for a while.

September 9, 2010  06:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Maybe Tennessee or Syracuse. I see all the PAC 10 teams as favorites as well and I don't believe they play college football past the Rockies. ;)

Oregon is just too good. Unless something horrible happens between now and gametime, the Ducks have this one.

And if the Syracuse/Washington game were being played in New York, I would've picked Syracuse. But winning in Seattle is surprisingly difficult, especially for a team that has never played there before.

And we most certainly do play football on the 'Best' Coast. And we're willing to play in all regions of the country unlike some teams I know *cough*Florida*cough*

 
September 10, 2010  05:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Very nicely done OM. We think the same on your NB3 games. I don't know if you can call FSU beating OU an upset though. I think Ponder will light-up the OU secondary and that the defense is just good enough.

I agree. FSU may end the season as the best team in the state of Florida.

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