Week two of the college football season did not result in some good predictions from me, or my lovely wife Stefanie. For one week though, I suppose I proved why I am the one writing about college football professionally in this relationship, but there was not much room for bragging rights last weekend.
Here is a quick recap from last week. I jumped out to an early lead last week by correctly picking the Pittsburgh-Boston College and Missouri-Toledo games. It would be a rough week for each of us as we both picked Stanford over USC and Ohio State over Virginia Tech. Whoops. I also took a hit by taking a chance with East Carolina over South Carolina. We both picked Oregon. For the week, I went 3-3 and Stef went 2-4. Through two weeks, my wife holds the overall lead with a record of 8-4 to my 7-5. The week-to-week record is now split, 1-1.
Now, on to this weekend’s games and picks.
No. 17 Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina, 12:00 p.m. ET ESPN
The Hokies are coming off one of the biggest wins of the early season and should not be expected to have much of a letdown performance this weekend. That said, East Carolina has a chance to score a major victory from a Group of Five conference in a season that has seen little to be excited about in the Group of Five conversation. I don’t see it happening though.
I Say: Virginia Tech
Wife Says: Virginia Tech
No. 20 Missouri vs. UCF, 12:00 p.m. SEC Network
Central Florida had a week off after a season opener in Ireland to prepare for this game. They may have needed it. The Knights looked better in the second half against Penn State in week one after making a quarterback change, and that change will remain in place for this weekend’s road game at Missouri. The Tigers still look to have the better overall team but I am very curious to see how UCF starts this weekend.
I Say: Missouri
Wife Says: UCF
No. 24 South Carolina vs. No. 6 Georgia, 3:30 p.m. ET CBS
This one has been one of the key battles in the SEC East the last few years and Georgia seems to have all the momentum heading into this year’s edition. Todd Gurley is not going to be tied down by this South Carolina defense, but I will go with the Gamecocks at home. My wife is going with the Bulldogs. She does like Uga, and who doesn’t?
I Say: South Carolina
Wife Says: Georgia
No. 4 Oklahoma vs. Tennessee, 8:00 p.m. ET, ABC
This is one of the games I am most looking forward to, but I am not sure Tennessee is quite ready to take on this level of opponent on the road in non-conference play just yet. They will be better when Oklahoma makes the return trip a year from now. This one goes to the Sooners, but Vols put up a good fight.
I Say: Oklahoma
Wife Says: Oklahoma
Rutgers vs. Penn State, 8:00 p.m. Big Ten Network
Rutgers gets to host Penn State in the first Big Ten game in Rutgers history. It’s a pretty big deal and a game Rutgers fans have been vocally enthusiastic about for a year now. The Scarlet Knights have a running game and Gary Nova has not embarrassed himself yet. This week Rutgers faces a very good Penn State defense and one the best quarterback in the Big Ten, Christian Hackenberg. Oh, and Penn State got a little boost this week. They will be ready.
I Say: Penn State
Wife Says: Penn State
Texas vs. No. 12 UCLA (Arlington, TX), 8:15 p.m. ET FOX
For some reason I just have a funny feeling about this game. Texas was destroyed last week by BYU and has no business thinking about winning this game. Fortunately, they are playing a UCLA team that has failed to live up to the preseason hype and has managed to scratch together wins against clearly inferior opponents each of the first two weeks of the season. UCLA needs a huge performance here. I just have a funny feeling about this one.
I Say: Texas
Wife Says: UCLA
With three games picked differently this week somebody will be a winner and somebody will be doing dishes all week. Just kidding. We have a dishwasher for that. Feel free to share your picks or comments in the comment section below.