California vs. 12 Ohio State (Saturday, Sept. 14 – 12:00 p.m.)
Seth: OSU 42, CAL 20 -As you’ll see from the rest of the entries, it’s all about Braxton Miller.
Zak: OSU 28, CAL 17 – Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller will shine once again, but what will we see once Ohio State goes up against a formidable opponent? His legs won’t carry him the whole season.
Kevin: OSU, 28 Cal 13 – Ohio State might not be going to a bowl game this year, but Braxton Miller will continue to wow the Buckeye faithful.
13 Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh (Saturday, Sept. 14 – 12:00 p.m.)
Seth: VT 24, PITT 7 – A good ole fashioned Big East match up! Oh wait. Virginia Tech is in the ACC. Oh wait. Pitt will be there next year. Oh.
Zak: VT 30, PITT 13 – Although it was against Austin Peay, the Hokies got back on the right track after an overtime win in their opener with Georgia Tech. The Panthers (0-2) haven’t put up more than 17 points this season and were embarrassed in their first game against Youngstown State, so it’s likely that Pitt begins their season 0-3 for the first time since 2005. That’s the same year that the ‘Cats beat them, by the way.
Kevin: VT 31, PITT 9 – What a nightmare of a season for the Pitt Panthers, it only continues as the Hokies run away with this one early.
1 Alabama vs. Arkansas (Saturday, Sept. 14 – 3:30 p.m.)
Seth: BAMA 37, ARK 18 – Tyler Wilson is a game-time decision. So if he does play, he’s getting swallowed up by a tough Tide defense. If he doesn’t play, someone I’ve never heard of will get swallowed up by a tough Tide defense.
Zak: BAMA 34, ARK 14 – Tyler Wilson being a question mark to play doesn’t even matter. Roll Tide.
Kevin: BAMA 38, ARK 21 – Arkansas was shell shocked last week by UL-Monroe. Although they’d like to start fresh in SEC play, there is zero percent chance that the Razorbacks win this game.
18 Florida vs. 23 Tennessee (Saturday, Sept. 14 – 6:00 p.m.)
Seth: TENN 28, UF 21 – Peyton Manning outguns Danny Wuerffel.
Zak: TENN 21, UF 20 – After two close games against unranked opponents to start off the season, Florida finally goes down against the highly potent Volunteer offense. Tyler Bray has played flawlessly at quarterback so far.
Kevin: UF 27, TENN 24 – Hey, remember when these games were meaningful? It’s been a long time, but the rivalry has been reignited thanks to both teams being relevant. Tennessee struggled in SEC play last year. I’m not one who is quick to go trendy without seeing some evidence. Gators win in a close one.
Ohio vs. Marshall (Saturday, Sept. 14 – 6:30 p.m.)
Seth: MARSH 38, OHIO 30 – Here comes negative Seth again. Marshall’s passing attack could be too much for the ‘Cats. We’ll see.
Zak: OHIO 45, MARSH 24 – The Bobcats face yet another tough air opponent in the Thundering Herd, but the Ohio secondary has kept their ground. The Herd defense will be overwhelmed from the start, and the deep threat will bury them early.
Kevin: OHIO 45, MARSH 38 – Expect a shootout to determine the Battle for the Bell. Ohio has put up some pretty gaudy second half numbers over the first two weeks, however, if they start this one as they did against New Mexico State, they could be in for some trouble. Rakeem Cato will be quite a challenge for the Bobcat secondary, but the Bobcats manage to get by with enough points.
North Texas vs. 15 Kansas State (Saturday, Sept. 14 – 7:00 p.m.)
Seth: KSU 43, NTEX 7 – As long as no one takes Dan Sileo’s advice to “pull a knife and stick” Collin Klein, the Wildcats should have no problem with North Texas.
Zak: KSU 38, NTEX 13 – The Wildcats are outscoring opponents like crazy, and this game will be no different. A big win will give them a lot of momentum going into their week 4 matchup with Oklahoma. Collin Klein may be a Heisman outsider, but look for the Kansas State rushing attack to be in full-form Saturday.
Kevin: KSU 35 NTEX 14 – Collin Klein solidified his position as one of the top QBs in the game (in my opinion of course) when Kansas St. came up just short to Oklahoma St. in a thriller last year. Wildcats roll in this one.
2 Southern California vs. 21 Stanford (Saturday, Sept. 14 – 7:30 p.m.)
Seth: USC 27, STAN 19 – Matt Barkley has never beaten Stanford. Andrew Luck isn’t there anymore. Welcome to the big time, Mr. Barkley.
Zak: USC 38, STAN 31 – I wasn’t at all impressed with the Trojans’ performance. Matt Barkley may have had six touchdowns, but the game should’ve been out of reach a lot earlier. Stanford will take this game to the fourth quarter, and that’s when we’ll find out if Barkley is worthy of all this No. 1 pick/Heisman talk.
Kevin: USC 28 STAN 17 – USC’s first test of the season will find the Trojans struggling a bit out of the gate. I expect this one to be close through three quarters, before the talented USC offense breaks through in the fourth.
20 Notre Dame vs. 10 Michigan State (Saturday, Sept. 14 – 8:00 p.m.)
Seth: MSU 28, ND 20 – Unless my boy toy Tommy Rees comes in and goes ham squad on the Spartans defense, I think Michigan State can pound the rock with Le’Veon Bell and get the W.
Zak: MSU 20, ND 10 – This game will be won by the Spartan defense. The USC-Stanford matchup will be the game to watch this weekend, but if you like hard-nosed football, this is the game for you. Costly turnovers by the Irish will be the deciding factor. It will be running back Le’Veon Bell’s world on the offensive side of things.
Kevin: ND 21 MSU 17 – Wake Up the Echoes, Notre Dame records a signature road victory in East Lansing. Some of the wildest games over the last decade have been when these two teams have met, I expect this one to be a thriller from the opening kickoff to the final whistle.
25 Brigham Young vs. Utah (Saturday, Sept. 14 – 10:00 p.m.)
Seth: BYU 28, UTAH 14 – Holy War! Riley Nelson has been very impressive for the Cougars and will continue to do so against a struggling Utah squad.
Zak: UTAH 20, BYU 19 – Utah will bounce back from their loss against Utah State last weekend, as I’m picking them as my second upset of the week. I don’t pick upsets often. Anyways, running back John White ran wild on the BYU defense in their last matchup and is determined to outdo himself this week.
Kevin: BYU 35 UTAH 21 – Last week’s loss at the hand of the Utah State Aggies had the Utes longing for the days of Alex Smith. BYU on the other hand, has opened their season in impressive fashion, and will continue to do so with a nice road win against a Pac-12 opponent.