Tuesday, September 4, 2012

College Football Week 2 Predictions - LSU, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas State, Georgia, Texas A&M

I don't recommend using my ratings for predictions early in the year, there simply isn't enough data from one week to have much confidence in the predictions, but the predictions for week 2 are now on the site.  And while the confidence in the picks may not be high, the computer did go 24-16 against the spread and 31-9 picking winners in week 1.

There are no games between top-25 teams, so let's look at a few interesting inter-conference games.

Computer #50 Washington visits #3 LSU and the computer doesn't expect anything close (LSU by 20), but it will be interesting to see if LSU tries to make a statement as well as if the Huskies defense has improved after giving up 67 to Baylor last year.

The Pac-12 gets to host a big-name opponent as #19 Wisconsin visits #77 Oregon State.  This shouldn't be terribly close (Wisconsin by 10) but after Wisconsin's narrow win vs Northern Iowa, it should tell us something about Wisconsin's hopes in their conference.

And I'm not being a Pac-12 homer, they just have some of the interesting games this weekend, but the Pac-12 hosts another big-name opponent as #8 Nebraska visits #44 UCLA.  UCLA looked good in beating Rice and moved up in the ratings, but Nebraska looked great too.  This game could tell us which team really has improved from last year and which was just a good showing against a weak opponent.  The computer likes Nebraska by 7.

The hopes of some early season undefeated buzz for #38 Miami-FL and #21 K-State will be determined as the Hurricanes go on the road.  The computer likes K-State by 7.

Also, in some early intra-conference action, #29 Missouri hosts #17 Georgia in their inaugural SEC game.  The computer has this as a virtual pick'em game (Georgia by 0.2) and it could be one of the weekends most competitive games.

And in the other inaugural SEC game, #31 Florida visits #14 Texas A&M.  Florida handled Bowling Green, but not impressively, while the Aggies have yet to play.  Can they make a statement in their first game in the SEC?  The computer likes them by more than 8.

Enjoy the games.