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September 5, 2013

Weekend Forecast: Week Two

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Games Noon
Notre Dame vs. Michigan
Noon Says: Most Buckeye fans are rooting for the refs, the popcorn vendors or even the groundscrew over either team in this game but at least Ohio State fans recognize the importance of this game (sorry Brian Kelly, I guess your foot in your mouth is what turns your face so red and not all the screaming). The polls say that Notre Dame is the better team but I am not sure I am buying into that. I just really would prefer not took hook my horse up to a Tommy Rees-led team. Michigan took a major hit in the running back corps but this could accelerate the rise of one-time Ohio State target Derrick Green. Ultimately at the end of the day I believe that Brady Hoke will call a better game than Brian Kelly and since I can't call this one for the popcorn vendor... Michigan 28 Notre Dame 24
South Carolina vs. Georgia
Patrick Says: I believe in Mark Richt. I believe in quarterback Aaron Murray. Plus, Georgia has got to have a lot of motivation going into this matchup. The 35-7 loss to Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks last season probably still stings. I'm assuming the Bulldogs remember the SEC Championship Game and last week's setback against Clemson, too. Georgia is due. Georgia 31 South Carolina 28
Florida vs. Miami (Fla.)
Andrew Says: You'd think this matchup would occur more often (it should), but Saturday's game will be the first time these two schools have met on the gridiron since 2008. Florida won that contest, 26-3, and I don't expect the Gators to have much trouble with the Hurricanes this time around, either. Florida is set to get sophomore Matt Jones back this weekend after the running back missed the opener with a viral infection. The Gators running attack, plus the steady quarterback play of Jeff Driskel, will be too much for Miami to handle. Florida 34 Miami 20
Syracuse vs. Northwestern
Marc Says: The Wildcats are coming off an impressive week one showing where they were able to head out West to Berkley and handle Cal. Despite the early exit of quarterback Kain Colter, Northwestern rallied around backup Trevor Siemien. Colter's status against Syracuse remains in doubt following reports that he suffered a concussion. Even if Colter can't go, Siemien is a more than capable option at quarterback and Northwestern simply has more playmakers than the Orange and will be playing the game in their own building. Northwestern 34 Syracuse 23
West Virginia vs. Oklahoma
Andy Mac Says: Last year's matchup in Morgantown may go down as one of the most entertaining games in the last decade. 1,440 total yards between the two teams, Tavon Austin had 344 rushing yards on his own and despite surrendering nearly 800 yards, the Sooners scraped by with a one point win. All the player-makers from a year ago are gone and after watching the Mountaineers struggle against William & Mary, I can't imagine they'll pull a 180 and walk out of Norman with a victory. Oklahoma 26 West Virginia 17
Oregon vs. Virginia
Tom Says: The Oregon Ducks travel to Charlottesville, Virginia to battle the UVA Cavaliers Saturday, but it won't be much of a battle. Oregon will be much tougher on the Cavs than BYU. Marcus Mariota and De'Anthony Thomas will have a field day against the Virginia defense. Defensively, the Oregon Duck front seven, along with linebackers Rodney Hardrick and Derrick Malone will shut down the Cavalier rushing game, forcing QB David Watford to carry the team. Oregon 47 UVA 20
Texas vs. BYU
Southern Miss. vs. Nebraska
Cincinnati vs. Illinois
Navy vs. Indiana

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