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FBS College Football Predictions - Week Two
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Scott Haynes, College Football Senior Editor

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Below is a compilation of The Sports Network's predictions for the top games in Week 2 of the college football season. (Detailed previews for each game can be found by following the "Top 25 scoreboard" link within the FBS college football section of sportsnetwork.com)

Middle Tennessee (0-1) at (8) Louisville (1-0), Thursday, 7 pm

Louisville has been unbeatable at home over the last few years and that is unlikely to change in this contest. The Cardinals simply have too many weapons for Middle Tennessee to deal with, and they should have no trouble lighting up the scoreboard en route to another easy home victory. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: Louisville 55, Middle Tennessee 10

Navy (1-0) at (15) Rutgers (1-0), Friday, 7 pm

This should be an interesting matchup, as both teams like to run the ball as much as possible. Rutgers however, has a big edge on defense and that, along with another big effort from Rice, is why it should come out on top. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: Rutgers 34, Navy 17

(3) West Virginia (1-0) at Marshall (0-1), Saturday, 11:10 am

Regardless of the fact that this game will be played on the home field of Marshall, West Virginia should win in a laugher. Marshall will be lucky to score more than 10 points, and the Mountaineers will run up and down the field with ease. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: West Virginia 50, Marshall 10

Akron (1-0) at (12) Ohio State (1-0), Saturday, 12 pm

Ohio State is not as talented as it was a year ago, but the Buckeyes are still one of the top teams in the Big Ten and should have no trouble getting past Akron. As usual, the Columbus crowd will be loud and supportive. - Pat Taggart

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Ohio State 37, Akron 6

Miami-Florida (1-0) at (5) Oklahoma (1-0), Saturday, 12 pm

The Hurricanes will see a turnaround in Shannon's first season, but coming into Norman and knocking off one of the nation's top teams is a little too much to ask. Oklahoma has all the pieces in place for perhaps an undefeated season, and if the youngsters continue to improve by leaps and bounds, there's no telling how good the Sooners can be in 2007. Miami will find out first-hand on Saturday. - Scott Haynes

Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma 31, Miami-Florida 14

(16) Nebraska (1-0) at Wake Forest (0-1), Saturday, 12 pm

The Demon Deacons will defend their homefield as best they can, but without their starting quarterback and a rushing attack that has failed to show up yet, they probably don't have enough on either side of the ball to prevent a loss to a hungry Nebraska team that is longing for respect on the national level. - Scott Haynes

Predicted Outcome: Nebraska 33, Wake Forest 17

UL-Monroe (0-1) at (25) Clemson (1-0) Saturday, 1 pm

Clemson is clearly the superior team here and despite the quick turnaround, should have no trouble defeating a far less-talented ULM club. The Tigers should be able to pound the ball on offense and dominate on defense en route to the easy victory. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: Clemson 40, UL-Monroe 10

Samford (1-0) at (21) Georgia Tech (1-0), Saturday, 1:30 pm

Samford stands little chance of being competitive in this game. The Yellow Jackets have been rewarded with a top-25 ranking after week one and aren't about to cost themselves any spots in the national poll this week. tech running back Tashard Choice should have his way once again in this game, as this one could be over by the half. - Scott Haynes

Predicted Outcome: Georgia Tech 41, Samford 3

(10) California (1-0) at Colorado State (0-1), Saturday, 2 pm

Colorado State has the advantage of playing at home this weekend and will do everything in its power to avoid sliding to 0-2. Clearly, however, Cal is the more talented team. Here is a piece of advice to the Rams: punt the ball as far away from DeSean Jackson as possible or this contest could get out of hand in a hurry. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: California 41, Colorado State 23

Fresno State (1-0) at (23) Texas A&M (1-0), Saturday, 3:30 pm

The Bulldogs tend to have a tough run defense, which means A&M will have its hands full this weekend moving the football. However, Fresno State lacks the overall talent on offense to get a win in College Station this year. - Gregg Xenakes

Predicted Outcome: Texas A&M 21, Fresno State 13

(22) Boise State (1-0) at Washington (1-0), Saturday, 3:30 pm

Last season the Huskies didn't give up more than 35 points in any one game, while Boise State scored less than 35 points only twice. Expect the visitors to have the upper hand in this one, en route to a solid road victory. - Gregg Xenakes

Predicted Outcome: Boise State 42, Washington 20

South Carolina (1-0) at (11) Georgia (1-0), Saturday, 5:45 pm

South Carolina will put up a fight in this contest, but Georgia has to be viewed as the favorite in front of the home crowd. Expect a balanced offensive attack and a staunch defensive effort by the Bulldogs. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Georgia 27, South Carolina 17

Troy (0-1) at (4) Florida (1-0), Saturday, 6 pm

There is no reason to believe that Troy will stay close in this contest. Tebow is the real deal, a legitimate Heisman candidate. The Gators will jump on top early and never look back. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Florida 49, Troy 7

Notre Dame (0-1) at (14) Penn State (1-0), Saturday, 6 pm

With revenge on their minds from last year's lopsided loss in the shadow of the Golden Dome, the Lions are champing at the bit to get this one going. Penn State is the better team in this matchup and while that doesn't always translate into victory, it will in this case. Expect the Irish to be back on their heels on defense for much of the evening and for PSU's defenders to pin their ears back and make Jimmy Clausen's first career start one he would rather forget. - Frank Haynes

Predicted Outcome: Penn State 35, Notre Dame 14

BYU (1-0) at (13) UCLA (1-0), Saturday, 6:30 pm

Most teams in the FBS can beat up on Stanford, so to take a lot of stock in UCLA's season-opening blowout win would be a bit premature. The Bruins will deserve more respect after taking care of the Cougars. - Gregg Xenakes

Predicted Outcome: UCLA 31, BYU 24

Southern Mississippi (1-0) at (24) Tennessee (0-1), Saturday, 7 pm

Make no mistake, Southern Miss is a solid program that will put forth maximum effort on the road. Still, the Vols are desperate for a win and have never lost at home to a C-USA foe. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Tennessee 26, Southern Mississippi 13

(19) TCU (1-0) at (7) Texas (1-0), Saturday, 7 pm

TCU may be without its top offensive and defensive players, but it still has plenty of talent to pull off the upset here. Texas, on the other hand, can ill-afford another effort like last week's. It should be a close and hard- fought affair, but with the support of their fans and a big game from quarterback Colt McCoy, the 'Horns should come out on top. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: Texas 24, TCU 20

(20) Hawaii (1-0) at Louisiana Tech (1-0), Saturday, 7 pm

With Hawaii QB Colt Brennan connecting on an unthinkable number of passes without being intercepted last weekend, it is almost scary to think how much he is salivating when planning to dissect the LaTech defense. Brennan may be around in the third quarter at least for this bout, but that doesn't mean the game will be competitive that late. - Gregg Xenakes

Predicted Outcome: Hawaii 56, Louisiana Tech 13

South Florida (1-0) at (17) Auburn (1-0), Saturday, 9 pm

Auburn is the smart pick in this tilt, although South Florida is not a pushover by any means. Expect Cox to bounce back in a major way, leading the Tigers to a win. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Auburn 31, South Florida 17

(9) Virginia Tech (1-0) at (2) LSU (1-0), Saturday, 9:15 pm

The fan favorite all season long will be Virginia Tech, but the Hokies will need much more than a strong following to upend the second-ranked team in the nation on Saturday. LSU's defense will eat up Tech's rather bland offense, while the Tiger offense may just be able to do enough to put a couple of scores on the board. - Scott Haynes

Predicted Outcome: LSU 27, Virginia Tech 9

(5) Wisconsin (1-0) at UNLV (1-0), Saturday, 10 pm

Wisconsin is clearly the superior team in this matchup and it will surely display that fact. Behind the power running of P.J. Hill and an improved effort from the defense, expect the Badgers to cruise to victory. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: Wisconsin 38, UNLV 13

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Scott Haynes at shaynes@sportsnetwork.com.
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