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CFB Week 2 Pick ’em

September 7, 2013

No. 13 Notre Dame at No. 17 Michigan (-4) – The line for this game could not be more perfect: Three of the last four meetings between these two have been decided by exactly four points. Last year’s meeting, a 13-6 Notre Dame win in South Bend, was decided mostly by turnovers. Michigan was -4 in TOs, even though it finished +60 in yards, holding the Irish to just 239 yards of offense. Both teams won easily last week with Michigan beating Central Michigan 59-9 and Notre Dame beating Temple 28-6. Both teams have plenty on offense to make tonight’s matchup more like 2011’s than last year’s. Both teams had four receivers go over the 40-yard mark in last week’s games, and Michigan had three rushers go over 50 yards while ND had two. Tommy Rees had a very good game last week, throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns, but Temple finished 92nd in total defense last year by giving up over 31 points a game. I trust Devin Gardner at home a lot more than Rees. Notre Dame 20 Michigan 26.

No. 6 South Carolina at No. 12 Georgia (-3) – Aaron Murray threw for 323 yards on 20-of-29 passing last week against Clemson, but he didn’t throw a touchdown and was intercepted once. That’s bad news considering Clemson gave up 25 points and 240 passing yards a game last year. South Carolina held North Carolina to just 10 points last week. Last year the Gamecocks held opponents to just 18 points and 195 pass yards (132 two years ago). South Carolina has won the last two, including 35-7 last year, holding Murray to just 109 yards and 3.2 yards per attempt. Murray’s thrown 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in his three-plus years against ranked teams, and he’s 3-10 against them. I’m not worried about this game being at Georgia, because SCar has two upperclassmen quarterbacks who are the real deal. South Carolina 27 Georgia 21.

San Jose St. at No. 4 Stanford (-26.5) – You see the line here and think this is just going to be a cakewalk for the Cardinal, but last year San Jose St. outgained Stanford in its 20-17 loss. SJSU, which finished 11-2 last year, is led by QB David Fales, who led the country in completion percentage last year and finished third in yards per attempt. The Spartans lost Coach Mike MacIntyre to Colorado in the offseason, but they return three of their top four receivers, including Noel Grigsby, who had 1,307 receiving yards last year. Stanford’s installing a new offense this season, but it’ll probably continue to consist of 14 tight ends and a mammoth offensive line. The Cardinal return eight defensive starters from a top-20 unit last year, most of whom helped Stanford lead the nation in sacks, with 57. This shouldn’t be a blow out, but Stanford is just too good for SJSU to keep it very close. SJSU 18 Stanford 34. 



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