College Football Week 2 Picks: LSU-Texas, Clemson-Texas A&M and More
Week 2 of the college football season is here, hoping to build on what turned into a more dramatic Week 1 than it looked on paper. Will SEC teams Tennessee and Missouri bounce back after unexpected losses? Can UNC and Mack Brown notch another underdog win? And who will be victorious in the season’s first top-10 showdown: a battle between No. 6 LSU and No. 9 Texas in Austin? Our writers and editors’ picks are in for a dozen of Week 2’s biggest and most intriguing games. To see our picks for this week against the spread, click here.
Scooby Axson: 10–2 (83.3%)
Michael Shapiro: 10–2 (83.3%)
Max Meyer: 9–3 (75%)
Laken Litman: 8–4 (66.6%)
Tim Rohan: 8–4 (66.6%)
Molly Geary: 8–4 (66.6%)
Ross Dellenger: 7–5 (58.3%)
Joan Niesen: 6–6 (50%)
Cincinnati at Ohio State (12 p.m. ET, ABC)
Michael Shapiro picks Ohio State: The Bearcats shut down Chip Kelly and UCLA with a 24–14 win in Week 1, but there isn’t an upset brewing in Columbus this weekend. Buckeyes’ quarterback Justin Fields dazzled in his Horseshoe debut with four touchdown passes against Florida Atlantic, and Ohio State’s pass rush remains as lethal as ever led by future top-ten pick Chase Young. Cincinnati is a legitimate threat for the AAC crown, and perhaps the nation’s No. 9 defense in 2018 can keep things close in Columbus in the first half. But it’s a touch premature to put Ohio State on upset alert after a resounding Week 1 win.
Army at Michigan (12 p.m. ET, FOX)
Joan Niesen picks Michigan: After an impressive 2018, Army looked lackluster in a Friday-evening win over Rice—by just one touchdown. Sure, the Black Knights showed signs of what they do best, executing a 9:21 drive in the fourth quarter to win the game, but they’re going to have far more to contend with against Michigan, and if the Rice defense was a struggle, the Wolverines’ will be close to impossible to crack.
Syracuse at Maryland (12 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Molly Geary picks Maryland: This matchup has long had “Trap Game” flashing in neon lights over it (though, at this point, the Vegas line actually favors Maryland). A ranked Syracuse team is a week away from hosting No. 1 Clemson, at night, during homecoming, with fans hoping a 2–0 start would produce a first-ever visit from College GameDay. But first, the Orange have a trip to College Park. The Terps are rebuilding under new coach Mike Locksley, but they have real offensive talent led by QB Josh Jackson and RB Anthony McFarland and some key transfers on defense. The main concerns for both sides: Maryland’s O-line holding up against Syracuse’s talented DL, and Cuse QB Tommy DeVito, who had a poor Week 1 showing vs. Liberty.