SMBA ’14 College Football Picks: Week 2

Hello and welcome to the 2013 Sports MBA college football picks!  Each week (yes, we know we missed Week 1) we will bring you picks for four prominent college games.

This year’s four competitors are:

Dan Claycomb – Penn State University

Adam Dubois – Michigan State University

Blake Nahlen – University of Nevada

Logan Irons – San Diego State University (on IR this week)

Following the jump, this week’s games and our picks! 

We will keep a running win-loss tally and crown a winner at the end of the season.  Wins will count simply as one point, but each week we will award an “extra point” to the prognosticator who comes closest to picking the correct score of each SDSU game.

Week 2’s games are:

San Diego State @ Ohio State

South Carolina @ Georgia

Florida @ Miami (FL)

Notre Dame @ Michigan


And now…it’s time for the picks!


San Diego State @ Ohio State


The Buckeyes beat Buffalo last week by a score that made the game seem closer than it really was.  The Aztecs lost to Eastern Illinois.  This one’s at The Shoe, so it’s a no brainer.

52-10 Ohio State


Our boys from San Diego State are coming off a tough loss in the home opener against Eastern Illinois where they played just about as bad as they could have (4 interceptions, 1 lost fumble and a blocked punt). The team will come into the game with a chip on their shoulder and play a cleaner game. In the end, Ohio State just has too much talent for the Aztecs.

45-21 Buckeyes


If SDSU can eliminate 5 turnovers like they had last week, run for 200 yards, and limit Braxton Miller and Joe Hall to less than 150 yards….they’ll probably still lose. SDSU needs to try to control the ball and limit Ohio State’s touches. Good luck.

45-13 Ohio State


South Carolina @ Georgia


First off, every time I see Georgia play, I can’t not think of this:







South Carolina’s Heisman hopeful Jadaveon Clowney looked less than stellar in last week’s rain-delayed win against North Carolina.  The Dawgs got caught in a track meet with Tajh Boyd and Clemson and came up short.  Which Clowney shows up this week could decide it.

28-17 Georgia


I’m really excited for this game, as it is one of the best matchups of Week 2.  South Carolina’s passing game surprised me last week, but this is a pivotal game for Georgia with BCS implications.  I think the Dawgs will run the football well with Gurley and Marshall and control the clock.  Georgia comes home and gives their rabid fans a W.

38-27 Bulldogs


Georgia’s National Championship hopes both took a hit in Week 1 and there’s no time to feel sorry for themselves as they’ll face Jadaveon Clowney (held without a sack last week?!?) and the Gamecocks. Georgia seems a little beat up after last week and South Carolina has Steve Spurrier who has a 17-9 record against Georgia.

31-17 South Carolina


Florida @ Miami


These are two offenses that have the potential to put up big numbers.  We really haven’t yet seen what the defenses are like, as both teams played softies last week.  I like Duke Johnson and home field.

21-17 ‘Canes


Both of these teams want to run the football early and often.  The difference is one of the teams has an SEC defense that is more physical and they will be keyed in on Duke Johnson from Miami.   With that being said, the Hurricanes were terrible against the run last year and Jeff Driskel and the Gators will take advantage of that.  Give me the Gators.

28-17 Florida


The big matchup in this game is Miami’s offense going against Florida’s defense. Miami’s offense features QB Stephen Morris and RB Duke Johnson while Florida’s defense features two possible first round picks in DT Dominique Easley and CB Loucheiz Purifoy. If Miami’s offense can put up 30, I don’t think Florida can match.

31-24 Miami


Notre Dame @ Michigan


I’m a Michigan State graduate, so I’m really inclined to pick “neither” in this matchup.  Which team do I dislike more? I might lose this one, but…

35-28 Irish


Brian Kelley downplayed the ND v. Michigan rivalry, but this looks to be a competitive game between two of the most historic college football programs in the country.  Tommy Rees looked good in the opener against Temple, but I think Notre Dame’s defense is the key to this game.  Can they contain dual-threat QB Devin Gardner?  I say they will.

24-13 Irish


Like Mark May and Skip Bayless, I remember loving this rivalry as a child, although they actually played when I was a child. One of the most interesting individual matchups will come as Michigan’s LT Taylor Lewan (#77) goes against Notre Dame’s DE Stephon Tuitt (#7). Both could be top 10 picks next year and have a great shot at impressing NFL scouts. If you love defense and punting, DVR this game.

17-14 Notre Dame

For those of you who are more visual learners, here is a breakdown of the picks:

SMBA Week 2 College Picks
Prognosticator SDSU @ OSU USC @ UGA UF @ MIA ND @ UM
Adam 52-10 OSU 28-17 UGA 21-17 MIA 42-35 ND
Blake 45-21 OSU 38-27 UGA 28-17 UF 24-13 ND
Dan 45-13 OSU 31-17 USC 31-24 MIA 17-14 ND

And there you have it, folks! Be sure to check back next week to see how we did and see our picks for Week 3.  Have a great Saturday!

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