Friday, September 08, 2006

Week 2 Preview

Week two is upon us and as the case last week, not many huge games to talk about. Obviously I'll give my take on #1 vs. #2 and the ND/Penn State battle, but what other games catch my attention this weekend? Clemson traveling to Chestnut Hill strikes my fancy to be honest, we'll start there.

#18 Clemson @ Boston College - 2:30 CST on ABC
Clemson seems like the obvious pick but Boston College is a team that you can't underestimate. It seems like every year they're good to win a game that they're not supposed to and Clemson always seems to lose one they should win. With that said, I still like Will Proctor and the Tigers in this one.

Clemson 27 BC 17

#19 Penn State @ #4 Notre Dame - 2:30 CST on NBC
These two haven't met since 1992 in what is now known as the 'Snow Bowl'. Of course all Irish fans remember that one when Reggie Brooks caught the game winning two point conversion with under 20 seconds to play. This game should be different though as I expect the Irish to come out and put more than 17 on the board. Last week the passing game never really looked to be in sync for the Irish, something that won't happen this week. Notre Dame should have trouble moving the ball on the ground, they're playing arguably the best linebacking core in the nation with Tim Shaw, Dan Connor, and oh yeah, that one Posluszny fella. The secondary is very inexperenced, not a concern you want to have when you're traveling to see Rhema McKnight and Jeff Samardzija. With an improved defense and too much of an advantage in the passing game, I like the Irish in this one.

ND 35 Penn State 20

#1 Ohio State @ #2 Texas - 7:00 CST ABC

#1 vs. #2, thats all you need to say here. Ohio State doesn't have a lot of experience on defense, but sports one of the most exciting offenses in the nation. Texas on the other hand doesn't have Vince Young this year, instead Colt McCoy is in and this will be the first real team he plays. Will he be able to check down the recievers this week and burn the Ohio State defense? Limas Sweed will likely get a lot of double teams from the Buckeye secondary and I don't think McCoy is mature enough of a quarterback to be able to look off and find someone else to throw to.
On the other side of the ball I feel Ted Ginn will be too much for the Texas defense. If he's not then expect Anthony Gonzalez to step up and make a few big plays. I'm going with the Buckeyes.

Ohio State 31 Texas 21

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