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College football picks, week 2: Sparty goes duck hunting

A top-10 matchup in East Lansing and a battle for the soul of Iowa highlight this week's slate. Also, why is Nebraska scared of playing the football powerhouse that is Indiana?

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Indiana (-8) over FIU

As Swick pointed out, the FIU offense is abysmal. With more players back from suspension, play improves for the Hoosiers on defense just enough to give Indiana the 41-31 victory.

Here's what the rest of the gang predicts for a final score:

Alex: Indiana, 52-35

Swick: Indiana, 52-28

Thomas: Indiana, 38-28

Holybutt: Indiana, 69-whatever


Michigan State (-3.5) over Oregon

Last year, MSU had a lead late in the third quarter in Eugene. Then, Marcus Mariota happened, and in the blink of an eye, the Ducks had scored 28 straight points en route to an easy victory. However, Mariota is gone, and the game is in East Lansing this year. Oregon's defense was almost at Indiana levels of shaky last week too. Give me Connor COok to get a signature victory at home, setting up a matchup of two undefeated teams in MSU and Ohio State at the Horseshoe in November.


Rutgers (-3.5) over Washington State

Washington State has a good coach in Mike Leach and even though Pullman's a tough place to coach I'm sure he'll turn it around--

Uhh. Nevermind then.

Minnesota (-5) over Colorado State

Minnesota definitely held their own in a loss against TCU last week, only holding the Horned Frogs to 23 points. Colorado State could be a challenge, but only if their coach Mike Bobo decides to RUN THE DANG BALL.

Iowa State (+3) over Iowa

Hooray for Ames!

I'm picking the Cyclones because it's in Jack Trice, and because this is ISU's Super Bowl, whereas Iowa still has their B1G rivals to worry about. And it would be a total Kirk Ferentz move to lose this one after a stellar opening game performance.

Also, this game gave us the greatest knock-knock joke ever told.


Oregon State (+14.5) over Michigan

Gary Andersen never played Michigan in his two years at Wisconsin, but ironically his second game as Oregon State head coach will take place at the Big House. Anyway, no way I'm laying down two touchdowns to a team quarterbacked by Jake Rudock, but the Beavers aren't gonna spoil Harbaugh's first home game.

Bowling Green (+8) over Maryland

Brad Craddock's leg and timely punt returns from Will Likely will win it for the Terps, but Bowling Green hung tight with Tennessee for a while last week and will keep things interesting in College Park. Take the over.

Buffalo (+19) over Penn State

I don't know much about Buffalo, but after Penn State's performance last week, a 19 point spread seems much too generous.


Nebraska (-27.5) over South Alabama

Nebraska is playing South Alabama yet still hasn't played IU since they joined the B1G


Ohio State (-41) over Hawaii

Things get so lopsided in this one that the kid who Cardale beat at video games ends up coming in to play quarterback in the 4th quarter.

Wisconsin (-32) over Miami-Ohio

Wisconsin didn't impress against Bama last weekend, but Miami-Ohio is still a long ways from contending in the MAC, and the Badgers will feast on them.


Purdue over Indiana State

Northwestern over Eastern Illinois

Illinois over Western Illinois

hey did you know you can purchase an illinois football ticket with a five dollar bill

guess that's why it's called the land of lincoln, huh?

please retell this joke to your friends it is very comical

Last week: 13-4

Season total: 13-4