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College Football Week 2 Picks and Predictions

Week 2 predictions for every D-I/FBS college football game

By Ryan Fowler and Jake Westrich - WhatIfSports.com
September 3, 2012

Each Monday, WhatIfSports.com's NCAA college football simulation engine will provide you with game predictions for every D-1 FBS game that upcoming week. The college football simulation engine generates detailed information for each game including each team's chances of winning (Win%) and the average points scored for both teams. Make sure to share the college football information you gained here with your friends by either checking out our NCAA football widgets on the WhatIf To Go page or clicking on the social networking share bar at the top and bottom of this article.

Check out our 2012 College Football Season-to-Date page to follow our accuracy and for Upsets of the Week available on Wednesdays.

The statistical inputs to the thousands of college football simulations are based on rigorous analysis of each team's roster, depth charts and statistically based player rankings. Roster modifications are made in cases of injury or suspension and those players are removed from their team's game simulation for that week.

Game of the Week: Florida at Texas A&M

The first weekend of the college football season was full of the usual pomp and circumstance, but for teams like Pittsburgh, Penn State, California, Michigan and Boise State, the parties ended and they had to clean up … alone.

For Florida and Texas A&M, their teams didn't lose, but Week 1 certainly didn't go as planned.

Up until early in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Bowling Green State University actually had a shot to upset Florida down in The Swamp. The Falcons, out of the Mid-American Conference, hung with the SEC and if not for two missed field goals, we could be talking about this game as one of the biggest upsets of the weekend.

As for Texas A&M, the new kid on SEC Lane, their season opener at Louisiana Teach was postponed due to concerns surrounding Hurricane Isaac. So, their first game of the season is also their home opener and first SEC contest against ‘dem Gators.

It also happens to be WhatIfSports.com's college football Game of the Week.

Gators' head coach Will Muschamp just named Jeff Driskell his starting quarterback on Monday. Driskell, 10-16 for 114 yards and a touchdown, played the majority of the game against Bowling Green. The rushing game racked up 220 yards on 42 carries (5.2 yards per rush) with two touchdowns as Mike Gillislee paced the team with 148 yards on 24 carries.

With all the newness surrounding the Aggies in 2012 comes a new head coach. Kevin Sumlin replaces Mike Sherman as the head honcho and lucky for him part of the cupboard is still stocked with returning starters – six on offense and four on defense. The Aggies averaged 39.1 points (11th in the nation) and 490.2 yards (seventh in the nation) per game in 2011. However, the team lost Ryan Tannehill to the NFL and will start freshman Johnny Manziel at quarterback. The good news for the green-faced gunner is that he has two senior receivers to throw to in Ryan Swope and Uzoma Nwachukwu.

We simulated the Gators and Aggies 101 times and it's Florida coming out ahead 62.4 percent of the time by an average score of 21-18.

College Football Week 2
MatchupWin%Avg Score 
Maine Black Bears 5.09Boxscore
@ Boston College Eagles95.045 
Austin Peay Governors 5.07Boxscore
@ Virginia Tech Hokies95.052 
Savannah State Tigers 5.06Boxscore
@ Florida State Seminoles95.052 
Presbyterian Blue Hose 5.07Boxscore
@ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets95.054 
Ball State Cardinals10.919Boxscore
@ Clemson Tigers89.133 
Penn State Nittany Lions27.718Boxscore
@ Virginia Cavaliers72.324 
North Carolina Tar Heels72.829Boxscore
@ Wake Forest Demon Deacons27.221 
Missouri State Bears 5.08Boxscore
@ Louisville Cardinals95.049 
Howard Bison 5.07Boxscore
@ Rutgers Scarlet Knights95.044 
Maryland Terrapins45.021Boxscore
@ Temple Owls55.022 
Pittsburgh Panthers47.021Boxscore
@ Cincinnati Bearcats53.022 
North Carolina State Wolfpack66.323Boxscore
@ Connecticut Huskies33.717 
USC Trojans91.135Boxscore
vs. Syracuse Orange 8.919 
New Hampshire Wildcats 5.09Boxscore
@ Minnesota Golden Gophers95.043 
Air Force Falcons12.916Boxscore
@ Michigan Wolverines87.134 
UCF Knights23.820Boxscore
@ Ohio State Buckeyes76.231 
Iowa State Cyclones47.523Boxscore
@ Iowa Hawkeyes52.524 
Vanderbilt Commodores61.927Boxscore
@ Northwestern Wildcats38.123 
Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 5.09Boxscore
@ Northern Illinois Huskies95.044 
Eastern Illinois Panthers 5.07Boxscore
@ Western Michigan Broncos95.045 
Southern Illinois Salukis 5.56Boxscore
@ Miami (OH) RedHawks95.541 
Morgan State Bears 5.07Boxscore
@ Buffalo Bulls95.038 
Illinois State Redbirds 5.07Boxscore
@ Eastern Michigan Eagles95.039 
New Mexico State Aggies15.820Boxscore
@ Ohio Bobcats84.232 
Idaho Vandals15.818Boxscore
@ Bowling Green Falcons84.227 
Michigan State Spartans88.130Boxscore
@ Central Michigan Chippewas11.915 
Indiana Hoosiers93.129Boxscore
@ Massachusetts Minutemen 6.912 
Southern Utah Thunderbirds 5.08Boxscore
@ California Golden Bears95.046 
Eastern Washington Eagles 5.09Boxscore
@ Washington State Cougars95.046 
Sacramento State Hornets 5.09Boxscore
@ Colorado Buffaloes95.040 
Fresno State Bulldogs18.820Boxscore
@ Oregon Ducks81.232 
Duke Blue Devils23.821Boxscore
@ Stanford Cardinal76.228 
Illinois Fighting Illini55.025Boxscore
@ Arizona State Sun Devils45.024 
Oklahoma State Cowboys60.429Boxscore
@ Arizona Wildcats39.625 
Nebraska Cornhuskers66.326Boxscore
@ UCLA Bruins33.722 
Wisconsin Badgers69.331Boxscore
@ Oregon State Beavers30.724 
Georgia State Panthers 5.07Boxscore
@ Tennessee Volunteers95.047 
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 5.011Boxscore
@ Alabama Crimson Tide95.037 
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 7.916Boxscore
vs. Arkansas Razorbacks92.135 
East Carolina Pirates19.816Boxscore
@ South Carolina Gamecocks80.229 
Washington Huskies25.721Boxscore
@ LSU Tigers74.331 
Kent State Golden Flashes34.213Boxscore
@ Kentucky Wildcats65.819 
Auburn Tigers43.121Boxscore
@ Mississippi State Bulldogs56.922 
UTEP Miners44.620Boxscore
@ Mississippi Rebels55.424 
Florida Gators62.421Boxscore
@ Texas A&M Aggies37.618 
Georgia Bulldogs68.828Boxscore
@ Missouri Tigers31.220 
UC Davis Aggies 5.08Boxscore
@ San Jose State Spartans95.040 
Texas A&M-Commerce Lions 5.09Boxscore
@ Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners95.032 
Utah Utes75.227Boxscore
@ Utah State Aggies24.818 
Texas Tech Red Raiders86.137Boxscore
@ Texas State Bobcats13.918 
Weber State Wildcats 5.08Boxscore
@ Brigham Young Cougars95.051 
Purdue Boilermakers37.121Boxscore
@ Notre Dame Fighting Irish62.925 
Grambling State Tigers 5.07Boxscore
@ TCU Horned Frogs95.051 
Florida A&M Rattlers 5.08Boxscore
@ Oklahoma Sooners95.057 
New Mexico Lobos 5.09Boxscore
@ Texas Longhorns95.034 
Rice Owls39.623Boxscore
@ Kansas Jayhawks60.428 
Miami (FL) Hurricanes40.623Boxscore
@ Kansas State Wildcats59.425 
Western Carolina Catamounts 5.07Boxscore
@ Marshall Thundering Herd95.042 
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 5.08Boxscore
@ Southern Methodist Mustangs95.043 
Tulane Green Wave27.720Boxscore
@ Tulsa Golden Hurricane72.330 
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs52.029Boxscore
@ Houston Cougars48.028 
North Dakota State Bison 5.07Boxscore
@ Colorado State Rams95.036 
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 5.09Boxscore
@ UNLV Rebels95.035 
Army Black Knights44.621Boxscore
@ San Diego State Aztecs55.424 
Toledo Rockets53.528Boxscore
@ Wyoming Cowboys46.526 
South Florida Bulls58.426Boxscore
@ Nevada Wolf Pack41.624 
Texas Southern Tigers 5.08Boxscore
@ North Texas Mean Green95.039 
Nicholls Colonels 5.59Boxscore
@ South Alabama Jaguars94.634 
Memphis Tigers12.916Boxscore
@ Arkansas State Red Wolves87.131 
Akron Zips22.818Boxscore
@ FIU Golden Panthers77.229 
Florida Atlantic Owls42.622Boxscore
@ Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders57.424 
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns57.430Boxscore
@ Troy Trojans42.626 
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Ryan Fowler is the Content Manager for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at rfowler@whatifsports.com.

Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jwestrich@whatifsports.com.

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