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College Football Week 2 Picks and Predictions

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

WhatIfSports.com
September 2, 2013

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 2013 College Football Season-to-Date page to follow our accuracy and for Upsets of the Week.

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: Notre Dame at Michigan

The once heated rivalry between Michigan's and Indiana's most storied programs comes to an end in 2015 as the Irish embrace a more ACC-friendly schedule.

However, we still have a couple more opportunities to feature the Irish and Wolverines in our WhatIfSports.com College Football Game of the Week.

Brady Hoke said in his press conference Monday that he was happy that his team won their season opener against Central Michigan, 59-9, but added there is work to be done. The Wolverines racked up 242 yards rushing and outgained the Chippewas, 463-210, in the season-opening rout.

It's worth noting that Hoke is the first Michigan head coach to go undefeated at home in his first two seasons since Fielding Yost (1901-02) and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has finished the last two seasons ranked inside the Top 20 in total defense.

Last season, turnovers killed Michigan in South Bend, coughing up the ball five times in the first half en route to a 13-6 loss. Quarterback Devin Gardner, 214 total yards and 3 touchdowns vs. CMU, will need to be careful with the football against a stout Irish defense.

As for Notre Dame, Tommy Rees put together a solid performance in his first game back as starter. You may remember Everett Golson was suspended for the season (academic). Rees finished with 346 passing yards and three touchdowns against Temple. Still, a 28-6 win wasn't the blowout type of performance most Irish fans would expect to see against a foe from the American Athletic Conference.

The six points allowed was expected as the Irish return eight starters on defense from last season. Notre Dame finished seventh in total defense and second in scoring defense in 2012.

The Wolverines have won 15 straight home games, going 10-5 against the spread during that stretch. (Source: OddShark)

We simulated Michigan and Notre Dame 101 times and it's the Wolverines winning 51 percent of the time by an average score of 24-23.

College Football Week 2
MatchupWin%Avg Score 
Richmond Spiders 5.08Boxscore
@ North Carolina State Wolfpack95.045 
South Carolina State Bulldogs 5.07Boxscore
@ Clemson Tigers95.051 
Western Carolina Catamounts 5.07Boxscore
@ Virginia Tech Hokies95.050 
Old Dominion Monarchs 5.08Boxscore
@ Maryland Terrapins95.044 
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders32.722Boxscore
@ North Carolina Tar Heels67.329 
Florida Gators52.524Boxscore
@ Miami (FL) Hurricanes47.523 
Wake Forest Demon Deacons56.422Boxscore
@ Boston College Eagles43.621 
Oregon Ducks73.328Boxscore
@ Virginia Cavaliers26.718 
Indiana State Sycamores 5.09Boxscore
@ Purdue Boilermakers95.043 
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 5.09Boxscore
@ Wisconsin Badgers95.051 
Missouri State Bears 5.08Boxscore
@ Iowa Hawkeyes95.044 
San Diego State Aztecs13.917Boxscore
@ Ohio State Buckeyes86.129 
Southern Miss Golden Eagles17.817Boxscore
@ Nebraska Cornhuskers82.230 
Syracuse Orange20.819Boxscore
@ Northwestern Wildcats79.227 
Eastern Michigan Eagles24.821Boxscore
@ Penn State Nittany Lions75.231 
South Florida Bulls26.216Boxscore
@ Michigan State Spartans73.824 
Navy Midshipmen33.724Boxscore
@ Indiana Hoosiers66.328 
Notre Dame Fighting Irish49.023Boxscore
@ Michigan Wolverines51.024 
Cincinnati Bearcats68.325Boxscore
@ Illinois Fighting Illini31.719 
Maine Black Bears 5.08Boxscore
@ Massachusetts Minutemen95.033 
James Madison Dukes 5.07Boxscore
@ Akron Zips95.040 
New Hampshire Wildcats 5.07Boxscore
@ Central Michigan Chippewas95.041 
Nicholls Colonels 5.09Boxscore
@ Western Michigan Broncos95.042 
Army Black Knights22.822Boxscore
@ Ball State Cardinals77.230 
North Texas Mean Green39.623Boxscore
@ Ohio Bobcats60.427 
Bowling Green Falcons64.425Boxscore
@ Kent State Golden Flashes35.621 
Sacramento State Hornets 5.08Boxscore
@ Arizona State Sun Devils95.052 
Central Arkansas Bears 5.09Boxscore
@ Colorado Buffaloes95.045 
Portland State Vikings 5.08Boxscore
@ California Golden Bears95.049 
Weber State Wildcats 5.09Boxscore
@ Utah Utes95.044 
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors18.316Boxscore
@ Oregon State Beavers81.728 
Washington State Cougars24.318Boxscore
@ USC Trojans75.727 
San Jose State Spartans29.719Boxscore
@ Stanford Cardinal70.327 
Alcorn State Braves 5.08Boxscore
@ Mississippi State Bulldogs95.046 
Austin Peay Governors 5.07Boxscore
@ Vanderbilt Commodores95.049 
Southeast Missouri State Redhawks 5.08Boxscore
@ Ole Miss Rebels95.049 
Sam Houston State Bearkats 5.07Boxscore
@ Texas A&M Aggies95.055 
Samford Bulldogs 5.08Boxscore
@ Arkansas Razorbacks95.047 
UAB Blazers11.916Boxscore
@ LSU Tigers88.130 
Arkansas State Red Wolves23.818Boxscore
@ Auburn Tigers76.227 
Miami (OH) RedHawks31.721Boxscore
@ Kentucky Wildcats68.328 
Toledo Rockets37.625Boxscore
@ Missouri Tigers62.429 
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers37.623Boxscore
@ Tennessee Volunteers62.428 
South Carolina Gamecocks45.023Boxscore
@ Georgia Bulldogs55.024 
Texas Longhorns76.726Boxscore
@ BYU Cougars23.317 
Minnesota Golden Gophers82.230Boxscore
@ New Mexico State Aggies17.819 
Southeastern Louisiana Lions 5.07Boxscore
@ TCU Horned Frogs95.049 
South Dakota Coyotes 5.09Boxscore
@ Kansas Jayhawks95.042 
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 5.09Boxscore
@ Texas Tech Red Raiders95.051 
Buffalo Bulls18.319Boxscore
@ Baylor Bears81.730 
West Virginia Mountaineers34.724Boxscore
@ Oklahoma Sooners65.331 
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns35.624Boxscore
@ Kansas State Wildcats64.427 
Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs 5.08Boxscore
@ Marshall Thundering Herd95.049 
Lamar Cardinals 5.08Boxscore
@ Louisiana Tech Bulldogs95.046 
Florida Atlantic Owls16.820Boxscore
@ East Carolina Pirates83.231 
Colorado State Rams35.621Boxscore
@ Tulsa Golden Hurricane64.425 
South Alabama Jaguars40.123Boxscore
@ Tulane Green Wave59.926 
New Mexico Lobos46.522Boxscore
@ UTEP Miners53.523 
Oklahoma State Cowboys81.233Boxscore
@ Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners18.820 
UCF Knights81.229Boxscore
@ FIU Golden Panthers18.820 
UTM Skyhawks 5.08Boxscore
@ Boise State Broncos95.049 
UC Davis Aggies 5.09Boxscore
@ Nevada Wolf Pack95.044 
Cal Poly Mustangs 5.08Boxscore
@ Fresno State Bulldogs95.050 
Idaho Vandals15.819Boxscore
@ Wyoming Cowboys84.230 
Utah State Aggies54.525Boxscore
@ Air Force Falcons45.523 
Arizona Wildcats81.230Boxscore
@ UNLV Rebels18.818 
Chattanooga Mocs 5.010Boxscore
@ Georgia State Panthers95.036 
Grambling State Tigers 5.06Boxscore
@ Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks95.043 
Savannah State Tigers 5.08Boxscore
@ Troy Trojans95.041 
Prairie View A&M Panthers 5.08Boxscore
@ Texas State Bobcats95.041 
Eastern Kentucky Colonels 5.07Boxscore
@ Louisville Cardinals95.053 
Norfolk State Spartans 5.08Boxscore
@ Rutgers Scarlet Knights95.045 
Montana State Bobcats 5.09Boxscore
@ SMU Mustangs95.042 
Houston Cougars53.525Boxscore
@ Temple Owls46.524 
Duke Blue Devils61.427Boxscore
@ Memphis Tigers38.623 
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