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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 1, 2014

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.

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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: Michigan State at Oregon

We'll get more details as we learned more about the statistical DNA of the team when they don't play little sisters of poor.

It didn't take long for Spartan Nation to hold their collective breath. Quarterback Connor Cook was forced to leave their Week 1 game on the second pass of the season (which resulted in a touchdown) after this knee bent awkwardly following a hit. He needed assistance to get off the field and most of those who saw the injury thought Cook's season was finished. It wasn't. Cook returned and torched Jacksonville State for 285 yards with three touchdown with only one incompletion. The rushing attack racked up over 200 yards on 50 carries with three more trips to the end zone.

As is the case with early-season cupcake opponents, it's hard to gauge exactly what this MSU team can do against an opponent like Oregon on the road. The Spartans' defense held Jacksonville to 244 total yards. The unit finished the 2013 season ranked inside the top three nationally in scoring and total defense.

Twenty-three hundred miles to the West, Heisman Trophy hopeful Marcus Mariota (MARR-ee-oo-tah) torched South Dakota for 267 yards through the air with three touchdowns and another score coming on the ground before passing the baton to Jeff Lockie. His favorite target on the afternoon was Byron Marshall with eight receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

Oregon - known more for its offense in recent years - ranked inside the top 15 in points allowed nationally last season.

One of the more enjoyable stats / trends heading into the contest comes from Andrew Greif from Oregon Live who dropped this nugget - The Spartans are 49-18 against non-conference opponents since 1999, a season that began with Michigan State -- then coached by Nick Saban -- beating Oregon, 27-20, in East Lansing, Mich. The programs are 2-2 against one another all-time.

We simulated the Spartans and Ducks 101 times and it's Oregon winning 53.5 percent of the time by an average score of 22-21.

College Football Week 2 Predictions
MatchupWin%Avg Score 
Citadel Bulldogs 5.07Boxscore
@ Florida State Seminoles95.055 
South Carolina State Bulldogs 5.07Boxscore
@ Clemson Tigers95.051 
Richmond Spiders 5.08Boxscore
@ Virginia Cavaliers95.042 
Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs 5.09Boxscore
@ Wake Forest Demon Deacons95.038 
Murray State Racers 5.08Boxscore
@ Louisville Cardinals95.045 
Florida A&M Rattlers 5.08Boxscore
@ Miami (FL) Hurricanes95.049 
San Diego State Aztecs22.820Boxscore
@ North Carolina Tar Heels77.227 
Old Dominion Monarchs29.724Boxscore
@ North Carolina State Wolfpack70.330 
Pittsburgh Panthers67.825Boxscore
@ Boston College Eagles32.220 
McNeese State Cowboys 5.08Boxscore
@ Nebraska Cornhuskers95.048 
Howard Bison 5.08Boxscore
@ Rutgers Scarlet Knights95.043 
Western Illinois Leathernecks 5.08Boxscore
@ Wisconsin Badgers95.050 
Akron Zips23.818Boxscore
@ Penn State Nittany Lions76.226 
Ball State Cardinals38.122Boxscore
@ Iowa Hawkeyes61.926 
Virginia Tech Hokies41.618Boxscore
@ Ohio State Buckeyes58.421 
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders46.522Boxscore
@ Minnesota Golden Gophers53.523 
Central Michigan Chippewas48.523Boxscore
@ Purdue Boilermakers51.524 
Northern Illinois Huskies54.523Boxscore
@ Northwestern Wildcats45.522 
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers62.931Boxscore
@ Illinois Fighting Illini37.126 
VMI Keydets 5.09Boxscore
@ Bowling Green Falcons95.046 
Eastern Kentucky Colonels 5.09Boxscore
@ Miami (OH) RedHawks95.031 
South Alabama Jaguars65.827Boxscore
@ Kent State Golden Flashes34.224 
Missouri Tigers66.326Boxscore
@ Toledo Rockets33.722 
Colorado Buffaloes73.326Boxscore
@ Massachusetts Minutemen26.718 
Eastern Washington Eagles 5.07Boxscore
@ Washington Huskies95.047 
Sacramento State Hornets 5.09Boxscore
@ California Golden Bears95.045 
Memphis Tigers23.819Boxscore
@ UCLA Bruins76.228 
Michigan State Spartans46.521Boxscore
@ Oregon Ducks53.522 
USC Trojans47.522Boxscore
@ Stanford Cardinal52.524 
Fresno State Bulldogs47.023Boxscore
@ Utah Utes53.024 
Nicholls Colonels 5.08Boxscore
@ Arkansas Razorbacks95.042 
Sam Houston State Bearkats 5.08Boxscore
@ LSU Tigers95.048 
Lamar Cardinals 5.08Boxscore
@ Texas A&M Aggies95.054 
Florida Atlantic Owls16.814Boxscore
@ Alabama Crimson Tide83.229 
UAB Blazers18.819Boxscore
@ Mississippi State Bulldogs81.229 
San Jose State Spartans19.821Boxscore
@ Auburn Tigers80.233 
Eastern Michigan Eagles20.814Boxscore
@ Florida Gators79.228 
East Carolina Pirates28.720Boxscore
@ South Carolina Gamecocks71.327 
Arkansas State Red Wolves34.719Boxscore
@ Tennessee Volunteers65.325 
Ohio Bobcats44.621Boxscore
@ Kentucky Wildcats55.422 
Ole Miss Rebels68.323Boxscore
@ Vanderbilt Commodores31.716 
Michigan Wolverines38.620Boxscore
@ Notre Dame Fighting Irish61.424 
Buffalo Bulls58.424Boxscore
@ Army Black Knights41.623 
Missouri State Bears 5.09Boxscore
@ Oklahoma State Cowboys95.049 
Northwestern State Demons 5.09Boxscore
@ Baylor Bears95.051 
Southeast Missouri State Redhawks 5.08Boxscore
@ Kansas Jayhawks95.040 
Towson Tigers 5.09Boxscore
@ West Virginia Mountaineers95.045 
BYU Cougars45.522Boxscore
@ Texas Longhorns54.523 
Kansas State Wildcats77.228Boxscore
@ Iowa State Cyclones22.818 
Alcorn State Braves 5.08Boxscore
@ Southern Miss Golden Eagles95.038 
Rhode Island Rams 5.09Boxscore
@ Marshall Thundering Herd95.049 
Wagner Seahawks 5.08Boxscore
@ FIU Golden Panthers95.030 
SMU Mustangs44.622Boxscore
@ North Texas Mean Green55.425 
Arizona Wildcats56.926Boxscore
@ UTSA Roadrunners43.122 
Texas Tech Red Raiders83.233Boxscore
@ UTEP Miners16.823 
Idaho State Bengals 5.09Boxscore
@ Utah State Aggies95.043 
Northern Colorado Bears 5.07Boxscore
@ UNLV Rebels95.042 
Colorado State Rams31.726Boxscore
@ Boise State Broncos68.331 
Air Force Falcons49.027Boxscore
@ Wyoming Cowboys51.028 
Washington State Cougars53.529Boxscore
@ Nevada Wolf Pack46.527 
Oregon State Beavers77.231Boxscore
@ Hawaii Rainbow Warriors22.822 
Arizona State Sun Devils78.232Boxscore
@ New Mexico Lobos21.823 
Campbell Fighting Camels 5.08Boxscore
@ Appalachian State Mountaineers95.040 
Savannah State Tigers 5.08Boxscore
@ Georgia Southern Eagles95.039 
Idaho Vandals25.721Boxscore
@ Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks74.328 
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs41.623Boxscore
@ Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns58.427 
New Mexico State Aggies49.526Boxscore
@ Georgia State Panthers50.527 
Duke Blue Devils74.332Boxscore
@ Troy Trojans25.723 
Stony Brook Seawolves 5.06Boxscore
@ Connecticut Huskies95.042 
Grambling State Tigers 5.07Boxscore
@ Houston Cougars95.044 
Navy Midshipmen53.525Boxscore
@ Temple Owls46.524 
Maryland Terrapins57.423Boxscore
@ South Florida Bulls42.621 
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets64.424Boxscore
@ Tulane Green Wave35.617 
Oklahoma Sooners83.229Boxscore
@ Tulsa Golden Hurricane16.817 
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