Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The VinSane Week 2 preview

This is the first installment of the VinSane weekly preview. I did a season preview last week, but probably should've done a weekly preview also. I will definitely have a little bit on at least 5 national games of the week and then mention other games of note! Let's do the preview.

Thanks to the events of Week 1, upsets included, the game of the week becomes:

West Virginia at East Carolina- WVU had an easy time with the 'Nova and now plays a team that just upset its former conference brethren in Charlotte. This game will be played at ECU so that gives ECU a better chance. WVU will win the game but it will not be by much.

South Carolina at Vanderbilt- Steve Spurrier starts Chris Smelley against the Dores but Vandy has a lot of confidence going into this game after blowing out Miami(OH). Winner of this game looks pretty good early in the SEC season and this may be the upset Vandy needs if they want to play for a bowl for the first time since 1982.

Miami(FL) at Florida - The last win for the Gators in this series was 1985, but looks to be the better team and have the better athletes in this one. Miami(FL), like the Gators, are coming off an easy victory in the first week, but will have had two extra days to rest by the time this kicks off on Saturday night.

Cincinnati at Oklahoma- Both teams breezed through the first week but Oklahoma has a history of losing to teams that they shouldn't lose to early, remember TCU (at home) '05 and Colorado '07.

Stanford at Arizona State- There is talk of Pac-10 title in Tempe, AZ. There is talk of bowl game plus in Palo Alto after the upset over Oregon State. Can Stanford make it 2-0 in Pac-10 play. That would be a good start!!

Other games of note:

Tulane at Alabama- Tulane practices in Birmingham all week for the first game of the season for the Green Wave. The Crimson Tide is high after beating down the Clemson Tigers. America may be sentimentally pulling for Tulane in this one, but don't expect much from the Wave without their star, Forte.

Ole Miss at Wake Forest- The Deacs, with Clemson losing last week, are now expected to win the ACC. They handled the hype against Baylor in the week. Can they continue against Houston Reb??

Central Michigan at Georgia- How does Georgia respond after losing the #1 ranking without losing a game??

Southern Miss at Auburn- Second game of the year, what happened to Auburn last year?? Lost to South Florida. So Miss and new head coach Fedora will be looking to pull off the major upset. Auburn will be looking to finally getting the spread moving.

Ohio at Ohio State- Will Ohio State get caught looking ahead to USC by the fighting Solich's??? I think not!!!!!

Miami(OH) at Michigan- Does Michigan lose first two home games of the season two years in a row?? Does Michigan lose Coach Rod's first two games?? We'll see!!

Northwestern at Duke- Someone will start out 2-0. Will it be Fitzgerald or Cutcliffe?? This was Duke's only win last year.

Minnesota at Bowling Green- BGSU shocked some by beating Pitt last week. No shock this week when they beat the Gophers.

Texas Tech at Nevada- Red Raiders' biggest test before the Big 12 season.

Louisiana Tech at Kansas- Does La Tech pull off an upset two weeks in a row??? Derek Dooley starting to take a little bit after his dad.

Georgia Tech at Boston College- first Big ACC game and both got by fairly easily in the first game

BYU at Washington- If BYU goes to the BCS, they need to win this one.

There's others, but this should be an exciting week 2.

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