It’s already time for the week two picks, which I previously said would be posted on Wednesdays. I lied. Evan is posting our Power Rankings on Wednesdays, so I will put up these picks early in the morning before that first Thursday game each week. The following week a results post will go up on Monday so that you can congratulate me for my prophet-like vision of future events or so that you can mock my child-like naivete.
Record Last Week: 7-2
Sacramento State at Arizona State 7:00pm Thursday
We’re still in the non-conference season, which means plenty of games against inferior opponents. The Sun Devils are supposed to be good this year, especially on defense, and any reduction in the moderate hype that they have steadily received is due to the fact that they didn’t play in week one. Should be no problems starting out here.
Arizona State 35, Sacramento State 10
Weber State at Utah 11:00am Saturday
Hey, Utah with the gutty win in a rivalry game. But boy did that pass defense look terrible. Luckily Weber State has no Chuckie Keeton.
Utah 34, Weber State 17
#2 Oregon at Virginia 12:30pm Saturday
Kind of odd to think of Oregon playing at Virginia. I only ever think of them playing long-distance road games against big-time opponents in huge games. Anyway, I feel it’s safe to assume that they will win by a wide margin, though it will be the first road game with Mark Helfrich as a coach. If they struggle at all, which for Oregon would really mean having to play starters the whole game, it might be a sign that this year’s Ducks are human, but in either case it’s several weeks until Oregon will truly be tested. In fact, they should cruise to 5-0 before facing a road test at Washington on October 12th, though the Ducks have not exactly struggled to dispatch the Huskies in Seattle in the past several years.
Oregon 45, Virginia 20
Portland State at Cal 2:00pm Saturday
Cal needs to be careful. The loss to a ranked Northwestern team was understandable, even at home, in that it stayed competitive and featured a productive Jared Goff. But if Cal fails to take Portland State seriously, the season could take an ugly turn. Sonny Dykes does not want to start off the year with two losses at home, especially not with a home game against #3 Ohio State and a road game versus #2 Oregon coming up next. Man is that brutal. I think Jared Goff will continue to sling it well, and Brendan Bigelow should be able to play, so the offense should put up points just like last week, and the defense should have a much better time stopping Portland State than it did against the Wildcats.
Cal 38, Portland State 20
Central Arkansas at Colorado 5:00pm Saturday
The Buffaloes are showing life, and that makes me happier than I would have guessed. With a legitimate weapon in junior WR Paul Richardson (10 catches for 208 yards and 2 scores last week!), and a healthy starter at quarterback in junior Connor Wood, they are actually capable of putting up points. I think that’s exactly what they’ll do against Central Arkansas, though if they struggle, it’ll be a sign that last week may have been a one-time deal.
Colorado 31, Central Arkansas 14