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Fearless Rick's 2014-15 College Football Week 2 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | September 4-6

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, September 4

8:00 pm Arizona (-7, 54) at UTSA - OK, all you fans of FOX Sports 1 (where this game will be exclusively televised), can you correctly identify the name of the UTSA (that's University of Texas at San Antonio, but, you knew that) team?
Rodents? Cavaliers? Rattlesnakes? How about Roadrunners?

Yeah, Roadrunners, that's the ticket. And, by the way, UTSA plays in Conference USA, where they went 6-2 last season, and were 7-5 overall, yet, they did not get to play in a bowl game. UTSA was a 27-7 winner at Houston, as underdogs last week, while the Wildcats went wild on UNLV, topping the Rebels, 58-13, at home for their week 1 win.

In the only meeting between the two schools, Arizona won at home, last season, by a 38-13 score. Obviously, the Roadrunners are looking for revenge on the wily (Coyote, anyone) Wildcats. This one might be a little closer, but look for the PAC-12 squad to persevere.

Prediction: Wildcats 28 Roadrunners 16

Friday, September 5

7:00 pm Pittsburgh (-4 1/2, 49 1/2) at Boston College - This line has already moved dramatically, in favor of the Panthers, following Pitt's ridiculous, 62-0, pounding of Delaware last week.

This being Pitt's first ACC game of the season, they get the pleasure of playing at Boston College, a team they did not play in their initial season in the ACC. The Eagles are coming off a 30-7 win at UMass last Saturday and are looking to improve upon their 4-4 mark in the conference last season.

Tough start for BC, though, as the Panthers are loaded and ready to make their mark in the ACC, after going just 3-5 in conference last year.

Prediction: Panthers 38 Eagles 23

10:30 pm Washington State (-4, 66) at Nevada - The Cougars got their 2014 season off on the wrong foot, losing last Thursday to Rutgers, 41-38, but seek a rebound against the Wolf Pack of the Mountain West conference, who topped Southern Utah in ho-hum fashion last week, 28-19.

The Wolf Pack was just 4-8 last season, and, despite winning their opener, aren't nearly as dangerous as Rutgers, so this game should be more to the liking of Washington State, a team which can put up points in a hurry and probably will, following last week's disappointment.

Look for the Cougars to shred the interior with a solid passing attack, led by QB Connor Halliday, who threw for 532 yards and five TDs in the loss to Rutgers. That should inspire the defense, which needs to improve before having to face tougher, PAC-12 foes later in the season.

Prediction: Cougars 44 Wolf Pack 17

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Saturday, September 6

12:00 pm Oklahoma (-23, 57 1/2) at Tulsa - The Sooners got off to a good start, opening the season with a 48-16 whipping of visiting Louisiana Tech last week and should have few problems getting to 2-0 over a Tulsa team that struggled mightily at home, eventually overcoming Tulane in double overtime, 38-31.

The Tulsa defense displayed numerous vulnerabilities in their victory, and the Oklahoma coaches will surely have a game plan ready to take advantage of the weaknesses on defense.

Oklahoma has one of the better offenses in the country and that will be on display here.

Prediction: Sooners 54 Golden Hurricane 13

12:00 pm Kansas State (-12, 57) at Iowa State - Though both teams play in the Big 12 and are geographically nearby, these programs are world's apart on the gridiron. Kansas State opened their season with a 55-16 pasting of Stephen F. Austin, a very unfair advantage for the Wildcats, while the Cyclones took one on the chin from North Dakota State, as the visitors came into Ames and walloped Iowa State, 34-14.

Getting to stay home for this contest might not have been the best condition for Iowa State, having to hear about their defeat from fans and media alike. Kansas State will be challenging for the conference title, so this is a useful stepping stone.

Prediction: Wildcats 37 Cyclones 14

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12:00 pm Arkansas State at Tennessee (-16, 51) - After Tennessee blasted Utah State, 38-7, last week, this became a more important game, especially to see if the Vols can sustain the momentum built in their opening week.

The Vols benefitted from three Utah State turnovers in their win, but still put up big numbers, amassing 24 first downs and 383 yards of offense against a pretty stout defense.

This contest should have more of a regional flavor and probably will be much closer. Arkansas State is one of the better teams out of the Sun Belt conference, and showed what they're made of in their 37-10 victory over Montana State in week one. Tennessee may prove a bit better, but it will be a tough slog.

Prediction: Volunteers 27 Red Wolves 24

12:00 pm Missouri (-5, 61) at Toledo - Always a worthy oppenent out of the under-rated MAC conference, Toledo looks to build on their 54-20 victory over New Hampshire last week and go 2-0 at home.

The Mizzou has other ideas, ad will be looking for a follow-up to their opening, 38-18 win over South Dakota State. Missouri got off to a fast start in that contest, scoring 21 first half points and substituted freely, but won't have the same luxury this week. Toledo has a real shot at winning the MAC and a win here would be a suitable feather in their collective caps.

Could be a close call, but the Rockets may blast off with a 2-0 mark after this one.

Prediction: Rockets 31 Tigers 26

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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