| September 07, 2019 06: 00 AM
7 days 1 of higher education football did not disappoint. There ended up upsets aplenty alongside with lots of dramatic finishes. My picks went 2-one straight up and 2-one versus the distribute. Let’s dive correct in to 7 days two, and the three games you cannot overlook.
No. 12 Texas A&M at No. 1 Clemson (3: 30 p.m. EST on ABC)
Texas A&M made quick work of Texas Condition in week one particular, but now the Aggies have to head to South Carolina for a date with the defending nationwide champions. Clemson nonetheless appears to be like the portion of the behemoth after routing Georgia Tech in its time opener.
Travis Etienne is the most important household operate risk in the nation and he seemed outstanding in opposition to the Yellow Jackets, functioning for about 200 yards and a few touchdowns on just 12 carries. Trevor Lawrence, the sophomore phenom who led the Tigers to the nationwide title previous calendar year, was incredibly rusty. He was 13-of-23 for 168 yards, a touchdown, and two picks. The general performance was really out of character for Lawrence, considering that he only threw 4 interceptions throughout his total freshman campaign. Clemson has the talent to endure a overall performance like that and nevertheless get, but it’ll make existence a lot far more tricky for the Tigers if Lawrence does not engage in like his usual self.
Kellen Mond almost led the Aggies to an upset of No. two Clemson final 12 months in College Station. Kelly Bryant, who is now at Missouri, helped spark the Tigers and aided them escape with a 28-26 get. Mond led the Aggies in passing and speeding in that video game, throwing for 430 yards and a few touchdowns while adding a different 33 yards on the floor. He’ll have to have a different monster activity if Texas A&M wishes to have a possibility to earn.
Texas A&M had four interceptions towards Texas Point out, but I don’t assume its secondary will be able to replicate that form of dominant efficiency this week versus a a great deal better team. General, the Aggies protection did a wonderful work against Clemson’s offense past yr, but the Tigers were a pretty distinct workforce a yr in the past. Since the commence of the 2018 season, there have been only two game titles in which Clemson didn’t win by at minimum 20 factors. Texas A&M was the first and then Syracuse, 3 months afterwards, was the second. The Tigers are a legitimate juggernaut.
The spread: Clemson (-17.)
My select: Texas A&M approximately defeat the Tigers at dwelling previous calendar year and it took a tremendous performance from Kelly Bryant off the bench to help save the working day as Clemson escaped with the gain. The champs surely won’t neglect the Aggies. I consider Etienne will have a different terrific match and I see Lawrence bouncing back from his sub-par performance in the opener. I’m selecting Clemson to get, but I consider the line is a very little far too large so I’ll acquire the points.
No. 6 LSU at No. nine Texas (7: 30 p.m. EST on ABC)
Equally LSU and Texas seemed fantastic in their time openers. Joe Burrow tied a school record with 5 landing passes in the initially half as the Tigers confused Ga Southern with its defense and new spread offense. LSU scored 21 factors in the to start with quarter. The Tigers didn’t regulate to score 21 factors in a one quarter during the overall period final 12 months. Unnecessary to say, I imagine the method satisfies Burrow nicely.
Meanwhile, Sam Ehlinger threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns as Texas steamrolled Louisiana Tech. Ehlinger is a stud and can harm opponents with his arm and his legs. I feel he could get the job done his way into the fringe of the Heisman conversation and that’s why I believe the X-aspect in this matchup will be Ehlinger in opposition to LSU’s linebackers. LSU had to substitute Devin White, who was arguably the finest linebacker in the region previous year and the fifth overall collection in the NFL Draft, but this group is even now extremely athletic and has great variety. If they can blitz and force Ehlinger as effectively as hold him from taking off down the subject, that will go a extensive way in trying to restrict this risky Texas offense.
Just after heading to the Massive 12 title sport very last 12 months and beating Ga in the Sugar Bowl, Texas definitely can say that it has returned to the countrywide stage. The hoopla is substantial and so is the pressure. This is a significant recreation for LSU, but it is a large a single for Texas. If Texas loses, it would just about definitely have to operate the table in the Huge 12 to make the University Football Playoff. Probably the Longhorns could get in with two losses, but in that scenario they’d most likely will need to conquer Oklahoma 2 times, win the meeting, and also have support.
Curiously sufficient, Ed Orgeron and Tom Herman were both of those candidates for the LSU head coaching occupation when the Tigers tossed Les Miles out again in 2016. Tom Herman ended up likely to Texas to change Charlie Powerful and Orgeron changed Miles at LSU.
The spread: LSU (-six.five)
My pick: LSU is really motivated to decide on up a assertion win just like they did when they beat Georgia at house last 12 months. This is the possibility for the Tigers to make that statement. I assume Ehlinger will have a good recreation and make some significant performs, but the athletic LSU protection will keep him from having a monster game. I’m having LSU to win and protect.
No. 23 Stanford at USC (10: 30 p.m. EST on ESPN)
Quarterback accidents make this a significantly interesting and hard game to forecast. Neither staff had a good displaying in its period opener. Stanford struggled to defeat Northwestern in Palo Alto even though USC held on at home to defeat Fresno State.
USC’s JT Daniels is out for the yr right after tearing the ACL and meniscus in his right knee. Meanwhile, Stanford’s K.J. Costello took a forearm to the chin and experienced to exit Stanford’s period opener towards Northwestern. Correct freshman Kedon Slovis will commence for USC. He was six-of-eight for 57 yards and an interception when he relieved Daniels.
I assume the Trojans to consider and lean closely on their run video game to choose some of the pressure off of Slovis. Given that Costello was just dominated out for this activity, the Cardinal will most likely do the very same. I imagine the X-aspect for this matchup is the struggle in between the offensive and defensive lines at the line of scrimmage. Stanford’s remarkable left deal with Walker Very little will miss out on at minimum a month with a leg personal injury and left guard Dylan Powell is “doubtful” for the video game. That will have a huge influence on the struggle in the trenches due to the fact the left aspect of Stanford’s offensive line is now a great deal weaker.
Redshirt sophomore Davis Mills, who was ESPN’s No. 2-ranked ranked pocket passer in the Class of 2017 and was seven-for-14 for 81 yards in reduction of Costello last 7 days, will get the commence at USC in put of Costello. Can he keep on being poised in a meeting recreation in a hostile ecosystem? The accidents to the offensive line could make it extremely tough to build the run in addition to protecting Mills from USC’s pass rushers.
The unfold: USC (-1.)
The decide on: I feel the Cardinal protection will have a fantastic effectiveness towards the Trojans, specifically with Slovis making his very first profession get started and figuring out that they have to action up with Costello out. With USC favored by just a solitary point, Vegas has fundamentally said this is a toss-up. With Costello out and the left side of the Stanford offensive line decimated by harm, I’m using the Trojans to get and address.