NCAA Games of the Week: Mahomes and the Devils in the desert

Matt McClain

Sports Blogger

@mattdmcclain

 

It’s going to be hard to top the excitement of Week 1 of 2016. Week 2 won’t be the week to challenge the opening weekend that was dubbed the best opening weekend in college football history. There are no ranked matchups this week, but some interesting storylines still exist, let’s take a look at the highlights of Week 2:

 

Louisville at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Friday on ESPN2

Both teams come in with a 1-0 record and get an early start to league play. No. 13 Louisville is fresh off a blowout against Charlotte. Quarterback Lamar Jackson led the team with eight – count ‘em – eight touchdowns. Jackson sits in the lead on my Heisman Watch. Syracuse beat Colgate 33-7 in its opening matchup. Jackson will be too much for the Syracuse defense, and Louisville should win handily.

Louisville 48, Syracuse 17

Arkansas at TCU, 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN

This is an interesting matchup. Both teams barely held it together to beat inferior opponents in Week 1. TCU put together a good fourth quarter to beat South Dakota State 59-41, and Arkansas barely squeezed by Louisiana Tech 21-20. TCU’s quarterback Kenny Hill, Johnny Manziel’s successor at Texas A&M, showed that he can put up points. Arkansas’s offense showed they couldn’t. I’ll take TCU in a comfortable win.

TCU 38, Arkansas 24

 

Iowa State at Iowa, 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Big Ten Network

At first glance, this game looks to be a blowout. However, it’s a rivalry game, and anything can happen in rivalry games. The Cyclones have won three of the past five meetings, but Iowa is winning the series 41-22. The past two times the game has been played in Iowa City, Iowa State has pulled out a three-point victory. Call me crazy, but I think Iowa State can do it again.

Iowa State 13, Iowa 10

 

Virginia Tech at Tennessee, 7 p.m. Saturday on ABC

This game is a neutral site matchup. The Hokies will meet the Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway. The matchup is expected to have an attendance of over 150 thousand. The attendance record for a college football game is 115,109, set on Sept. 7, 2013. Michigan played Notre Dame in the Big House. This past week, the Volunteers went to overtime against Appalachian State, and the Hokies beat Liberty 36-13. Tennessee will have the crowd behind them, and they are a better team.

Tennessee 31, Virginia Tech 17

 

Texas Tech at Arizona State, 9 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports 1

Patrick Mahomes and the Red Raiders head to the desert to take on the Sun Devils. (Caleb Broughton/Flickr)

Patrick Mahomes and the Red Raiders head to the desert to take on the Sun Devils.
(Caleb Broughton/Flickr)

This matchup is the most intriguing of the week. ESPN’s matchup predictor has Texas Tech favored with a 51.1 percent chance of winning. So, basically, both teams have a realistic shot at winning. Patrick Mahomes leads the Red Raiders in rushing and passing. A dual-threat quarterback, Mahomes could have an outstanding night against a defense that gave up 369 passing yards against Northern Arizona. Texas Tech is on the road, but I think they win this game easily.

Texas Tech 56, Arizona State 41

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