NCAA Football Weekly Locks: Week 2

Welcome to our first annual “NCAA Football Weekly Locks” post for the 2011 NCAA Football season.  We decided to take week one off so that we could get a look at all of the teams and gain a better idea of what to expect heading into week two.  We believe the extra week off has served us well and hopefully we can prove that to you with our picks this week.

So without further ado, here they are.

Game: Alabama @ Penn State
Pick: Alabama -10
Reason: The Crimson Tide entered the season as one of the favorites to take home the National Championship, and rightfully so.  They have nine players returning on defense and seven returning starters on offense, including Heisman hopeful Trent Richardson.  When these two teams hooked up at the beginning of last season, Alabama came away with the 24-3 home victory, as Richardson ran for 144 yards and a touchdown.  This time the Crimson Tide will be on the road, but they are also a better team this season and should be able to once again handle the Nittany Lions with ease.

Game: Mississippi State @ Auburn
Pick: Mississippi State -5.5
Reason: When these two teams squared off at the beginning of last season, Auburn squeaked out a 17-14 victory, but they also had Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton under center.  Now they are without Newton, and the hole he left in their lineup was glaring during Auburn’s 42-38 miracle victory over Utah State at home last Saturday.  If that game was any indication, don’t expect Auburn to be close to the team they were last season.  Mississippi State, who is returning eight players on offense and seven on defense, should make that quite evident as we expect them to hand the Tigers their first loss in over a year.

Game: Notre Dame @ Michigan
Pick: Michigan +3
Reason: Big things were expected out of Notre Dame heading into the 2011 season, but a rough start and an opening day loss to South Florida has tempered those expectations.  Now they have a chance to redeem themselves when the visit Michigan Saturday night, but it wont be easy, as they will face one of the nation’s most dynamic quarterbacks in Denard Robinson.  Add to that the fact that Michigan has won and covered the spread in four of the last five meetings between these two teams and that makes it an wasy choice for us to go with the home team here.

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