DFW area teams went 0-3 in week 1, but are coming back in week 2 looking to rebound.
#24 TCU @ Air Force (2:30 CST Saturday 9/10, Televised on Versus)
The fact that the Frogs lost to Baylor isn’t as stunning as the way in which it happened. The TCU defense, ranked #1 in the country three years running, allowed over 500 yards of offense and 50 points in a 50-48 loss.
Robert Griffin put himself on the map with over 350 passing yards and six touchdowns.
In week 2, the Frogs will look to get back to their winning ways against Air Force. The Falcons won their season opener with relative ease against South Dakota, but they allowed 13 unanswered fourth quarter points. Their defense will have to tighten the screws if they’ll want to shut down Casey Pachall and a surprisingly efficient TCU offense.
Meanwhile the Frogs defense faces a whole new task this week. Having failed against the spread in week 1, the Frogs now face a bludgeoning triple option threat. Gary Patterson is always so concerned about stopping the triple option, that he starts preparing his team for it in the spring.
If the Frogs defense continues to miss tackles and give up big plays, this game could be another shootout.
Prediction: TCU-35, Air Force-31
SMU vs. UTEP (6 CST Saturday 9/10, Televised on FSN)
The Mustangs had high hopes going into College Station last Sunday, but after two quick interceptions earned Kyle Padron a spot on the bench, backup J.J. McDermott was thrust into the action. After two quick drives for touchdowns brought the Mustangs to within six points, an ill-advised onside kick gave all the momentum back to the Aggies.
The final score of 46-14 was reflective of the beatdown in every way.
Now, however, SMU must hit the reset button. With McDermott now named as the starter, the Mustangs head into their home opener against a conference foe. UTEP beat the Mustangs 28-14 last year in El Paso, and SMU is looking for a measure of revenge.
The Miners lose nine starters on offense, but return two of their three leading rushers, along with their leading receiver from a year ago. Their defense returns nine starters that held the Mustangs to 14 points in 2010.
Prediction: SMU-24, UTEP-17
North Texas vs. Houston (6 CST Saturday 9/10, Streaming on ESPN 3)
The Mean Green allowed over 400 yards of offense and 41 points to Florida International in week one, and they face an infinitely more potent offense this week in the Cougars.
While the UNT offense only had one turnover last week, they failed to move the ball consistently, and only managed 14 points (the other two came on a safety with 40 seconds left in the game) in the blowout.
I don’t expect it to be any different this week. On the bright side, North Texas will be playing its first game in the new Apogee Stadium.
Prediction: Houston-48, North Texas-10
Other games to watch:
#23 Penn State vs. #3 Alabama (2:30 CST Saturday 9/10, Televised on ABC) Prediction: Alabama-30, Penn State-23
Georgia vs. #12 South Carolina (3:30 CST Saturday 9/10, Televised on ESPN) Prediction: South Carolina-31, Georgia-17
#24 Texas vs. BYU (6 CST Saturday 9/10, Televised on ESPN 2) Prediction: BYU-21, Texas-14
USC vs. Utah (6 CST Saturday 9/10, Televised on Versus) Prediction: Utah-28, USC-17
Michigan vs. Notre Dame (7 CST Saturday 9/10, Televised on ESPN) Prediction: Michigan-35, Notre Dame-21