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Handful of Rivalries Highlight Week 2

South Carolina-Georgia; Notre Dame-Michigan; Florida-Miami top the schedule

by Dave Congrove
September 3, 2013

Georgia's run to the BCS National Championship game hit a snag on opening weekend with a 38-35 loss at Clemson, and the Bulldogs' attempt to not get completely shut out of the race begins at home on Saturday against border rival South Carolina.

The Gamecocks have their own designs on the national title, but find themselves as 6.83-point computer underdogs as they begin their quest for their first conference title since 1969 (ACC) and second ever in any conference. The computer's preseason forecasted put South Carolina right behind Georgia in the SEC East and said this would be the school's only loss of the regular season.

Notre Dame isn't supposed to lose until the regular season finale at Stanford and the Irish get a rather hefty 7.28-point edge at Michigan. Notre Dame snapped a 3-game losing streak to the Wolverines with last season's 13-6 win in South Bend and will now look to claim its first victory in "The Big House" since 2005. Something's gotta give as Notre Dame has 13 straight regular season wins and Michigan has a 15-game winning streak at home.

Florida plays the Hurricanes in Miami for the first time since 2003 and hasn't beaten Miami in Miami since 1985. Overall, Miami leads the series 28-26 with 8 wins in the last 10 meetings and 12 in the last 16. However, Florida gets a scant 0.44-point computer edge in the contest.

The football week features a 75-game schedule with 35 matchups pitting FBS schools against FCS teams. Last week, the FCS won 8-of-31 such games. The action begins on Thursday with Arizona State hosting FCS member Sacramento State which last year defeated a bad Colorado team.

Also on Thursday, FAU plays it first game as a member of Conference USA when it travels to Greenville to face CUSA East favorite East Carolina.

Boston College and Wake Forest open their ACC slates with a meeting in Chestnut Hill where the computer forecasts a Demon Deacon 4.66-point win. BC was just 1-7 in conference play a year ago with the lone win coming at home vs. Maryland. Steve Addazio is in his first season as head coach after a short two-year stint at Temple.

On Saturday, Cincinnati will look to go 2-0 vs. Big Ten teams. The Bearcats are a 19.58-point computer favorite at Illinois after whipping Purdue 42-7 at home in the opener.

Kansas State is a 3.98-point computer choice over Louisiana-Lafayette at home as the Wildcats try to rebound from a 24-21 loss to two-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State.

Here are some other interesting games on Saturday, along with the computer's projected outcome:
Utah State (-16.74) at Air Force
Texas (-5.81) at BYU
Missouri (-1.87) vs. Toledo
Oklahoma (-25.60 vs. West Virginia.

FBS vs. FCS:
FBS teams were 23-8 vs. FCS schools last week and are now 759-73 (.912) in such games since 2003. The winning percentage was .919 before the weekend's losses. FCS teams won just 4 games on opening weekend a year ago and 10 all season.

Here are the results of the FBS losses to FCS schools this season:
9/29: Towson 33, Connecticut 18
9/29: Southern Utah 22, South Alabama 21
9/30: Samford 31, Georgia State 21
9/30: North Dakota State 24, Kansas State 21
9/31: Northern Iowa 28, Iowa State 20
9/31: Eastern Washington 49, Oregon State 46
9/31: Eastern Illinois 40, San Diego State 18
9/31: McNeese State 53, USF 21

106 FBS schools will play a total of 110 games against FCS foes in 2013. Clemson and Georgia Tech each face two such schools while FBS newcomer Georgia State will play 3 FCS teams.

Ohio State - Won 13 straight overall. Hosts San Diego State on Saturday.

Notre Dame - Won 13 straight regular season games. Visits Michigan on Saturday.

Northern Illinois - Won 21 straight at home and 17 vs. conference foes. Idle this week.

LSU - Won 42 straight regular season nonconference games. Hosts UAB on Saturday.

Michigan - Won 15 straight home games. Hosts Notre Dame on Saturday.

Oregon - Won 15 straight road games. Visits Virginia on Saturday.

Southern Miss - Lost 13 straight overall. Visits Nebraska on Saturday.

Akron - Lost 27 straight road games, 23 straight FBS games and 16 straight conference games (MAC). Hosts James Madison (FCS) on Saturday.

Kansas - Lost 21 straight FBS games, 21 straight conference games and 19 straight road games. Opens season at home vs. South Dakota (FCS) on Saturday).

UNLV - Lost 23 straight road games. Hosts Arizona on Saturday.

31 FBS teams entered the 2013 season with a new head coach, including incoming FCS member Georgia State. Some of the key moves were Brett Bielema's exit from Wisconsin to fill the Arkansas opening; Gus Malzahn from Arkansas State to Auburn; Butch Jones from Cincinnati to Tennessee; Tommy Tuberville from Texas Tech to Cincinnati; Darrell Hazell from Kent State to Purdue; and Gary Andersen from Utah State to Wisconsin.


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