Chi Psi College Pick’em – Week 2

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This year we’ve launched the first-ever Chi Psi College Pick’em blog series!

Each Tuesday afternoon, we’ll post on Facebook which three games we’re watching that weekend, and on Thursday we’ll announce here the picks from our three experts (Sam Bessey, Justin Froeber and Jon Moore) and one surprise guest. This week’s surprise guest is the newest trustee of the The Chi Psi Educational Trust, Art Wasburn.

Check out this week’s games to watch and our picks below:

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#14 Notre Dame vs. #17 Michigan
Facebook fan favorite to win: Michigan

FroeberHead Justin Froeber: The Notre Dame vs. Michigan game, season to season, has proved to be one of the exciting games in college football. I expect it to be a great game this weekend. Both teams looked good in their season openers. With some holes in the Michigan offensive line it is going to be difficult for the Wolverines to move the ball against a very talented Fighting Irish defense. Last year Notre Dame was able to force Michigan to turn the ball over six times…I think the Fighting Irish defense controls the game again this year and leads Notre Dame to victory in the Big House this weekend.
SamHead Sam Bessey: Last game in the series at the Big House under the lights.  I give the edge to Michigan in a close game.  The Irish used up all their luck last year.
JonHead Jon Moore: Last year Michigan out-gained the Irish but lost by a touchdown thanks to a -4 turnover margin.  I expect the Wolverines will take better care of the ball this year and lean on a powerful rushing attack.  Meanwhile, the Irish will struggle to replicate the quick strike scoring plays that lifted them over Temple last week.  The Maize and Blue are a perfect 15-0 at home in the Brady Hoke era and will make it 16-0 this week.  Go Blue!
image Art Washburn: Aside from the fact that I hate ND, the Wolverines will prevail in the last meeting of these two teams for the near future.  It’s unlikely Notre Dame will mount much offense against the Michigan D.  Devin Gardner wasn’t tested last week but if they O-line can protect him, he’ll find open receivers and stretch on the Irish defense.  Michigan to win and cover the 4.

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#11 Georgia vs. #6  South Carolina
Facebook fan favorite to win: South Carolina

 FroeberHead Justin Froeber: Georgia is coming off a disappointing loss last weekend to Clemson while South Carolina is coming off an impressive victory over UNC. Georgia quarterback, Aaron Murray, has struggled and gone winless in his previous three starts against South Carolina and the Gamecock defense looks good again this year. I think Georgia starts off the season 0-2 and the Gamecocks come out on top in Athens. 
 SamHead Sam Bessey: I am in a no-win situation here as my two bosses are on opposite sides of this one.  South Carolina didn’t look great in its opener, and Georgia wants to get that bad feline taste out of its slobbery mouth.  Sorry Julian.  Dawgs win.
 JonHead Jon Moore: Spurrier’s squad has defeated Georgia three straight times and I expect them to make it four this weekend.  The Bulldogs are coming off a brutal week one loss at Clemson, are without their top WR, and have had two fewer days to prepare.  The Gamecocks’ secondary picks off Aaron Murray twice in the second half to escape with the W.
 image Art WashburnIn what is really the “Game-of-the-week”, the Dawgs come in as 3-point favorites, getting the edge for playing at home.  While they were unable to stop Clemson on the ground last week, I expect that to change as Josh Harvey-Clemons returns from injury.  Both teams will run the ball substantially with Georgia’s Gurley having a big game.  Georgia in a close one.

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Miami (FL) vs. #12 Florida
Facebook fan favorite: Florida

 FroeberHead Justin Froeber: Miami is led by talented senior quarterback Stephen Morris and sophomore running back Duke Johnson. This duo looked impressive in Miami’s opener against Florida Atlantic but face a much more difficult challenge in the Florida defense this weekend. Florida returns one of the best defenses in the nation and Quarterback Jeff Driskel runs a mistake free offense. I think Florida comes out on top in this one. 
 SamHead Sam Bessey:  The ACC gets the best of the SEC again this week, and Miami takes the win over Florida.
 JonHead Jon Moore: The Gators are just 6-6 away from the Swamp in the Muschamp era and the majority of those wins came because they won the turnover battle.  In year 3 under Al Golden, it’s time for the Canes to put up or shut up.  I’ll call for Miami to take care of the ball and upset the Gators in a close defeat.
 image Art Washburn: Al Golden still wonders why he took this job, especially as probation looms and now Florida returns to the schedule. The ‘Canes continue to improve and may even crack the top 25 but not after this week. Florida is more physical and has multiple weapons on offense. Mack Brown has taken over the starting line in the backfield, and he’ll be looking for a 100+ game in Miami. Florida’s ability to stop Miami on offense will be the difference in the Gator victory.

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