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Non-AQ predictions: Week 2

9/10/2010

My picks in Week 1 were … awful. Can I use the excuse that my dog made my picks? What’s that? I don’t have a dog? Man, you guys are good.

Hopefully I can rebound from my abysmal 6-6 performance starting … now.

Temple 23, Central Michigan 20. This is just the third ever meeting between the two schools, and Central Michigan has won them both. But with a young quarterback making his first start on the road against an experienced defense, give the nod to the Owls.

Houston 44, UTEP 30. Coach Kevin Sumlin denies this is a revenge game but you have to believe the Cougars want to get the Miners back for what happened last season. Donald Buckram ran wild, and handed them their first loss of the season after impressive wins over Oklahoma State and Texas Tech moved them to No. 12.

Army 31, Hawaii 30. I agonized over this one. The Black Knights won at Eastern Michigan 31-27 last week, but needed a last-second drive to win against one of the worst teams in 2009. They haven’t scored 30 points in back-to-back games since 2004. They haven’t started 2-0 since 1996. The only way Army can hang with Hawaii is to play ball control, and the Warriors gave up 246 yards rushing to USC.

BYU 35, Air Force 20. The Cougars have owned this series of late, winning six straight. The offense behind Riley Nelson and Jake Heaps will prove to be too much for the Falcons.

North Texas 30, Rice 20. Both teams played their opponents from bigger conferences pretty close in Week 1. North Texas gave Clemson all it could handle, outgaining the Tigers. Rice played Texas tough, too. North Texas running back Lance Dunbar makes the difference in this one.

Miami (Ohio) 24, Eastern Michigan 20. The two worst teams in the MAC last season are hoping for rebound years. Both showed improvements last week, but give the edge to Miami behind Zac Dysert.

N.C. State 27, UCF 20. The last time these two teams played, the Knights pulled off the upset 25-23 to open 2007 in Raleigh. The Knights defense is better, but the offense is still a work in progress with Rob Calabrese and Jeffrey Godfrey both playing. Russell Wilson looked impressive last week.

Nevada 37, Colorado State 17. The last time the Rams won a game, they beat Nevada in Week 3 of last season. Colin Kaepernick will make sure that doesn’t happen again.

Ohio 20, Toledo 10. Toledo has won 11 straight games over Ohio -- the last Bobcats win came in 1988. Though neither team looked overly impressive in their openers, Ohio returns more talent and should be able to win.

San Diego State 35, New Mexico State 20. New Mexico State makes its season debut against an Aztecs team that posted a shutout in its season opener against Nicholls State. The Aggies will start Matt Christian at quarterback but an experienced San Diego State defense has the edge.