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[2024] Week 2 Preview - FNF

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Friday Night

 

Match-up: Kent State (1-0) at East Carolina (1-0)

Stormstopper Line: ECU (-21)

 

The MAC will be busy on Friday night and kicking things off is a non-conference matchup between Coach @Traith and his Kent State Golden Flashes traveling to East Carolina to challenge coach @Weeze and the Pirates. Both teams got their season off to a good start and sit with records of 1-0. Kent came away with a 24-10 victory over FCS opponent, Youngstown State. The Pirates took down in-state rival North Carolina State by a score of 35-24. 

 

What to watch for (Kent): Can Kent overcome the ECU defense? ECU has talent at many positions on the defensive side of the ball. The defense was stout against NC State holding the Wolfpack to 267 yards of offense. The Golden Flashes offense, especially the offensive line, has their work cut out for them in this one. 

 

What to watch for (ECU): Will ECU continue to air it out? The Pirates relied heavily on the pass game last week, racking up 300 yards through the air. QB Kyler Wilson has tremendous talent and can sling the ball around the field. ECU is lacking a true breakout player at wide receiver, but it didn’t slow them down last week.

 

What will happen: From top to bottom, ECU is a more talented team than Kent State. Kyler Wilson will prove to be too much for Kent State to keep in check and Wilson will have his second consecutive 300 yard game. 

 

Prediction: ECU 38 Kent State 17

 

 

Match-up: Buffalo (0-1) at Wisconsin (1-0) 

Stormstopper Line: Wisconsin (-6.5)

 

Coach @Jordan and the Buffalo Bulls looks to bounce back from their week 1 loss as they travel to Madison to challenge the Badgers and coach @Jamzz. Buffalo faced a tough Oklahoma State squad last week losing 41-20. Wisconsin opened the season with a resounding 55-14 victory over Army. 

 

What to watch for (Buffalo): Can Buffalo overcome another tough defensive challenge? This will be the second week in a row where Buffalo will be going up against a talented defensive opponent. Wisconsin held Army to a mere 137 yards of offense in their victory. Buffalo’s main weapon is running back Alec Self, but the entire offense was held in check last week, managing 271 yards of offense. Buffalo will need a lot more production from Self and the rest of the offense if they want a chance to win.   

 

What to watch for (Wisconsin): Can the Badger offense have a repeat performance? Now Army is not a strong opponent so the stats should be taken with a grain of salt, that said, the Badger offense was humming racking up 581 yards and 55 points. They likely won’t be as productive in this game, but if they can replicate some of what worked last week, the offense should be effective. 

 

What will happen: Wisconsin won’t score 55 points, but their defense will be too much to handle for Buffalo. The Badger defense will be able to keep Alec Self in check and come away with the victory. 

 

Prediction: Wisconsin 28 Buffalo 20

 

 

Match-up: Miami (OH) (1-0) at Ole Miss (1-0)

Stormstopper Line: Ole Miss (-12.5)

 

The first of two MAC vs SEC matchups will pit the RedHawks of Miami against coach @HughFreeze$$ and his Ole Miss Rebels. Both teams sit at 1-0 on the season with Miami beating rival Cincinnati, despite being an 18.5 point underdog. Ole Miss won a tight contest against Old Dominion by a score of 24-17. 

 

What to watch for (Miami): Can the RedHawks pull off another upset? Miami enters this game as a 12.5 point underdog and with a chance to pull off two upsets in a row. This team has to feel pretty good about their rivalry victory last week and needs to ride that momentum into this matchup. Ole Miss is a beatable SEC team and if Miami can replicate their gameplan from last week, they will have a chance to improve to 2-0. 

 

What to watch for (Ole Miss): Can QB Alex Burnham carry the team to another victory? Ole Miss doesn’t have a ton of offensive talent, but Burnham will be the better of the two QB’s on the field Friday. He had himself a day against Old Dominion racking up 307 yards passing along with 3 TD’s. With not much of a run game to speak of, Burnham will carry most of the load on offense throughout the season. 

 

What will happen: Miami will put up a valiant effort, but it won’t be enough to come away with two upset wins in a row. Burnham, along with the Ole Miss defense, will be too much for an inexperienced RedHawks team to overcome. 

 

Prediction: Ole Miss 28 Miami (OH) 20

 

 

Match-up: Colorado State (1-0) at Ohio (0-1)

Stormstopper Line: Ohio (-6)

 

This matchup will feature coach @bbates728 and his Ohio Bobcats hosting coach @Ahven D'Gale and the Colorado State Rams. Last week, Colorado State came away with a 23-17 win against their big rival, Colorado. The Bobcats opened their season with a tough road trip against a talented Mississippi State team and simply didn’t have the talent to match the Bulldogs. MSU would be victorious by a score of 23-10. 

 

What to watch for (CSU): Can the Rams defense dominate again? A quick glance at the box score from last week would make you wonder how the CSU vs CU game was so close. The Rams held Colorado to 253 yards of offense and forced one turnover while amassing 389 yards of offense. Ohio has a talented QB in Austin Lowe, but the running game is pretty much non-existent. A talented Rams defense will be looking to take advantage of the mismatches and pressure Lowe. 

 

What to watch for (Ohio): Can the offensive line protect Lowe? The Bobcat offensive line is going to be tested. They are an okay group, but not the most talented. CSU has a strong front seven and will pose a challenge to Ohio. With little run threat, the bubs will need to keep Lowe upright and give him time to throw. 

 

What will happen: I’m a little surprised that Ohio is a near touchdown favorite in this game. When I compare the rosters, it appears that the Rams have a deeper team than the Bobcats. It’s not filled with a top tier talent, but it’s more experienced and more talented than Ohio appears to be. I think the depth of CSU, especially on the offensive line will end up being a difference maker as the Rams win a close one. 

 

Prediction: Colorado State 28 Ohio 24

 

 

Match-up: BYU(1-0) at Northern Illinois (0-1)

Stormstopper Line: BYU (-21)

 

It’s cats vs dogs as the BYU Cougars and coach @NDIrish21 travel to DeKalb to take on the NIU Huskies. BYU enters week 2 fresh off a 31-17 road win against South Alabama. The Huskies hung tough against in-state rival Northwestern, but fell short losing by a score of 31-28. 

 

What to watch for (BYU): Can the Cougar defense have a repeat performance? BYU shut down the South Alabama offense holding them to a total of 199 yards and forcing one turnover. The defense has talent across the board, and the scary part is many of them haven’t reached their full potential. They have to be licking their chops knowing they’re going up against a team with few offensive weapons. 

 

What to watch for (NIU): Can NIU contain the BYU receiving corp? BYU is deep, and I mean very deep, at the wideout position. Their top four wideouts are all rated a 4/4. That much depth will pose a challenge to any secondary. To make matters worse, BYU has a QB that can sling the ball around to the weapons at his disposal. It will take a herculean effort of the NIU defense to try and stop all of these threats. 

 

What will happen: NIU hung tough against a better opponent in week 1, but I can’t see how that happens again this week. BYU is just too good to slip up against an inferior opponent. Look for BYU to have plenty of time to brush up on The Book of Mormon as they take this one easily.  

 

Prediction: BYU 42 NIU 17

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My Preds: 

 

ECU 24 Kent State 21

Wisconsin 59 Buffalo 10

Ole Miss 38 Miami (OH) 29

Colorado State 17 Ohio 28

BYU 36 NIU 14

Sorry, NIU. Your team sucks. Go cheer on baseball. 

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On 7/31/2020 at 11:35 AM, nemolee.exe said:

My Preds: 

 

Colorado State 17 Ohio 28

I like you.

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