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[2024] Week 2 Preview - Saturday

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Saturday Morning

 

Match-up: Western Michigan (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-1)

Stormstopper Line: Western Michigan (-6)

 

After sitting idle for the first two weeks, coach @Pskeate and his Western Michigan Broncos get to kickoff their season with a trip to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech and coach @vtgorilla. The Broncos finished the 2023 season with a 10-3 (7-1) record and ranked in the Top 25. They will look to continue their winning ways in 2024. Virginia Tech was off last week, but came out on the losing end against Nebraska, losing 31-23 in the opening week. 

 

What to watch for (WMU): Can the young guns step up on offense? Gone are QB Keith Jackson and RB DeSean Madison. With them goes the majority of the offensive production. The Broncos will look to redshirt sophomore Gabe Baker at the QB spot and redshirt freshman Jemel Garrett at running back. Both players are extremely talented, but there will be a learning curve for these two as they adjust to be the focal points of the offense. 

 

What to watch for (Virginia Tech): Will the QB change for the Hokies be a mistake? The coaching staff made the change to sophomore Kacey Tucker after a less than impressive performance from previous starter Eli Sherrill struggled. It’s a bold move as Sherill is the more talented QB, but it appears the staff think that Tucker brings a different element with his scrambling ability.  

 

What will happen: The QB change adds an unknown wrinkle as it’s hard to say what the Hokies will try to do on offense. Unfortunately, I don’t think Tucker is going to be able to carry this team to a win. I look for the Broncos to win a closely contested game on the road.  

 

Prediction: WMU 27 Virginia Tech 24

 

Saturday Afternoon

 

Match-up: Central Michigan (0-1) at Arkansas (1-0)

Stormstopper Line: Central Michigan (-8)

 

The Chippewas will head to SEC country as they take on their second consecutive P5 opponent in the Arkansas Razorbacks and coach @Mjkelly37. CMU went toe-to-toe with Michigan State in week 1 but came up short losing in a 41-38 shootout. Arkansas took care of business against Nevada in a 23-13 victory. 

 

What to watch for (CMU): Can QB Byron Suggs be better? It’s hard to believe that’s even a question considering Suggs played a terrific game against the Spartans as he passed for 300 yards and 2 TD’s, while adding 137 yards rushing and 2 TD’s and it still wasn’t enough. Arkansas isn’t a top SEC team, but they’re plenty talented. CMU will likely need Suggs to be near perfect to come away with the win on the road. 

 

What to watch for (Arkansas): Can the Razorback defense contain the Chippewa offense? The defense played very well against Nevada holding them to only 228 yards of offense and 13 points. There’s quite a bit of talent on the Arkansas defense, especially the front seven. This group will be tasked with stopping an offense that racked up 546 yards of offense against a Big Ten opponent.   

 

What will happen: This is a tough game to call. If it was at home, I’d probably give the Chippewas the nod, but having to go on the road and face a team with a strong defense isn’t an easy task. The Arkansas offense is probably a step below what CMU saw against MSU, but there’s still some playmakers. I’m going to give the edge to Arkansas as they squeak out a victory at home. 

 

Prediction: Arkansas 31 CMU 28

 

 

Saturday Night

 

Match-up: Ball State (0-1) vs Hawaii (2-0)

Game played in Las Vegas, NV

Stormstopper Line: Hawaii (-13)

 

Ball State and Hawaii decided to split the difference and meet in Las Vegas for their week 2 matchup. The Cardinals and coach @npklemm enter the game with a 0-1 record after a tough 20-13 loss to in-state rival Indiana. Hawaii and coach @GigemAgs have gotten off to a great start with wins against Arizona and Georgia Southern. The Warriors will look to improve their record to 3-0 as they approach the quarter mark of their season.

 

What to watch for (BSU): Can Damani Laws reach 100 yards rushing? Laws is the best player for Ball State, but only managed 66 yards on 17 carries against the Hoosiers. After rushing for over 1500 yards last season, Ball State will need their star running back to capture his form from last season. If Laws can’t surpass 100 yards, Ball State will struggle to be in this game. 

 

What to watch for (Hawaii): Can the thunder and lightning duo of Fraser and Logan keep rolling? Hawaii has gone with a two back approach and it’s worked wonders the first two weeks. Fraser’s the power back and has 211 yards on 41 carries with 3 touchdowns. Logan is the speedster and has feasted with limited carries as he’s racked up 161 yards on 19(!) carries with two scores. If Hawaii can keep up this production, it will take a lot of pressure off an inexperienced QB.     

 

What will happen: Hawaii is the more talented team in this matchup. Ball State is a team on the rise, but they simply don’t have the talent to keep up with Hawaii. Expect Fraser and Logan to continue to produce and for the Warrior defense to do enough to contain Damani Laws.

 

Prediction: Hawaii 31 Ball State 20

 

Match-up: Toledo (0-1) at Arizona (0-2)

Stormstopper Line: Toledo (-7.5)

 

After a trip out west to San Diego State in week 1, the Rockets and coach @Megman will turn right around and head back out west to take on Arizona and coach @brightfalls. The Rockets came up short against the Top 25 rated SDSU Aztecs, losing 35-21. Arizona finds themselves with an 0-2 record with losses to Hawaii and Iowa State. They will be trying to avoid a disastrous 0-3 start to the season.  

 

What to watch for (Toledo): Can QB Mario Pierre actually be an effective QB? For as talented as Pierre appears to be, he simply hasn’t been able to put it all together when he’s been the starter. He struggled again last week managing only 140 yards passing with no touchdowns and 1 INT. SDSU is a good team, but Pierre has to start figuring things out for the Rockets to be competitive.

 

What to watch for (Arizona): Can Arizona get the run game going? The Wildcats have a total of 90 yards rushing in their first two games. That’s simply not going to get it done against most teams, especially when there is some talent in the backfield. Toledo has a below average defense and this will provide a chance for Arizona to get the run game going.    

 

What will happen: I’m surprised to see Toledo coming into this game as a 7.5 point favorite on the road. I simply need to see Pierre perform consistently before I can put my faith in Toledo. Arizona will take advantage of the homefield advantage and avoid an 0-3 start as their offense outperforms the Rockets.

 

Prediction: Arizona 28 Toledo 21

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My Preds:
 

WMU 21 Virginia Tech 31

Arkansas 17 CMU 14

Hawaii 56 Ball State 7

Arizona 31 Toledo 35

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come on man

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56 - 7?

 

No way we win that big 

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3 hours ago, GigemAgs said:

56 - 7?

 

No way we win that big 

You are a Top 25 team. Your opponent is a P5 trashhouse.

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1 hour ago, nemolee.exe said:

You are a Top 25 team. Your opponent is a P5 trashhouse.

 

I'm also 2 games into figuring out an entirely new offense after losing the best QB in school history. 52 starts for Hawaii. 

 

Not really going to be blowing people out like that. 

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