WhatIfSports College Football Week 2 Predictions

BY Fox Sports • December 24, 2016

Each Monday, WhatIfSports.com's college football simulation engine generates predictions for every Division I FBS game for the coming week. Our highly sophisticated algorithms simulate every play of every game to produce each team's likelihood to win. Each matchup is simulated 101 times.

Check out our 2014 performance to view our accuracy last season, when we correctly picked the winner in 77.6 percent of all games involving FBS teams.

Game of the Week: Oregon at Michigan State

Our Game of the Week features two perennial powerhouses.

Michigan State lost twice last year and both of those teams were in the NCAA championship (Oregon and Ohio State).

This season, the Ducks look for the rematch.

Oregon will be without Marcus Mariota for the first time since 2012.

First year starter, Vernon Adams Jr., threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 94 yards on 14 carries. However, Oregon’s defense still allowed 42 points to Eastern Washington.

The Spartan defense wasn’t stellar, either. They allowed 24 points to the MAC’s Western Michigan while scoring 37 points.

However, their quarterback is a seasoned vet. Connor Cook threw for over 20 TDs in back-to-back seasons. In Week 1, Cook notched 256 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Our computers simulated the Ducks and Spartans 101 times and the results couldn’t have been closer. We have Michigan State winning 50.2 percent of the contests by an average score or 29.8-29.5.

College Football Week 2 Predictions
Matchup Win % Avg. Score  
Howard Bison 5.0 8.7 Box Score
@ Boston College Eagles 95.0 46.1  
Furman Paladins 5.0 8.8 Box Score
@ Virginia Tech Hokies 95.0 46.0  
North Carolina A&T Aggies 5.0 6.9 Box Score
@ North Carolina Tar Heels 95.0 49.1  
Eastern Kentucky Colonels 5.0 7.0 Box Score
@ North Carolina State Wolfpack 95.0 48.3  
North Carolina Central Eagles 5.0 6.8 Box Score
@ Duke Blue Devils 95.0 48.9  
Tulane Green Wave 21.8 22.3 Box Score
@ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 78.2 34.3  
South Florida Bulls 23.8 23.2 Box Score
@ Florida State Seminoles 76.2 33.1  
Appalachian State Mountaineers 26.2 24.7 Box Score
@ Clemson Tigers 73.8 32.6  
Houston Cougars 38.6 26.0 Box Score
@ Louisville Cardinals 61.4 29.0  
Wake Forest Demon Deacons 46.5 23.6 Box Score
@ Syracuse Orange 53.5 24.6  
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 78.2 31.1 Box Score
@ Virginia Cavaliers 21.8 23.0  
Eastern Illinois Panthers 5.0 9.2 Box Score
@ Northwestern Wildcats 95.0 48.2  
Indiana State Sycamores 5.0 6.4 Box Score
@ Purdue Boilermakers 95.0 43.9  
Western Illinois Leathernecks 5.0 6.6 Box Score
@ Illinois Fighting Illini 95.0 47.9  
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 15.8 22.8 Box Score
@ Ohio State Buckeyes 84.2 35.2  
Miami (OH) RedHawks 17.8 20.7 Box Score
@ Wisconsin Badgers 82.2 33.1  
South Alabama Jaguars 27.7 24.0 Box Score
@ Nebraska Cornhuskers 72.3 33.2  
Buffalo Bulls 30.2 25.3 Box Score
@ Penn State Nittany Lions 69.8 30.8  
Oregon State Beavers 33.7 24.5 Box Score
@ Michigan Wolverines 66.3 29.9  
FIU Golden Panthers 36.6 25.0 Box Score
@ Indiana Hoosiers 63.4 27.5  
Washington State Cougars 41.6 27.1 Box Score
@ Rutgers Scarlet Knights 58.4 30.0  
Bowling Green Falcons 43.6 28.0 Box Score
@ Maryland Terrapins 56.4 30.4  
Oregon Ducks 49.8 29.5 Box Score
@ Michigan State Spartans 50.2 29.8  
Delaware State Hornets 5.0 9.1 Box Score
@ Kent State Golden Flashes 95.0 47.3  
Murray State Racers 5.0 6.9 Box Score
@ Northern Illinois Huskies 95.0 44.0  
Monmouth Hawks 5.0 7.2 Box Score
@ Central Michigan Chippewas 95.0 44.3  
Marshall Thundering Herd 55.4 33.2 Box Score
@ Ohio Bobcats 44.6 29.5  
Pittsburgh Panthers 62.4 30.1 Box Score
@ Akron Zips 37.6 26.5  
Sacramento State Hornets 5.0 6.6 Box Score
@ Washington Huskies 95.0 48.9  
Cal Poly Mustangs 5.0 8.5 Box Score
@ Arizona State Sun Devils 95.0 49.7  
Idaho Vandals 13.9 21.4 Box Score
@ USC Trojans 86.1 37.5  
UCF Knights 39.1 24.2 Box Score
@ Stanford Cardinal 60.9 28.4  
San Diego State Aztecs 39.6 28.0 Box Score
@ California Golden Bears 60.4 31.6  
Massachusetts Minutemen 43.6 31.0 Box Score
@ Colorado Buffaloes 56.4 32.0  
Utah State Aggies 44.6 26.5 Box Score
@ Utah Utes 55.4 28.4  
Jacksonville State Gamecocks 5.0 7.8 Box Score
@ Auburn Tigers 95.0 51.5  
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 19.8 20.7 Box Score
@ Alabama Crimson Tide 80.2 33.5  
Fresno State Bulldogs 21.8 23.4 Box Score
@ Ole Miss Rebels 78.2 32.9  
Ball State Cardinals 25.7 26.4 Box Score
@ Texas A&M Aggies 74.3 35.2  
Toledo Rockets 37.6 25.4 Box Score
@ Arkansas Razorbacks 62.4 29.9  
East Carolina Pirates 39.6 24.0 Box Score
@ Florida Gators 60.4 28.2  
Kentucky Wildcats 43.7 27.5 Box Score
@ South Carolina Gamecocks 56.3 29.6  
LSU Tigers 59.4 28.9 Box Score
@ Mississippi State Bulldogs 40.6 25.1  
Oklahoma Sooners 62.9 28.7 Box Score
@ Tennessee Volunteers 37.1 24.0  
Georgia Bulldogs 77.2 29.9 Box Score
@ Vanderbilt Commodores 22.8 22.3  
Boise State Broncos 58.4 27.6 Box Score
@ BYU Cougars 41.6 26.0  
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 5.0 8.8 Box Score
@ TCU Horned Frogs 95.0 53.4  
Liberty Flames 5.0 8.5 Box Score
@ West Virginia Mountaineers 95.0 48.9  
Lamar Cardinals 5.0 9.1 Box Score
@ Baylor Bears 95.0 55.0  
Central Arkansas Bears 5.0 6.5 Box Score
@ Oklahoma State Cowboys 95.0 49.3  
UTEP Miners 34.7 27.4 Box Score
@ Texas Tech Red Raiders 65.3 33.5  
Rice Owls 39.6 25.8 Box Score
@ Texas Longhorns 60.4 27.6  
Iowa Hawkeyes 58.4 28.0 Box Score
@ Iowa State Cyclones 41.6 25.6  
Memphis Tigers 65.3 30.3 Box Score
@ Kansas Jayhawks 34.7 24.0  
Norfolk State Spartans 5.0 10.0 Box Score
@ Old Dominion Monarchs 95.0 45.7  
Austin Peay Governors 5.0 8.1 Box Score
@ Southern Miss Golden Eagles 95.0 43.8  
Presbyterian Blue Hose 5.0 10.0 Box Score
@ Charlotte 49ers 95.0 41.8  
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 47.5 30.9 Box Score
@ Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 52.5 33.3  
Miami (FL) Hurricanes 76.7 33.5 Box Score
@ Florida Atlantic Owls 23.3 24.4  
Kansas State Wildcats 78.2 31.8 Box Score
@ UTSA Roadrunners 21.8 22.3  
Eastern Michigan Eagles 35.6 26.6 Box Score
@ Wyoming Cowboys 64.4 30.5  
San Jose State Spartans 42.1 28.0 Box Score
@ Air Force Falcons 57.9 29.9  
Tulsa Golden Hurricane 44.6 29.4 Box Score
@ New Mexico Lobos 55.4 31.3  
Minnesota Golden Gophers 62.4 32.2 Box Score
@ Colorado State Rams 37.6 27.8  
Arizona Wildcats 68.8 32.3 Box Score
@ Nevada Wolf Pack 31.2 25.9  
UCLA Bruins 82.2 34.8 Box Score
@ UNLV Rebels 17.8 24.3  
Prairie View A&M Panthers 5.0 8.5 Box Score
@ Texas State Bobcats 95.0 45.0  
Charleston Southern Buccaneers 5.0 9.2 Box Score
@ Troy Trojans 95.0 41.7  
Northwestern State Demons 5.0 7.7 Box Score
@ Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns 95.0 47.4  
Nicholls Colonels 5.0 8.4 Box Score
@ Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 95.0 42.0  
Georgia State Panthers 38.6 29.1 Box Score
@ New Mexico State Aggies 61.4 31.1  
Western Michigan Broncos 51.7 30.3 Box Score
@ Georgia Southern Eagles 48.3 29.9  
Missouri Tigers 68.3 29.5 Box Score
@ Arkansas State Red Wolves 31.7 25.0  
Army West Point Black Knights 35.1 22.3 Box Score
@ Connecticut Huskies 64.9 29.2  
North Texas Mean Green 43.6 24.3 Box Score
@ SMU Mustangs 56.4 26.3  
Temple Owls 47.7 29.2 Box Score
@ Cincinnati Bearcats 52.3 30.0  

For additional statistics, view our weekly college football predictions.


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