The Picks: What can Week 2 do for an encore to the nutty opening week?


There’s no telling what is in store for us on the second full weekend of this college football season, but we know this — it’s going to have a real difficult time beating the craziness of the opening weekend.

Let’s see, we had:

• Massive upsets by double digit-plus underdogs.

• A Notre Dame quarterback breaking the nose of a sideline dancer with an errant pass.

• A yacht in the Vol Navy burning and sinking in the Tennessee River. And that was before a couple of coach Jeremy Pruitt’s players abandoned ship.

• A win by Kansas.

• A brand new way-too-early Heisman Trophy leader.

• A guy coaching from a hospital bed in one of the stadium’s radio/TV booths and talking to his assistants through a hole in the wall.

• Freshmen quarterbacks engineering veteran comebacks.

• Minor AP poll movement.

• Calls for coaching changes.

• Serious injuries to Power Five quarterbacks.

• Thirsty Seminoles.

Am I leaving anything out? Oh yeah, the mighty Gators.

Florida took the weekend off. and we’ll see how UF performs Saturday after the weirdness of an open date one week into the season.

It feels like we really spring into action this week and get back on schedule even if Hurricane Dorian canceled a couple of my speeches and forced my Dad to evacuate in St. Augustine (last I heard he was without cable).

Dr. Football had a good week, actually a good two weeks because we added some Thursday games to flesh things out in Week Zulu.

The record stands at 13-2 and would have been better if I hadn’t become dehydrated halfway through The Picks.

Here we go:

TENNESSEE MARTIN AT FLORIDA: You know how coaches always say a team makes its most improvement from Week One to Week Two? What if there is no Week Two? These and other inane questions will be answered Saturday night. Florida, 42-13.

TEXAS A&M AT CLEMSON: Oh, that Dabo Swinney. Comes off like a rube until you look up and he’s beating your brains in. This is what he said this week about his childhood and playing football all day — “You got ‘Lawrence Welk’ and ‘Hee Haw’ and ‘Happy Days.’ That was it, so you played ball. That’s what you did.” Man, we are so much better off now with Netflix. Clemson, 35-24.

LSU AT TEXAS: Everyone thinks this game is about whether or not Texas is back. Naw, it’s about whether or not LSU is legit. LSU, 29-26.

MIAMI AT NORTH CAROLINA: This is such a weird season that I think most Gator fans are actually rooting for the Hurricanes. Quietly. OK, maybe not. Miami, 24-20.

STANFORD AT USC: Last team with a healthy quarterback wins. Stanford, 20-14.

ARKANSAS AT OLE MISS: Doesn’t it seem like this semi-rivalry game should have a trophy? At least a participation one. Ole Miss, 28-21.

BYU AT TENNESSEE: Seriously, enough with the Tennessee jokes (said nobody, ever). Tennessee, 30-21.

WEST VIRGINIA AT MISSOURI: Barry Odom has a knack for getting his team to play well when you think the Tigers are drowning. Despite a lot of sprained ankles jumping off the Mizzou bandwagon, there was a mess left behind at West Virginia. Missouri, 34-21.

NEBRASKA AT COLORADO: Remember when this was a huge game in the Big 8 Conference? That was back when conferences could actually do math. Nebraska, 38-31.

SYRACUSE AT MARYLAND: The line on this game moved drastically, and now Maryland is a slight favorite. What do the wise guys know? Certainly, they couldn’t have been influenced by those 79 points the Terps scored against Howard. I mean, it was against just one guy. Syracuse, 30-21.

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  1. “Minor AP Poll Movement”?
    Why not just be honest and say, “I got my wish and the Gators are out of the Top-10”?

    * All SEC teams win big
    * Except for Arkansas and Ole Miss — they both lose
    * 🤪

  2. For the record, I’m not rooting for Miami to win. If they have a good season I will, of course, point out that we beat them. But not rooting for them to win.

    And that BYU game will be closer than that. I would give BYU the edge by at least a TD. BYU actually made a bowl game (and won) last year. They just lost to a pretty good Utah team which was ranked #7 rushing/game last year and typically ran the ball down BYU’s throat. Tennessee was not in the top 10 (or top 50) rushing last year. BYU: 27-17.

    • Regarding BYU, TJ, those are my thought too. Exactly, in fact, unless Utah somehow turns out not to be the real deal — that was not a loss to be ashamed of at all. 27-17 > Tennessee it is. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be pulling for the Vols just because they’re an SEC team, but I won’t be surprised at all if BYU doesn’t pull away early.

      I can’t think of any reason to root for Miami at all, unless it’s against FSU, Notre Dame, some Big12 or Big10 team, or against any PAC12 team. Besides, I believe they’ve got more problems than all the gushing over them allows to be seen, and I do think Mack Brown will have a couple of tricks for ’em anyway.

  3. You’re a bigger man than me, G-6; I appreciate the logic behind pulling for the Vols because of the SEC ties but I don’t know if I could ever root for them, unless they’re playing FSU. And even then, that would be one of those “it’s a shame that someone has to win” sort of games.
    Hope we get some heavy doses of the young guys on Saturday. In particular, Copeland, given all the buzz around him, and some of the young running backs.
    I think the mighty Gators will come out smoking. Florida 55, UTM 0.

    • I doubt it, PVB — but thanks just the same. I think I learned “conference loyalty” from my Dad, who was one of the WWII generation who was loyal to all things southern. He was born and raised in Avon Park at a time before Dixie had a facelift (as John Anderson sang of), and loved the SEC when it wasn’t the Big Dog —

      Boy, I’m with you on our young guys…..gonna be great!

  4. I think Nebraska gets exposed by CU. That’s a decent Colorado team, and the game is in Boulder. And I’ll second TJ-Gators’ take on the UT/BYU game. There was nothing, and I mean NOTHING that happened in the Georgia State game to make me think the Vols are going to suddenly play a good game. They were absolutely lifeless.