Gridiron Picks — Week 2

Daily Staff

Jake Calhoun, sports editor (5-2)

Dean Berhow-Goll, assistant sports editor (7-0)

Alex Halsted, assistant sports editor (5-2)

Stephen Koenigsfeld, sports online editor (7-0)

Guest Pick: Molly Irene Olmstead, Daily Iowan sports editor (5-2)

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Jake Calhoun: Iowa State — Did I pick Iowa last year? Yes. Are the Hawkeyes any better than they were last year? No.

Dean Berhow-Goll: Iowa State — If they can control the crowd and play like they did in the second and third quarter against Tulsa, Jantz and Co. will win at Kinnick for the first time since 2002.

Alex Halsted: Iowa State — History says the Cyclones should lose this one in Iowa City. I’ve never been very good at history.

Stephen Koenigsfeld: Iowa State —After a shoddy performance against NIU, look for the Hawkeyes to be kept at bay by the ISU defense.

Molly Irene Olmstead: Iowa State — The Daily Iowan staff is giving me a hard time, but I still have a feeling that the Cyclones are gonna take it.

No. 2 USC vs. Syracuse (in East Rutherford, N.J.)

Calhoun: USC — Syracuse deserves an unsportsmanlike salute for screwing up my picks last week. Plus its mascot is literally a fruit.

Berhow-Goll: USC — I love my ‘Cuse Orangemen. But like I said: they should stick to basketball.

Halsted: USC — Syracuse let me down last week with a one-point loss. Never again. The Trojans roll to an easy victory.

Koenigsfeld: USC — One-point loss last week. I’ll be surprised if ‘Cuse put one score up against the Trojans.

Olmstead: USC — By a margin of about 21, I’m predicting.

No. 7 Georgia vs. Missouri

Calhoun: Georgia — Missouri is in the SEC East. Good thing they don’t really teach geography in the South.

Berhow-Goll: Georgia — I love me some Mark Richt. Aaron Murray is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the SEC.

Halsted: Missouri — I couldn’t decide so I made a quick, bad decision. Man, that sounds really familiar.

Koenigsfeld: Georgia — Bulldogs won’t let the new kid on the block knock them off this weekend.

Olmstead: Georgia — There can only be one Tiger.

No. 17 Nebraska vs. UCLA

Calhoun: Nebraska — Yelling at toddlers is a way of life for Bo Pelini. #bopelinifunfacts

Berhow-Goll: Nebraska — I’d like an upset here, but Burkhead is a machine, and unfortunately for UCLA, Shabazz Muhammad can’t do anything for help them in football.

Halsted: Nebraska — “Bo Pelini never wet his bed as a child. The bed wet itself out of fear.” I’ll take Nebraska. #bopelinifunfacts

Koenigsfeld: Nebraska — Big Red is just too good of a team to bet against. Martinez had five scores last weekend. Enough said.

Olmstead: UCLA — The home field advantage might be enough to grab this upset.

Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 22 Kansas State

Calhoun: Miami (Fla.) — Bill Snyder’s yearly old-people vacation to Miami is actually coming to him this year.

Berhow-Goll: Kansas State — Collin Klein is a very underrated quarterback. He won’t be when this season is over.

Halsted: Kansas State — Last weekend Kansas State’s first half would have had me picking Miami. They put up 42 in the second and will carry that over.

Koenigsfeld: Kansas State — Bill Snyder will be looking for win No. 161 this weekend. That’s also the same number of birthdays Snyder has celebrated.

Olmstead: Miami (Fla.) — Their boosters like them better.

No. 18 Oklahoma State vs. Arizona

Calhoun: Oklahoma State — I can beat Savannah State by 84 points in my sleep. Oh wait, no I can’t. I didn’t have a joke for this one.

Berhow-Goll: Oklahoma State — I like Rich Rod in Arizona, but OK State literally put up more points last week than it did in most basketball games.

Halsted: Oklahoma State — I can (maybe) score 84 points on a video game. The Cowboys did it in real life just last weekend. This game might be a little closer.

Koenigsfeld: Oklahoma State — First in the nation in points scored and in total yards. Second in the nation in rush yards. Pokes roll.

Olmstead: Arizona — I know it’s not wrestling, but I still can’t handle a Cowboy win.

No. 24 Florida vs. Texas A&M

Calhoun: Texas A&M — Good thing the Aggies don’t need Ryan Tannehill’s hot wife to distract visiting teams anymore.

Berhow-Goll: Florida — Despite who the Gators choose to play QB, they are high-powered and Texas A&M is not very talented.

Halsted: Florida — Cheerleaders > Yell Leaders. And the “12th Man” won’t be enough.

Koenigsfeld: Texas A&M — Florida will have its hands full with a tough run defense and the Aggies’ 12th Man.

Olmstead: Texas A&M — Just because the Aggie fans can make good billboards.