Ole Miss at No. 5 LSU
Justin: With Texas Tech now No. 25 in the polls, the Rebels currently have a win over a top-25 program. They get their second top-25 win on Saturday over the Tigers, 38-28.
Ben: Rebs, no contest. 45-38.
Vitter: I think we’ll come on strong and beat the Tigers by 10. Plus, I’m looking forward to getting treated to an oyster loaf by my brother, David, after we win.
No. 7 Stanford at No. 8 Notre DameJustin: Notre Dame got a big win in week one over a Michigan team that boasts one of the best defenses in the nation. That was with Brandon Wimbush at quarterback. The Irish are now starting Ian Book — a much better option, under center. Notre Dame wins big, 44-21.
Ben: I’m going to go with Stanford here. I say this solely because Notre Dame seems to always blow it in their biggest game of the year, which is what this will end up being. 27-21.
Vitter: Both alma maters, but my heart is with the Irish. ND by 14.
No. 4 Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State
Justin: Heisman candidate Dwayne Haskins is tearing it up on the field in 2018 and, in the process, is solidifying Ohio State as a playoff lock. He increases his Heisman chances in Happy Valley and leads Ohio State to a 27-21 victory.
Ben: Dwayne Haskins and his Buckeyes are way too hot to fall right now — even to a team with another top offense. Both defensive units will have their hands full, but the Buckeyes will prevail, 34-28.
Vitter: I have to go with Penn State. Plus, my daughter Audrey got her master’s degree there.
Florida at No. 23 Mississippi State
Justin: Mississippi State — and Starkville as a whole — is going to be crazy on Saturday. With the return of former Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen, it’s going to be a very hostile environment for the Gators, and Mullen’s former team is seeking revenge. State wins convincingly, 38-14.
Ben: As much as I would like to say that, for the second week in a row, the Bulldogs are going to lose to weak opposition, Florida is just too weak. In what is truly one of the worst years for Florida Football in recent memory, State wins big, 42-13.
Vitter: Definitely a game worth watching! I’m not sure who will win, but it’ll probably be pretty loud.
South Carolina at No. 17 Kentucky
Justin: Kentucky is the real deal. Wildcat running back Benny Snell is probably the best back in the SEC right now, and this team will go as far as he takes it. South Carolina won’t be able to contain him. Kentucky wins 28-17.
Ben: South Carolina hasn’t beaten the Wildcats since 2013. During the past five years, Kentucky has fielded some pretty weak teams in those wins. This is not one of those years. Benny Snell and his Wildcats win, 35-17.
Vitter: I was impressed by the Wildcats last week. They should win by 10 at home.