Cover 4: Claiming Columbus

© Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports baker mayfield.jpg

It'll be nearly impossible to top the theatrics from week one, but it shouldn't be as tough to top our Pick 6 performance. At least, in theory.

Three wins and three losses is nothing special, but the week two slate demands that we live dangerously. If you're looking for a trend, there's not one. We've got dogs and favorites. We've got home teams and guests.

Let's make some money.

Oklahoma (+7) over OHIO STATE
Saturday, Sept. 9 | 7:30 PM ET | Columbus, Ohio (Ohio Stadium)
I don't have to ask anyone how long and pathetic the walk from Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium to the parking lot was a year ago. I was there. It was long. It was muddy. And it was real pathetic. The Buckeyes dominated OU 45-24 in Norman -- and that Oklahoma team had, at least as far as we know, better backs and wide receiver Dede Westbrook.

Having said that, contrary to ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit's assessment, the Sooners are far superior at quarterback and wide receiver than the Indiana team that Ohio State beat 49-21 last Thursday.

[tweet url="" hide_media="0" hide_thread="1"]
…and Greg Schiano's defense struggled to get the Hoosiers off of the field. Is Oklahoma, on the road, against a team like Ohio State, a sure thing? Far from it. But, like I said, we're living dangerously.

Boomer Sooner.

North Texas (+13) over SOUTHERN METHODIST
Saturday, Sept. 9 | 6 PM CT | Dallas, Texas (Gerald J. Ford Stadium)
A year ago in this matchup, Vegas placed too much faith in North Texas as a byproduct of its ignorance relative to then-SMU quarterback Matt Davis. The Mustangs' star senior was one of the most underrated players in the country heading into the 2016 season opener against UNT, but a knee injury suffered in SMU's 34-21 win ended his career. A year later, it's North Texas' Mason Fine -- not to mention running back Jeff Wilson -- who's about to swing things in the opposite direction.

Fine, a C-USA All-Freshman selection at the conclusion of 2016, protects the football and manages the game -- but he makes too many plays to be called a "game manager." The sophomore threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns in less than three quarters during the Mean Green's 59-14 season-opening win against Lamar.

SOUTHERN CAL (-6) over Stanford
Saturday, Sept. 9 | 5:30 PM PT | Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)
Stanford looked phenomenal in Australia -- but the Cardinal weren't exactly up against a powerhouse in Rice. Meanwhile, USC struggled at home against Western Michigan.

So, um, why the conviction here?

Well, for starters, WMU returned eight starters from an undefeated Cotton Bowl team and was grossly underrated heading into the opener in Los Angeles. Furthermore, Stanford running back Bryce Love isn't going to find the enormous, gaping, "drive the damn Grave Digger through them" holes that he found against the Owls.

Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold just weathered his first week one college football start -- and led a fourth-quarter surge to put the nail in the coffin. The eventual first-round NFL Draft pick is going to let his hair down in this one.

Louisville (-10) over NORTH CAROLINA
Saturday, Sept. 9 | 12 PM ET | Chapel Hill, NC (Kenan Memorial Stadium)
North Carolina came into the season overrated, lost to Cal at home, and they're ​still ​a little overrated. The Lamar Jackson show is going be turned ​all ​the way up on Saturday and staying within 10 points just isn't something this Tar Heel offense is going to be capable of doing. 

It'll be close early, but the Cardinals will run away late. Close your eyes and swing for the fence.

Last week in a GIF:

​Season Record: 5-3 -- C'mon, Lane.

Join The Conversation On Social

•  Follow us on Twitter @FloFootball_
•  Follow us on Instagram @FloFootball
•  Follow us on Facebook

FloFootball's hottest content, delivered to your inbox

Don't miss breaking news, feature stories, event updates, and more. Sign up for the FloFootball mailing list today.

TCU’s Taj Williams Leads American Team To Tropical Bowl Win

Tropical Bowl Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 2.19.04 PM.png

TCU wide receiver Taj Williams made two spectacular grabs and otherwise stood out on a day full of standout performances.

Boise State’s Montell Cozart Isn’t Finished Writing His Story Of Redemption

© James Snook-USA TODAY Sports USATSI_10271230_168383134_lowres.jpg

Montell Cozart probably should have had a place right next to Todd Reesing in Kansas football lore.

Louisville's Malik Williams Boosts NFL Odds With His Adaptability

© Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports USATSI_10383457_168383134_lowres (1).jpg

You won’t find many lead backs at the FBS level with a path like Louisville’s Malik Williams.

LSU’s Danny Etling Looks To Continue Proving Supporters Right

© John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports USATSI_10392106_168383134_lowres.jpg

Danny Etling is one of just 10 LSU quarterbacks to throw for 4,000 yards in his career — one of just five to exceed 2,000 passing yards in consecutive seasons. 

All-American Defensive End Anthony Ellis Is Eyeing A Move To Fullback

Charleston Southern Athletics anthony ellis.jpg

In three years as the starter at defensive end for Charleston Southern, Anthony Ellis totaled 156 tackles, 24 1/2 sacks, and 52 tackles for a loss — leading the Big South in the latter category each season.

The Tropical Bowl Will Feature Plenty Of Home Run Hitters On Offense

© Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports USATSI_10504473_168383134_lowres.jpg

Whether you’re in the mood for proven game breakers or stories of redemption, the offensive skill players in this year’s Tropical Bowl have it all covered.

Oregon State’s Kyle White Looking To Impress At The Tropical Bowl

Karl Maasdam | Oregon State Athletics Screen Shot 2018-01-10 at 4.10.09 PM.png

Two years ago, Kyle White was just trying to find his way around the Oregon State campus. On Sunday, he will try to prove to NFL scouts that he’s learned his way around the cornerback position as plays in the Tropical Bowl in Daytona Beach, FL. 

8 Defenders To Keep An Eye On At The Tropical Bowl

© Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports USATSI_10359163_168383134_lowres.jpg

For NFL teams in search of a playmaking prospect on the defensive side of the ball, there’s no better place to be on Sunday morning than the Tropical Bowl in Daytona Beach, FL.

A Stupid, Ill-Advised, Way-Too-Early 2018 Top 25

© Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports USATSI_10532764_168383134_lowres.jpg

Behold, the dumbest exercise of the year for the college football-covering media: the Way-Too-Early Top 25.

Jacob Eason Reportedly Headed To Washington

© Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports USATSI_10531591_168383134_lowres.jpg

On Monday night, Georgia lost the national championship game. Tuesday morning, the Seattle Times reported that the Bulldogs may be losing quarterback Jacob Eason, too.