What happened in all the Week 2 Independent games? Where are all the teams ranked, and what’s the quick take on each game? Check out the Independent rankings and analysis.
Independent Week 2 Rankings, Predictions & Quick Takes
How are the predictions so far? SU: 5-2, ATS: 3-4
1. Notre Dame (1-1)
Final Score: Notre Dame 39, Nevada 10
Prediction: Notre Dame 37, Nevada 17, Notre Dame -28
Up Next: Michigan State
Quick Take: It was about as good a hangover game as Notre Dame could’ve had. DeShone Kizer ended the debate once and for all by showing that he’s by far the best starting quarterback option, the defense overcame the problems against Texas by stuffing the Nevada running game, and after a slow start, the blowout was complete by halftime. It was the exact game the team needed with Michigan State up next.
2. BYU (1-1)
Final Score: Utah 20, BYU 19
Prediction: Utah 26, BYU 20, Utah -3.5
Up Next: UCLA
Quick Take: The Cougars forced six turnovers and Utah couldn’t stop getting flagged, and they still couldn’t pull it off. Why? The offense was stuffed, the ten penalties were tough, and the three Taysom Hill interceptions didn’t help. Hill did what he could with two touchdown runs, but the rest of the offense got stuffed. Even so, despite all the problems they had their shot. This is going to be a fun year with lots of close, tough games like this.
3. Army (2-0)
Final Score: Army 31, Rice 14
Prediction: Army 27, Rice 23, Army -10
Up Next: at UTEP
Quick Take: For the second straight week, the Army defense was phenomenal. It got hit for a big early score, but it came up with third down stop after third down stop. It also helped that the ground game helped hold on to the ball for over 40 minutes with Andy Davidson running for 107 yards and three scores. It’s still early, but finally, this is how Army is supposed to look under Todd Monken.
4. Massachusetts (0-2)
Final Score: Boston College 26, Massachusetts 7
Prediction: Boston College 27, Massachusetts 9, BC -17
Up Next: FIU
Quick Take: No one’s going to run on BC this year, but to finish with -23 rushing yards means Ross Comis and the passing game need to crank it up. It didn’t happen – Comis completed 11-of-28 passes for 145 yards and a score with a pick. On the plus side, the D came up with its second straight solid game against the run.