Originally posted on No 2 Minute Warning  |  Last updated 3/22/13
The first round is in the books and now it is on to round two of the NCAA Tournament Football Picks. In the West we saw some upsets right off the bat with No. 16 upsetting top seed Gonzaga by default. The Jaguars now look to continue shocking the world with a tough match-up against the Pitt Panthers, but Pitt is no stranger to FCS upset bids. We also get a match-up between Big Ten contender Wisconsin with play-in winner Boise State and the biggest match-up of the second round in the entire tournament with Ohio State taking on Notre Dame. Remember, at No 2-Minute Warning we are making our picks solely on which school would win a football game if the two sides were to lace them up and tussle in the trenches. East Regional | South Regional | Midwest Regional | West Regional How did we get here? Top seed Gonzaga lost in round one thanks to the automatic disqualifier rule in play here. No football team, automatic win to the opponent. That sent SWAC member Southern in to round two to take on Pittsburgh, who moved by Wichita State under the same rule. Wisconsin escaped with a win against Ole Miss and Boise State upset Kansas State in round one. Arizona dropped Belmont, New Mexico managed to squeak past Ivy League power Harvard (unlike in the actual tournament) and Notre Dame was able to escape an upset bid from Iowa State to set up a power match-up with the Buckeyes of Ohio State. Now, on to the Second Round… Second Round Pittsburgh vs. Southern Southern starts strong against Pittsburgh and gives the Panthers an early scare, but the Jaguars just do not have enough fire power to put up some points and the Panthers continue to pound on the ground with a running game that just wears down Southern in round two. Pittsburgh does not look all too impressive but at the end of the day they advance to the Sweet 16 and begin to build some potential momentum for a deeper run than many expect. Wisconsin vs. Boise State Get ready for a fun one with Wisconsin and Boise State each feeling good after tough wins in round one. Chris Petersen has his Broncos mentally prepared as always but they just do not have enough in the tank to keep up with Wisconsin’s power running game in this one. Boise State keeps it close with some respectable defense but  they just do not have the offense they need to score a second straight victory over a team from one of the power conferences. Wisconsin moves on in a wild one and takes on former assistant coach Paul Chryst, Pitt’s head coach, in the Sweet 16. Arizona vs. New Mexico New Mexico struggled against Harvard but was able to pull away late for the win. Against Arizona the Lobos face a rested team that has too much offense to handle in round two. Arizona picked up a round one victory with a default victory against Belmont, and with the extra prep time the Wildcats prove to be too much for New Mexico early and often on their way to a Sweet 16 appearance. Notre Dame vs. Ohio State This is the best game in the entire tournament in round two, with Notre Dame and Ohio State going a combined 24-1 last season and colliding in a 2006 Fiesta Bowl rematch for the ages in round two of the West Regional. If not for a postseason ban being served by the Buckeyes, this would also likely be a rematch of the BCS Championship Game from last season as well. The winner of this early-round match-up becomes the team to beat in the South and could very well be considered a favorite for the overall tournament. This one is a dandy, to say the least. Notre Dame’s defense though proves to be over-matched by a more physically imposing Ohio State offense, who uses a solid ground attack and a dynamic performance from Braxton Miller to give Urban Meyer the upper hand on Brian Kelly’s Fighting Irish. Ohio State advances to take on Arizona in the Sweet 16 and quickly is labeled as a team to beat in the tournament overall.
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