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 Midwest it looks as though top seed Louisville is in good position but Oregon looks to be the favorite after starting out as the 12 seed. This region is not as deep as the other regions, so it should come down to Louisville and Oregon, but can anyone emerge as an upset pick in round two? Perhaps Michigan State can make a run gaining momentum in the bottom half of the bracket. 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? Teddy Bridegwater and Louisville easily advanced to round two with a win over Liberty, and Oregon outlasted Oklahoma State in an offensive showcase. One team to watch, Missouri, picked up a round one win against Colorado State to set up an interesting match-up with Louisville. New Mexico State and Middle Tennessee each picked up victories, as well as Michigan State, Cincinnati and Duke. Now, on to the Second Round… Second Round Louisville vs. Missouri Top seeded Louisville faces a tough challenge in round two against Missouri. The Tigers may not have had the SEC debut they had hoped for but should still have the kind of talent that should give Louisville some trouble at times. But Charlie Strong has his staff prepared and the players taking to the game plan in this one. Bridegewater once again shines as Louisville pulls out a hard-fought victory against upset-minded Missouri, moving the Cardinals in to the Sweet 16. Oregon vs. New Mexico State Oregon gets an easy game in round two as they take on woeful New Mexico State. There is not too much to say about this one as Oregon is expected to drop 70 points without breaking a sweat. Oregon’s offense will be rested ahead of what should be an interesting game against Louisville in the Sweet 16 next week. The Ducks are now the prohibitive favorite in the Midwest Region. Middle Tennessee vs. Michigan State Watch out for the Michigan State Spartans! Overshadowed in the same region as the tournament’s top seed, Louisville, and emerging favorite, Oregon, the Spartans have a favorable path to the Sweet 16 in the bottom half of the Midwest Region. After putting away Valparaiso in round one, Sparty should have a confident performance against Middle Tennessee in round two. With the win Michigan State advances to take on Cincinnati or Duke, setting up a potential Mark Dantonio reunion storyline against his former Bearcats. Cincinnati vs. Duke In a rematch of this past season’s Belk Bowl, Cincinnati and Duke are at it one more time. Cincinnati picked up the easy win over Creighton in round one and Duke was able to put Albany away to set up this bowl rematch. In the rematch, Cincinnati once again finds a way to win as the inexperienced Duke continues to work through some growing pains. Duke puts up a good fight but the Bearcats put together some big plays late to score a game-clinching touchdown and move on to face Michigan State in the Dantonio Bowl.
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