Week 1 Predictions
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Wake Forest at Baylor - The Deacons are too much for a struggling Baylor squad. This Deacon program will eventually gain the respect it deserves, and it starts with winning games in other regions of the country. Baylor is lowly, but an out-of conference win is an out-of conference win....Wake Forest, 35-21.
N.C. State at South Carolina - The Cocks pull it out, but get a scare from an improving Wolfpack team. Despite the repeated reminders from South Carolina fans that they play in the nation's top conference, the Gamecocks are not a team that strikes fear in the hearts of opponents. NC State may be a year or two away from being a good team, but they will give the Cocks all they want.... South Carolina, 30-24.
Oregon State at Stanford - I'm calling an upset here as the Cardinals defend home turf. The Beavers are favored by three, but Stanford is capable of the upset (as shown by defeating USC a year ago), and this is the game this week that I think will see the underdog get a W...Stanford, 24-20.
Hawaii at Florida - Gimme a break. Last year's Sugar Bowl trouncing of the Warriors by Georgia answered the question of how this game will go; not well for the islanders. With record-setting quarterback Colt Brennan gone, Hawaii really doesn't have a chance. In my opinion, Florida may be the best team in the country...Florida, 50-10.
Georgia Southern at Georgia - Georgia Southern has been one of the top teams in division 1-aa for quite some time. However, as nice as that is, they don't hold a candle to the state's main show. The Dawgs will win this one going away as Stafford and company get geared up for a trip out west....UGA, 35-3.
Memphis at Mississippi - Ole Miss is under first-year head coach Houston Nutt, and he is on a mission. After being fired at Arkansas, Nutt looks to take good talent in Oxford to a high-profile bowl - something that hasn't been done in decades. Memphis seems to be spinning its wheels under long-time head man Tommy West....Mississippi, 34-20.
Washington at Oregon - Oregon has one of the better home field advantages in America, and the Huskies are just not very good. The Ducks will be a contender to Southern California in the Pac-10 race....Oregon, 45-21.
Southern Cal at Virginia - Scott Stadium will be rocking when the Trojans come calling, and UVA is not the slouch people like to say they are. However, even with UVA playing off of the energy of the home crowd, the visitors will just be too strong. USC must break in a new qb for this game, giving the Cavs hope, but in the end, the Trojans pull away....USC, 42-30.
Appapalachian State at LSU - Armanti Edwards, Quarterback of the three-time defending champion of 1-AA, Appalachian State, returns to try to create more magic. The Tigers, one of the top teams in America, are very aware of how dangerous App State can be, and will give the Mountaineers their full attention. I really think this game will be close for a while, maybe even tied to the half, but LSU is superior in depth, and will take over and pull away late...LSU, 40-27.
Michigan State at California - A couple of seasons back, Cal was one of the hottest teams in America with qb Nate Longshore and company getting national press as the program that would overtake USC out west. Now, Cal is back to the middle of the pack in the Pac-10. Michigan State, a middle of the pack Big-10 team, is a winnable game for the Bears....Cal, 30-24.
Alabama at Clemson (Georgia Dome, Atlanta) - This game has the feelings of a bowl game, and the energy in the Georgia Dome will be off the charts as these two schools each make the two-hour drive to Atlanta to raise hell. The Tide of the SEC need this game bad, and they are on the upswing under coaching celebrity Nick Saban. However, the Tigers of the ACC need this game worse, and they have the talent and experience to get it done. It will be a war, but Tommy Bowden silences his critics with a gut-wrenching win....Clemson, 30-20.
Illinois at Missouri - This out-of-conference matchup is one of the better games in the country this weekend as both teams will play into the national picture. Missouri has perhaps the best quarterback in the nation, and home field advantage, so I will go with the Tigers in this one. The Illini are a solid program on the rise, look for them to be a factor in the Big-10...Missouri, 41-27.
Kentucky at Louisville - The Cardinals have fallen drastically the last few seasons, while Kentucky has produced some decent records and a few upsets of top ten teams. This is a rivalry game to open the season, and the energy will be great, but in the end, a better Kentucky team will get the win....Kentucky, 35-28.
Colorado State at Colorado - Most rivalries bust loose mid-year or later, usually late in the season. But out in Colorado, like in Kentucky, they open up with the biggest game of the year. Look for the Buffalos to win this one, as they look to get back to the upper-echelon of the Big-12...Colorado, 28-21.
Tennessee at UCLA - A year ago, the Volunteers took out the frustrations of their 2006 season out on the visiting Bruins, opening the season with a blowout win of UCLA in Knoxville. Now, the Bruins look for redemption in the Coliseum under new head man Rick Neuheisel. If you are a Vol fan, this is one awesome road trip - if you're ready for a loss!....UCLA, 30-23.
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