Weekend 1 Predictions
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Each Friday I will predict the games for the following Saturday (and Sunday in this case). It is tough this early in the season to tell what teams really have. Several intersting inter-regional games fill the weekend schedule, including Georgia at Oklahoma State and BYU at Oklahoma. Alabama and Virginia Tech also square off as the ACC is still seeking a big-time, high-profile win.
Appalachian State at East Carolina - If quarterback Armanti Edwards were slated to start for the Mountaineers, I would go with them. But with him not likely to play, I'm picking the Pirates in a close one. Skip Holtz will be coaching a major program soon as ECU is no longer considered a pushover. ECU 30-24.
Baylor at Wake Forest - Apparently Baylor is the surprise team of the Big-12 this year. But until they show me something, I have to go with the team that I know is well-coached and has a verteran quarterback. Wake beat 'em last year, and this year the game is at home. Wake 27 - 20.
Georgia at Oklahoma State - Everyone and their sister's best friend are picking UGA to travel to Stillwater to get thumped. Not real sure I get that. Just because OSU has emerged on the scene recently, doesn't mean the Dawgs have fallen off of it - they have been in the top 15 for years now. This will be the game of the day, and it is 50/50 dead even in my mind. I am going to go with OSU on a weird play at the end of regulation. OSU, 36-34.
Missouri at Illinois - This is an interesting Big-10 - Big-12 match-up. Both teams are about mid-level in their respective conferences. Mizzou had a strong year in 2008, but this season bring back just nine of those guys. Ron Zook is feeling the heat in Champagne - he needs a big season. Illinois, 35-28.
The Citadel at Noth Carolina - Light blue wil be the color of choice at Kenan Stadium on Saturday! The Heels will win this game easily, setting up a trip to UConn the following week. Butch Davis is entering year three in Chapel Hill and it is time to see if he can raise them to the next level or not. Quarterback TJ Yates has seen lots of live action, he needs a big 2009. UNC, 40-17.
Middle Tennessee State at Clemson - The Tigers too will use this game to get some questions answered and to find a rythym before a huge road trip at Georgia Tech next weekend. MTSU is no pushover, and Dabo Swinney knows that. He will not allow his first full Tiger season to get off to a horrid start. An interesting note is that seven coaches with Clemson connections are now with the Blue Raiders. Clemson, 37-14.
BYU at Oklahoma - This game is being played at the Cowboys' news Stadium in Dallas. The Sooners large and athletic tight-end Jermaine Grisham is questionable, but either way OU wins. THis game is a huge game for those who support the non-BCS conferences and schools. If BYU could put up a strong fight, it would help their cause come season end. OU, 47-33.
Alabama at Virginia Tech - Being an ACC fan, I would love to think VT will win this game. But I think at this point you have to go with Alabama. The Tide are a very strong football team and I feel Nick Saban is the best coach in America who is not named Urban Meyer. My conference has not shown me in recent years that it can perform in a big, national implication type game. I will root for VT, but feel Bama takes it. Alabama, 22-16.
Stanford at Washington State - Man, I have to be honest (and I hope I don't lose any credibility here), lower-teir Pac-10 football just isn't my area of vast knowledge. I honestly have no clue who is a better team here, but I will go with the Cougars as they have home-field advantage and pobably suck a bit less than Stanford. Washington, 30-25.
Maryland at Cal - This game makes no sense. It is not really intriguing, it is a logistical nightmare, and the two teams have no common connection that I know of. Maryland won last year, but Cal will smoke them out on the left coast this year. Ralph Freidgen's Terps have not done much in recent years, but do return a veteran at quaterback in senior Chris Turner. Cal, 38-23.
LSU at Washington - The Tigers will take their purple and gold up to the Evergreen State to face the Huskies in picturesque Husky stadium. LSU is clearly the stronger program from a football standpoint, but college football is a strange game. Simply due to a lot of weird happenings, this looks to be an upset early on. But by game's end, the Tigers pull away. LSU, 28-17.
Mississippi at Memphis - I have a lot of respect for Houston Nutt as a head coach, so I think he will have his team ready to roll. They are a better team, and the Tigers of Memphis just don't set off fireworks in my brain. I think Ole Miss wins this one handily. Mississippi, 31-17.
Colorado State at Colorado - See above concerning Stanf/Wash. These two teams are a mystery to me. With nearly 70 teams in major conferences, sometimes the bottom dwellers across the land get overlooked. These two teams right now are bottom dwellers, and I'm not sure who is worse. Colorado, 20-14.
Cincinnati at Rutgers - The defending Big East champions will start 2009 with a target on their back and a tough road-trip. Rutgers is well coached by Greg Schiano, and have a pretty good squad lined up for 2009. I believe Rutgers gives the Bearcats a loss in their first game as defending champions. Rutgers, 34-24.
Miami at Florida State - In the 1990's, this game was yearly the chance to play for a national championship later on that season. Now, the game has lost a bit of luster as neither team has cracked the top ten recently. Still though, this is a fierce rivalry, and will be great Sunday entertainment. The 'Noles are close to being back on track, and Randy Shannon needs to produce quick as Miami head man. This will be a fun game to watch. FSU, 38-28.
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