25 August 2013

2013 College Football Predictions: Week 1

College football is back my friends as this is the first week of the 2013 season. As per tradition, there are the usual number of cupcake games as the powers romp over bottom-feeders but there are a few quality games this week, with the focus being on Death Valley as Dabo Swinney and Tajh Boyd lead Clemson as they will host a strong Georgia club on Saturday evening. Who will start off their season the right way with a win? Here are my predictions for week one.

Thursday, August 29
North Carolina vs. #6 South Carolina (ESPN, 6:00)
The Heels don't have the horses to pull this off, but they may just make it interesting.
Pick: South Carolina

Liberty vs. Kent State (ESPN3, 6:00)
Pick: Kent State

Presbysterian vs. West Forest (ESPN3, 6:30)
Pick: Wake Forest

Tulsa vs. Bowling Green (ESPNU, 7:00)
Pick: Tulsa

UNLV vs. Minnesota (BTN, 7:00)
Pick: Minnesota

Indiana State vs. Indiana (BTN, 7:00)
Pick: Indiana

Illinois State vs. Ball State (ESPN3, 7:00)
You know, I did think about it.
Pick: Ball State

Akron vs. UCF (ESPN3, 7:00)
Pick: UCF

Southern Utah vs. South Alabama (ESPN3, 7:30)
Pick: South Alabama

Towson vs. UConn (ESPN3, 7:30)
Pick: UConn

Utah State vs. Utah (FS1, 8:00)
Can they do it again, only this time in Salt Lake City? Damn right.
Pick: Utah State

Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt (ESPN, 9:15)
Goodness, conference play this early? Give me the 'Dores.
Pick: Vanderbilt

Rutgers vs. Fresno State (ESPNU, 10:30)
Now if Pat Hill were still coaching...
Pick: Rutgers

#24 USC vs. Hawaii (CBSSN, 11:00)
Pick: USC

Friday, August 30th
Morgan State vs. Army (CBSSN, 7:00)
Pick: Army

Samford vs. Georgia State (ESPN3, 7:00)
Pick: Samford

FAU vs. Miami (FL) (ESPNU, 8:00)
Pick: Miami (FL)

Texas Tech vs. SMU (ESPN, 8:00)
Now this one should be fun with plenty of passing yardage. Give me Kliff Kingsbury and his squad.
Pick: Texas Tech

Western Michigan vs. Michigan State (BTN, 8:00)
Pick: Michigan State

North Dakota State vs. Kansas State (FS1, 8:30)
Pick: Kansas State

Southern vs. Houston (ESPN3, 8:30)
Pick: Houston

Northern Arizona vs. Arizona (P12N, 10:00)
Pick: Arizona

Saturday, August 31st
Buffalo vs. #2 Ohio State (ESPN2, 12:00)
Pick: Ohio State

William & Mary vs. West Virginia (FS1, 12:00)
Pick: West Virginia

Purdue vs. Cincinnati (ESPNU, 12:00)
Pick: Cincinnati

UMass vs. #23 Wisconsin (BTN, 12:00)
Pick: Wisconsin

Southern Illinois vs. Illinois (BTN, 12:00)
Pick: Illinois

Villanova vs. Boston College (ESPNEWS, 12:00)
Pick: Villanova

Toledo vs. #10 Florida (SECN, 12:00)
Pick: Florida

Elon vs. Georgia Tech (ESPN3, 12:00)
Pick: Georgia Tech

FIU vs. Maryland (FSN Regional, 12:30)
Pick: Maryland 

Louisiana Tech vs. N.C. State (ACCN, 12:30)
Pick: N.C. State

Rice vs. #7 Texas A&M (ESPN, 1:00)
Pick: Texas A&M

Colgate vs. Air Force (Root Sports Rocky Mountain, 3:00)
Pick: Air Force

Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma State (ABC/ESPN2, 3:30)
This should be a good one but MSU does not have the offensive firepower to win.
Pick: Oklahoma State

Syracuse vs. Penn State (ABC/ESPN2, 3:30)
Pick: Penn State

Temple vs. #14 Notre Dame (NBC, 3:30)
Pick: Notre Dame

BYU vs. Virginia (ESPNU, 3:30)
Pick: BYU

Central Michigan vs. #17 Michigan (BTN, 3:30)
Pick: Michigan

Nicholls State vs. #3 Oregon (FS1, 4:00)
Pick: Oregon

Louisiana Lafayette vs. Arkansas (SECN, 4:00)
Pick: Arkansas

N.C. Central vs. Duke (ESPN3, 4:00)
Pick: Duke

Virginia Tech vs. #1 Alabama (ESPN, 5:30)
The Hokies may just make it interesting for a quarter, a half if they are lucky.
Pick: Alabama

Eastern Washington vs. #25 Oregon State (P12N, 6:00)
Pick: Oregon State

Austin Peay vs. Tennessee (Pay-Per-View, 6:00)
Pick: Tennessee

Washington State vs. Auburn (ESPNU, 7:00)
Pick: Auburn

Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky (ESPNEWS, 7:00)
Tell me something, Bobby Petrino. Let's go.
Pick: Western Kentucky

Old Dominion vs. East Carolina (FCS, 7:00)
Pick: East Carolina

Miami (OH) vs. Marshall (CBSSN, 7:00)
Pick: Marshall

Louisiana Monroe vs. #16 Oklahoma (FSN Pay-Per-View, 7:00)
Pick: Oklahoma

Murray State vs. Missouri (FSN Pay-Per-View, 7:00)
Trolling here would be so easy.
Pick: Missouri

McNeese State vs. USF (ESPN3, 7:00)
Pick: USF

UAB vs. Troy (ESPN3, 7:00)
Pick: UAB

UAPB vs. Arkansas State (ESPN3, 7:00)
Pick: Arkansas State

Wofford vs. Baylor (FSN, 7:30)
Pick: Baylor

#5 Georgia vs. #8 Clemson (ABC, 8:00)
Clemson's best shot is for this game to be in the 40's, because they are not strong enough defensively to slow down a balanced Bulldogs attack. Georgia will slow them down just enough.
Pick: Georgia

Wyoming vs. #18 Nebraska (BTN, 8:00)
Pick: Nebraska

Northern Iowa vs. Iowa State (8:00)
Pick: Iowa State

New Mexico State vs. #15 Texas (Longhorn, 8:00)
Pick: Texas

Eastern Illinois vs. San Diego State (Mountain West Net, 8:00)
Pick: San Diego State

#12 LSU vs. #20 TCU (ESPN, 9:00)
This should be an excellent game. I like LSU by a hair because I think Zach Mettenberger will be much improved under (friend of the blog) Cam Cameron.
Pick: LSU

#19 Boise State vs. Washington (FS1, 10:00)
Yes, Eddie George did pick the Huskies to win the Pac-12. Why am I not on Fox Sports 1?
Pick: Boise State

Nevada vs. #21 UCLA (P12N, 10:00)
Pick: UCLA

#22 Northwestern vs. Cal (ESPN2, 10:30)
Pick: Northwestern

Sunday, September 1st
Ohio vs. #9 Louisville (ESPN, 3:30)
Pick: Louisville

Colorado vs. Colorado State (CBSSN, 6:00)
Pick: Colorado

Monday, September 2nd
#11 Florida State vs. Pittsburgh (ESPN, 8:00)
The Panthers could spring an upset if Jameis Winston is a mess under center for the Seminoles.
Pick: Florida State

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