24 August 2014

2014 College Football Predictions: Week 1

(AP)
The wait is over my friends: college football is back. With the explosive Abilene Christian-Georgia State matchup on Wednesday night, the 2014 FBS season will be underway and the run to the College Football Playoff will be on (check out my predictions here). There are some high-profile non-conference showdowns in the opening week, who will open their campaign the right way? Here are my picks for week one.

AP Poll rankings

Wednesday, August 27th
Abilene Christian vs. Georgia State - ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: Georgia State

Thursday, August 28th
21 Texas A&M vs. 9 South Carolina - SEC Network, 6:00
A&M still has a good offensive line and talent, but without John Football it will be tough to go into Columbia and pull this one out.
Pick: South Carolina

Wake Forest vs. UL-Monroe - ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: UL-Monroe

Eastern Illinois vs. Minnesota - BTN, 7:00
Pick: Minnesota

Chattanooga vs. Central Michigan - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Central Michigan

Howard vs. Akron - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Akron

Presbyterian vs. Northern Illinois - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Northern Illinois

Idaho State vs. Utah - Pac-12 Network, 7:30
Pick: Utah

18 Ole Miss vs. Boise State (Atlanta) - ESPN, 8:00
Can Boise State after Chris Peterson win these kinds of games? Certainly, just not now.
Pick: Ole Miss

Tulane vs. Tulsa - CBS Sports Network, 8:00
Pick: Tulane

Cal Poly vs. New Mexico State - ESPN3/Aggie Vision PPV, 8:00
Pick: New Mexico State

Temple vs. Vanderbilt - SEC Network, 9:15
Pick: Vanderbilt

Rutgers vs. Washington State (Seattle) - Fox Sports 1, 10:00
Pick: Washington State

North Dakota vs. San Jose State - ESPN3, 10:00
Pick: San Jose State

Weber State vs. Arizona State - Pac-12 Network, 10:30
Pick: Arizona State

Friday, August 29th
BYU vs. Connecticut - ESPN, 7:00
Pick: BYU

Bowling Green vs. Western Kentucky - CBS Sports Network, 7:30
Pick: Bowling Green

Jacksonville State vs. 8 Michigan State - BTN, 7:30
Pick: Michigan State

Villanova vs. Syracuse - ESPN3, 7:30
Pick: Syracuse

Colorado State vs. Colorado (Denver) - Fox Sports 1, 9:00
Pick: Colorado

UTSA vs. Houston - ESPNU, 9:00
I'll tell ya, the Roadrunners are a good team. Look for an upset here.
Pick: UTSA

UNLV vs. Arizona - ESPN, 10:30
Pick: Arizona

Saturday, August 30th
Penn State vs. UCF (Dublin) - ESPN2, 8:30 am
Who doesn't love Dublin? I think Penn State and Christian Hackenberg will make a splash under new coach James Franklin.
Pick: Penn State

5 Ohio State vs. Navy (Baltimore) - CBS Sports Network, 12:00
Could Navy pull an upset against an OSU team that is without Braxton Miller? Probably not but they may just make it interesting.
Pick: Ohio State

7 UCLA vs. Virginia - ESPN, 12:00
Pick: UCLA

Appalachian State vs. Michigan - ESPN2, 12:00
Pick: Michigan 

Western Michigan vs. Purdue - ESPNU, 12:00
Pick: Purdue

Indiana State vs. Indiana - ESPNEWS, 12:00
Pick: Indiana

North Dakota State vs. Iowa State - Fox Sports 1, 12:00
Pick: Iowa State

Northern Iowa vs. Iowa - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Iowa

Youngstown State vs. Illinois - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Illinois

UT-Martin vs. Kentucky - SEC Network, 12:00
Pick: Kentucky

Troy vs. UAB - Fox College Sports, 12:00
Pick: Troy

Delaware vs. Pittsburgh - ESPN3, 12:00
Pick: Pittsburgh

Georgia Southern vs. NC State - ACC Network, 12:30
Pick: NC State

Wofford vs. Georgia Tech - Fox Sports South, 12:30
Pick: Georgia Tech

Nicholls State vs. Air Force - ESPN3, 2:00
Pick: Air Force

Colgate vs. Ball State - ESPN3, 2:00
Pick: Ball State

Southern Utah vs. Nevada - Mountain West Network, 3:00
Pick: Nevada

Boston College vs. Massachusetts - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: Boston College

West Virginia vs. 2 Alabama (Atlanta) - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30
Jacob Coker debuts under center with a bang in the ATL.
Pick: Alabama

California vs. Northwestern - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30
Sonny Dykes is building something with the Golden Bears, but it is still a ways away.
Pick: Northwestern

Rice vs. 17 Notre Dame - NBC, 3:30
Pick: Notre Dame

FAU vs. 22 Nebraska - BTN, 3:30
Pick: Nebraska

James Madison vs. Maryland - BTN, 3:30
Pick: Maryland

Hampton vs. Old Dominion - American Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Old Dominion

South Dakota State vs. 24 Missouri - ESPNU, 3:30
Pick: Missouri

Duquesne vs. Buffalo - ESPN3, 3:30
Pick: Buffalo

Marshall vs. Miami (OH) - ESPN3, 3:30
If you believe in the Thundering Herd, as I do, here's your first crack at them.
Pick: Marshall

Arkansas vs. 6 Auburn - SEC Network, 4:00
Pick: Auburn

William & Mary vs. Virginia Tech - ESPNEWS, 4:00
Pick: Virginia Tech

Portland State vs. Oregon State - Pac-12 Network, 4:00
Pick: Oregon State

UC Davis vs. 11 Stanford - Pac-12 Network, 4:00
Pick: Stanford

Montana vs. Wyoming - Root Sports, 4:00
Pick: Wyoming

16 Clemson vs. 12 Georgia - ESPN, 5:30
With Todd Gurley leading the way on the ground, the Bulldogs will avenge their loss to Clemson last year.
Pick: Georgia

Ohio vs. Kent State - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: Ohio

Morgan State vs. Eastern Michigan - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: Eastern Michigan

Liberty vs. 23 North Carolina - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: North Carolina

Elon vs. Duke - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: Duke

Central Arkansas vs. Texas Tech - Fox Sports Networks, 7:00
Pick: Texas Tech

Samford vs. TCU - Fox Sports Networks, 7:00
Pick: TCU

Idaho vs. Florida - ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: Florida

Bethune-Cookman vs. FIU - American Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: FIU

Northern Arizona vs. San Diego State - CBS Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: San Diego State

Louisiana Tech vs. 4 Oklahoma - Fox Sports Networks PPV, 7:00
Pick: Oklahoma

Austin Peay vs. Memphis - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Memphis

New Hampshire vs. Toledo - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Toledo

Western Carolina vs. USF - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: USF

UAPB vs. Texas State - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Texas State

Southern vs. UL-Lafayette - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: UL-Lafayette

Montana State vs. Arkansas State - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Arkansas State

Stephen F. Austin vs. Kansas State - 7:00
Pick: Kansas State

Savannah State vs. Middle Tennessee - 7:00
Pick: Middle Tennessee

Southern Miss vs. Mississippi State - SEC Network, 7:30
Pick: Mississippi State

Fresno State vs. 15 USC - Fox, 7:30
Pick: USC

NC Central vs. East Carolina - ESPNEWS, 8:00
Pick: East Carolina

Oklahoma State vs. 1 Florida State (Arlington, TX)
Could FSU be trying out AT&T Stadium for a potential national championship appearance?
Pick: Florida State

North Texas vs. Texas - Longhorn Network, 8:00
Pick: Texas

UTEP vs. New Mexico - Mountain West Network, 8:00
Pick: UTEP

13 LSU vs. 14 Wisconsin (Houston) - ESPN, 9:00
How about the rushing games being showcased here? The concern for both could be at the quarterback positions as both are featuring untested guys under center. I give LSU a slight edge due to their defense and due to this being a de facto home game.
Pick: LSU

25 Washington vs. Hawaii - CBS Sports Network, 10:30
Pick: Washington

South Dakota vs. 3 Oregon - Pac-12 Networks, 10:30
Pick: Oregon

Sunday, August 31st
Utah State vs. Tennessee - SEC Network, 7:00
Pick: Tennessee

SMU vs. 10 Baylor - Fox Sports 1, 7:30
Pick: Baylor

Labor Day - Monday, September 1st
Miami (FL) vs. Louisville - ESPN, 8:00
The Bobby Petrino return commences! I don't think it will be a great start as I think Duke Johnson will help power the Canes.
Pick: Louisville

Listings courtesy MattsarzSports

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