01 September 2016

2016 College Football Predictions: Week 1

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The road to the College Football Playoff finally begins this weekend (okay, technically it began last Friday in Sydney but alas). We have got some big-time contests on the docket this Labor Day so who will get their seasons off on the right foot? Here are my predictions for Week 1.

Thursday, September 1st
Tulane vs. Wake Forest - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Wake Forest

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

Charlotte vs. 19 Louisville - ACC Network (FSN), 7:00
Pick: Louisville

Tennessee-Martin vs. Cincinnati - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Cincinnati

Maine vs. UConn - ASN, 7:00
Pick: UConn

Appalachian State vs. 9 Tennessee - SEC Network, 7:30
Pick: Tennessee

William & Mary vs. NC State - ESPN3, 7:30
Pick: NC State

Indiana vs. FIU - ESPNU, 7:30
Pick: Indiana

Rice vs. Western Kentucky - CBSSN, 8:00
Pick: Western Kentucky

Weber State vs. Utah State - Campus Insiders, 8:00
Pick: Utah State

South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt - ESPN, 8:00
Pick: Vanderbilt

Southern Utah vs. Utah - Pac-12 Networks, 8:00
Pick: Utah

South Dakota vs. New Mexico - Root Sports, 9:00
Pick: New Mexico

Montana State vs. Idaho - Altitude/ESPN3, 9:00
Pick: Idaho

Oregon State vs. Minnesota - BTN, 9:00
Pick: Minnesota

Jackson State vs. UNLV - Campus Insiders, 10:00
Pick: UNLV

Friday, September 2nd
Mississippi Valley State vs. Eastern Michigan - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: Eastern Michigan

Furman vs. 12 Michigan State - BTN, 7:00
Pick: Michigan State

Army vs. Temple - CBSSN, 7:00
Pick: Temple

Albany vs. Buffalo - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Buffalo

Colgate vs. Syracuse - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Syracuse

Ball State vs. Georgia State - ASN, 7:00
Pick: Georgia State

Northwestern State vs. 23 Baylor - FSN, 7:30
Pick: Baylor

Colorado State vs. Colorado - Denver - ESPN, 8:00
Pick: Colorado

Toledo vs. Arkansas State - ESPNU, 9:00
This could very well be the top game of the Week 1 weeknight contests but I think the speed of the Red Wolves will be the difference.
Pick: Arkansas State

Kansas State vs. 8 Stanford - FS1, 9:00
Pick: Stanford

Cal Poly vs. Nevada - Campus Insiders, 9:30
Pick: Nevada

Saturday, September 3rd
Georgia Tech vs. Boston College - Dublin - ESPN2, 7:30 am
If either club wants to get to the bowl threshold, this is a key game. I think the conservative approach and the superior defense of BC to get the win.
Pick: Boston College

Hawaii vs. 7 Michigan - ESPN, 12:00
Pick: Michigan

Missouri vs. West Virginia - FS1, 12:00
Pick: West Virginia

Fordham vs. Navy - CBSSN, 12:00
Pick: Navy

Bowling Green vs. 6 Ohio State - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Ohio State

Howard vs. Maryland - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Maryland

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

Eastern Kentucky vs. Purdue - ESPNEWS, 12:00
Pick: Purdue

3 Oklahoma vs. 15 Houston - NRG Stadium - ABC, 12:00
If the Cougars pull off this win on the neutral site, they are a strong contender to get to the playoff and they have the offense to pull it off. However, I don't think they are strong enough defensively to get the upset done.
Pick: Oklahoma

South Alabama vs. Mississippi State - SEC Network, 12:00
Pick: Mississippi State

Boise State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - ASN, 12:00
Pick: Boise State

Liberty vs. Virginia Tech - ACC Network, 12:30
Pick: Virginia Tech

Villanova vs. Pittsburgh - ESPN3, 1:30
Pick: Pittsburgh

Abilene Christian vs. Air Force - Campus Insiders, 2:00
Pick: Air Force

Rutgers vs. 14 Washington - Pac-12 Networks, 2:00
Pick: Washington

5 LSU vs. Wisconsin - Green Bay - ABC, 3:30
Seeing a big college football game at Lambeau is really cool. That said, this should be a big LSU win. I think this will be a relatively down year for the Badgers and the Tigers have the superior talent.
Pick: LSU

SE Louisiana vs. 21 Oklahoma State - FSN, 3:30
Pick: Oklahoma State

16 UCLA vs. Texas A&M - CBS, 3:30
Going into the 12th man is always tough but the Aggies couldn't stop my ex-wife defensively. Look for a big game from Josh Rosen.
Pick: UCLA

Texas State vs. Ohio - CBSSN, 3:30
Pick: Ohio

Miami (OH) vs. 17 Iowa - ESPNU, 3:30
Pick: Iowa

Richmond vs. Virginia - ESPN3, 3:30
Pick: Virginia

Murray State vs. Illinois - BTN, 3:30
Pick: Illinois

Kent State vs. Penn State - BTN, 3:30
Pick: Penn State

Louisiana Tech vs. Arkansas - SEC Network, 4:00
Pick: Arkansas

UC Davis vs. 24 Oregon - Pac-12 Networks, 5:00
Pick: Oregon

22 North Carolina vs. 18 Georgia - Atlanta - ESPN, 5:30
The offense will be fun to watch here but as always, that means this will come down to the defense where the Bulldogs have the clear edge.
Pick: Georgia

Florida A&M vs. Miami - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: Miami

NC Central vs. Duke - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: Duke

Savannah State vs. Georgia Southern - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: Georgia Southern

Western Carolina vs. East Carolina - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: East Carolina

Austin Peay vs. Troy - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: Troy

Hampton vs. Old Dominion - 6:00
Pick: Old Dominion

Southern Illinois vs. Florida Atlantic - 6:00
Pick: Florida Atlantic

Towson vs. South Florida - ASN, 7:00
Pick: South Florida

SMU vs. North Texas - ASN, 7:00
Pick: SMU

San Jose State vs. Tulsa - CBSSN, 7:00
Pick: San Jose State

Alabama State vs. UTSA - KMYS, 7:00
Pick: UTSA

Rhode Island vs. Kansas - Jayhawk Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: Kansas

Southern vs. Louisiana-Monroe - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Louisiana-Monroe

SE Missouri vs. Memphis - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Memphis

South Carolina State vs. UCF - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: UCF

Alabama A&M vs. Middle Tennessee - 7:00
Pick: Middle Tennessee

UMass vs. 25 Florida - SEC Network, 7:30
Pick: Florida

Southern Miss vs. Kentucky - ESPNU, 7:30
Pick: Kentucky

New Mexico State vs. UTEP - BeIN Sports, 8:00
Pick: UTEP

Stephen F. Austin vs. Texas Tech - FSN, 8:00
Pick: Texas Tech

South Dakota State vs. 13 TCU - FSN, 8:00
Pick: TCU

Fresno State vs. Nebraska - BTN, 8:00
Pick: Nebraska

Northern Iowa vs. Iowa State - Cyclones.tv, 8:00
Pick: Iowa State

Eastern Washington vs. Washington State - Pac-12 Networks, 8:00
Pick: Washington State

20 USC vs. 1 Alabama - Arlington - ABC, 8:00
The Trojans are a good club and they will be in the Pac-12 South mix to get to the conference championship but I don't think they have enough horses to upset the Crimson Tide on a neutral field.
Pick: Alabama

2 Clemson vs. Auburn - ESPN, 9:00
Even at home, this would be a serious upset by Auburn and I just don't see it.
Pick: Clemson

Northern Illinois vs. Wyoming - CBSSN, 10:30
Pick: Northern Illinois

BYU vs. Arizona - Glendale - FS1, 10:30
Pick: BYU

Northern Arizona vs. Arizona State - Pac-12 Networks, 11:00
Pick: Arizona State

Sunday, September 4th
10 Notre Dame vs. Texas - ABC, 7:30
This would be a big win here for Charlie Strong and the Longhorns but I just don't see them pulling off the upset. I do think it will closer than some others expect.
Pick: Notre Dame

Labor Day - Monday, September 5th
4 Florida State vs. 11 Ole Miss - Orlando - ESPN, 8:00
This could very well be the top game of the weekend as both teams are legitimate College Football Playoff contenders. I do think that FSU is the slightly superior ballclub and with more of the homefield advantage, they'll win here.
Pick: Florida State

1 comment:

  1. I thought Texas A&M called there fans the 12th Man but what do I really know - Joe in Genoa City, Wisconsin ...... PS I am new to your site