Thursday, September 29th
UConn vs. 6 Houston - ESPN, 8:00
Kansas vs. Texas Tech - FS1, 8:30
Pick: Texas Tech
Friday, September 30th
7 Stanford vs. 10 Washington - ESPN, 9:00
Here's a fun one for you on a Friday night as this should decide the Pac-12 North. Going on the road to Husky Stadium is tough enough as is but the Cardinal will be without both of their starting cornerbacks. Without a bill of full health, I think it will be tough for Stanford to pull this one out.
Toledo vs. BYU - ESPN2, 10:15
The Cougars desperately need a win here and they will get it but they better not sleep on the Rockets.
Saturday, October 1st
23 Florida vs. Vanderbilt - SEC Network, 12:00
Alcorn State vs. 20 Arkansas - SEC Network, 12:00
14 Miami vs. Georgia Tech - ESPN2, 12:00
22 Texas vs. Oklahoma State - ABC, 12:00
The final score was a little deceptive in the Baylor-Oklahoma State contest because the Cowboys could very well have won that game. I think they will win this week considering Texas could not stop anybody at this point.
Pick: Oklahoma State
13 Baylor vs. Iowa State - FS1, 12:00
Rutgers vs. 2 Ohio State - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Ohio State
UCF vs. East Carolina - CBS Sports Network, 12:00
Pick: East Carolina
Northwestern vs. Iowa - ESPNU, 12:00
Iowa just struggled with Rutgers so there's that.
Notre Dame vs. Syracuse - East Rutherford, NJ - ESPN, 12:00
The Fighting Irish are a complete mess and their defense couldn't stop my ex-wife at this point. They should be able to defeat the Orange in the Meadowlands but after losing to Duke, I can't rule anything out.
Pick: Notre Dame
SMU vs. Temple - ESPNEWS, 12:00
Georgia State vs. Appalachian State - American Sports Network, 12:00
Pick: Appalachian State
Virginia vs. Duke - ACC Network, 12:30
Buffalo vs. Boston College - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: Boston College
Ohio vs. Miami (OH) - BCSN2, 2:30
Pick: Miami (OH)
Oregon State vs. Colorado - Pac-12 Networks, 2:30
The Buffs got a huge road win against Oregon on Saturday night and they are looking pretty good at the moment. They'll take care of business against the Beavers.
Eastern Michigan vs. Bowling Green - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: Eastern Michigan
Kansas State vs. West Virginia - ESPNU, 3:30
I'm a little surprised that West Virginia is not ranked at this point but they better be ready for the Wildcats that have looked very good defensively. That said, the K-State offense isn't that strong and they haven't played anybody yet. Give me the Mountaineers.
Pick: West Virginia
8 Wisconsin vs. 4 Michigan - ABC, 3:30
The Badgers looked really good in taking out Michigan State in East Lansing but even then. they weren't as impressive as Michigan was in demolishing Penn State. In the Big House, give me the Wolverines.
Illinois vs. 15 Nebraska - ESPN2, 3:30
11 Tennessee vs. 25 Georgia - CBS, 3:30
Just when I was beginning to lose faith in the Vols, they roar back against Florida and win going away. Given that Georgia has now struggled against Nicholls and Missouri and gotten flattened by Ole Miss, I'm not that confident for them at home.
Wake Forest vs. NC State - ACC Network (FSN), 3:30
Pick: NC State
North Carolina vs. 12 Florida State - ESPN, 3:30
Getting crushed in Louisville may have been a fluke for Florida State but the offense of the Tar Heels will keep them in any game (as we saw last week against Pitt). But Dalvin Cook will filet their defense and that'll power FSU this Saturday afternoon.
Pick: Florida State
Minnesota vs. Penn State - BTN, 3:30
Through four games, Penn State has looked underwhelming losses to Pittsburgh and Michigan and a tight win over Temple. I don't see that changing against Minnesota.
Purdue vs. Maryland - BTN, 3:30
Louisiana-Monroe vs. Auburn - SEC Network, 3:30
Navy vs. Air Force - CBS Sports Network, 3:30
The race for the Commander-in-Chiefs trophy looks to be very competitive this year so this game is even more important. The Midshipmen have not looked as strong this year thus far and I think at home, the Falcons will cranke it out.
Pick: Air Force
Akron vs. Kent State - ESPN3, 3:30
Northern Illinois vs. Ball State - American Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Ball State
Tulane vs. UMass - American Sports Network, 3:30
San Jose State vs. New Mexico - Root Sports, 4:00
Pick: New Mexico
9 Texas A&M vs. South Carolina - SEC Network, 4:00
Pick: Texas A&M
Troy vs. Idaho - ESPN3, 5:00
Oklahoma vs. 21 TCU - Fox, 5:00
Oklahoma is favored here on the road but they have been greatly disappointing thus far. I just don't see them with their Swiss cheese defense going to Fort Worth and taking out the Horned Frogs.
Old Dominion vs. Charlotte - 6:00
Pick: Old Dominion
18 Utah vs. California - Pac-12 Networks, 6:00
When it comes to scoring defense, Cal is ranked 123rd in the country. 123rd! Meanwhile, the Utes have looked pretty strong defensively and I think strong enough to get a big road victory.
Memphis vs. 16 Ole Miss - ESPN2, 7:00
After smashing Georgia, I think it is safe to say that Ole Miss rebounded well after the Alabama collapse. I like them here against a sneaky Memphis squad.
Pick: Ole Miss
Kentucky vs. 1 Alabama - ESPN, 7:00
Haha, nice try.
South Florida vs. Cincinnati - ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: South Florida
Western Michigan vs. Central Michigan - CBS Sports Network, 7:00
The directionals are looking pretty good this year so this should be a key MAC contest. I do think that the Broncos are the superior club, however.
Pick: Western Michigan
Florida Atlantic vs. FIU - beIN Sports, 7:00
Pick: Florida Atlantic
UTEP vs. Louisiana Tech - American Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: Louisiana Tech
Middle Tennessee vs. North Texas - Campus Insiders, 7:00
Pick: Middle Tennessee
Houston Baptist vs. Western Kentucky - 7:00
Pick: Western Kentucky
Marshall vs. Pittsburgh - ACC Network (FSN), 7:30
Missouri vs. LSU - SEC Network, 7:30
With Ed Orgeron leading the show after the canning of Les Miles, look for the (LSU) Tigers to roll here.
Incarnate Word vs. Texas State - KEYE/KMYS/ESPN3, 7:30
Pick: Texas State
3 Louisville vs. 5 Clemson - ABC, 8:00
Once Louisville throttled Florida State on September 17th, they immediately jumped up the rankings and into the heart of Playoff talk. But to get there, they're going to have to put up a strong showing in Death Valley. Clemson has been good thus far but not as good as one year ago and I think they could be vulnerable to the football stylings of Lamar Jackson.
17 Michigan State vs. Indiana - BTN, 8:00
After getting spanked by the Badgers, look for the Spartans to bounce back in Bloomington.
Pick: Michigan State
19 San Diego State vs. South Alabama - ESPNEWS, 8:00
Pick: San Diego State
Louisiana-Lafayette vs. New Mexico State - ESPN3, 8:00
Arizona State vs. USC - Fox, 8:30
When you are already talking about firing the coach four games into his first season, things are not looking good and they aren't for the Trojans right now.
Pick: Arizona State
Oregon vs. Washington State - Pac-12 Networks, 9:30
Now that they've dropped two in a row, clearly this Ducks team is not at the level of past Ducks teams. The Cougars have not been as good as I thought (losing to Eastern Washington has that effect) but you never know what Mike Leach will put out of his bag of tricks. We will see plenty of offense here and I think that gives the slight advantage to the Ducks.
Utah State vs. 24 Boise State - ESPN2, 10:!5
Pick: Boise State
Wyoming vs. Colorado State - ESPNU, 10:15
Pick: Colorado State
Fresno State vs. UNLV - CBS Sports Network, 10:30
Arizona vs. UCLA - ESPN, 10:30
Nevada vs. Hawaii - Oceanic Sports, 11:59