Thursday, September 22, 2016

College Football Week 4 Picks/Predictions

After a week 4 filled with exciting games, we head into week 4 now where there will be still some very good matchups.  Here are my week 4 picks/predictions:


The lines are via Las Vegas SuperBook


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#12 Georgia at #23 Ole Miss (12:00 PM ET, on ESPN, in Oxford, Mississippi)                  

Line is set at: #12 Ole Miss (-7)                                                                                      

My pick: #23 Ole Miss defeats #12 Georgia 41-17                                                             

What to watch for: Ole Miss' offense.  After getting huge leads of FSU in week 1, and Alabama in week 3, the Ole Miss Rebels find themselves 1-2 on the season.  But in my opinion, Ole Miss is way better than their record says.  QB Chad Kelly is one of the best QBs in the country, and I just think him and his talented receivers will play great in this game, and complete the football all over the field for big yardage, and touchdowns, which I think will also open up the running game.

My thoughts on this game: This is a good game ranking wise, but on the field, I just think Ole Miss is ahead of Georgia as a team right now, and since they are at home, coming after a tough loss (which can always have a negative effect, but I see it having more of a positive effect in this game), I think the Rebels will win this game in impressive fashion.

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#11 Wisconsin (3-0) at #8 Michigan State (2-0) (12:00 PM ET, on BTN, in East Lansing, Michigan)

Line is set at: #8 Michigan State (-6)                                                                                     

My pick: #8 Michigan State defeats #11 Wisconsin 27-13                                                        

What to watch for: Michigan State's defense.  Michigan State's defense played great in most of last weekend's game at Notre Dame, but they did let the Irish get back into it late, in this game vs Wisconsin, I see their defense learning from those mistakes and playing a complete football game en route to a victory to improve to 3-0 on the season.

My thoughts on this game: This is the highest ranked matchup of this weekend, and yet it is not getting very much hype for a game that is between the #11 and #8 teams in the country.  But even though it isn't getting that much hype, I think the Spartans will make some what of a statement at home vs the Badgers.

Photo credit: Mike Mulholland - MLive.com
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#19 Florida (3-0) at #14 Tennessee (3-0) (3:30 PM ET, on CBS, in Knoxville, Tennessee)     
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Line is set at #14 Tennessee (-6.5)                                                                                    
   
My pick: #19 Florida defeats #14 Tennessee 20-16                                                             

What to watch for: Florida's defense.  The Gators' defense has played great so far this season with only giving up 7 total points, but those three games were against UMass, Kentucky, and North Texas.  If they want to play like that against Tennessee, they'll have to play much better.  With that being said, I think they will play much better in a victory over #14 Tennessee.

My thoughts on this game: This is a huge game for multiple reasons.  1. It could decide the SEC East.  2. Florida has won 11 straight games over Tennessee.  3. It could be the difference in whether Butch Jones stays at Tennessee or gets fired.  So with those three reasons alone it is a huge game, and I think it will go in Florida's favor.

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#7 Stanford (2-0) at UCLA (2-1) (8:00 PM ET, on ABC, in Pasadena, California                 
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Line is set at: #7 Stanford (-3)                                                                                           

My pick: UCLA defeats #7 Stanford 35-34                                                                          

What to watch for: UCLA's offense.  UCLA's offense has the potential to be great this season, they just haven't showed it yet.  But, in this game I see the Bruins playing up to the potential they have at home vs a good Stanford defense, and I think starting QB Josh Rosen who many think could be a future NFL starting QB, will have a great game en route to an upset win over #7 Stanford.

My thoughts on this game: This game is another very important game that will be played this weekend, and I think it will be a very good game that goes down-to-the-wire that UCLA finds a way to pull out over a good Stanford team.

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#17 Arkansas (3-0) vs #10 Texas A&M (3-0) (9:00 PM ET, on ESPN, in Arlington, Texas)   

Line is set at: #17 Texas A&M (-6)                                                                                     

My pick: #10 Texas A&M defeats #17 Arkansas 27-20                                                         

What to watch for: Texas A&M's pass rush.  The Aggies have one of the best pass rushers in college football with Myles Garrett, and although Arkansas QB Brandon Allen has done well so far this season, he hasn't faced a pass rush and defense like the Aggies' pass rush and defense.  So I see guys like Myles Garrett, Otaro Alaka, and Daeshon Hall, etc for Texas A&M causing disruption in the Razorbacks' backfield, and forcing problems on Arkansas that will help Texas A&M pull out a big victory over #17 Arkansas.

My thoughts on this game: This is one of the four ranked vs ranked matchups this week, and I think this one will live up to any of the good hype it is receiving.  I think this game will go down-to-the-wire just like how this matchup did last season, and two seasons ago, and I think the victor will be the same with Texas A&M winning.

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My Sneaky Good Game Of The Week
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#5 Clemson (3-0) at Georgia Tech (3-0) (7:30 PM ET, on ESPN, in Atlanta, Georgia) THURSDAY
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Line is set at: #5 Clemson (-9)

My pick: #5 Clemson defeats Georgia Tech 34-27

What to watch for: Clemson's offense.  Clemson's offense hasn't played great so far this season, but they'll need to scoring some more points on the road at Georgia Tech, because if they don't, it could mean trouble for the Tigers.  Clemson heads into this game at #5 in the nation, and this could be a trap game for them because they are on the road, on a Thursday night, and they play #3 Louisville next weekend.  So this game won't be easy for Clemson, but I think their offense led by QB DeShaun Watson will play well enough on the road in a hostile environment to get the win.

My thoughts on this game: There is a history with top 5 teams playing Thursday night games on the road, especially when they are in conference, and although I see this game being very close, I think that Clemson with their experience on offense, will be able to snap their 5 game road losing streak vs Georgia Tech to improve to 4-0.

Photo credit: Joshua S. Kelly - USA TODAY Sports
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UPSET OF THE WEEK
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Oklahoma State (2-1) at #16 Baylor (3-0) (7:30 PM ET, on FOX, in Waco, Texas)               
UPSET        

Line is set at: #16 Baylor (-9.5)                                                                                       

My pick: Oklahoma State defeats #16 Baylor 38-35                                                             

What to watch out for: Oklahoma State's offense.  The Cowboys' offense has played good so far this season, but if they want to pull off the upset on the road they'll probably have to keep it up or play even better, because of Baylor's defensive ability, as well as their offensive ability.  I think this game will be close, but I see the Cowboys' offense playing well enough to pull out the victory on the road.

My thoughts on this game: This game is a very important game for the Big 12, because the Big 12 (with a Baylor loss) could have only one undefeated Big 12 team, and with an Oklahoma State loss another team from the Big 12 would be virtually eliminated from the CFP, so because of those reasons, and others this game has importance.  In terms of the way I think the game will go on the field, I think it will be another close game, but unlike Oklahoma State "losing" to Central Michigan, and more like Oklahoma State defeating Pitt last week, I see Oklahoma State pulling out the narrow victory over the #16 Bears.

Photo credit: Brody Schmidt - AP
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Enjoy week 4 of college football!

Here are some other games to watch out for:
USC at #24 Utah FRIDAY
#13 Florida State at USF
Penn State at #4 Michigan
#3 Louisville at Marshall
#9 Washington at Arizona


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My College Football Week 3 Picks/Predictions

After a surprisingly good week 2 of college football, we head into week 3 which is filled with great games and story lines.  Here are my week 3 college football picks:







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#6 Houston (2-0) at Cincinnati (2-0) (7:30 PM ET, on ESPN, in Cincinnati, Ohio)
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My pick: #6 Houston defeats Cincinnati 38-33


What to watch for: Houston's offense.  Houston's offense can create all types of problems for defenses, and I don't think it will be too much different in this game.  I think Cincinnati will give Houston a good game, but I think Greg Ward Jr. along with the rest of his talented offense will be too much for the Bearcats to handle in a close game.

My thoughts on this game: I feel like this game could be a trap game for Houston, because they will be on the road on a Thursday night vs a pretty good team, and Greg Ward Jr. is recovering some from a shoulder injury, but like I just wrote, I think Houston's offense, and talent will be enough to get the Cougars out with the win.

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#2 Florida State at #10 Louisville (12:00 PM ET, on ABC, in Louisville, Kentucky)           
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My pick: #10 Louisville defeats #2 Florida State 31-27                                                    

What to watch for: Louisville's QB play.  Lamar Jackson has a good chance of being in NYC at the end of this season for the Heisman ceremony, he has already scored 13 total touchdowns in just two games, and even though those two games were vs Charlotte and Syracuse, he has the ability (especially with the help of his teammates playing well) to do it vs better teams, and I think Florida State who is currently the #2 team in the nation will be upset mainly because of that.

My thoughts on this game: This is ranking-wise the best game of the week, and it will have a huge impact nationally, and in the conference, I see this game living up to any hype it is receiving.  Both FSU and Louisville are very good teams, and I think they will have a close game down-to-the-wire, but I see the Cardinals pulling it out.

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#1 Alabama (2-0) at #19 Ole Miss (1-1) (3:30 PM ET, on CBS, in Oxford, Mississippi)


My pick: #1 Alabama defeats #19 Ole Miss 34-17                                                      

What to watch for: Alabama's defense.  The Tide's defense is one of the best defense's if not the best defense in the nation, and even though they are going to go up against a good Rebels' offense, I feel that the Tide's defense will be able to force Chad Kelly, and his offense into making mistakes, and into struggling enough for the Tide to roll over the Rebels.

My thoughts on this game: This game is a huge game for both teams, not only for the SEC, but nationally, and because of what happen the past two seasons.  Bama has fallen to the Rebels the last two seasons, so you better believe that the Tide doesn't want it to become three, and you also better believe that Ole Miss does.  I think in the end, Bama will get their redemption and defeat Ole Miss to improve to 3-0 and remain #1 in the nation.

Photo credit: Trent Penny - The Anniston Star
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#12 Michigan State (1-0) at #18 Notre Dame (1-1) (7:30 PM ET, on NBC, in South Bend, Indiana
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My pick: #18 Notre Dame defeats #12 Michigan State 31-20                                                   

What to watch for: Notre Dame's QB play.  Notre Dame had a QB battle at the beginning of the season when they played Texas, but that battle seems to be getting solved with DeShone Kizer likely starting.  It will be very important for the Fighting Irish's QB to play well, because ND's season hangs in the balance, and with a loss, their playoff hopes are probably crushed.  But, I think that Kizer and his teammates will play well, and get the huge victory at home over the Spartans.

My thoughts on this game: This football game is one of the four ranked-vs-ranked matchups this week, and it will obviously be huge for both of these teams.  I think that Notre Dame will come out prepared, and motivated because their back is up against the wall, and I think they will play well enough to win in the end vs a good Michigan State team.

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USC (1-1) at #7 Stanford (1-0) (7:00 PM ET, on ABC, in Stanford, California)                

My pick: #7 Stanford defeats USC 38-24                                                                      
              

What to watch for: Christian McCaffrey's play.  Christian McCaffrey is one of the best players in college football, and for Stanford he could be the difference in whether they win or lose games.  In this game I think that USC will play better than they did vs Alabama, so I think McCaffrey's play will be very important, and I think he (with the help of his teammates obviously) will play well enough to get the victory over the Trojans to improve to 2-0 on the season.

My thoughts on this game: This game is a very interesting game, because we don't really know how good Stanford is, and USC has talent, but they got crushed by Alabama.  I think that Stanford will win this game, but that USC will hang around for awhile to make it interesting.

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UPSET OF THE WEEK

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#3 Ohio State (2-0) at #14 Oklahoma (1-1) (7:30 PM ET, on FOX, in Norman, Oklahoma)
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My pick: #14 Oklahoma defeats #3 Ohio State 34-27                                                    


What to watch for: Oklahoma's offense.  Oklahoma's offense is very good, and even though they struggled vs Houston, they have the talent to put up big numbers on the scoreboard.  I think Ohio State will be a challenge for them because of their talent, and coaching, but the Buckeyes only return three starters off of their defense from last season, and I think with the Sooners' talent and experience, they will be able to lift their team over the top to improve to 2-1 and keep their season alive.

My thoughts on this game: This is another huge game in a week filled of them.  I think that this game will do more than live up to the hype, I think that it will go down-to-the wire in a game I see Oklahoma pulling out to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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My Sneaky Good Game Of The Week
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#22 Oregon (2-0) at Nebraska (2-0) (3:30 PM ET, on ABC, in Lincoln, Nebraska)               
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My pick: Nebraska defeats #22 Oregon 38-35                                                                

What to watch for: Nebraska's offense.  The Cornhuskers return eight offensive starters from last season's team, including starting QB Tommy Armstrong Jr., and Oregon only returns five on defense, so Nebraska will have more experience vs a younger Ducks defense, who I think will be iffy this season, and I think that the more experienced Nebraska offense will have their way vs the young Ducks defense en route to a close win.

My thoughts on this game: Because of all the good games this weekend, this game probably gets lost in the shuffle, but it is a very good game between two teams that could be dark horses for the college football playoff, and I think in terms of the game on the field, it will be close, exciting, high scoring, and I think it will end well for the Cornhuskers at home in Lincoln.

Photo credit: Steve Branscombe - Getty Images
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Enjoy week 3 of the 2016 college football season!

Here are some other games to look out for:
#25 Miami (FL) at Appalachian State
Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State
Mississippi State at #20 LSU
#17 Texas A&M at Auburn
#16 Georgia at Missouri
UCLA at BYU
#11 Texas at California


Thursday, September 8, 2016

College Football Week 2 Picks/Predictions

After a first great week of the college football season, we head into week 2 where we find out a little more about some teams.  Here are my week 2 picks/predictions:



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#13 Louisville (1-0) at Syracuse (1-0) (8:00 PM ET, on ESPN2, in Syracuse, New York) FRIDAY

My pick: #13 Louisville defeats Syracuse 34-20

What to watch for: Louisville's QB play.  Lamar Jackson could be a Heisman candidate at this season's end, and he started it off well with scoring 8 touchdowns vs Charlotte in week 1, but now he faces a tougher challenge in Syracuse, and although Syracuse isn't predicted to be great this season, they could still give the Cardinals some problems at home, but I think Lamar Jackson and company will be too much trouble for the Orange.

My thoughts on this matchup: It's the first ACC game for both of these teams this season, and I think it will probably be closer than maybe most may think, but I think Louisville will be too explosive in the end.
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Virginia Tech (1-0) vs #17 Tennessee (1-0) (8:00 PM ET, on ABC, in Bristol, Tennessee)         

My pick: #17 Tennessee defeats Virginia Tech 34-19                                                              

What to watch for: Tennessee's offense.  The Vols offense did not play well at all vs Appalachian State, and everybody who knows football knows that Tennessee has to play better vs the Hokies if they want to win this football game.  I think that Tennessee will come out with a better game plan, and execute it better, and I see them ending up 2-0 at the end of the day.

My thoughts on this matchup: This game is a very interesting game because of where they are playing it at, the race track that will hold the game is Bristol Motor Speedway, and it can hold about 150,000 people in attendance, and with that it will be interesting to see how both teams (but mainly VT because this game is in TN) will react to the noise.  I see the Vols coming away with the big win when it is all said and done.

Photo credit: Randy Sartin - USA TODAY Sports
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Kentucky (0-1) at Florida (1-0) (3:30 PM ET, on CBS, in Gainesville, Florida)                           

My pick: Florida defeats Kentucky 31-17                                                                                  

What to watch for: Florida's passing game.  This is the first conference game for starting QB Luke Del Rio, and this could be a huge boost in his confidence, and the teams confidence if he and the team can go out and play well.  I think that even though Kentucky is coming off of a bad loss to Southern Miss, they'll be giving the Gators a test, but I see Florida, behind QB Luke Del Rio playing well
enough to get a victory in the Swamp. 



My thoughts on this matchup: This is the second SEC conference game of this season, and it will be interesting to see how both of these teams play this week, considering that Kentucky lost to Southern Miss last week, and Florida struggled a little bit with UMass in their 24-7 win.  I see Kentucky giving Florida a fight, but I think the Gators will win in the end.

Photo credit: Reinhold Matay - USA TODAY Sports
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My Sneaky Good Game Of The Week

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Penn State (1-0) at Pittsburgh (1-0) (12:00 PM ET, on ESPN, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

My pick: Pitt defeats Penn State 30-27

What to watch for: Pitt's offense.  Nate Peterman who was a former Vol QB now plays for Pitt, and he play well last week, but it was against an inferior opponent in Villanova.  This week, however, he'll face a tougher defense when he plays Penn State, and I think with the help of RB James Conner, and talented WR's on the outside, they'll be able to pull out the victory over the Nittany Lions.

My thoughts on this matchup: These two teams have a history between each other, but haven't played since 2000, this year though, the rivalry between these two schools from the state of Pennsylvania will be renewed, and mainly because of that, I decided to add this game on here.  In terms of the game, I think it'll be a close down-to-the-wire game with the Panthers winning.

Photo credit: David Hague - PittsburghSportsNow.com
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                                               UPSET OF THE WEEK
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Arkansas (1-0) at #15 TCU (1-0) (7:00 PM ET, on ESPN, in Fort Worth, Texas) UPSET        

My pick: Arkansas defeats #15 TCU 28-24                                                                         

     What to watch for: Arkansas' passing game.  Last season Brandon Allen played great for the Razorbacks at QB, but he's graduated from the school, so his younger brother Austin Allen has stepped in, and in his only game so far he played pretty well, but they still almost lost to Louisiana Tech at home.  So if he wants to lead his team to a win over #15 TCU, I think he, and the whole team will have to play better, and I think they will enough to pull out the victory over the 15th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs.

My thoughts on this matchup: This game is one of the best games of the weekend, and although this weekend may not look good on paper, I think we'll have some good games, and this game will be one of those games, with Arkansas winning a tight one.

Photo credit: Samantha Baker - AP
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Enjoy week 2 of college football!

Here are some other notable games this weekend:
UCF (1-0) at #5 Michigan (1-0)
Cincinnati (1-0) at Purdue (1-0)
Troy (1-0) at #2 Clemson (1-0)
Tulsa (1-0) at #4 Ohio State (1-0)
Western Kentucky (1-0) at #1 Alabama (1-0)
Iowa State (0-1) at #16 Iowa (1-0)
BYU (1-0) at Utah (1-0)


Monday, August 29, 2016

College Football Week 1 Picks/Predictions

College football is finally back, and this week 1 will statistically be the best week 1 in college football history.  So buckle up, and enjoy!  Here are my week 1 predictions.

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#3 Oklahoma at #15 Houston (12:00 PM ET, on ESPN, in Houston, Texas)

My prediction: #3 Oklahoma defeats #15 Houston 38-35

What to watch for: Oklahoma's offense.  This game will largely depend on scoring, because both defenses will face huge challenges vs their opponent's offense, and I'm not sure how well Oklahoma's defense can stop Houston's offense, and vice versa.  With that being said, I think offense will be pretty important in this game, and with Baker Mayfield at QB, Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon at RB, and multiple play-makers at WR, I just think that Oklahoma's offense will be too much in the end for the Cougars defense.

My thoughts on this game: This is one of the best-ranked games in week 1, so that alone shows the impact it could have on the winner of this game, and I think that Oklahoma will find a way to get the W in a close game, to improve to 1-0 on this college football season.

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#5 LSU vs Wisconsin (3:30 PM ET, on ABC, in Green Bay, Wisconsin)

My prediction: #5 LSU defeats Wisconsin 34-17

What to watch for: LSU's running game.  This is an obvious part of the game to watch out for, because LSU running back Leonard Fournette is very likely to be in New York City at the end of the season for a Heisman ceremony, and Wisconsin will be the first opponent to face him, and I don't see it turning out too well for the Badgers' defense in this game, because I think Fournette will go off and have a great game en route to leading LSU to victory.

My thoughts on this game: This football game will be a historic one since it is the first ever Division-1 college football game to be played at Lambeau field, and I see the Tigers being the first team to ever win a Division-1 college football game at Lambeau.

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#18 Georgia vs #22 North Carolina (5:30 PM ET, on ESPN, in Atlanta, Georgia)                   

My prediction: #18 Georgia defeats #22 North Carolina 30-20                                               

What to watch for: Georgia's running game.  Leonard Fournette isn't the only great running back in the SEC, there's another guy whose name is Nick Chubb who could also be in New York City at the end of this season, and Chubb has a partner in the backfield who is capable of being pretty good as well, and his name is Sony Michel, and in this game, I think both Chubb and Michel are going to open up with big games, and even though UNC is improving on defense, they still aren't the best in terms of rush defense, so I see Chubb and Michel running wild.

My thoughts on this game: This game should be a fun one to watch, both teams have potential, and could end up being very good teams at the end of the season, and I just think that Georgia will be the team that starts out strongest out of these two teams.


Photo credit: Cal Powell - Georgia Sports Communications
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#20 USC vs #1 Alabama (8:00 PM ET, on ABC, in Arlington, Texas)                                      

My prediction: #1 Alabama defeats #20 USC 31-7                                                             

What to watch for: Alabama's defense.  Alabama had the best defense in the nation last season, and this season the defense will likely be as good, if not better, and with USC breaking out a new starting QB in Max Browne, I feel that Bama's defense will be able to rattle him and force him into making mistakes, and in the end, I see the Tide rolling to victory to start off 1-0.

My thoughts on this game: This game is a good matchup for college football, two historic programs going at it in a historic stadium is definitely something a lot of people have been waiting for, and now it's finally happening.  I think that in terms of the actual game, Bama will roll and start out this season on the right foot.

Photo credit: Matt Kartozian - USA TODAY Sports
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#2 Clemson at Auburn (8:00 PM ET, on ESPN, in Auburn, Alabama)                              

My prediction: #2 Clemson defeats Auburn 35-31                                                          

What to watch for: Clemson's offense.  Clemson returns a guy at QB who a lot of people think will win the Heisman this season in Deshaun Watson, a 1,000+ yard rusher at RB in Wayne Gallman, and play-makers at WR like Artavis Scott, Deon Cain, Mike Williams. Hunter Renfrow, and Ray-Ray McCloud.  With that being said, I do think Auburn will be much improved on defense from last season, but I think Clemson will be too much offensively when this game come to an end.

My thoughts on this game: This is one of the several exciting match-ups on week 1, and although on paper it looks like it favors Clemson heavily, I think this game will be a close game that goes down to the wire, but I do see Clemson pulling it out.

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#11 Ole Miss vs #4 Florida State (8:00 PM ET, on ESPN, in Orlando, Florida) MONDAY
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My prediction: #11 Ole Miss defeats #4 Florida State 28-24                                          

What to watch for: Ole Miss' defense.  Ole Miss lost some talent on defense from last season, but even though they lost talent off of last season's defense, they still return key defensive players like DT Breeland Speaks, DE Marquis Haynes, LB Demarquis Gates, and DB Tony Connors, and also FSU's offensive line doesn't look like they'll be that strong this season, and with them starting QB Deondre Francois that could be trouble for the Seminoles because even though Francois is talented, he is also inexperienced, so I see the Rebels forcing Francois into mistakes and turnovers that could be huge in this game.

My thoughts on this game: This game is the highest ranked matchup of all matchups this week 1, and I think it will live up any hype it has received.  In terms of how I think this game will go, I think it will be close and down to the wire, but I see the Rebels being the victor when this game comes to its end.

Photo credit: Chuck Cook - USA TODAY Sports
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MY SNEAKY GOOD GAME OF THE WEEK
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#16 UCLA at Texas A&M (3:30 PM ET, on CBS, in College Station, Texas) UPSET

           My prediction: Texas A&M defeats #16 UCLA 31-20

          What to watch for: Texas A&M's wide receiving corp.  The Aggies have one of the best wide receiving corps in the nation (which includes talented wide receivers Speedy Noil, Christian Kirk, Ricky Seals-Jones, Josh Reynolds, and Edward Pope), and even though the secondary is the main bright spot for UCLA on defense, I think Trevor Knight (who transferred into Texas A&M from Oklahoma) will be able to be successful in hitting his receivers for big plays in this game due to his experience, and his receivers.

My thoughts on this game: I think this game will be a big game in impressing the CFP committee, so both teams will come in motivated to make a statement, and I have a feeling that the Aggies will be that team between them and the Bruins to make that statement.

Photo credit: USATSI
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UPSET OF THE WEEK
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#10 Notre Dame at Texas (7:30 PM ET, on ABC, in Austin, Texas) SUNDAY 
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My prediction: Texas defeats #10 Notre Dame 24-23                                                

What to watch for: Texas' defense.  Texas' defense was decent last season, but they've got to be better then just decent this season if they want to be a contender, and that journey starts with a big challenge at home in Austin vs the 10th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and even though it will be a challenge for the Longhorns, I see their defense playing well enough to help their offense lift them over the top in a very close football game.

My thoughts on this game: This is another historic match-up because of the teams playing in it, and I think that in terms of the match-up, this game that will have a huge impact on the season, and for Texas (who lost to Notre Dame 38-3 last season), this game will pretty much be a revenge game, and I think that since they're at home, and have recruited well, and got blown out last season by Notre Dame, I think they will find a way to pull this game out when the clock hits zero.

Photo credit: Smiley N. Pool - The Dallas Morning News
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Other games to watch out for this week:
Kansas State at #8 Stanford FRIDAY
Rutgers at #17 Washington
Missouri at West Virginia


College football is finally back, enjoy week 1!