Whoa, Nellie! We’ve got some barn-burners right outta the chute this weekend in college football. Take a look:
South Florida at #16 Notre Dame: I talked about this the other day. Many are picking South Florida to win the Big East, but that doesn’t make them a Top 20 team. The Irish will start a bit slowly and this will be close at halftime, but I see the Domers getting it together in the second half to win by two TDs.
#5 Boise State at #19 Georgia: Ya gotta hand it to the Broncos for showing some guts with their scheduling … third or fourth year in a row they’ve scheduled a Top 25 team to open the season … last two on the road. Probably a bit easier for them to play in Atlanta as opposed to Athens, but this is still a home game for the Bulldogs. Boise State wins a close one here because Georgia never really seems to have their act together early in the season. Talented … yes. But never really seem to get the execution part down and there are certainly questions about the quality of Mark Richt and their coaching staff. The Broncos have under-rated talent but more importantly a pretty experienced squad returning from a very good team last year, including Heisman candidate, QB Kellen Moore. Boise State by 4.
#3 Oregon at #4 LSU: Luckily for the Ducks, this game is not in Death Valley at LSU, but instead they’ll be playing at JerryWorld in Arlington, TX. Not quite a neutral site, more of the home game for LSU. No worries though … The Ducks will somehow outscheme and outsmart the “challenged” Les Miles and sneak away with a HUGE road win to start the season. Plus, LSU’s #1 QB, Jordan Jefferson, is suspended for his involvment in a bar fight. This time, the Mad Hatter doesn’t get lucky (his main strategy) and he turns into Less Smiles by midnight. Ducks win 23-21.
Northwestern at Boston College: The key question is whether veteran Northwestern QB, Dan Persa, will play. I say he does … and the Wildcats win 30-27. If not, the Mildcats will succumb to the Eagles 24-14.
UCLA at Houston: The Bruins have two quarterbacks while the Cougars have prolific passer and Heisman candidate, Case Keenum. It will be well over 90 degrees and muggy at Houston’s Robertson Stadium. UCLA’s surfer dudes will wilt in the heat. Edge: Houston … Cougs win by 3.
Minnesota at #25 USC: This is interesting only because these teams share the same uniform colors. It’ll be like the spring intersquad game … just not as close. Gophers are awful. USuC by 24.
Anyone see Syracuse barely save their lives in OT yesterday at home vs Wake Forest?? I was pretty surprised … I thought the Orange were on their way up …. what is their outlook this year?
Is there a game I haven’t mentioned that you’d like to highlight? Please chime in on that or the games above!
Enjoy the games and the long holiday weekend! 🙂