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I'm going crazy waiting for this season to start. Two more days until we get some football, figured it's time to see some predictions for the first week. Not a ton of big games, but at least a few must see.

South Carolina at NC State: Wilson is certainly getting hyped a ton. Not sure I buy it totally but he does have talent. And Spurrier seems to hate his team. Hopefully it'll at least be fun to watch, but I think NC State will win.

Oregon State at Boise State: This will be a crazy game I should think, lots of points put up by both teams, but on the blue field gotta go with Boise.

Georgia at Oklahoma State: Last years overhyped team vs this years? Nah, I don't think OK St is really overhyped, but I'll need to see them before making up my mind. Georgia I think will be just fine without Stafford, but I'll take State to win a close game.

Baylor at Wake Forest: The fact that I'm actually interested in watching this is just stunning. Five years ago it would have been horrific. But now with Baylor's QB and Wake always playing sound football, I think it's a good matchup. I'd expect Wake to win, based on their offensive experience, but we'll see.

Missouri vs Illinois: One would think Illinois to be the favorite seeing as they have the experienced QB and a lot of talent, but let's keep in mind who their coach is. No real clue what Missouri will look like, but I don't think they'll drop off as much as some are saying. In fact I'll say they win here. I have no faith in Zook.

BYU vs OK: Eh, OU should run away with this, so long as they don't go into the game with that mindset.

Bama vs VT: People keep saying that VT is screwed now that they lost Evans for the year. Since when did they EVER have a great offense anyway(well, Vick, but still)? Defense and special teams win them games, they'll be fine without Evans. Hard to predict what we'll get from Bama, but I think VT will pull it off.

Maryland at Cal: This could be interesting, but Cal is so up and down I don't know what to think. Not that Maryland has been consistent over the years either. But late game, national TV, I'm just hoping to be entertained. And for the ACC to not embarrass itself. Cal wins.

Cincy at Rutgers: Rutgers is still being hyped despite losing what was by far their best player from last year. Not that they'll stink, but that has to matter, right? Cincy gets the win, just cause.

Miami at FSU: Miami has now lost three QB's since last season(none to graduation or the NFL). Harris, a scrawny kid to begin with, has a new OC, new system and it's the first game of the year at their biggest rival. I would expect a missed assignment almost getting him killed, but he is fast so we'll see. FSU ran it down Miami's throat last year, and bring back everyone that helped do that so no real reason to think they can't again. I'm as confident as ever heading into this game, which sets me up to be depressed after FSU loses, but I'll go ahead and say FSU by 14.

(edited by wmatistic on 1.9.09 0759)
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It's Oregon, not Oregon State at Boise, which is why I like Oregon. This way they can shoot themselves in the foot later in the year when it looks like they have a good shot at the BCS or Rose Bowl.
Georgia lost a lot, and Okie State can score. I'm guessing 3 touchdowns plus.
BYU loses to Okie, but doesn't get slaughtered. 35-24 type game.
I love Va. Tech against 'Bama. Love.
Notre Dame better jump out quick and put Nevada away early. No repeat of San Diego State from last year is acceptable.
I'm in the distinct minority, but I think Navy is a live dog at Ohio State. The Buckeyes will keep it close to the vest, not showing anything the week before USC, and they probably spent more time in the off-season working on USC than on Navy's option. Navy can play keep away, and they won't be frightened by the environment. Similar to Ohio State/Illinois 3 years ago when Ohio State was heading towards the epic Michigan game: They win, but it is far closer than it should have any right to be.
Cal's weird. Maryland is weird. Thus, either Maryland by a field goal in an upset, or Cal by 45.
And I think Miami is going to be very bad this year.

(edited by redsoxnation on 1.9.09 1153)
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    It's Oregon, not Oregon State at Boise, which is why I like Oregon. This way they can shoot themselves in the foot later in the year when it looks like they have a good shot at the BCS or Rose Bowl.
    Georgia lost a lot, and Okie State can score. I'm guessing 3 touchdowns plus.
    BYU loses to Okie, but doesn't get slaughtered. 35-24 type game.
    I love Va. Tech against 'Bama. Love.
    Notre Dame better jump out quick and put Nevada away early. No repeat of San Diego State from last year is acceptable.
    I'm in the distinct minority, but I think Navy is a live dog at Ohio State. The Buckeyes will keep it close to the vest, not showing anything the week before USC, and they probably spent more time in the off-season working on USC than on Navy's option. Navy can play keep away, and they won't be frightened by the environment. Similar to Ohio State/Illinois 3 years ago when Ohio State was heading towards the epic Michigan game: They win, but it is far closer than it should have any right to be.
    Cal's weird. Maryland is weird. Thus, either Maryland by a field goal in an upset, or Cal by 45.
    And I think Miami is going to be very bad this year.

    (edited by redsoxnation on 1.9.09 1153)


Yeah, mistyped it, Oregon. Still think Boise State will win it, but in a close game.

I did think about bringing up Navy, but I just don't know. Ohio State loves to play down to their opponant, but I still expect they can handle this game.

I will laugh and laugh if ND loses to Nevada. Not that Nevada is a bad team, they can play offense really well. But after all the BCS talk for ND this preseason it would be fitting if Weis gets fired before it's even over.
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I need to go make my picks in the W Pool

the games that pique my interest this week are as follows:

Oregon at Boise State - loving the broncos again this year - young QB who is only going to get better - must game for Boise but one that oregon can rebound from if they lose.

Georgia at OK State - Big game for the Big 12 to start the season - like the Cowboys but only because they are at home.

Bama vs Va Tech - not sure how much of a barometer this matchup is in September - would love to see them play this game in November - not loving Saban but I think Bama squeezes by

Maryland at Cal - Mom would kill me if I ever picked against the Golden Bears - potential Heisman candidate in Jahvid Best - or so they say...

I live in NJ and can't get excited about Rutgers

Does anyone even care about Miami & FSU anymore ?

and I am loving Nevada to beat ND - Nevada could be the surprise team this year - they have a hell of a lot of offense





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    Originally posted by redsoxnation

    Cal's weird. Maryland is weird. Thus, either Maryland by a field goal in an upset, or Cal by 45.
    And I think Miami is going to be very bad this year.

    (edited by redsoxnation on 1.9.09 1153)


We beat Cal here last year, 35-27. I think it'll be another close game.



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Well that was an incredibly boring start to the season. I'd say Oregon is in for a long year after that performance, even if Blount wasn't going to be suspended. They looked horrible.

NC State wasn't much better. Not sure if credit goes to SC for shutting them down or if Russel Wilson was just way overhyped.
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    Originally posted by wmatistic


    NC State wasn't much better. Not sure if credit goes to SC for shutting them down or if Russel Wilson was just way overhyped.


I only saw the highlights,so I don't know about being over hyped or not but the pass that the receiver dropped in the end zone was a great throw.



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    Originally posted by edoug
      Originally posted by wmatistic


      NC State wasn't much better. Not sure if credit goes to SC for shutting them down or if Russel Wilson was just way overhyped.


    I only saw the highlights,so I don't know about being over hyped or not but the pass that the receiver dropped in the end zone was a great throw.


Yeah that should have been caught, but overall he just didn't look very good. He's supposed to be able to run but looked really slow, didn't make great decisions. Granted his line did him no favors, but with all the talk about him this offseason, he did not live up to it by any means. Only one game, so we'll see.
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    Originally posted by wmatistic
    Missouri vs Illinois: One would think Illinois to be the favorite seeing as they have the experienced QB and a lot of talent, but let's keep in mind who their coach is. No real clue what Missouri will look like, but I don't think they'll drop off as much as some are saying. In fact I'll say they win here. I have no faith in Zook.


Illinois defense is terrible, Benn injured immediately, gave over.



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If they should somehow run the table beating Florida State, TCU, Air Force and Utah along the way, it is going to take a lot to keep BYU out of the national title game. Even with Bradford getting hurt, it was 7-7 (10-7 on the next play when he got hurt). It was not like it was the 1st play of the game, or Oklahoma was up 28 and then completely fell apart. BYU had played them even with Bradford in the game.
52-13 Cal over Maryland. I was close on saying Cal by 45.
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Not to take anything away from BYU because they were playing even with Oklahoma before the Bradford injury but I don't think there is much of a chance of them running the table because A) There were already other injuries before Bradford, B) Oklahoma wasn't playing well and C) I don't think Oklahoma was as good as people thought to begin with. If they had beaten a healthy Oklahoma team that was actually playing well then maybe I would think differently. But as it stands now I think there is a good chance BYU doesn't make it through their third game undefeated. I hope I'm wrong though.

If they do go undefeated they shouldn't finish ahead of an undefeated Florida team based on the way Alabama, LSU and Georgia (even in the loss) played. They also have Florida State and Tennessee (we'll see how they do against a real team).

You might have an argument for #2 though. If Oklahoma loses a few more games that hurts the Longhorn's schedule. Oregon doesn't look good. That will hurt USC's schedule. Ohio State struggled against Navy and has to play USC. Not sure there is enough on Penn State's schedule to impress. If Notre Dame goes undefeated...ha, just kidding.

Still you know if Florida, Texas or USC goes undefeated they're all going to be ranked ahead of an undefeated BYU team even if they don't deserve it.



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    Originally posted by redsoxnation

    52-13 Cal over Maryland. I was close on saying Cal by 45.



*facepalm* I turned it off after the 2nd Cal TD. After that high of watching BYU win (I always pull for mid-majors when they play "BCS" teams unless they play MD, PSU, or WVU) I got completely let down by MD.

This is going to be a LONG sad season. No wonder they all predict we'll finish last in the div.

As long as we get more wins than Washington, I'll be happy (Sorry JJD!)



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    Originally posted by Zeruel
    As long as we get more wins than Washington, I'll be happy (Sorry JJD!)


Up until last night I would've called that a lead-pipe cinch, but I'm sold after watching the Huskies hang with LSU for four quarters. I'm a lot more sold on their ability to hang with a couple more teams on their schedule after this weekend's action.

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    Originally posted by Quezzy
    Not to take anything away from BYU because they were playing even with Oklahoma before the Bradford injury but I don't think there is much of a chance of them running the table because A) There were already other injuries before Bradford, B) Oklahoma wasn't playing well and C) I don't think Oklahoma was as good as people thought to begin with. If they had beaten a healthy Oklahoma team that was actually playing well then maybe I would think differently. But as it stands now I think there is a good chance BYU doesn't make it through their third game undefeated. I hope I'm wrong though.

    If they do go undefeated they shouldn't finish ahead of an undefeated Florida team based on the way Alabama, LSU and Georgia (even in the loss) played. They also have Florida State and Tennessee (we'll see how they do against a real team).

    You might have an argument for #2 though. If Oklahoma loses a few more games that hurts the Longhorn's schedule. Oregon doesn't look good. That will hurt USC's schedule. Ohio State struggled against Navy and has to play USC. Not sure there is enough on Penn State's schedule to impress. If Notre Dame goes undefeated...ha, just kidding.

    Still you know if Florida, Texas or USC goes undefeated they're all going to be ranked ahead of an undefeated BYU team even if they don't deserve it.





The way the past few seasons have gone, I'm doubtful that you would get 2 other unbeaten teams should BYU run the table. Unless you think Oklahoma somehow implodes and turns into 2008 Michigan (whose being an awful team kept Utah from having the standout win) then BYU would have done what people tell teams from lesser conferences to do: They would have played the big boys non-conference (Oklahoma/Florida State) and still played some tough conference games. If they lose 1 game, they won't get the benefit of the doubt.
Funny thing about Navy: If they had somehow won that game against Ohio State, they would have become the darling darkhorse team for the title game, because if an unbeaten Naval Academy team ever beat Ohio State, Pitt and Notre Dame on the road, the political price would have been too great not for them to be considered.
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If BYU runs the table, I think they'll get the shot. I don't think they will go undefeated, but still. If Penn State went undefeated I would put BYU ahead of them, but would the voters "screw" Joe Pa this late in his career? I doubt it.

Any undefeated SEC team would of course be ahead of BYU. Texas...I'm not sure there. I think they will be great, but I see OU losing a couple more. That offensive line is exactly as bad as I figured it was going to be. I don't know why the idiot sportscasters were picking OU to play in the title game again. That would actually play in Texas's favor, provided OK State, Texas Tech, Missouri or some combination of Big 12 teams still do well.

BYU has as good a shot as any mid major has ever had with that schedule. Talk to me after the Miami/FSU game and I'll tell you how confident I am in BYU taking a loss.
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    Originally posted by dunkndollaz
    and I am loving Nevada to beat ND - Nevada could be the surprise team this year - they have a hell of a lot of offense

and I am also quite certain that McCain is going to pummel Obama in the 2008 election.



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That was awful time management by Florida State at the end against Miami, although I believe there should have been 1 second left on the clock when the final incomplete pass hit the ground.
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A great week one with a nail biter to finish it up. As much as I am loving Notre Dame's chances for the title, the real test is the next few weeks when they go against Michigan which is circling the wagons to defend Rich. It won't shock me to see ND lose and give Rich a second chance. USC should destroy Ohio State, but something tells me it will be closer then people expect. If Miami is able to survive this month, they probably win the conference. Florida and Texas are now the favorites to win both the title and the Heisman with their QBs. Still, its week one and plenty of time for people to stumble.
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    That was awful time management by Florida State at the end against Miami, although I believe there should have been 1 second left on the clock when the final incomplete pass hit the ground.
    State University of New Jersey isn't really the national power they delude themselves into believing they are.


They took a lot of time getting subs in, but whatever it was Miami sure was confused by it so I wouldn't call it a waste. They had plenty of time still to score, just couldn't get it done.

I really want a rematch for the ACC title. Whipple had that offense ready to roll and FSU had no real tape to work with, so it would be nice to see if they could slow Harris down after a season of games to break down.

Very happy that FSU looks to finally have a real offense though. Should be a good game against BYU in a couple of weeks.

Yeah, Rutgers was what we thought they were.

I'm really sick of a certain country song. Are they going with this all season?
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    That was awful time management by Florida State at the end against Miami, although I believe there should have been 1 second left on the clock when the final incomplete pass hit the ground.

Seriously. I was screaming at my TV that there should still be 1 second left on the clock. Maybe they reviewed that too and just didn't mention it, but on the other hand I thought the refs always announce the purpose of all their official reviews. Either way, that 1 second could have changed the outcome of the game.

And yes, very poor time management. Whether or not the subbing confused Miami, it took away the opportunity for more plays (which clearly FSU needed).

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