Week 1 Predictions
Alabama 45, Kent State 3 – The quarterback situation will probably be as unclear after this game as before.
Arkansas 58, Missouri State 10 – Missouri who? The Hogs will score as many as they want in one.
Auburn 35, Utah State 17 – USU isn’t as bad as you might think.
BYU 28, Ole Miss 24 – A tough out of conference opener for the Black Bears, er Rebels.
Mississippi State 38, Memphis 21 – The only thing good about this game is that it’s on Thursday night and kicks off the SEC season.
Florida 31, Florida Atlantic 21 – FAU will prove to be a tough opener and the final score will be closer than the Gators would like. Muschamp opens his era at Florida with a win.
Kentucky 37, Western Kentucky 6 – WKU provides the fodder for the Joker Phillip’s era at UK to begin with a grin.
South Carolina 35, East Carolina 14 – This could be a tough opener for the Gamecocks. Is USC up for a repeat? This is opener could give a clue as to how the Gamecock’s season will go.
Tennessee 42, Montana 17 – Tyler Bray and Co. will shine against another cupcake opponent.
Vanderbilt 34, Elon 0 – Vandy may not have an athletics department, but somebody their knows how to schedule. The Commodores will blank the Phoenix in this private school battle.
Oregon 31, LSU 27 – Both teams have been in the spotlight this off-season due to suspensions and NCAA questions. LSU not only loses Jordan Jefferson and Russell Shepherd to suspensions, but will also be without offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe, who is battling an illness. The is basically a rematch of the BCS Championship game for the Ducks as they get another crack at an elite SEC school. I think the Ducks hold the motivational edge here and will win a close one.
Boise State 21, Georgia 16 – I’ll be pulling for the Dawgs in this one, but I don’t think they’ll get it done. The Broncos return 14 starters, including QB Kellen Moore, who may be the best player in the country. Georgia welcomes their Dream Team freshman class and top recruit Isaiah Crowell will tote the rock early and often for the Dawgs. UGA’s 3-4 defense will show improvement in it’s second year, but unfortunately their play calling will remain inconsistent.