Week 1 Picks

Let’s get this thing started…

Arkansas 56, Jacksonville State 14: Jack Crowe returns to Arkansas, but this trip won’t go well either. Tyler Wilson and Knile Davis will explode on the Gamecocks as the new Razorback receivers get up to speed.

LSU 49, North Texas 0: Hurricane Isaac caused the Tigers to miss some practice time this week, but, if truth be told, they could’ve skipped the whole week of practice and still win.  Zach Mettenberger will look like everybody’s all-American as the Tigers squash the Mean Green.

Ole Miss 20, Central Arkansas 10: I didn’t know for sure Central Arkansas had a football team, but apparently they do and apparently they are playing the Rebel Black Bears this weekend. Enjoy it RBBs because this is one of three wins you’ll get to celebrate this year.

Mississippi State 36, Jackson State 7: The Bullies will pound the Jackson State Tigers as a warm up act for their game with the Auburn Tigers next week.

Florida 49, Bowling Green 0: In this match-up of teams that Urban Meyer used to coach the Gators will roll, but the big question is whether Jacoby Brissett or Jeff Driskel will play better.  The loser of the battle may start hunting a sick relative before looking to transfer.

Georgia 66, Buffalo 0: I’m sure this game sounded much better back when Turner Gill coached at Buffalo.

Missouri 35, Southeast Louisiana 10: Mizzou opens their first season in the SEC by playing a directional Louisiana school.  Sounds about right.

Louisville 24, Kentucky 14: Louisville plays Kentucky this weekend.  Does anybody care?  Not unless it’s a basketball game.  In what will be a good test for both teams to start 2012, the Cards will pass and the Cats will flunk.

N.C. State 28, Tennessee 27: This game is huge for UT. Win and the stage is set for the Vols to take a big step forward in 2012. Lose and Derek Dooley’s already sparse bandwagon continues to empty.

South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 17: This is a tough way for Steve Spurrier’ Gamecocks to open the year. Vandy has momentum building and an upset win isn’t out of the picture.  This game won’t be easy, but South Carolina has too much talent in the end.

Clemson 27, Auburn 14: Is Clemson’s psyche destroyed after giving up 70 points in the Orange Bowl?  I guess we’ll find out.  Despite playing without receiver Sammy Watkins, CU should have more than enough fire power to handle Auburn in Dabo Swinney’s personal Iron Bowl.

Alabama 20, Michigan 14: On paper, the Tide should pound the Wolverines into submission, but in reality the game will close.  Though their defensive line is out-manned, an experienced Michigan secondary could create red zone problems for the Tide offense.