NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > First pick'em of the year...
August 27, 2012, 11:43 PM
Fresh picks to mull over, here are the games (a few good ones and a lot of cheese)

1 USC vs Hawaii - Chow angle makes it a bit interesting
2 Alabama vs 8 Michigan - Will DR be alive by the 2nd half?
3 LSU vs North Texas
4 Oklahoma at UTEP
5 Oregon vs Arkansas State - May be a good game for a while, ASU is decent
6 Georgia vs Buffalo
7 Florida State vs Murray State
9 South Carolina at Vanderbilt (Thursday)
10 Arkansas vs Jacksonville State
11 West Virginia vs Marshall - Sometimes a decent rivalry game
12 Wisconsin vs Northern Iowa
13 Michigan State vs. 24 Boise State (Friday) - One possible upset special
14 Clemson at Auburn - 2nd possible upset special
15 Texas vs Wyoming
16 Virginia Tech vs Georgia Tech (Monday)
17 Nebraska vs Southern Miss - Last year would have been a great game, USM lost too many players from a good team.
18 Ohio State vs Miami (OH)
19 Oklahoma State vs Savannah State
21 Stanford vs San Jose State
22 Kansas State vs Missouri State
23 Florida vs Bowling Green
25 Louisville vs Kentucky

Other Notables:
TENN at NC State (Friday) - Good ACC vs SEC start to the year
Nevada at CAL - Nevada back to decent after a rebuild year?
SMU at Baylor (Sunday) - Sunday games in CFB are fun, Texas fans might have an interest in how the SMU QB does this season.
WSU at BYU (Thursday) - WSU onboard with the TT offense yet?
ND vs. Navy in Ireland - The beer may be better than the game...
August 28, 2012  12:57 AM ET

Hopefully WVU vs Marshall will be close.

If so, it could be 1 of the more interesting games of the weekend.

August 28, 2012  09:03 AM ET

1 USC defeats Hawaii
2 Alabama bedevils 8 Michigan
3 LSU defeats North Texas
4 Oklahoma survives UTEP
5 Oregon wears down Arkansas State
6 Georgia gets by Buffalo
7 Florida State defeats Murray State
9 South Carolina ekes by Vanderbilt
10 Arkansas defeats Jacksonville State
11 West Virginia gets by Marshall
12 Wisconsin runs over Northern Iowa
13 Michigan State survives a scare from 24 Boise State
14 Clemson falls at Auburn
15 Texas avoids Wyoming
16 Virginia Tech loses to Georgia Tech
17 Nebraska gets the win against Southern Miss
18 Ohio State defeats Miami (OH)
19 Oklahoma State beats Savannah State
21 Stanford defeats San Jose State
22 Kansas State defeats Missouri State
23 Florida defeats Bowling Green
25 Louisville escapes Kentucky

Other Notables:
TENN fins a way to win vs NC State
Nevada spoils the opening of CAL's refurbished stadium
SMU wins at Baylor
WSU finds a way at BYU
ND defeats Navy, with questionable officiating playing a part. Being gentlemen, the Middies do not protest the outcome.

August 28, 2012  09:15 AM ET

I must append my picks with this qualifier. VT is freaking loaded and playing at home, but, you have to pick some long odds outcomes. The same goes for my UTK pick (It's not just homerism). UTK has talent, but will be initiating a new 3-4 defensive scheme (3rd coaching staff in 3 years - Double D is the only constant). NCSU has a fine QB and played solidly on both sides of the ball in 2011. The Wolfpack should be favored, whatever the billboard says.

Auburn lusts for revenge against Clemson and should be able to win at home. if they lose, well, let's hope the locals don't turn the fire hoses on the Clemson fans.

Things will not be normal in Ireland. We'll see you at breakfast. Van should tell us what he's wearing so that we may look for him in the stands (or as he's escorted out by the constables).

Some other picks are just coin flips.

August 28, 2012  09:17 AM ET

BTW, thanks for the no conditions open pick board, 'Pit. Glad you're doing it again this year.

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August 28, 2012  09:49 AM ET

1 USC vs Hawaii - USC
2 Alabama vs 8 Michigan - Bama
3 LSU vs North Texas - LSU
4 Oklahoma at UTEP- Oklahoma
5 Oregon vs Arkansas State - Oregon
6 Georgia vs Buffalo - UGA
7 Florida State vs Murray State - FSU
9 South Carolina at Vanderbilt - USCe
10 Arkansas vs Jacksonville State - Arkansas
11 West Virginia vs Marshall - WVU
12 Wisconsin vs Northern Iowa - Wisconsin
13 Michigan State vs. 24 Boise State- Boise St
14 Clemson at Auburn - Auburn
15 Texas vs Wyoming - Texas
16 Virginia Tech vs Georgia Tech- Va Tech
17 Nebraska vs Southern Miss - Nebraska
18 Ohio State vs Miami (OH) - Ohio St
19 Oklahoma State vs Savannah State - Okie St
21 Stanford vs San Jose State- Stanford
22 Kansas State vs Missouri State - Kstate
23 Florida vs Bowling Green - Florida
25 Louisville vs Kentucky - Louisville

Other Notables:
TENN at NC State- Tennessee
Nevada at CAL - Nevada
SMU at Baylor - SMU
WSU at BYU - BYU
ND vs. Navy - ND
..

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August 28, 2012  10:09 AM ET

Vandy beats USCe. Connor shaw is not good

August 28, 2012  10:22 AM ET

all the teams listed on the left, with the exceptions of Cal and BYU.

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August 28, 2012  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

?????????????????Vandy??????????Vandy would lose to at least three HS teams in Texas - and I'm scared to death that there might be a fourth HS team in that group.

Vandy is getting better....they gotta pretty good coach now. Might surprise you.

August 28, 2012  11:00 AM ET

1 USC
2 Alabama
3 LSU
4 Oklahoma
5 Oregon
6 Georgia
7 Florida State
9 South Carolina
10 Arkansas
11 West Virginia
12 Wisconsin
13 Michigan State
14 Clemson
15 Texas
16 Virginia Tech
17 Nebraska
18 Ohio State
19 Oklahoma State
21 Stanford
22 Kansas State
23 Florida
25 Louisville

Other Notables:
NC State (Friday) -
Nevada
SMU
WSU
ND

August 28, 2012  11:28 AM ET

1 USC vs Hawaii - USC
2 Alabama vs 8 Michigan - Bama
3 LSU vs North Texas - LSU
4 Oklahoma at UTEP- Oklahoma
5 Oregon vs Arkansas State - Oregon
6 Georgia vs Buffalo - UGA
7 Florida State vs Murray State - FSU
9 South Carolina at Vanderbilt - USCe
10 Arkansas vs Jacksonville State - Arkansas
11 West Virginia vs Marshall - WVU
12 Wisconsin vs Northern Iowa - Wisconsin
13 Michigan State vs. 24 Boise State- Mich St.
14 Clemson at Auburn - Auburn
15 Texas vs Wyoming - Texas
16 Virginia Tech vs Georgia Tech- Va Tech
17 Nebraska vs Southern Miss - Nebraska
18 Ohio State vs Miami (OH) - Ohio St
19 Oklahoma State vs Savannah State - Okie St
21 Stanford vs San Jose State- Stanford
22 Kansas State vs Missouri State - Kstate
23 Florida vs Bowling Green - Florida
25 Louisville vs Kentucky - KY

Other Notables:
TENN at NC State- Tennessee
Nevada at CAL - Cal
SMU at Baylor - Baylor
WSU at BYU - Wazu
ND vs. Navy - ND
..

August 28, 2012  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

BTW, thanks for the no conditions open pick board, 'Pit. Glad you're doing it again this year.

Thanks. Its a bit more fun when there are more good games, but the cheese games this week are spread out over 4 game days at least.

August 28, 2012  11:44 AM ET

My Picks:

1 USC vs Hawaii - USC by 21
2 Alabama vs 8 Michigan - Bama by 18
3 LSU vs North Texas - LSU by 21
4 Oklahoma at UTEP- Oklahoma by 40
5 Oregon vs Arkansas State - Oregon by 35 with a 2nd half surge
6 Georgia vs Buffalo - UGA by 24
7 Florida State vs Murray State - FSU by 56
9 South Carolina at Vanderbilt - USCe by 10, Vandy is decent
10 Arkansas vs Jacksonville State - Arkansas by 60
11 West Virginia vs Marshall - WVU by 14
12 Wisconsin vs Northern Iowa - Wisconsin by 21
13 Michigan State vs. 24 Boise State- Boise St by 10
14 Clemson at Auburn - Clemson by 3
15 Texas vs Wyoming - Texas by 17 (Cowboys are OK, a decent game should not be panic time for horn fans)
16 Virginia Tech vs Georgia Tech- Va Tech by 7, this one scares me a bit
17 Nebraska vs Southern Miss - Nebraska by 10 at home
18 Ohio State vs Miami (OH) - Ohio St FTW. Hope the Nuts go undefeated this year
19 Oklahoma State vs Savannah State - Okie St by 45
21 Stanford vs San Jose State- Stanford by 10
22 Kansas State vs Missouri State - Kstate by 28
23 Florida vs Bowling Green - Florida by 22
25 Louisville vs Kentucky - Louisville by 7, Strong gets SEC/B12/P12 job next year

Other Notables:
TENN at NC State- NC State by 4
Nevada at CAL - Nevada by 7
SMU at Baylor - SMU by 10, RG III will be the most missed dude on the field this year by any team
WSU at BYU - BYU by 10
ND vs. Navy - ND by 14

August 28, 2012  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

?????????????????Vandy??????????Vandy would lose to at least three HS teams in Texas - and I'm scared to death that there might be a fourth HS team in that group.

Hide and watch.

August 28, 2012  11:47 AM ET

Oh and Connor Shaw is not good.

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August 28, 2012  12:00 PM ET

Stick with Texas high school football. You seem engrossed in its greatness. Leave SEC matters to SEC folks. Big 12+2-3 is your playground

 
August 28, 2012  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'm still a Briles fan

Who's tossing the pigskin for bible Aggy this year?

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