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And now it’s on for real, but it’s a painfully light Saturday of FBS vs. FBS games. The real show is on next weekend, but it’s the first big college football Saturday of the year. Let’s have some fun.
This is all just for spits, giggles, and entertainment purposes only, however, just in case you dabble …
You seriously want to be on the other side of Ohio State when it absolutely needs to make a statement in the opener? Florida Atlantic will be better and stronger than it was last season, but under Ryan Day, the Buckeyes were unstoppable in three of the first four games in 2018. The 27.5 might seem relatively big, but OSU might be up by four touchdowns in the first half.
– Florida Atlantic at Ohio State Game Preview, Prediction
The world is in love with Nebraska. You’re in love with Nebraska, We’re all in love with Nebraska … sort of. The pressure is on to not just beat South Alabama, but do it in ugly blowout fashion. It’ll happen, but the Jaguars will do just enough offensively to keep it closer than the 36. Nebraska could put up 50 points and crank out over 500 yards of total offense and still not cover.
– South Alabama vs. Nebraska Game Preview, Prediction
I feel like I’m missing the obvious with NC State vs. East Carolina. The Wolfpack will win, but I’m putting way too much stock in new Pirate head coach Mike Houston … to a point. The chronically underappreciated Wolfpack should come up with an impressive defensive performance to get to the 17.5. Liked it when it opened at State -20.5, love it more now after it dropped.
– East Carolina at NC State Game Preview, Prediction
Watch out for Illinois. It’s going to win six games, it’s going to go bowling, and it’s … it’s … it’s still Illinois. It should be able to handle Akron without much of a problem, but it still should have a few problems getting past the 17.5. It’s 18 in some areas after starting out at 15 and hanging at 16.5. If you need to go one way, take the Big Ten team over the MAC program in transition – even one that came back and shocked Northwestern last season. And why? It’s still Illinois. Speaking of the Big Ten vs. the MAC …
– Akron at Illinois Game Preview, Prediction
Indiana shouldn’t have too much of an issue taking care of Ball State in Lucas Oil Stadium. The Cardinals were plucky at times last season, but they won’t have the offensive pop to keep up the pace after getting out to a big start. The 17.5 won’t be a concern – IU should be able to hang up close to 40. Get ready … Hoosier QB Michael Pennix will be talking point next week.
– Indiana vs. Ball State Game Preview, Prediction
There’s nothing sexy about Kentucky. There’s no Benny Snell, and no Josh Allen, and it’s not the type of team that’s going to do anything flashy, but it’s going to be rock-solid sound against a good Toledo team that should sputter and cough a bit. Like the under on the 61.5, love the Cats giving away 11.5 – especially after it came down from 13.5.
– Toledo vs. Kentucky Game Preview, Prediction
Don’t think about this one … just do it. Mississippi State. -19 over Louisiana. Done and done. To be an elitist, it’s the SEC vs. the Sun Belt in a pro stadium. It won’t be 56-10 like it was last year, but in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Bulldogs will have few problems with the number, even though the Ragin’ Cajuns will be players in the Sun Belt.
– Mississippi State vs. Louisiana Game Preview, Prediction
Ole Miss vs. Memphis is way too scary. The Tigers are good enough to be in the mix for the AAC title, and they’re at home, but the SEC is the SEC, even if it’s an Ole Miss team that lost a ton of talent to the NFL. The Rebels were the cautious play when the line was Memphis -6, and I shouldn’t be worried now that it’s -4.5, but … the Tigers will win at home. Maybe. The better play is the over – WAY over – on the 64.5.
– Ole Miss at Memphis Game Preview, Prediction
The line hasn’t moved on Eastern Michigan -6 on the road at Coastal Carolina. As long as it doesn’t bump up, the Eagles are a nice call as long as the defense has a good day. There was a time when EMU wasn’t within ten miles of being a road favorite – it’ll win by a touchdown in a low-scoring battle.
– Eastern Michigan at Coastal Carolina Game Preview, Prediction
Tennessee is way overdue to take out a whole lot of frustrations. After the way last season ended, and with the power outage offensively, it can be forgiven if it’s about open it up. Even so, watch out for Georgia State to come up with just enough garbage-time points to get by the 26.5 point spread, but stay away from the total. The 57 is about right on the mark.
– Georgia State at Tennessee Game Preview, Prediction