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Saturday, October 11, 2014

College Football Week 7 Picks

By Michael Schneid

Cincinnati at Miami (FL) Miami
No. 1 Florida State at Syracuse Florida St
Texas vs. No. 11 Oklahoma* Oklahoma
No. 13 Georgia at No. 23 Missouri Missouri
Illinois at Wisconsin Wisconsin
West Virginia at Texas Tech West Virginia
Tulsa at Temple Temple
Indiana at Iowa Indiana
Louisiana-Monroe at Kentucky Kentucky
Northwestern at Minnesota Northwestern
Middle Tennessee at Marshall Marshall
Rice at Army Rice
Duke at No. 22 Georgia Tech Duke
Buffalo at Eastern Michigan Buffalo
Arkansas State at Georgia State Arkansas St
Bowling Green at Ohio Bowling Green
Massachusetts at Kent State Kent St
Miami (OH) at Akron Miami OH
New Mexico State at Troy New Mexico St
Western Michigan at Ball State Ball St
No. 2 Auburn at No. 3 Mississippi State Auburn
No. 9 TCU at No. 5 Baylor TCU
North Carolina at No. 6 Notre Dame Notre Dame
No. 8 Michigan State at Purdue Michigan St
No. 12 Oregon at No. 18 UCLA UCLA
Boston College at North Carolina State NC St
Liberty at Appalachian State Appalachian St
North Texas at UAB UAB
Louisville at Clemson Clemson
Virginia Military Institute at Navy Navy
Toledo at Iowa State Iowa St
No. 16 Oklahoma State at Kansas Oklahoma St
Chattanooga at Tennessee Tennessee
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois Northern Illinois
No. 7 Alabama at Arkansas Alabama
Washington at California California
Idaho at Georgia Southern Georgia Southern
No. 19 East Carolina at South Florida ECU
Penn State at Michigan Penn St
Houston at Memphis Memphis
Florida International at UTSA UTSA
Charleston Southern at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
LSU at Florida LSU
Connecticut at Tulane Tulane
Old Dominion at UTEP Old Dominion
No. 3 Ole Miss at No. 14 Texas A&M Texas A&M
Air Force at Utah State Utah St
USC at No. 10 Arizona Arizona 
Colorado State at Nevada Nevada 
Wyoming at Hawaii Wyoming

Thursday, October 2, 2014

College Football Week 6 Picks

By Michael Schneid


Thursday, October 2
Arizona at No. 2 Oregon Oregon
UCF at Houston UCF
Florida Atlantic at Florida International Florida Atlantic
Friday, October 3
Louisville at Syracuse Louisville
San Diego State at Fresno State Fresno St
Utah State at No. 18 BYU BYU
Saturday, October 4
No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 12 Mississippi State Texas A&M
No. 20 Ohio State at Maryland Ohio State
Iowa State at No. 21 Oklahoma State Oklahoma St
SMU at No. 22 East Carolina East Carolina
Florida at Tennessee Tennessee
Purdue at Illinois Illinois
Marshall at Old Dominion Marshall
Southern Miss at Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee
Ball State at Army Army
Virginia Tech at North Carolina Virginia Tech
Eastern Michigan at Akron Akron
North Texas at Indiana Indiana
Massachusetts at Miami (OH) Miami OH
Tulsa at Colorado State Colorado St
Wake Forest at No. 1 Florida State Florida St
No. 3 Alabama at No. 11 Ole Miss Alabama
No. 4 Oklahoma at No. 25 TCU Oklahoma
No. 7 Baylor at Texas Baylor
No. 14 Stanford at No. 9 Notre Dame Notre Dame
No. 17 Wisconsin at Northwestern Wisconsin
North Carolina State at Clemson Clemson
Ohio at Central Michigan Ohio
Buffalo at Bowling Green Bowling Green
New Mexico at UTSA UTSA
Navy at Air Force Air Force
Vanderbilt at No. 13 Georgia Georgia
Oregon State at Colorado Oregon St 
Kansas at West Virginia West Virginia
Kent State at Northern Illinois Northern Illinois
South Alabama at Appalachian State South Alabama
No. 15 LSU at No. 5 Auburn LSU
Texas Tech at No. 23 Kansas State Kansas St
Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas State Arkansas St
Georgia State at Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana-Lafayette
Hawaii at Rice Rice
Idaho at Texas State Texas St
Toledo at Western Michigan Toledo
Memphis at Cincinnati Cincinnati
Michigan at Rutgers Rutgers
UAB at Western Kentucky Western Kentucky
UTEP at Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
Arizona State at No. 16 USC USC
Miami (FL) at Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh at Virginia Virginia
South Carolina at Kentucky Kentucky
No. 19 Nebraska at No. 10 Michigan State Michigan St
Georgia Southern at New Mexico State Georgia Southern
UNLV at San Jose State UNLV
Utah at No. 8 UCLA UCLA
Boise State at Nevada Nevada
California at Washington State Washington St

Thursday, September 25, 2014

College Football Week 5 Picks

By Michael Schneid


Thursday, September 25
Texas Tech at No. 24 Oklahoma State Oklahoma St
Appalachian State at Georgia Southern Georgia Southern 
No. 11 UCLA at No. 15 Arizona State UCLA
Friday, September 26
Fresno State at New Mexico Fresno St
Middle Tennessee at Old Dominion Old Dominion
Saturday, September 27
Cincinnati at No. 22 Ohio State Cincinnati
Wyoming at No. 9 Michigan State Michigan St
Tennessee at No. 12 Georgia Georgia 
South Florida at No. 19 Wisconsin Wisconsin
UTEP at No. 25 Kansas State Kansas St 
Iowa at Purdue Iowa
Northwestern at Penn State Penn St
TCU at SMU TCU
Tulane at Rutgers Rutgers
Vanderbilt at Kentucky Kentucky
Colorado State at Boston College Boston College
Western Michigan at Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
Army at Yale Army
Akron at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Maryland at Indiana Indiana 
Eastern Illinois at Ohio Ohio 
Bowling Green at Massachusetts Bowling Green
No. 1 Florida State at North Carolina State Florida St
Arkansas vs. No. 6 Texas A&M* Texas A&M
Western Kentucky at Navy Navy
Minnesota at Michigan Michigan
Kent State at Virginia Virginia
Florida International at UAB UAB
Wake Forest at Louisville Louisville
Miami (OH) at Buffalo Miami OH
Louisiana Tech at No. 5 Auburn Auburn
Colorado at California California 
Temple at Connecticut Temple
Texas at Kansas Texas
No. 16 Stanford at Washington Stanford
South Alabama at Idaho South Alabama
UTSA at Florida Atlantic UTSA
Missouri at No. 13 South Carolina South Carolina
North Carolina at Clemson Clemson
Central Michigan at Toledo Toledo
Rice at Southern Miss Rice
Troy at Louisiana-Monroe Louisiana-Monroe
Boise State at Air Force Boise St
Memphis at No. 10 Ole Miss Ole Miss
New Mexico State at No. 17 LSU LSU
Duke at Miami (FL) Duke
No. 7 Baylor at Iowa State Baylor
No. 8 Notre Dame vs. Syracuse* Notre Dame
Texas State at Tulsa Tulsa
UNLV at San Diego State SD St
Washington State at Utah Utah
Illinois at No. 21 Nebraska Nebraska 
Oregon State at No. 18 USC USC
Nevada at San Jose State Nevada 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

College Football Week 4 Picks

By Michael Schneid


Thursday, September 18
No. 5 Auburn at No. 20 Kansas State Kansas St
Friday, September 19
Connecticut at South Florida Uconn
Saturday, September 20
Miami (OH) at Cincinnati Cincinnati
California at Arizona Arizona
Eastern Michigan at No. 11 Michigan State Michigan St
Troy at No. 13 Georgia Georgia
Bowling Green at No. 19 Wisconsin Wisconsin
Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
Iowa at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Western Illinois at Northwestern Northwestern 
Southern Illinois at Purdue Purdue
Old Dominion at Rice Rice
Maryland at Syracuse Maryland 
Tulane at Duke Duke
Maine at Boston College Boston College
Delaware State at Temple Temple
Marshall at Akron Marshall
Hawaii at Colorado Colorado
Florida at No. 3 Alabama Alabama
No. 6 Texas A&M at SMU Texas A&M
Virginia at No. 21 BYU BYU
Nicholls State at North Texas North Texas
Norfolk State at Buffalo Buffalo
North Carolina at East Carolina East Carolina
Army at Wake Forest Wake Forest
Louisville at Florida International Louisville
Central Michigan at Kansas Central Michigan
Rutgers at Navy Navy
Utah at Michigan Michigan
Indiana at No. 18 Missouri Missouri
Texas State at Illinois Illinois
Massachusetts at Penn State Penn St
San Jose State at Minnesota Minnesota
Florida Atlantic at Wyoming Wyoming
Presbyterian at North Carolina State NC State
Bethune-Cookman at UCF UCF
Georgia State at Washington Washington
Mississippi State at No. 8 LSU LSU
Northern Illinois at Arkansas Arkansas
Utah State at Arkansas State Utah St
Middle Tennessee at Memphis Memphis
Northwestern State at Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
Appalachian State at Southern Miss Southern Miss
Ball State at Toledo Toledo
Idaho at Ohio Ohio
Murray State at Western Michigan Western Michigan
No. 4 Oklahoma at West Virginia West Virginia
No. 14 South Carolina at Vanderbilt South Carolina
Georgia Southern at South Alabama Georgia Southern 
No. 22 Clemson at No. 1 Florida State Florida St
Miami (FL) at No. 24 Nebraska Nebraska
UNLV at Houston Houston
New Mexico at New Mexico State New Mexico St
Southern Utah at Fresno State Fresno St
No. 2 Oregon at Washington State Oregon
San Diego State at Oregon State Oregon St
Louisiana-Lafayette at Boise State Boise St

Thursday, September 11, 2014

College Football: Week 3 Picks

By Michael Schneid

So far through two weeks, MotleySports has predicted each College Football game, and has done so at over 85% accuracy. 

Week 1:
71/83 (85%)
21-1 - top 25 games
Week 2
64/74  (86%)
20-2  - top 25 games


Thursday, September 11
Louisiana Tech at North Texas North Texas
Houston at No. 25 BYU BYU
Friday, September 12
Toledo at Cincinnati Cincinnati
No. 8 Baylor at Buffalo Baylor
Saturday, September 13
East Carolina at No. 17 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech 
UCF at No. 20 Missouri Missouri
Kent State at No. 22 Ohio State Ohio State
Indiana at Bowling Green Indiana
Ohio at Marshall Marshall
Boise State at Connecticut Boise State
Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech Georgia Southern 
Pittsburgh at Florida International Pittsburgh
Syracuse at Central Michigan Central Michigan
West Virginia at Maryland West Virginia
Massachusetts at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
No. 21 Louisville at Virginia Virginia
Wyoming at No. 2 Oregon Oregon
Air Force at Georgia State Air Force
UC Davis at Colorado State Colorado St
Indiana State at Ball State Ball St
No. 6 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina Georgia
Alabama A&M at UAB UAB
Kansas at Duke Duke
Miami (OH) at Michigan Michigan
Arkansas State at Miami (FL) Miami
North Carolina State at South Florida NC State
Arkansas at Texas Tech Texas Tech 
Iowa State at Iowa Iowa
Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 14 Ole Miss Ole Miss
Mississippi State at South Alabama Mississippi State
Minnesota at TCU TCU
Illinois at Washington Washington
Army at No. 15 Stanford Stanford
Western Michigan at Idaho Idaho
Southern Miss at No. 3 Alabama Alabama
Eastern Michigan at Old Dominion Old Dominion
Louisiana-Monroe at No. 10 LSU LSU
Northern Illinois at UNLV Northern Illinois
Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee Western Kentucky
UTSA at Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
Wake Forest at Utah State Utah St
Tulsa at Florida Atlantic Tulsa
Abilene Christian at Troy Troy
Purdue vs. No. 11 Notre Dame* Notre Dame
Kentucky at Florida Florida
Tennessee at No. 4 Oklahoma Oklahoma
No. 9 USC at Boston College USC
No. 12 UCLA vs. Texas* UCLA
Penn State at Rutgers Penn St
New Mexico State at UTEP UTEP
Southeastern Louisiana at Tulane Tulane
Navy at Texas State Navy
Portland State at Washington State Washington St
Rice at No. 7 Texas A&M Texas A&M 
No. 16 Arizona State at Colorado Arizona State
Nebraska at Fresno State Nebraska
Nevada at Arizona Arizona

Friday, September 5, 2014

2014 NFL Preview: 32 Team-by-Team Predictions

 By Michael Schneid

MotleySports makes bold predictions for each NFL team as the 2014 season begins. (Teams are in order by division.)


AFC Predictions

1. The Jets, with an improved offense, will make the playoffs as the NFC's final wild card team.
2. Tom Brady will break 5,000 yards and the Patriots will win 12 games.
3. Kyle Orton and another QB, not currently on Bills roster, will start more games at QB than EJ Manuel
4. Knowshon Moreno will lead the Dolphins in rushing and finish third on the team in receiving.
5. The Steelers not only return to the playoffs, but they will win the AFC North division.
6. The Ravens will miss the playoffs for the third straight season and part ways with Ray Rice at the end of 2014.
7. Bengals defense will finish top 5 in takeaways and Andy Dalton will have a Pro Bowl season
8. Johnny Manziel will be the Brown's starting QB beginning in Week 5 and will spark the Browns and lead them to 6 wins in 2014 (an improvement over 4 the last two years).
9. Andrew Luck will be the AFC MVP, as the Colts win the AFC South despite a bad defense and no running game.
10. The Jaguars will be one of the league's most improved team's - finishing in the top half of the league in defense and rushing.
11. The Titans will finish last in the AFC South and move on from Jake Locker in 2015
12. JJ Watt and Jadaveon Clowney dominate defensively and a rejuvenated Texans win 7 games.
13. The Broncos win the Super Bowl and Peyton Manning retires
14. Keenan Allen finishes in the top 5 in receiving yards in the NFL for the Chargers
15. The Chiefs take a major step back and only win 6 games
16. Derek Carr starts all 16 games for the Raiders and despite being the best rookie QB in 2014, head coach Dennis Allen will be fired at the end of the season


NFC Predictions

17. Lesean McCoy wins Offensive Player of the Year in the NFC as he leads the Eagles to record-breaking heights
18. Jason Garrett finally gets fired as the Cowboys, behind a historically horrible defense, fail to even finish .500.
19. The Redskins will struggle offensively, and Alfred Morris, specifically, will struggle without Mike Shanahan's system. 
20. 2014 will be Tom Coughlin's final season as Giants' head coach
21. The Packers will finish in the top 2 of the NFC, despite a poor defense
22. The Bears finally get back to the playoffs with Jay Cutler throwing for over 5,000 yards
23. The Vikings are the NFC's surprise team. Matt Cassel starts all 16 games and leads the Vikings back to the playoffs.
24. The Lions struggle with consistency on offense as they still cannot find a second option to Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush begins to be phased out.
25. Saints defense is a big reason why they win the NFC South.
26. The Bucs are one of the league's most improved teams, behind a stout Lovie Smith defense, but QB play keeps them out of the playoffs.
27. Cam Newton will miss a game or two due to injury for the first time in his career and the Panthers will not replicate last season's success.
28. Mike Smith will be fired by the Falcons after the 2014 season as the defense continues to be a disaster, despite the offense being able to score lots of points
29. The Seahawks return to the Super Bowl and Percy Harvin plays 10 games, and has a major impact on the Seattle offense (and tons of fantasy football teams).
30. The 49ers miss the playoffs for the first time in the Jim Harbaugh era.
31. Despite losing Sam Bradford for the season, the Rams finish 8-8.
32. Carson Palmer takes a major step back and the Cardinals flop in Bruce Arians' second season as head coach.

Share your thoughts below.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

2014 NFL Predictions

AFC Predictions: 

AFC East:
Patriots
Jets
Dolphins
Bills

AFC North:
Steelers
Bengals
Ravens
Browns

AFC South: 
Colts
Texans
Jaguars
Titans

AFC West:
Broncos
Chargers
Chiefs
Raiders


NFC Predictions: 

NFC East: 
Eagles
Cowboys
Giants
Redskins

NFC North: 
Packers
Bears
Vikings
Lions

NFC South:
Saints
Bucs
Panthers
Falcons

NFC West: 
Seahawks
49ers
Rams
Cardinals

AFC Playoffs: 
Byes: 1. Broncos 2. Patriots
3. Steelers vs. 6. Jets
4. Colts vs. 5. Bengals

Broncos vs. Jets
Bengals vs. Patriots

Broncos beat Bengals to advance to Super Bowl


NFC Playoffs: 
Bye: 1.Seahawks 2. Packers
3. Saints vs. 6. Vikings
4. Eagles vs. 5. Bears

1. Packers vs. 5. Bears
2. Seahawks vs. 3. Saints

Seahawks beat Packers to advance to Super Bowl 

Super Bowl Prediction: 
Broncos defeat Seahawks


NFL Awards Predictions:

AFC MVP: Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
NFC MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
AFC Offensive Player of the Year: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
NFC Offensive Player of the Year: Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers
AFC Defensive Player of the Year: Joe Haden, CB, Browns
NFC Defensive Player of the Year: Earl Thomas, S, Seahawks
AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year: Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers
AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year: Calvin Pryor, S, Jets
NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year: Aaron Donald, DT, Rams 

College Football: Week 2 Predictions

By Michael Schneid


After going 71-13 in Week 1, MotleySports predicts every College Football game for Week 2.


Thursday, September 4
Arizona at UTSA Arizona
Friday, September 5
Pittsburgh at Boston College Pittsburgh
Washington State at Nevada Nevada
Saturday, September 6
Florida Atlantic at No. 2 Alabama Alabama
No. 4 Oklahoma at Tulsa Oklahoma
Western Illinois at No. 18 Wisconsin Wisconsin
McNeese State at No. 19 Nebraska Nebraska
No. 20 Kansas State at Iowa State Kansas State
No. 24 Missouri at Toledo Missouri
Arkansas State at Tennessee Tennesee
Buffalo at Army Army
Stony Brook at Connecticut Uconn
SMU at North Texas North Texas
Western Kentucky at Illinois Western Kentucky
Akron at Penn State Penn State
Central Michigan at Purdue Purdue
Howard at Rutgers Rutgers
South Carolina State at No. 23 Clemson Clemson
Navy at Temple Navy
South Alabama at Kent State Kent St
UAB at Mississippi State Mississippi St
New Mexico State at Georgia State New Mexico St
Fresno State at Utah Utah
Sacramento State at California California
Colorado at Massachusetts Colorado
Eastern Washington at Washington Washington
No. 14 USC at No. 13 Stanford USC
Eastern Kentucky at Miami (OH) Miami OH
Virginia Military Institute at Bowling Green Bowling Green 
Ohio at Kentucky Kentucky
Northern Illinois at Northwestern Northern Illinois
Maryland at South Florida Maryland
Ball State at Iowa Iowa
Middle Tennessee at Minnesota Minnesota
Missouri State at Oklahoma State Oklahoma St
Richmond at Virginia Virginia
Georgia Tech at Tulane Tulane
Eastern Michigan at Florida Florida
Nicholls State at Arkansas Arkansas
No. 15 Ole Miss at Vanderbilt Ole Miss
Campbell at Appalachian State Appalachian St
Old Dominion at North Carolina State NC State
Wagner at Florida International FIU 
Savannah State at Georgia Southern Georgia Southern
No. 7 Michigan State at No. 3 Oregon Michigan State
Gardner-Webb at Wake Forest Wake Forest
San Jose State at No. 5 Auburn Auburn
No. 17 Arizona State at New Mexico Arizona St
East Carolina at No. 21 South Carolina South Carolina
Murray State at No. 25 Louisville Louisville
Southeast Missouri State at Kansas Kansas
Florida A&M at Miami (FL) Miami
Duke at Troy Duke
Louisiana Tech at Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana Lafayette
Rhode Island at Marshall Marshall 
Alcorn State at Southern Miss Southern Miss
Idaho at Louisiana-Monroe Louisiana-Monroe
Citadel at No. 1 Florida State Florida St
Lamar at No. 9 Texas A&M Texas A&M
Northwestern State at No. 10 Baylor Baylor
Sam Houston State at No. 12 LSU LSU
Michigan at No. 16 Notre Dame Notre Dame
BYU at Texas BYU
Towson at West Virginia West Virginia
Virginia Tech at No. 8 Ohio State Ohio St
San Diego State at No. 21 North Carolina North Carolina
Grambling State at Houston Houston
Idaho State at Utah State Utah St
Memphis at No. 11 UCLA UCLA
Northern Colorado at UNLV UNLV
Air Force at Wyoming Wyoming
Colorado State at Boise State Colorado St
Oregon State at Hawaii Hawaii
Texas Tech at UTEP Texas Tech

Sunday, August 31, 2014

College Football: 10 QBs Whose Names You Should Know

By Michael Schneid


Everyone knows Jameis Winston, Nick Marshall, Trevor Knight. But not everyone knows some of the quarterbacks on this list. Casual fans will know most, if not all, of these qBs very soon


1. Kenny Hill, Texas A&M
Replacing Johnny Football, Hill led A&M to an upset over South Carolina. Threw for 511 yards and 3 TDs

2. Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
If you don't know him already, you should. The project #1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Hackenberg threw for a PSU record 425 yards in a win over UCF.

3. Shane Carden, East Carolina
ECU plays South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and UNC the next three weeks so if you don't know Carden now, you will by the end of the month. Carden threw for 283 yards and 3 TDs in a win over NC Central
 
4. Anu Solomon, Arizona
Won a 4-man QB competition. Threw for 425 yards and 4 TDs in debut vs. UNLV

5. Jared Goff, California
Started all 12 games as a true freshman in 2013. Threw for 281 yards and 3 TDs in a win vs. Northwestern 

6. Taysom Hill, BYU
BYU beat Uconn Friday night and Hill threw for 308 yards, 3 TD and ran for another 97 yards, 2 TDs

7. Andrew Hendrix, Miami, OH
Former Notre Dame QB. Threw for 318 yards and 3 TDs vs. Marshall

8. Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky
Led the nation with 569 yards passing and 6 TDs in a win over Bowling Green

9. Connor Halliday, Washington State
Starting in year 3 in Mike Leach's scheme, he should put up video games numbers, starting with 532 yards and 5 TDs in Thursday night's loss to Rutgers.

10. Justin Hollman, UCF
The Knight started Pete DiNovo and he completed just 3 of 8 passes for 18 yards. Hollman came in and compelted 9 passes for over 200 yards and a TD and also had 2 touchdowns on the ground.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

College Football: Thursday 8/28 Preview

By Michael Schneid

Here are some quick hits and thoughts on the big games this Thursday as the College Football season begins.


Boise State vs. Ole Miss 
Boise State has beaten Oklahoma, Georgia, Oregon, Virginia Tech, TCU, Arizona St, Washington over recent seasons with Georgia, Oregon, and VT, specifically being season opening games. Ole Miss is next on the docket for Boise State, led by Bryan Harsin. Chris Peterson had coached Boise State since 2006 and finally moved on. Harsin is a former Boise State QB and Offensive Coordinator.

Ole Miss is a rising team in the SEC. Head coach Hugh Freeze is a young star in the business and has done a great job recruiting. WR Laquon Treadwell and DE Robert Nkemdiche are among Freeze's top recruits. 

Proximity has never been an issue for Boise State either. They beat Georgia in the Georgia Dome and Virginia Tech in Washington DC. This game will once again be in the Georgia Dome, in SEC country, convenient for the Rebels faithful to make the trip.

Prediction: Ole Miss


Rutgers vs. Washington State

It's unusual for a Big Ten team to play on a weekday, but Rutgers first official game as a B1G member will be late Thursday night. This will be the second straight season Rutgers opens up on the west coast, after an opening loss to Fresno State in 2013.

Cougars QB Connor Holliday is entering his third season as QB under Mike Leach and should finally be poised to put up huge numbers as he continues to get comfortable in the system. Leach's success at Texas Tech truly began in his third season in Lubbock and it's time for Wazzou to take that same next step and win 8-9 games in Leach's third season as coach.
Prediction: Washington State


Texas A&M vs. South Carolina
What a way to kickoff the new SEC network. Connor Shaw and Jadaveon Clowney are gone for the Gamecocks and Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans are gone for the Aggies. However, head coaches Kevin Sumlin and Steve Spurrier remain and that's all that really matters.
Prediction: South Carolina


Tulane vs. Tulsa
Former C-USA rivals are now a part of the American Athletic Conference. Tulsa was the 2013 favorite in C-USA but was a major disappointment. They look to bounce back in their new conference while Tulane is a young team on the rise.
Prediction: Tulane


Vanderbilt vs. Temple
Two young, on the rise teams. Temple's sophomore QB PJ Walker is very exciting and Vandy replaces the fiery James Franklin, with Derek Mason as their new head coach. We'll take the SEC team but Temple will fight harder than people may expect.
Prediction: Vanderbilt




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