Its a Football Friday. The first of 2014. We got a little bit of a tease last night with a couple games as we will tonight. It feels like Christmas Eve as the first College Football Saturday kicks off tomorrow bright and early.
Things I will be watching:
8:30AM (ESPN2) Penn State vs Central Florida from Ireland. PSU is my squad but it will be interesting to see the program under James Franklin as well as how much Christian Hackenberg progresses from year 1. On the UCF side, how do they replace Bortles and Storm Johnson.
Might be a homer pick but: PSU 23- UCF 16. I expect a sloppy game controlled by the defenses throughout. PSU having the better qb and running game will make a few more plays than the Knights.
Like the under at 45.5
12:00 (CBS Sports Network) Ohio St at Navy- How will Ohio State look without Heisman candidate Braxton Miller who is out for the year.
Pick Ohio State- 34-13. I think the Buckeyes offense will take a few possessions to get going but there defensive line which may be the best in the country will hold Navy in check.
Like Ohio State -16.5
12:00 (ESPN) UCLA at Virginia- My pick to win the Pac12 begins on the road on the east coast.
Pick UCLA 48-10. I expect Brett Hundley and the Bruins to make a statement early against a bad Virginia team
Like UCLA -21
3:30 (ABC) Alabama vs West Virginia- How will the Tide look with a new qb under center with AJ McCarron graduated?
Pick Alabama 45-9. Alabama rolls behind there defense and athleticism
Like Bama -25
5:30 (ESPN) Clemson at Georgia- How do both teams look replacing quarterbacks. I will be interested to watch Todd Gurley who may be the best back in the country
Pick Georgia 27-23. Clemson keeps it close between the hedges but to much Todd Gurley
Like Clemson +7.5
7:30 (Fox) Fresno St at USC- First game as the head coach of the Trojans for Steve Sarkisian
Pick USC 27-16. Amidst the drama with Josh Shaw and the running back leaving the team calling Sark a racist, how do the Trojans respond.
Like Fresno St +21.5
Sidenote: I have a friend nicknamed The Continuous who may be Pete Carroll’s long lost son, still attempting to confirm. Anyway, back in a previous life when Vegas types were on speed dial, I would check in with The Continuous every Saturday morning for the USC update. This was when USC was winning national titles. He would give a non bias accurate description of what was going to happen. 9 times out of 10 he was right on. In speaking with him this afternoon, his prediction was USC 35-14 but he indicated he had no clue about what to expect from this Trojan team. I will try and track him down weekly for the preview to see if he has any magic left for the degenerates out there
8:00 (ABC) Florida St vs Oklahoma St- The defending national champions and defending Heisman Trophy/ Criminal Jameis Winston open the season in what may be the toughest game on what they call a schedule in Tallahassee.
Pick FSU 44-17. OK State will have a couple moments but that’s it. The Pokes D hasn’t stopped anyone in decades and tomorrow wont be any different.
Like FSU -19
9:00 (ESPN) Wisconsin vs LSU- Matchup of 2 top 15 teams in what would be a huge win for the Badgers. The Badgers avoid Ohio St and Michigan St and get Nebraska at home. A win over the Tigers would set the stage for a possible undefeated season.
Pick- LSU 24-20. Les Miles finds a way to escape
Like Wisconsin +5
Enjoy the first college football Saturday