Top 25 Picks – Week 1

I know I’m a day late with these (missed South Carolina and USC), but here are the remainder of this weekend’s top 25 games.

Week 1 doesn’t usually see a lot of even matchups, so most of my picks are for the favorites. I wanted to pick Clemson at home, but I just can’t quit the SEC. (Ole Miss at Vanderbilt was about as good as it gets to an opening night game, by the way.) I didn’t include any games versus I-AA teams (despite the Towsons of the world).

Upset of the week: TCU over LSU. It’s basically a home game for the Frogs and G.P.’s defense is going to be ready to go.

Here are the picks (picks in bold):

No. 1 ALABAMA vs. Virginia Tech
Buffalo at No. 2 OHIO STATE
No. 5 GEORGIA at No. 8 Clemson
Rice at No. 7 TEXAS A&M
Ohio at No. 9 LOUISVILLE
Toledo at No. 10 FLORIDA
No. 11 FLORIDA STATE at Pittsburgh
No. 12 LSU vs. No. 20 TCU
Mississippi State vs. No. 13 OKLAHOMA STATE
Temple at No. 14 NOTRE DAME
New Mexico State at No. 15 TEXAS
Louisiana-Monroe at No. 16 OKLAHOMA
Central Michigan at No. 17 MICHIGAN
Wyoming at No. 18 NEBRASKA
No. 19 BOISE STATE at Washington
Nevada at No. 21 UCLA
No. 22 NORTHWESTERN at California
Massachusetts at No. 23 WISCONSIN

Tell me why I’m wrong in the comments.

5 thoughts on “Top 25 Picks – Week 1

    1. Stephen Hogg Post author

      Hundley is a stud, but if this game was in Reno, I think I’d have to go with the Wolfpack. I think they’re a fairly even matchup, but playing in LA tips the scales in UCLA’s favor.

  1. StreakSetter

    I don’t have an opinion on a lot of these games. But I would probably take Clem, I like the value here (HM underdog). Nevada +21 and Louisiana-Monroe +22 are getting a lot of points and both offenses know how to score. I like TCU, value here again HM underdog +4.5. LSU lost 15 starters from a year ago 11 of which left for the NFL. I think if LSU pulls off the win it will be by a field goal.

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