Saturday, September 2, 2017

College Football Week 1 Upset Watch/Picks


UPSET WATCH

Wyoming over Iowa
Josh Allen could be the best quarterback that most people have not heard of. Kirk Ferentz and company could their hands full here. The Hawkeyes have a tendency of grinding out games even against lesser opponents. The Cowboys also could be a sleeper team making this a very intriguing Week 1 battle where an upset is possible.

Eastern Washington over Texas Tech
Eastern Washington is a Top 10 FCS team known for its offense. Texas Tech certainly has shown struggles on defense. This could be the shootout of the weekend. The Eagles have defeated some pretty decent Power 5 teams before, so don't be surprised if it happens here.

Southern Miss over Kentucky
Southern Miss won in Lexington against the Wildcats last year as we projected. This year, the game is in Hattiesburg. If last year's result has any indication, an upset is certainly possible.
James Madison over East Carolina
James Madison is ranked #1 in the FCS, and East Carolina is coming off a season where they really struggled. This sounds like a case where the FCS team could beat the FBS team.
Middle Tennessee State over Vanderbilt
Middle Tennessee State is hosting a pedestrian Vanderbilt team. The Blue Raiders are usually pretty good for a C-USA team. Being at home could help this slight underdog pull the upset.
Northern Iowa over Iowa State
Iowa State is out for revenge after losing to the Panthers last year. UNI is once again ranked in the FCS Top 25. The difference is that the Cyclones want to get rid of the bad taste of last year's defeat to their FCS rival. An upset is possible here, but the Cyclones know not to sleep on this one.

Grambling State over Tulane
Grambling State took Arizona to the edge last season in their only loss. The Tigers are in the Top 25 FCS poll and do not have to go far to get to Tulane, so they will certainly have a solid fan base here. Tulane better watch out here as Grambling State might not be the cupcake they signed up for.

Weekend Picks
Score Projections:
Texas 42, Maryland 28
Iowa 24, Wyoming 23
UNC 35, California 24
NC State 27, South Carolina 20
Michigan 28, Florida 14
Notre Dame 27, Temple 13
Boise State 27, Troy 24
USC 52, Western Michigan 17
Georgia 28, App State 23
Louisville 45, Purdue 14
Alabama 38, Florida State 21
LSU 17, BYU 13
West Virginia 31, Virginia Tech 28
UCLA 35, Texas A&M 28
Tennessee 30, GA Tech 28

BLOWOUT ALERT OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Oklahoma 59, UTEP 10 
SNOOZE FEST OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Ohio 28, Hampton 3
PAINT DRIER OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
Marshall 19, Miami (OH) 13

TOILET BOWL OF THE WEEK PROJECTION:
UMass 23, Coastal Carolina 20

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