College football predictions: Week 1
College football has arrived. I feel like Steve Martin in “The Jerk.” The new college football season is here! The new college football season is here!
It will be even better when batches of good games arrive, but that’s a few weeks out. For now, we have to settle for a few good games. Which will still be welcome. Time for predictions:
Oklahoma at Texas-El Paso: Sooners 48-17. Landry Jones grew up in Artesia, N.M., which is 200 miles from El Paso and 175 miles from Lubbock. Landry got to quarterback in both locales as a redshirt freshman in 2009, and now he gets to do the same as a senior.
Savannah State at Oklahoma State: Cowboys 84-6. I know OSU fans are tired of hearing about how overmatched is Savannah State. Too bad. This is an immoral game. In 2010, Savannah State went 1-10 against straight I-AA competition (or lower) and was outscored 441-112. In 2011, Savannah State went 1-10 against straight I-AA competition (or lower) and was outscored 442-138.
Tulsa at Iowa State: Cyclones 27-23. President Obama gave ISU coach Paul Rhoads a shout-out at a speech in Ames this week. Doubt Obama is making a campaign stop in Oklahoma.
Colorado vs. Colorado State at Denver: Rams 21-20. Upset special. Remember when Colorado football was relevant? Bet the Pac-12 would like a do-over in realignment.
Washington State at Brigham Young: BYU 37-35. Mike Leach attended Brigham Young. Learned a little football at the feet of Lavell Edwards. I doubt Leach ever gets to coach the Brighams, but oh, what a sight that would be.
Boise State at Michigan State: Spartans 28-26. Man, talk about your Friday night lights. What a game. Wouldn’t this be quite the game for OSU? Going to East Lansing or hosting Boise State?
Notre Dame vs. Navy at Dublin: Fighting Irish 27-11. As in Dublin, Ireland. And sign me up for a European college football game every week. This one kicks off at 9 a.m. Eastern time, which is 8 a.m. Oklahoma time and 7 a.m. El Paso time, which is where I’ll be Saturday morning. Wake up in the Courtyard by Marriott, not even get out of bed, flip on the TV and viola, college football.
Marshall at West Virginia: Mountaineers 52-20. The Thundering Herd is 0-11 vs. West Virginia but almost pulled the upset in 2010 before a late rally. If Marshall had won that game, West Virginia might have fired Bill Stewart right on the spot.
Ohio U. at Penn State: Bobcats 19-14. Upset special. Ohio U. is quarterbacked by Norman North’s Tyler Tettleton. You have to sort of feel for Bill O’Brien at Penn State, but he faces a long, tough road.
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