Round Two of Week One

By Amsinger - September 01, 2006


Thursday night was a resounding success at "Amsinger Camp." Mr. Off Prompter took picking to a whole new level and finished 15-1 after college football's first slate of games. The only miscue occurred between Alcorn State and Louisiana Monroe. I had the 1AA Braves pulling off the upset by one...instead they lost by 18.

Are you ready for Friday's lone matchup and Saturday's monster slate from the Pac-Ten, ACC, Big 12, Mountain West, MAC and the Independents? Keep in mind, the other division 1A conferences were covered in my previous blog.

And...we're off!

FRIDAY'S LONE MATCHUP:

NEVADA - 52
Fresno St. - 48

*The losing streak continues for Bulldog fans. Nevada picks up a crucial conference victory as QB Jeff Rowe throws for four touchdowns.

PAC-TEN CONFERENCE

USC - 35
Arkansas - 21

*No Darren McFadden, no Mitch Mustain, NO WIN for Houston Nutt. The Trojan offense looks shaky in the first half, but turns it on as they get their bearings.

CALIFORNIA - 42
Tennessee - 24

*Hmmm...not the way Phillip Fulmer wanted things to start huh? Cal comes out with an offense that reminds us of USC the past two years.

Stanford - 35
OREGON - 45

*Walt Harris really misses having a defense. The Cardinal may have weakest "D" the Pac-Ten has seen in years. But QB Trent Edwards has two top-notch targets in Evan Moore and Mark Bradford, so Stanford is never out of a game. Oregon tailback Jonathan Stewart becomes a national star this season...and it all starts with this game.

N. Arizona - 10
ARIZONA ST. - 35

*ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter looks great at home tonight. He'll pass for over 300 yards and no picks. Sun Devils could make a run in the Pac Ten.

(real score)

N. Arizona - 14
ARIZONA ST. - 35

Utah - 31
UCLA - 34

*What a classic! The best matchup of the day comes down to UCLA's Chris Markey and his incredible debut performance as starting tailback for the Bruins. Utah's dreams of BCS Buster are all but gone after this heartbreaker.

BYU - 42
Arizona - 24

*It comes down to quarterback play and Arizona's Willie Tuitama throws a few costly picks that gives BYU QB John Beck a chance to prove he's NFL ready. Big road win for head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Wash. St. - 21
AUBURN - 51

*The Cougars have a healthy offense but the Tigers have Kenny Irons. What does that equal? About 220 yards on the ground and 4 touchdowns.

E. Washington - 42
OREGON ST. - 44

*EWU can score in bunches and they give the fans in Corvallis a few gray hairs in week one. Kicker Alexis Serna wins this one in overtime.

(real score)

E. Washington - 17
OREGON ST. - 56

San Jose State - 27
WASHINGTON - 40

*Despite ending '05 with two straight wins, an inexperienced Spartan defense can't stop a much improved Huskies football team.

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE:

FLORIDA STATE - 21
Miami - 20

*Miami's defense is great...but so is FSU's. The difference comes down to quarterbacks. Drew Weatherford has more to work with than Kyle Wright...thanks to a few important suspensions for the Canes.

Florida Atlantic - 3
CLEMSON - 72

*This may be the most violent loss FAU has ever experienced in college football. The Tigers are out to prove they're most dangerous team in the ACC. New Clemson QB Will Proctor looks better than Tiger alum Charlie Whitehurst in this ugly blowout.

BOSTON COLLEGE - 24
Central Michigan - 16

*CMU has a legit defense...for the MAC. Defensive end Daniel Bazuin could play anywhere and he proves it in this one. The Eagles are just too deep for the Chippewas to pull off the upset.

(real score)

BOSTON COLLEGE - 31
Central Michigan - 24

William & Mary - 10
MARYLAND - 55

*The Terps are a serious sleeper in the ACC because of Ralph Friedgen's offensive brain. QB Sam Hollenbach and tailback Lance Ball are ready for huge seasons.

Appalachian St. - 0
N.C. STATE - 37

*Marcus Stone fits the Phillip Rivers mold of quarterbacks for Chuck Amato and he plays like it to open the season. LB Pat Lowery becomes the Wolfpack's next great defensive star.

Syracuse - 18
WAKE FOREST - 27

*The Orange look respectable in the first half...then the Deacons dominant running game takes over. Get used to this feeling Greg Robinson.

Northeastern - 3
VIRGINIA TECH - 41

*The nation's best defense continues its domination. Despite losing more than half of their defensive starters from last season, Frank Beamer is loaded with talent and it shows against this lowly week one opponent.

NOTRE DAME - 45
Georgia Tech - 41

*A classic shootout goes the way of the Irish! Keep in mind the media will be saying, "Notre Dame is overrated!" - But in reality, Georgia Tech is just that good. Watch the Jackets take the momentum from this game and go on to WIN THE ACC!!! Mark my words.

Rutgers - 24
N. CAROLINA - 30

*QB Joe Dailey and WR Jesse Holley combine for a big day against - what should be - a good Big East team this year. Greg Schiano begins to look ahead to three straight wins over Illinois, Buffalo and Howard.

Virginia - 34
PITT - 35

*Week 1's best game! Tyler Palko brings the Panthers back with a perfectly executed two-minute drill. Dave Wannstedt begins a dramatic turnaround from last year's disappointing 5-6 season.

Richmond - 16
DUKE - 21

*This one won't be pretty...at all. Duke goes 1-0, then gets ready for a really, really, REALLY long season.

BIG 12 CONFERENCE:

North Texas - 13
TEXAS - 72

*No better way to break in a redshirt freshman quarterback than by having him face a Mean Green defense that isn't very threatening. Colt McCoy holds on to the starting job with this blowout win. Jamaal Charles rushes for 180 yards.

UAB - 13
OKAHOMA - 41

*Adrian Peterson makes his Heisman pitch in week 1 against a Blazers defense that has no experience on the defensive line and secondary. Peterson rushes for a cool 220.

SMU - 40
Texas Tech - 35

*TT head coach Mike Leach usually uses week one as a chance to boost his ranking by blowing weak teams out of the water. The problem is, SMU is good!!! So many returning starters and a ton of confidence has head coach Phil Bennett looking forward to a great season.

The Citadel - 7
TEXAS A&M - 62

*The Aggies need more than a win over THE CITADEL to get the heat of their head coach Dennis Franchione. Looking at the A&M schedule, it's hard to find more than four losses possible. Dennis better win.

TCU - 45
Baylor - 14

*The Horned Frogs could be BCS worthy this season. Baylor is a couple decades from being BCS worthy.

Missouri State - 13
OKLAHOMA ST. - 37

*The Cowboys barely snuck by last year's 1AA opponent (Montana State), 15-10. The difference this go around? Mike Gundy is in his second season as head coach and the Cowboys return practically everyone.

Louisiana Tech - 18
NEBRASKA - 61

*Zac Taylor throws for over 400 yards while RB Marlon Lucky gives the Huskers balance in the running game. Nebraska looks like the Nebraska of old in this one...except...they throw...a lot...more.

Toledo - 21
IOWA ST. - 41

*ISU QB Bret Meyer dismantles Toledo with this arm and legs. Looks like a Heisman darkhorse after the Cyclones prove they're a team to be reckoned with in the Big 12.

(real score)

Toledo - 43
IOWA ST. - 45 (OT)

Murray St. - 21
MISSOURI - 55

*Gary Pinkel's offense will actually be better without the graduated QB Brad Smith. Chase Daniel played in ten games last year and is the next great dual-threat Big 12 quarterback. Mizzou's pair of tight ends (Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman) will combine for over 200 yards in this one. The Tigers begin to save Pinkel's job as I predict they finish 8-4.

NW State - 9
KANSAS - 38

*Mark Mangino gets a new contract and the Jayhawks reward him on the field with a solid opening day performance. Despite losing so many starters on the defensive side of the ball, the Kansas defense will be the team's strength again this season.

Montana State - 13
COLORADO - 17

*The Dan Hawkins era in Boulder doesn't start the way he'd like. Montana State knows how to hang with the big division 1A boys (They lost 15-10 to Ok. St. last year) and they'll make it close. The Buffs better forget about this close call soon, Colorado State is waiting for their September 9th matchup (on CSTV by the way).

Illinois State - 14
KANSAS ST. - 51

*Ron Prince is the perfect fit for this team and his tight-lipped approach with the media about his offensive approach will come to an end when the Wildcats showcase their new offense.

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE:

TCU - 45
Baylor - 14

*The Horned Frogs could be BCS worthy this season. Baylor is a couple decades from being BCS worthy.

Utah - 31
UCLA - 34

*What a classic! The best matchup of the day comes down to UCLA's Chris Markey and his incredible debut performance as starting tailback for the Bruins. Utah's dreams of BCS Buster are all but gone after this heartbreaker.

BYU - 42
Arizona - 24

*It comes down to quarterback play and Arizona's Willie Tuitama throws a few costly picks that gives BYU QB John Beck a chance to prove he's NFL ready. Big road win for head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Weber State - 30
COLORADO ST. - 45

*The Rams can score with the best of 'em, but with a defense that ranked 115th nationally even WEBER STATE will have success putting points on the board.

Portland State - 17
NEW MEXICO - 41

*No more DonTrell Moore for the Lobos and the pressure is on quarterback Kole McKamey to step up his game even more from last season. He does in a big way against lowly Portland State.

UTEP - 35
San Diego St. - 24

*The Miners offense is loaded and QB Jordan Palmer is ready to make his senior season a Heisman one. New SDSU head coach Chuck Long has a decent defense but Mike Price has way too many weapons.

(real score)

UTEP - 34
San Diego St. - 27

Utah State - 14
WYOMING - 17

*Not exactly the prettiest game you'll ever see, but for Wyoming fans, it's a much needed win. After ending '05 with six straight losses, RB Wynel Seldon carries the Cowboys to a 1-0 start.

Idaho St. - 20
UNLV - 49

*The shotgun spread offense in Sin City will flourish under new quarterback Rocky Hinds. The former USC Trojan has the talent to get UNLV off to a 3-2 start. After that? Don't ask.

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE:

Akron - 10
PENN ST. - 35

*The Zips score their first touchdown late in the game against PSU's 2nd team defenders. The Nittany Lions come out with a roar at home in this one. Anthony Morelli looks good and eases minds in Happy Valley.

WISCONSIN - 31
Bowling Green - 24

*This game ends up being way too close for comfort. Expect the Falcons to make it close late in the game and come pretty close to sending it to overtime.

N'WESTERN - 31
Miami (OH) - 20

*With the emotion of Randy Walker's death still fresh on the minds of his players - the Wildcats get a tough road win. Miami will be held back by the injured RB Brandon Murphy. He'll play, but is ankle is giving him fits.

N'WESTERN - 21
Miami (OH) - 3

Tenn.-Martin - 18
OHIO - 34

*Frank Solich is open to throwing more and this season the Bobcats won't look like a Solich-coached team. Expect at least 30 pass attempts for Ohio as Solich opens up 2006 with a win. Enjoy it Athens, because four straight losses follow it.

MINNESOTA - 55
Kent State - 35

*There's that Gopher defense again. The Golden Flashes can score! Fortunately for Minnesota, KSU's defense is far worse.

(real score)

MINNESOTA - 44
Kent State - 0

Temple - 9
BUFFALO - 14

*Head coach Turner Gill has fans of the Bulls thinking national championship following this emotional victory over powerhouse Temple! Man, gotta feel for the Owls...again.

(real score)

Temple - 3
BUFFALO - 9 (OT)

N. Illinois - 21
OHIO ST. - 41

*NIU is a well coached team and at halftime folks in Columbus are nervous. Expect NIU RB Garrett Wolfe to have a great first half and get shut down in the second by Jim Tressel's adjustments. Bottom line, OSU is just too deep offensively for practically anyone - especially NIU.

Toledo - 21
IOWA ST. - 41

*ISU QB Bret Meyer dismantles Toledo with this arm and legs. Looks like a Heisman darkhorse after the Cyclones prove they're a team to be reckoned with in the Big 12.

(real score)

Toledo - 43
IOWA ST. - 45 (OT)

W. MICHIGAN - 31
Indiana - 30

*There you have it! My first upset in this conference! IU's defense gives up a big lead after the Hoosiers look like a new program in the first half. Terry Hoeppner feels the Annual IU Hot Seat after this last second heartbreaker.

E. Michigan - 12
BALL ST. - 13

*Give the Cardinals some credit, there is NO football support in Muncie, Indiana. Still, head coach Brady Hoke has done a solid job in grouping enough talent to pull off BSU's first winning season since...well...maybe since David Letterman went there - who knows.

(real score)

E. Michigan - 20
BALL ST. - 38

BOSTON COLLEGE - 24
Central Michigan - 16

*CMU has a legit defense...for the MAC. Defensive end Daniel Bazuin could play anywhere and he proves it in this one. The Eagles are just too deep for the Chippewas to pull off the upset.

(real score)

BOSTON COLLEGE - 31
Central Michigan - 24

INDEPENDANTS:

NOTRE DAME - 45
Georgia Tech - 41

*A classic shootout goes the way of the Irish! Keep in mind the media will be saying, "Notre Dame is overrated!" - But in reality, Georgia Tech is just that good. Watch the Jackets take the momentum from this game and go on to WIN THE ACC!!! Mark my words.

E. Carolina - 35
NAVY - 42

*CSTV Football Nation gets off to a great start with this thriller. Two of the top up-and-coming head coaches show off their stuff. Paul Johnson's ground game is simply too much for Skip Holtz's Pirates.

ARMY - 45
Ark. St. - 17

*The Indians won the league in '05 but are breaking in too many players at the skill positions. Give Bobby Ross some credit, the Black Knights get off to a great start!

THE NAIA GAME OF THE WEEK
(In case you missed it in my previous blog)

Culver-Stockton - 31
LINDENWOOD U. - 35

*Following a heart-breaking loss to NW Oklahoma State in the Wheat Bowl, 14-13...the Lions return home and are ready to wake up the offense. Head coach Patrick Ross celebrates a thrilling victory in front of an estimated crowd of 4,104 fans.

Posted by Amsinger at 01:27 PM on September 01, 2006
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