September 13, 2007

Mike Huguenin
Rivals.com College Sports Editor

THURSDAY'S GAMES
West Virginia (2-0) at Maryland (2-0), 7:45 p.m., ESPN
The buzz: Maryland defense has been excellent so far (175.0 ypg), but this is first real opponent of season.
The line: WVU by 16.|The pick: WVU 34-17.
TCU (1-1) at Air Force (2-0), 8 p.m., CSTV
The buzz: TCU was spanked last week by Texas, but the Frogs are 5-1 in "short-week games" under coach Gary Patterson.
The line: TCU by 8.5.|The pick: TCU 24-14.
FRIDAY'S GAME
Oklahoma State (1-1) at Troy (0-2), 8 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: This is third consecutive BCS-league opponent for Troy.
The line: Oklahoma State by 10.|The pick: Oklahoma State 38-23.
SATURDAY'S GAMES
Temple (0-2) at Connecticut (2-0), noon, GamePlan
The buzz: "Can't we stay at home this week?" Temple hasn't won on the road since Oct. 4, 2003, a span of 21 games.
The line: UConn by 29.5.|The pick: UConn 38-7.
Akron (1-1) at Indiana (2-0), noon, Big Ten Network
The buzz: Indiana has won 18 games in a row against MAC schools.
The line: Indiana by 13.|The pick: Indiana 35-20.
Cincinnati (2-0) at Miami University (1-1), noon, GamePlan
The buzz: This is 112th meeting in series, tying it for the fifth most-played rivalry in I-A history.
The line: Cincinnati by 9.|The pick: Cincinnati 27-21.
Pittsburgh (2-0) at Michigan State (2-0), noon, ESPN
The buzz: First real test of season for Pitt - and for Michigan State, too.
The line: Michigan State by 10.|The pick: Michigan State 27-14.
Virginia (1-1) at North Carolina (1-1), noon, Lincoln Financial/GamePlan
The buzz: UVa. has won seven of past nine meetings in a series that began in 1892.
The line: UNC by 3.|The pick: Virginia 24-21.
Eastern Michigan (0-2) at Northern Illinois (0-2), noon, GamePlan
The buzz: NIU has won six in a row over the Eagles. If Huskies don't make it seven, this is gonna be a long season.
The line: NIU by 14.|The pick: NIU 38-21.
Buffalo (1-1) at Penn State (2-0), noon, Big Ten Network
The buzz: Buffalo won by 35 last week. Bulls could lose by that many this week.
The line: Penn State by 34.|The pick: Penn State 40-3.
Central Michigan (1-1) at Purdue (2-0), noon, ESPN2
The buzz: Purdue QB Curtis Painter has thrown the ball 79 times this season and already has 10 TD passes.
The line: Purdue by 20.|The pick: Purdue 49-27.
Illinois (1-1) at Syracuse (0-2), noon, ESPNU
The buzz: Orange "offense" has produced 310 total yards this season. Total.
The line: Illinois by 12.5.|The pick: Illinois 27-10.
The Citadel at Wisconsin (2-0), noon, Big Ten Network
The buzz: The hounds head to Cheese Country. This is the dog of the week.
The line: No line.|The pick: Wisconsin 51-0.
Mississippi State (1-1) at Auburn (1-1), 12:30 p.m., Lincoln Financial/GamePlan
The buzz: Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox needs to pick up his game. Fast.
The line: Auburn by 13.|The pick: Auburn 30-10.
Furman (1-1) at Clemson (2-0), 1 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: The campuses are about 30 miles apart. Talent level a lot more than that.
The line: No line.|The pick: Clemson 42-21.
Western Carolina (0-2) at Georgia (1-1), 1 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: In past two games against SEC teams, Western Carolina has been outscored 114-6.
The line: No line.|The pick: Georgia 57-3.
Minnesota (1-1) at Florida Atlantic (1-1), 1 p.m.
The buzz: Gophers are first of two BCS-league teams (USF is other) who will play at FAU this season.
The line: Minnesota by 8.|The pick: Minnesota 31-17.
Iowa (2-0) at Iowa State (0-2), 1:30 p.m., Vs.
The buzz: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is just 3-5 in "Children of the Corn" rivalry.
The line: Iowa by 17.|The pick: Iowa 34-15.
Ohio U. (2-0) at Virginia Tech (1-1), 1:30 p.m.
The buzz: Hokies have a new starting QB in touted true freshman Tyrod Taylor.
The line: Virginia Tech by 20.5.|The pick: Virginia Tech 34-7.
Western Michigan (0-2) at Missouri (2-0), 2 p.m.
The buzz: Uh-oh. Western Michigan hasn't started 0-3 since 1986.
The line: Missouri by 20.|The pick: Missouri 45-20.
Texas Tech (2-0) at Rice (0-2), 3 p.m., FSN Southwest
The buzz: Baylor threw for 423 on Rice last week. What will Red Raiders do?
The line: Texas Tech by 28.|The pick: Texas Tech 63-20.
Eastern Kentucky (1-1) at Western Kentucky (1-1), 3 p.m.
The buzz: Forget Kentucky-Louisville. This is the "Battle of the Bluegrass."
The line: No line.|The pick: Western Kentucky 40-32.
Tennessee (1-1) at Florida (2-0), 3:30 p.m., CBS
The buzz: This rivalry lacks the spice it had when Spurrier was at Florida.
The line: Florida by 8.|The pick: Florida 28-24.
Florida International (0-2) at Miami (1-1), 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
The buzz: Miami will treat FIU this week like Oklahoma treated UM last week.
The line: Miami by 33.|The pick: Miami 48-3.
Notre Dame (0-2) at Michigan (0-2), 3:30 p.m., ABC
The buzz: The nation's all-time winningest programs will be starting true freshman quarterbacks.
The line: Michigan by 8.|The pick: Michigan 28-21.
Utah State (0-2) at Oklahoma (2-0), 3:30 p.m.
The buzz: Aggies have lost eight in row overall and 13 of their past 14 road games.
The line: Oklahoma by 46.|The pick: Oklahoma 66-14.
Norfolk State (1-0) at Rutgers (2-0), 3:30 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: Nothing like a mid-September homecoming game against a I-AA patsy.
The line: No line.|The pick: Rutgers 51-13.
Army (1-1) at Wake Forest (0-2), 3:30 p.m.
The buzz: Just call him "Mr. .500" - Wake coach Jim Grobe is 37-37 with Demon Deacons and 70-70-1 overall.
The line: Wake Forest by 20.|The pick: Wake Forest 42-14.
Ohio State (2-0) at Washington (2-0), 3:30 p.m., ESPN
The buzz: Hard to believe, but Washington is 2-0 for first time since 2001.
The line: Ohio State by 4.|The pick: Ohio State 20-17.
Texas (2-0) at UCF (1-0), 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: UCF unveils its 45,000-seat on-campus stadium on national TV. Texas looks to spoil the party.
The line: Texas by 19.|The pick: Texas 34-17.
Delaware State (2-0) at Kent State (1-1), 4 p.m.
The buzz: Man, can you feel the excitement over the Hornets-Golden Flashes matchup?
The line: No line.|The pick: 27-14.
New Hampshire (0-1) at Marshall (0-2), 4:30 p.m.
The buzz: UNH QB Ricky Santos is going to have success against the Marshall secondary.
The line: No line.|The pick: Marshall 31-21.
Ball State (1-1) at Navy (1-1), 5 p.m., CSTV
The buzz: Who needs offensive balance? Navy has rushed 110 times and passed 19 times.
The line: Navy by 7.|The pick: Ball State 27-24.
UCLA (2-0) at Utah (0-2), 5 p.m., Vs.
The buzz: UCLA has solid defense. Utah's offense has been pitiful. You do the math.
The line: UCLA by 14.5.|The pick: UCLA 30-17.
Southern Miss (1-1) at East Carolina (1-1), 6 p.m.
The buzz: Why is this game not on TV? It likely will determine the C-USA East title.
The line: Southern Miss by 1.|The pick: Southern Miss 24-20.
Wofford (2-0) at N.C. State (0-2), 6 p.m.
The buzz: Last time these teams met, NCSU won by 83. Then again, that was in 1920.
The line: No line.|The pick: N.C. State 34-24.
Louisiana Tech (1-1) at California (2-0), 6:30 p.m.
The buzz: Cal has scored at least 40 points in 13 of its past 21 home games.
The line: Cal by 33.5.|The pick: Cal 42-17.
Fresno State (1-1) at Oregon (2-0), 6:30 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: Ducks are 26-1 in nonconference home games under Mike Bellotti.
The line: Oregon by 16.5.|The pick: Oregon 38-24.
Idaho State (1-0) at Oregon State (1-1), 6:30 p.m., FSN Northwest
The buzz: This is the first Saturday game of season for Beavers, who have played two Thursday games.
The line: No line.|The pick: Oregon State 41-15.
Arkansas (1-0) at Alabama (2-0), 6:45 p.m., ESPN
The buzz: Remember all the offseason turmoil at Arkansas? It'll all be forgotten if Hogs win this one.
The line: Alabama by 3.|The pick: Alabama 23-21.
SMU (1-1) at Arkansas State (0-1), 7 p.m.
The buzz: Last week, SMU beat a bad Sun Belt team (North Texas). This week, Mustangs get a good Sun Belt team.
The line: Arkansas State by 3.|The pick: SMU 26-21.
Texas State (1-1) at Baylor (1-1), 7 p.m.
The buzz: Believe it or not, Baylor is looking at a 3-1 start.
The line: No line.|The pick: Baylor 39-17.
Toledo (0-2) at Kansas (2-0), 7 p.m.
The buzz: Just call this the "Big-Boned Coaches Bowl."
The line: Kansas by 22.|The pick: Kansas 48-23.
South Carolina State (1-1) at South Carolina (2-0), 7 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: The Gamecocks edged one group of Bulldogs last week; they'll punish this group of Bulldogs this week.
The line: No line.|The pick: South Carolina 41-10.
Missouri State (2-0) at Kansas State (1-1), 7 p.m.
The buzz: This is one of eight games against I-AA schools for the Big 12 this season.
The line: No line.|The pick: K-State 23-14.
McNeese State (1-0) at La.-Lafayette (0-2), 7 p.m.
The buzz: This is the 47th meeting between the schools, located about an hour apart, but first since 1986.
The line: No line.|The pick: La.-Lafayette 24-20.
La.-Monroe (0-2) at Texas A&M (2-0), 7 p.m.
The buzz: ULM TB Calvin Dawson has seven consecutive 100-yard games, second-best in I-A to Tashard Choice's nine.
The line: Texas A&M by 23.5.|The pick: A&M 40-21.
Houston (0-1) at Tulane (0-1), 7 p.m.
The buzz: Houston offense should put up big numbers against weak Green Wave defense.
The line: Houston by 14.5.|The pick: Houston 45-20.
Ole Miss (1-1) at Vanderbilt (1-1), 7 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: Yes, it's early, but if these teams harbor bowl hopes, this is a must-win.
The line: Vandy by 5.|The pick: Vandy 30-27.
Alcorn State (0-2) at UAB (0-2), 7 p.m.
The buzz: UAB coming off 10-point loss to Florida State; Alcorn coming off 18-point loss to Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The line: No line.|The pick: UAB 34-14.
Louisville (2-0) at Kentucky (2-0), 7:30 p.m., ESPN Classic
The buzz: UK's defense is iffy, and Louisville has scored on 19 of its 23 possessions this season.
The line: Louisville by 7.|The pick: Louisville 42-31.
Wyoming (2-0) at Boise State (1-1), 8 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: Boise State has won 37 consecutive regular-season home games.
The line: Boise State by 12.5.|The pick: Boise State 24-17.
Boston College (2-0) at Georgia Tech (2-0), 8 p.m., ESPN2
The buzz: Is the winner the best team in ACC? That case can be made.
The line: Georgia Tech by 7.|The pick: Georgia Tech 21-17.
Middle Tennessee (0-2) at LSU (2-0), 8 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: Hey, maybe MTSU can catch LSU napping after big win over Virginia Tech. Yeah, right.
The line: LSU by 41.|The pick: LSU 52-7.
Jacksonville State (1-1) at Memphis (0-1), 8 p.m.
The buzz: From the "what the " dept.: Trustees at I-AA Jacksonville State are considering a move to I-A.
The line: No line.|The pick: Memphis 33-10.
USC (1-0) at Nebraska (2-0), 8 p.m., ABC
The buzz: If Huskers want to be taken seriously as elite team again, they need to win this.
The line: USC by 10.|The pick: USC 35-17.
UTEP (1-1) at New Mexico State (1-1), 8 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: Home team has won nine of past 10 meetings in long-time series (this is the 85th game).
The line: New Mexico State by 6.|The pick: UTEP 38-31.
Duke (0-2) at Northwestern (2-0), 8 p.m., Big Ten Network
The buzz: If game goes to OT, victory awarded to team that best can explain how somatic mutations occur in the DNA of individual cells.
The line: Northwestern by 16.5.|The pick: Northwestern 33-21.
BYU (1-1) at Tulsa (1-0), 9 p.m., CSTV
The buzz: Tulsa may be looking ahead to next Friday, when it plays host to Oklahoma.
The line: BYU by 6.5.|The pick: BYU 30-17.
Nicholls State (2-0) at Nevada (0-2), 9 p.m., GamePlan
The buzz: Nicholls State already has beaten one I-A team (Rice). Can Colonels make it 2-0?
The line: No line.|The pick: Nevada 31-17.
Hawaii (2-0) at UNLV (0-2), 9:30 p.m., The Mtn.
The buzz: UNLV, which lost to Wisconsin last week, is facing ranked foes in back-to-back weeks for first time.
The line: Hawaii by 17.5.|The pick: Hawaii 43-24.
San Diego State (0-1) at Arizona State (2-0), 10 p.m., FSN Arizona*
The buzz: Sun Devils defense has allowed just one offensive TD this season.
The line: Arizona State by 28.|The pick: Arizona State 52-17.
Florida State (1-1) at Colorado (1-1), 10 p.m., ESPN
The buzz: Buffs' Cody Hawkins lost as a starting quarterback last week for the first time since he was in fifth grade. Yep, fifth grade.
The line: FSU by 4.|The pick: FSU 23-17.
San Jose State (0-2) at Stanford (0-1), 10 p.m., FSN Bay Area
The buzz: Stanford leads Bay Area series 46-14-1, but SJSU won by one last season.
The line: Stanford by 7.|The pick: Stanford 31-21.
Idaho (1-1) at Washington State (1-1), 10 p.m., FSN Northwest
The buzz: These are neighborhood foes (schools are about 10 miles apart), and new Idaho coach Robb Akey was longtime WSU assistant.
The line: Washington State by 26.|The pick: Washington State 45-21.
New Mexico (1-1) at Arizona (1-1), 10 p.m., FSN Arizona*
The buzz: Lobos TB Rodney Ferguson has had five consecutive 100-yard games.
The line: Arizona by 10.|The pick: Arizona 24-17.
LAST WEEK:
52-10 straight up, 22-29 against the spread. OVERALL: 112-20 straight up, 55-43 against the spread. (Games involving I-AA teams don't have point spreads.)
TV NOTE:
FSN Arizona is televising both the Arizona and Arizona State games; in some markets, one of the games will be on a tape-delay basis. Dish Network and DirecTV customers can see each game live.

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.




 

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