Saturday, September 03, 2005Around the State/ACC
FAU at Kansas: With 20 starters from last year's squad gone, this is the best chance to kick Howard Schnellenberge while he's down. Kansas 38-7.
FIU at Kansas St.: Hmmm, this is an odd coincedence. Unlike FAU, Don Strock has 18 starters returning from last year's team. That's good. The bad is they aren't as talented as FAU's crew. Kansas St. 37-8.
Around the ACC
Duke at East Carolina: If the Blue Devils want to be taken seriously in year three of the Ted Roof era, they will have to defeat poor teams like East Carolina. ECU 24-21.
Boston College at BYU: Odd choice for an opener, but I expect the Eagles to fly until that Sep. 17 meeting against FSU. BC 28-10.
Western Michigan at Virginia: Another year for All-Overrated linebacker Ahmad Brooks to show me that he's more than a healthy poor man's LaVar Arrington (I'm talking the pro version of Arrington). Virginia 44-7.
Maryland vs. Navy: Navy lost Kyle Eckels, who according to my friend Cesar is irreplaceable. I doubt that, but if it means Maryland will win easily fair enough. Maryland 20-13.
Texas A&M at Clemson: The Tigers struggled on both sides of the ball last year and Tommy Bowden made changes in order to save his job. Can the new defense contain Reggie McNeal? Can the new offense move the ball? No and maybe. Texas A&M 27-17.
Georgia Tech at Auburn: A new year and a new team for the Tigers. Both defenses will be excellent, but Georgia Tech's offense is more experienced behind Reggie Ball and ready to pull an early upset. Georgia Tech 20-13.