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3:30 pm Fresno State at Alabama (-43 1/2, 53) - Um, no. Alabama isn't going to come even close to losing this game. They'll probably win by one of the biggest margins of the week, if not the year. Fresno state beat Incarnate word (word!) last week, 66-0, but they were 1-11 last season. Even the fickle coin agrees.

Coin Flip: Alabama

Prediction: Crimson Tide 56 Bulldogs 6


3:30 pm Pittsburgh at #4 Penn State (-21, 67) - Pitt won last year's meeting, 42-39, so it's payback time for the Nittany Lions, who started their season out by beating up on the Akron Zips, 52-0.

The Panthers had their hands full with Youngstown State, eventually winning 28-21 in overtime. It may not be the same ind of thrill as was last season's game. Penn State won the Big Ten last season and probably is looking for further glory this year. This game will serve as a stepping stone for conference play.

Coin Flip: Pittsburgh

Prediction: Nittany Lions 45 Panthers 17


3:30 pm #23 TCU (-3 1/2, 59) at Arkansas - The Horned Frogs were ranked in the AP Poll, but not in the Coaches Poll. They were next up with 80 votes and Arkansas was also on the list, with 37 votes.

Arkansas is always a team on which to keep an eye, simply because they surprise so often. TCU has a solid program, but they're not on the same pages as Oklahoma or Oklahoma State in the Big 12.

The Razorbacks pounded Florida A&M, 49-7, last week and get home field, while the Frogs ripped Jackson State, 63-0. This game figures to be much closer than either of those. TCU was 6-7 last season; Arkansas, 7-6, but mostly in the SEC. Arkansas won last year's meeting in Texas, 41-38, in double overtime, so there's nothing to say they can't do it again.

Coin Flip: Arkansas

Prediction: Razorbacks 38 Horned Frogs 35


4:30 pm Nebraska at Oregon (-14, 68) - Even though neither of these teams is ranked, it's still an epic match-up of Big Ten and PAC-12 worthy of mention.

Oregon started off its season running rings around Southern Utah, 77-21, so the Ducks appear to be ready to rock.

The Cornhuskers struggled with Arkansas State, winning 43-36, but that result was far too close, especially those looking for improvement on defense. Nebraska was 9-4 last season and they'll have their hands full in Eugene. The Ducks will put up 50 on them if the Cornhuskers don't prepare well. They beat the Ducks 35-32 last season, but things can change quite a bit in the course of a college season.

Coin Flip: Nebraska

Prediction: Ducks 54 Cornhuskers 34



7:00 pm #13 Auburn at #3 Clemson (-5 1/2, 54) - Sure, Clemson won the national championship last season, but are they good enough to repeat or even win the ACC?

Kelly Bryant replaced Deshaun Watson at QB for the Tigers and they blew away Kent State, 56-3, but that score is somewhat meaningless. The Golden Flashes are not a threat to anyone.

For their part, Auburn dusted Georgia Southern, 41-7, another tune-up. While Clemson may be favored, the final last year was 19-13, in favor of Clemson in the battle of Tigers. Auburn should get the nod this time around against an inexperienced Clemson squad.

Coin Flip: Clemson

Prediction: Auburn Tigers 24 Clemson Tigers 19


7:30 pm #5 Oklahoma at #2 Ohio State (-7 1/2, 64 1/2) - Every year, Oklahoma loses a game early that takes them outside of the challengers for the national championship. Could this year be different, facing the Buckeyes in Columbus?

Doubtful. Last year the Sooners lost to Houston in their opener and to these very Buckeyes in week three, 45-24. They're not likely to make the game any closer, playing on the road this time.

Ohio State took won at Indiana last week, 49-21. Give the points. This Oklahoma story is an old one.

Coin Flip: Ohio State

Prediction: Buckeyes 41 Sooners 31


7:30 pm #15 Georgia at #24 Notre Dame (-4 1/2, 57 1/2) - The Fighting Irish are better than they were last season - which isn't saying much, since they were 4-8 - and their win last week over Temple (49-16) may have looked great, but it's early and Temple just might not be very good under first year head coach Geoff Collins.

In any case, the Temple defense wasn't there at all, allowing three 100-yard rushers and 422 rushing yards.

As for Georgia, whacking Appalachian State 31-10 isn't such a bad thing. Remember, the Bulldogs are SEC, and they're usually pretty good. They went 8-5 last season, finishing up by whipping TCU in the Liberty Bowl, 31-23. There's a lot of beating to do to beat the Bulldogs and Notre Dame hasn't proven a thing yet.

Coin Flip: Notre Dame

Prediction: Bulldogs 28 Fighting Irish 24


8:30 pm #14 Stanford at #6 USC (-6 1/2, 55 1/2) - For a team as highly-regarded as #6 USC, their 49-31 win over Western Michigan wasn't anything special. The game was tied at 21 at the end of the third quarter, but the Trojans outscored the Broncos, 28-10 to win going away.

Stanford looks like a powerhouse, as usual, after throttling Rice, 62-7, two weeks ago, on Saturday, August 26, so they've had an extra week off to prepare and they'll take advantage of that and the USC defense to score an early conference win.

Coin Flip: Stanford

Prediction: Cardinal 38 Trojans 27


10:30 pm Boise State at #20 Washington State (-10 1/2, 57 1/2) - The Broncos won this meeting last season at home, 31-28, so the return date should bear some similarity. Washington State has a potent offense, but Boise usually has good discipline and won't likely let this one get out of hand.

Boise was 10-3 last season and the only team to beat them by 10 points was Baylor, in the Cactus Bowl (31-12), so there's no reason to believe the Cougars will run up the score. Look for the Broncos to win a close one.

Coin Flip: Washington State

Prediction: Broncos 34 Cougars 33

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