College Football Picks Week 1: BCS Hopefuls That Will Slip Up in Season Opener
College football's first week of action promises to produce some earth-shaking results.
The defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide open up in a potential BCS bowl game preview against the Michigan Wolverines in Saturday night's prime-time matchup.
Don't expect Big Blue to escape victorious, though. Brady Hoke's squad will be in over its head against an elite defensive unit.
And Michigan isn't the only BCS hopeful that will slip up in its season opener. Here are the championship contenders that will have their hopes crushed early on this fall.
The Gamecocks will be on upset alert from the opening kickoff this season when they take on SEC East rival Vanderbilt on the road Thursday night. The Commodores will have a rowdy crowd behind them for the welcoming back of football in Nashville, and they will be looking to avenge a 21-3 defeat at South Carolina in 2011.
The last time Vanderbilt edged South Carolina was in 2008, when the Commodores took down the Gamecocks in Nashville, 24-17. I think Thursday night's SEC clash will end with a similar final score.
Don't underestimate the power of a nationally-televised Thursday night game in college football. Oftentimes, the underdog emerges in those games when expectations are the lowest.
Which team has the best chance to win its matchup in Week 1?
Michigan opens up against defending BCS national champion Alabama on Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium.
Although the Wolverines bring back explosive senior quarterback Denard Robinson as well as a dominant defense that ranked sixth in the nation in scoring defense last season, the Crimson Tide boast arguably the best D in the country.
Michigan isn't even the best team in the Big Ten conference—that was Wisconsin last season. For the Wolverines to beat an SEC foe as formidable as Alabama, it would take an incredible 60-minute effort from everyone on both sides of the ball.
These two college football conferences are on different levels, and that will be bad news for Michigan in Week 1. It should get credit for scheduling such a tough opening matchup, but unfortunately, being bold doesn't always equal victory.
The No. 24-ranked Broncos have tons of uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position after the departure of record-setting passer Kellen Moore.
Joe Southwick, who was recently named the starter (per the Idaho Press-Tribune), has some experience under center in Boise, but asking him to take the Broncos on the road against Michigan State and win in the opener is asking too much in my eyes.
The Spartans nearly won the Big Ten last season and boasted the country's 10th-best scoring defense. With the Michigan State faithful electrified for the start of the 2012 college football season in East Lansing, the Broncos will be in over their heads and ultimately fall flat in their one big BCS stock-boosting showdown.
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