College Football Picks: Week 2 Predictions for Every Game

Brian PedersenFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2014

College Football Picks: Week 2 Predictions for Every Game

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    The final matchup between Michigan and Notre Dame is among the highlighted games of Week 2.
    The final matchup between Michigan and Notre Dame is among the highlighted games of Week 2.Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    Not a bad opening week, huh?

    The 2014 college football season gave us six days' worth of exciting games, beginning with Georgia State's first FBS victory and ending with Louisville's successful debut in the ACC. In between there were shootouts, defensive struggles, laughers, upsets and even a game at The Swamp canceled because the field resembled...a swamp.

    Can Week 2 match or surpass what we've just gone through?

    This week's slate features 74 games, including 29 pitting FBS teams against FCS competition. That's down from 47 from the opening week, when North Dakota State (at Iowa State) and Bethune-Cookman (over Florida International for the second straight year) continued the tradition of the little guys knocking off the big boys.

    Scroll through to see our selections for Week 2 and then give us your thoughts in the comment section.

    Week 1 record: 70-14

     

    Note: Rankings according to the AP Top 25.

Arizona at UTSA

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    When: Thursday, Sept. 4; 8 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Ka'Deem Carey ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns to lead Arizona to a 38-13 home win last September.

    What to watch for

    Arizona (1-0) is the current national leader in total offense, gaining a school-record 787 yards in last week's 58-13 win over UNLV. The Wildcats had masterful debuts from redshirt freshman quarterback Anu Solomon (425 yards, four touchdowns) and a pair of 100-yard rushers (senior Terris Jones-Grigsby and true freshman Nick Wilson). Senior receiver Austin Hill (three catches, 110 yards, one TD) also returned after missing the 2013 season with a torn ACL.

    Jones-Grigsby is questionable for the game, though, as Daniel Berk of the Arizona Daily Star tweeted that Arizona listed him on its injury report with an ankle injury.

    UTSA (1-0) is set to host the biggest game in school history, thanks to the opponent and national television audience, and it will be doing so coming off one of its most significant victories in the program's brief existence. The Roadrunners used a dominant defense to win 27-7 at Houston last week, and now their senior-heavy roster is looking for its first win over a power-conference team.

    UTSA will come close, but Arizona has better athletes.

    Prediction: Arizona 34, UTSA 27

    Final: Arizona 26, UTSA 23

Pittsburgh at Boston College

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    When: Friday, Sept. 5; 7 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Pittsburgh beat Boston College 20-17 in overtime in October 2004, when both teams were part of the Big East.

    What to watch for

    Pittsburgh (1-0) had absolutely no trouble in shutting out Delaware last week, notching its first shutout since 2005. The Panthers got four touchdown runs in the first half from James Conner and were never challenged.

    Boston College (1-0) was the visitor in its 30-7 win over Massachusetts, but the Eagles were more or less playing in front of a home crowd with a large fanbase coming to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Florida transfer Tyler Murphy starred in his debut, as the quarterback threw for 173 yards and ran for 118 while throwing and running for a score.

    BC lost a ton of talent from last year's team but looks like it will be 2-0 with USC coming to Chestnut Hill next week.

    Prediction: Boston College 24, Pittsburgh 19

    Final: Pittsburgh 30, Boston College 20

Washington State at Nevada

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    When: Friday, Sept. 5; 10:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Washington State scored touchdowns off an interception and a punt return and cruised to a 55-21 win in September 2005.

    What to watch for

    Washington State (0-1) lost 41-38 to Rutgers in Seattle despite 532 yards and five touchdowns from quarterback Connor Halliday. The Cougars were unable to stop the Scarlet Knights run game and therefore lost a golden opportunity to secure a key early victory.

    Nevada (1-0) won for just the second time since last September, dispatching FCS Southern Utah 28-19 behind 371 yards of total offense from quarterback Cody Fajardo. The Wolf Pack led 28-6 before giving up two late scores to make it look closer.

    With WSU facing a very tough Pac-12 schedule, every nonconference game is essential for getting bowl eligibility. That makes this a must-win, but Nevada isn't likely to overlook a power-conference opponent making a rare trip to Reno.

    Prediction: Nevada 41, Washington State 30

    Final: Nevada 24, Washington State 13

Arkansas State at Tennessee

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; noon ET

    Last meeting: Tennessee got 334 yards and four touchdowns from quarterback Erik Ainge in a 48-27 win over Arkansas State in September 2007.

    What to watch for

    Arkansas State (1-0) crushed FCS foe Montana State to give new coach Blake Anderson a win in his debut. Anderson, the fourth coach in as many years for the Red Wolves, saw his offense rack up 547 yards, with 312 of that (219 passing, 93 rushing) coming from Fredi Knighton.

    Tennessee (1-0) steamrolled over Utah State on Sunday night, running past a team expected to give the Volunteers a much stronger challenge. The Vols slowed down mobile Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton, and while their run game was suspect, they did get 273 yards and three passing touchdowns from senior Justin Worley.

    With a trip to Oklahoma looming the following week, this is Tennessee's last chance to get its ducks in a row. It won't be as big a romp as against Utah State, but the Vols will win comfortably.

    Prediction: Tennessee 31, Arkansas State 14

    Final: Tennessee 34, Arkansas State 19

Buffalo at Army

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; noon ET

    Last meeting: Buffalo rallied from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Army 27-24 in overtime in October 2008. 

    What to watch for

    Buffalo (1-0) needed a fourth-quarter rally to get past FCS Duquesne, with Joe Licata throwing two of his three touchdown passes in the final 10 minutes. The Bulls also got 115 rushing yards and two TDs from Anthone Taylor.

    Army will be playing both its opener and its first game under coach Jeff Monken, who previously spent four years at the helm of Georgia Southern while it was still in the FCS ranks. Monken ran the option just like Army's previous coach, Rich Ellerson, but with more success, as Ellerson was fired after winning eight games over the last three seasons.

    The new coach gets his first victory with the Black Knights.

    Prediction: Army 37, Buffalo 31

    Final: Army 47, Buffalo 39

Florida Atlantic at No. 2 Alabama

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; noon ET

    Last meeting: AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy ran for 106 yards as defending national champion Alabama crushed Florida Atlantic 40-7 in September 2012.

    What to watch for

    Nebraska crushed Florida Atlantic (0-1) in Lincoln in its opener, and the Owls now go from the frying pan into the fryer as Alabama's home-opening foe and the likely victim of the Crimson Tide's frustration after a less than stellar win over West Virginia. FAU is 0-22 against power-conference opponents since moving into the FBS in 2005.

    Alabama (1-0) hasn't lost at home to a nonconference opponent since its shocking 2007 loss to Louisiana-Monroe, but that was before Nick Saban had established his dominance. The Tide don't lose these guarantee games anymore, and with questions raised about their pass defense and their inability to put away a lesser foe last week, they're not going to have any mercy here.

    Prediction: Alabama 58, Florida Atlantic 10

    Final: Alabama 41, Florida Atlantic 0

McNeese State at Nebraska

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; noon ET

    Last meeting: Nebraska beat McNeese State 38-14 in October 2002.

    What to watch for

    McNeese State went 10-3 last season and reached the FCS playoffs, opening that year with a 53-21 win at South Florida. That was the eighth time the Cowboys have beaten an FBS opponent, having also won at Middle Tennessee in 2012.

    Nebraska (1-0) stomped Florida Atlantic last week behind 232 rushing yards from senior Ameer Abdullah and 271 passing yards from sophomore Tommy Armstrong Jr. The Cornhuskers are 10-0 all-time against FCS opponents, and under coach Bo Pelini, they've gone 5-0 and won by an average of 30.4 points per game.

    Expect a closer game for Nebraska than its opener but still a solid win.

    Prediction: Nebraska 40, McNeese State 20

    Final: Nebraska 31, McNeese State 24

No. 24 Missouri at Toledo

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; noon ET

    Last meeting: Missouri beat Toledo 38-23 at home last September behind 289 yards of total offense from quarterback James Franklin.

    What to watch for

    From the outside it seems like an odd scenario for an SEC team to play on the road against a squad from the Mid-American Conference, but a closer look points out why this game is happening. It's a homecoming for Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel, who, before taking over the Tigers program in 2001, coached Toledo for 10 seasons.

    "I'll always be a Toledo Rocket," Pinkel told David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune. "Not this weekend, but I'll always be a Toledo Rocket."

    Both teams are 1-0, having knocked off FCS teams at home in the opening week, but now comes an upgrade in competition. Not just for Toledo, but also the Tigers. Toledo is coming off a 7-5 record and has a decent home-field advantage at the Glass Bowl, a venue that has seen the Rockets knock off power-conference teams like Colorado (2009), Iowa State (2007) and Kansas (2006).

    Mizzou is much better than all of those, though. Quarterback Maty Mauk, running back Russell Hansbrough and receiver Darius White have all stepped into more prominent roles this year, and that trio will be hard for Toledo to stop.

    But so, too, are sophomore quarterback Kareem Hunt and junior quarterback Phillip Ely. Hunt rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns in a 54-20 win over New Hampshire, and Ely (an Alabama transfer) was 24-of-34 for 337 yards and four TDs.

    Prediction: Toledo 37, Missouri 33

    Final: Missouri 49, Toledo 24

No. 4 Oklahoma at Tulsa

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; noon ET

    Last meeting: Blake Bell threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns, two of which went to Sterling Shepard, in a 51-20 home win last September.

    What to watch for

    Oklahoma (1-0) cruised past Louisiana Tech in its opener at home, getting a balanced offensive effort with strong contributions in the air and on the ground. The Sooners now make a rare trip to in-state foe Tulsa, where it last visited in 2007 and won 62-21.

    Tulsa (1-0) needed double overtime to beat Tulane 38-31 last week, a huge victory because it was an American Athletic Conference game and because the Golden Hurricane had their biggest point total since November 2012. Dane Evans threw for 438 yards and four touchdowns, with Keevan Lucas catching 13 balls for 233 yards and three TDs.

    This game screams "trap!" for Oklahoma, with Tennessee coming to Norman the following week. But Bob Stoops will have the Sooners more than ready.

    Prediction: Oklahoma 45, Tulsa 35

    Final: Oklahoma 52, Tulsa 7

Stony Brook at Connecticut

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; noon ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    Stony Brook (0-1) lost 13-7 at home to Bryant, managing just 186 yards on offense. The Seawolves are 1-5 all-time against FBS teams, winning at Army in 2012 and losing to Buffalo last season in five overtimes.

    Connecticut (0-1) fell 35-10 at home to BYU last week, spoiling new coach Bob Diaco's debut. The Huskies used two quarterbacks in the loss, and Diaco told Paul Doyle of the Hartford Courant that Chandler Whitmer and Casey Cochran would split time again.

    UConn lost at home to Towson to open the 2013 season, the first of nine straight losses. It will not begin this year with two consecutive defeats.

    Prediction: Connecticut 24, Stony Brook 13

    Final: Connecticut 19, Stony Brook 16

SMU at North Texas

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; noon ET

    Last meeting: SMU beat visiting North Texas 45-31 in September 2007 despite 601 passing yards from North Texas quarterback Daniel Meager. SMU holds a 28-4-1 lead on the Mean Green in the all-time series.

    What to watch for

    SMU (0-1) managed a mere 67 yards (including minus-24 on the ground) in a 45-0 loss Monday at Baylor, the second time the Mustangs have been shut out in their last three games dating back to last November. Head coach June Jones used three different quarterbacks who combined to average 2.3 yards per attempt.

    North Texas (0-1) didn't do much better, tallying just 91 yards in a 38-7 loss at Texas. The Mean Green quarterbacks completed just three of 17 passes for 15 yards with four interceptions and were sacked six times.

    This game is for Dallas-area bragging rights as well as to avoid an 0-2 start, something SMU last did in 2006 and North Texas did in 2011. The winner, by default, is playing at home.

    Prediction: North Texas 23, SMU 17

    Final: North Texas 43, SMU 6

No. 20 Kansas State at Iowa State

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; noon ET

    Last meeting: Kansas State limited visiting Iowa State to 248 yards and forced three turnovers in a 41-7 win last November in Big 12 play. It was the Wildcats' sixth straight win in the series.

    What to watch for

    Kansas State (1-0) romped to a 39-point win over FCS Stephen F. Austin last week, with quarterback Jake Waters throwing for two touchdowns and scoring twice on the ground. The Wildcats didn't need star wideout Tyler Lockett, who, after catching a nine-yard TD pass in the first quarter, wasn't involved in the offense. Tim Bisel of the Topeka Capital-Journal reported Lockett had a minor hamstring injury and was held out as a precaution.

    Iowa State (0-1) also saw a star wide receiver get injured in the opener, but in a more severe way. Quenton Bundrage was lost to a torn ACL suffered in the Cyclones' 34-14 home loss to North Dakota State and will be replaced by true freshman Allen Lazard. ISU managed just 253 yards last week and now faces the possibility of starting 0-2 for the second straight season.

    Throw in that another loss would make ISU 0-1 in Big 12 play, and the Cyclones' season could be spiraling downhill already.

    Prediction: Kansas State 40, Iowa State 17

    Final: Kansas State 32, Iowa State 28

Western Kentucky at Illinois

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; noon ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    Western Kentucky (1-0) overwhelmed Mid-American champ Bowling Green in a 59-31 home win last week, tallying a school-record 702 yards that included 569 through the air from Brandon Doughty. In the first game under coach Jeff Brohm, the Hilltoppers looked like they have the kind of offense to beat anyone.

    Illinois (1-0) wasn't nearly as dominant in its 28-17 home win over FCS Youngstown State, needing 21 fourth-quarter points to avoid the upset. The Fighting Illini had a good debut from quarterback Wes Lunt, an Oklahoma State transfer who threw for 285 yards and four touchdowns.

    In order to get back to a bowl game for the first time since 2011, Illinois cannot afford to drop a nonconference game, especially one at home. But WKU looks much better than Youngstown did, so we're calling for the upset.

    Prediction: Western Kentucky 34, Illinois 28

    Final: Illinois 42, Western Kentucky 34

Akron at Penn State

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; noon ET

    Last meeting: Daryll Clark threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns in Penn State's 31-7 win over Akron in September 2009, improving to 4-0 all-time against the Zips.

    What to watch for

    Akron (1-0) won its season opener for the first time since 2007, cruising to a 41-0 win over FCS Howard. It was the Zips' first shutout victory in five years and was paced on offense by quarterback Kyle Pohl's four touchdown passes and 356 yards of total offense.

    Penn State (1-0) traveled to Ireland for its first game, rallying to beat UCF 26-24 on Sam Ficken's game-winning field goal as time expired. Sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg had the best passing game in program history, throwing for 454 yards to make James Franklin a winner in his first game as coach.

    Akron has improved vastly in Terry Bowden's two-plus years there, nearly winning at Michigan last season. PSU might be a little tired from the long road trip, but not enough to drop Franklin's home debut.

    Prediction: Penn State 38, Akron 16

    Final: Penn State 21, Akron 3

Central Michigan at Purdue

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; noon ET

    Last meeting: Purdue got a 46-yard touchdown run from Kory Sheets with one minute left to beat Central Michigan 32-25 in September 2008. It was the third time the teams had met in just over a year, with the Boilermakers also winning in September 2007 in a regular-season game and in the 2007 Motor City Bowl.

    What to watch for

    Central Michigan (1-0) scored 20 unanswered points to win its opener 20-16 at home against Chattanooga, getting a 26-yard touchdown pass from Cooper Rush to Courtney Williams midway through the fourth quarter. The Chippewas are 5-23 all-time against the Big Ten, but they did win 32-31 at Iowa in 2012.

    Purdue (1-0) ended a 10-game losing streak and beat an FBS team for the first time since November 2012 when it outlasted Western Michigan 43-34. That was more points than in any game for the Boilermakers last season, even though they were outgained in the contest. Raheem Mostert (146 yards) and Akeem Hunt (78 yards) led the charge on the ground.

    Purdue may not be able to win any Big Ten games this season, but it will move to 2-0 in the Mid-American.

    Prediction: Purdue 37, Central Michigan 30

    Final: Central Michigan 38, Purdue 17

Howard at Rutgers

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; noon ET

    Last meeting: Gary Nova threw two touchdown passes and Rutgers' defense held Howard to 149 yards of total offense in a 26-0 win in September 2012.

    What to watch for

    Howard (0-1) is an FCS school that opened with a 41-0 loss at Akron, gaining just 216 yards in the process. The Bison are 0-9 all-time against FBS programs.

    Rutgers (1-0) opened with a thrilling 41-38 win over Washington State in Seattle, getting a three-yard touchdown run from Paul James with 3:24 left. James finished with 173 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries, his best performance since running for 192 yards and three scores last September against Eastern Michigan.

    Bolstered by the road rally, Rutgers will roll over Howard.

    Prediction: Rutgers 48, Howard 13

    Final: Rutgers 38, Howard 25

Western Illinois at No. 18 Wisconsin

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; noon ET

    Last meeting: Wisconsin beat Western Illinois 34-10 in September 2006.

    What to watch for

    Western Illinois (1-0) began its season with a 45-6 win over fellow FCS team Valparaiso, gaining 593 yards. The Leathernecks will be looking for their first win over an FBS team since 2003.

    Wisconsin (0-1) squandered a 24-7 second-half lead against LSU to fall 28-24 in Houston. The Badgers' offense disappeared in the second half after leading rusher Melvin Gordon (140 yards, one touchdown) stopped getting the ball, leaving quarterback Tanner McEvoy (8-of-24, 50 yards, two interceptions) in over his head.

    Gordon had apparently suffered a hip flexor injury during the game, while McEvoy was left out there because Joel Stave may be done for the year because of confidence issues coming back from a shoulder injury, according to Jesse Temple of Fox Sports Wisconsin

    The Badgers won't need Gordon much in this one, while McEvoy can have a chance to shine and gain confidence.

    Prediction: Wisconsin 47, Western Illinois 17

    Final: Wisconsin 37, Western Illinois 3

South Carolina State at No. 23 Clemson

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 12:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Cole Stoudt threw three touchdown passes in a reserve role in Clemson's 52-13 win over South Carolina State last September.

    What to watch for

    South Carolina State (1-0) opened with a 63-0 win at Benedict College, a Division II school. The Bulldogs, who went 9-4 and reached the FCS playoffs last season, are 0-11 all-time against FBS programs.

    Clemson (0-1) was outscored 24-0 in the second half of its 45-21 opening loss at Georgia, as its offense fell apart and managed just one first down and 15 yards in the final two quarters. Both senior Cole Stoudt and freshman DeShaun Watson were able to move the ball in the first half, but nothing came after that.

    Clemson hasn't started 0-2 since 1982, and it won't repeat that feat this season.

    Prediction: Clemson 55, South Carolina State 10

    Final: Clemson 73, South Carolina State 7

Navy at Temple

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 1 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Bernard Pierce ran for 267 yards, including a game-winning 41-yard touchdown with 2:41 left, to give Temple a 27-24 road win over Navy in October 2009. The victory made the Owls bowl-eligible for the first time since 1979.

    What to watch for

    Navy (0-1) had Ohio State on the ropes for a half before falling 34-17 in Baltimore, failing to record one of the biggest wins for the program in recent memory. Despite 370 rushing yards, the Midshipmen couldn't adjust when the Buckeyes began to figure out the option.

    Temple (1-0) put together one of the most surprising results of the opening week, crushing Vanderbilt 37-7 on the road in a game that was delayed more than an hour before starting because of weather. The Owls scored the game's final 30 points and held Vandy to 54 rushing yards.

    As impressive as Temple's win was, it was more an indictment of the opponent than a product of its ability.

    Prediction: Navy 30, Temple 23

    Final: Navy 31, Temple 24

South Alabama at Kent State

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 2 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: South Alabama used a 21-0 run midway through the game to win 38-21 at home over Kent State last October.

    What to watch for

    South Alabama makes its 2014 debut hoping to secure the first bowl berth in program history. The Jaguars went 6-6 last season, aided by a win over Kent State, but as a transitioning member of the FBS weren't chosen for a bowl.

    Kent State (0-1) opened with a 17-14 home loss to Ohio in a Mid-American Conference game, falling via a 44-yard field goal as time expired. The Golden Flashes tied the game with 3:34 left on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Colin Reardon to Chris Humphrey.

    Kent can either use the home loss as motivation or have it serve as a trend. We're going with the latter.

    Prediction: South Alabama 27, Kent State 23

    Final: South Alabama 23, Kent State 13

UAB at Mississippi State

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 2 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Tyler Russell completed 11 of 13 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-3 home win over UAB in October 2011, its fourth straight win over the Blazers.

    What to watch for

    UAB (1-0) made a winner out of Bill Clark in his debut, as the Blazers rolled to a 48-10 win over visiting Troy. UAB ran for 338 yards, with Jordan Howard going for 179 yards and two touchdowns and D.J. Vinson adding 106 yards and a score.

    Mississippi State (1-0) steamrolled Southern Mississippi 49-0, getting 284 passing yards and four touchdowns from Dak Prescott. It was the Bulldogs' first shutout win since blanking South Carolina in 1999.

    UAB looks like it's a lot better than the 2-10 team from a year ago, but not good enough to knock off an SEC team on the road.

    Prediction: Mississippi State 41, UAB 17

    Final: Mississippi State 47, UAB 34

New Mexico State at Georgia State

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 2 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    New Mexico State (1-0) beat Cal Poly 28-10 to win its season opener for just the second time since 2008, and combined with a home win over Idaho last November, it gives the Aggies their first two-game win streak since 2011. NMSU is still looking to end a 15-game road losing streak, dating back to October 2011.

    Georgia State (1-0) won its first-ever game as an FBS team, rallying late to beat FCS Abilene Christian 38-37 behind 413 passing yards and four touchdowns from Nick Arbuckle. The Panthers have still never beat an FBS team, going 0-12 last season in their first year at this level.

    The fact that one of these struggling programs will open 2-0 is why this game is so great. Though the crowd was small last time, the excitement was still there in the Georgia Dome and will be there again for GSU.

    Prediction: Georgia State 45, New Mexico State 35

    Final: New Mexico State 34, Georgia State 31

Fresno State at Utah

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 3 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Utah beat Fresno State 17-16 to win the 1999 Las Vegas Bowl.

    What to watch for

    USC overwhelmed Fresno State (0-1), which lost 52-13, as neither junior Brian Burrell or senior Brandon Connette could muster up the kind of effort that now-Oakland Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr put forth the past few seasons. The Bulldogs allowed more than 700 yards and committed four turnovers.

    Utah (1-0) crushed Idaho State 56-14, as Travis Wilson returned from the head injury that caused him to miss the tail end of last season, throwing for 265 yards with a touchdown and adding a rushing score. Kaelin Clay chipped in a 100-yard kick return for a TD.

    Utah is much tougher to beat at home, and while Fresno won't struggle as badly as last week, it will drop to 0-2 for the first time since 2011.

    Prediction: Utah 38, Fresno State 20

    Final: Utah 59, Fresno State 27

Sacramento State at California

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 3 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: California opened the 2005 season with a 41-3 win over Sacramento State.

    What to watch for

    Sacramento State (1-0) won 49-13 at Incarnate Word to open the season. The Hornets were 5-7 a year ago, with shutout losses at San Jose State and Arizona State to start the schedule. They have two wins over FBS teams, both from the Pac-12, winning at Oregon State in 2011 and Colorado in 2012.

    California (1-0) matched its win total from a year ago, ending a 10-game losing streak and beating their first FBS foe since October 2012 with a 31-24 victory at Northwestern. Jared Goff threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns.

    The Golden Bears last began 2-0 in 2011, and they'll match that start with a strong performance at home.

    Prediction: California 44, Sacramento State 17

    Final: California 55, Sacramento State 14

Colorado at Massachusetts

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 3 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    Colorado (0-1) lost to rival Colorado State in Denver, blowing a 17-7 lead to fall 31-17 to the Rams. The Buffaloes got 288 total yards and two passing touchdowns from quarterback Sefo Liufau in the loss.

    Massachusetts (0-1) was unable to repeat history, falling 30-7 to Boston College in the return of former coach Mark Whipple to the sideline. The Minutemen were the home team, but the crowd wasn't very home-friendly in the New England Patriots' Gillette Stadium.

    UMass is now 2-23 since joining the FBS ranks and just doesn't appear to have the firepower to stick with a major-conference opponent.

    Prediction: Colorado 34, Massachusetts 20

    Final: Colorado 41, Massachusetts 38

Eastern Washington at Washington

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 3:05 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Washington edged Eastern Washington 30-27 in September 2011, winning despite being outgained 504-250 and allowing 473 passing yards to EWU quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.

    What to watch for

    Eastern Washington (2-0) is one of the top teams in the FCS ranks and has already racked up 97 points in a pair of wins this season. The Eagles have eight all-time victories against FBS opponents, most notably last year's 49-46 win at Oregon State.

    Washington (1-0) escaped Hawaii with a 17-16 win in the islands late Saturday night, giving new coach Chris Petersen a narrow victory in his first game since coming from Boise State. The Huskies used backup Jeff Lindquist at quarterback after Cyler Miles sat out the first game because of a suspension.

    This is a sneaky-good game because of how potent EWU's passing attack is, but Washington handled Hawaii's air game and should do so again here.

    Prediction: Washington 35, Eastern Washington 24

    Final: Washington 59, Eastern Washington 52

No. 14 USC at No. 13 Stanford

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 3:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Andre Heidari's 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds remaining gave host USC a 20-17 upset win over No. 5 Stanford in a Pac-12 game last November, moving the Trojans to 5-1 under interim coach Ed Orgeron. It was USC's first win over the Cardinal since 2008.

    What to watch for

    The first Pac-12 game of the 2014 season pits a pair of teams that could meet again in Santa Clara for the conference final.

    USC (1-0) got Steve Sarkisian's tenure off to a rousing start, winning 52-13 over Fresno State behind 701 yards and a conference-record 104 offensive snaps. The Trojans unveiled more than a dozen freshman contributors, who combined with veterans on both sides of the ball to dominate.

    Stanford's David Shaw seems most concerned with USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams. Per Fox Sports' David Lombardi, Shaw said, "There are some players that you notice, and there are some players you game-plan around," with Williams in the latter group.

    The Cardinal should also be worried about how efficient and confident Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler looked in throwing for 394 yards and four touchdowns against Fresno. The junior had minor toe surgery on Tuesday but isn't expected to miss any game action, according to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

    USC's defense was able to shut down Fresno's attack, but it will have a much tougher time slowing down Stanford and its senior quarterback, Kevin Hogan. The Trojans held him to 127 passing yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions last year, but he and fellow senior Ty Montgomery (who caught a TD pass and returned a punt for a score in Stanford's 45-0 win over UC Davis) are primed for a big day.

    How USC's freshmen hold up under a larger spotlight will be the key here. We say they'll grow up fast.

    Prediction: USC 30, Stanford 24

    Final: USC 13, Stanford 10

Eastern Kentucky at Miami (Ohio)

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 3:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    Eastern Kentucky (1-0) is an FCS team that opened on the road with a 29-10 win over Robert Morris. The Colonels are 6-22 all-time against FBS opponents, but their last win came in 1985 against Louisville.

    Miami (0-1) is riding a 17-game losing streak, but its 42-27 home loss to Marshall last week saw the Redhawks score roughly three times what they averaged in going winless last season. New coach Chuck Martin got 318 passing yards from Notre Dame transfer Andrew Hendrix in the loss.

    The streak comes to an end for the Redhawks.

    Prediction: Miami 33, Eastern Kentucky 21

    Final: Eastern Kentucky 17, Miami 10

VMI at Bowling Green

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 3:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    VMI (0-1) lost 42-38 at Bucknell in its opener. The Keydets, who also play Navy this year, are 0-28 all time against FBS opponents

    Bowling Green (0-1) was blown out at Western Kentucky in its opener, losing 59-31 and yielding more than 700 yards in Dino Babers' debut as coach. The Falcons are the reigning Mid-American Conference champions, but they hadn't allowed that many points since yielding 65 to Michigan in 2010.

    Quarterback Matt Johnson threw for 313 yards in the loss, but John Wagner of the Toledo Blade reported Wednesday that Johnson is out for the year with a hip injury.

    Bowling Green will get back on the winning side in a big way, even without its leader.

    Prediction: Bowling Green 44, VMI 13

    Final: Bowling Green 48, VMI 7

Ohio at Kentucky

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 3:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Ohio beat Kentucky 28-16 in October 2004, just its second win ever over an SEC team and first since beating the Wildcats in 1971.

    What to watch for

    Ohio (1-0) won 17-14 at Kent State in a Mid-American Conference game, getting a 44-yard field goal from Josiah Yazdani as time expired. The Bobcats came into the season having lost four of their last five but now have an early edge in the MAC's East Division.

    Kentucky (1-0) crushed Tennessee-Martin 59-14 behind 377 passing yards from Patrick Towles and two long TD runs by Braylon Heard, whose only two carries went for scores of 73 and 43 yards. The Wildcats forced five turnovers.

    Kentucky's slow upward trend will continue, matching last year's win total and marking its first 2-0 start since 2011.

    Prediction: Kentucky 33, Ohio 16

    Final: Kentucky 20, Ohio 3

Northern Illinois at Northwestern

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 3:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Northwestern edged Northern Illinois 38-37 in September 2005, improving to 6-0-1 all time in the matchup of Chicago-area programs.

    What to watch for

    Northern Illinois (1-0) opened with an easy 55-3 win over Presbyterian, rushing for 424 yards. Akeem Daniels led the Huskies with 118 yards, but Joel Bouagnon scored four times on the ground. NIU snapped the ball 109 times on offense and outgained its opponent 635-127.

    Northwestern (0-1) lost 31-24 at home to California, the Wildcats' eighth defeat in the past nine games. Northwestern fell behind 31-7 before scoring 17 late points to try to get close but instead opened 0-1 for the first time since 2004.

    Northwestern is a mess right now, and it will drop to 0-2 after the Huskies run through Evanston.

    Prediction: Northern Illinois 34, Northwestern 24

    Final: Northern Illinois 23, Northwestern 15

Maryland at South Florida

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 3:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    Maryland (1-0) beat FCS team James Madison 52-7 in its opener, with quarterback C.J. Brown throwing a touchdown pass and rushing for three more scores. The Terrapins rushed for 285 yards and scored the game's first 45 points.

    South Florida (1-0) rallied to beat Western Carolina 36-31, avoiding the dubious feat of losing at home to FCS opponents to start consecutive seasons. The Bulls got 275 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Marlon Mack, a true freshman, averaging more than 11 yards per play on his carries and only five yards per snap on all other offensive plays.

    This could be a very run-heavy game, based on how each team won its opener. Maryland's attack is more diverse and will lead it to victory.

    Prediction: Maryland 28, South Florida 27

    Final: Maryland 24, South Florida 17

Ball State at Iowa

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 3:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Ricky Stanzi threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns and Adam Robinson ran for 115 yards and two scores in Iowa's 45-0 win over Ball State in September 2010. The Hawkeyes have outscored the Cardinals 101-0 in their two meetings. 

    What to watch for

    Ball State (1-0) beat Colgate 30-10 in its opener, with Ozzie Mann throwing for a pair of touchdowns and running backs Horactio Banks and Jahwan Edwards each rushing for more than 100 yards. The Cardinals held the Raiders to 227 yards of total offense.

    Iowa (1-0) eked out a 31-23 win over Northern Iowa, paced by Jake Rudock's 250 passing yards and two touchdowns. The Hawkeyes were torched for 380 passing yards, but on offense, they got a lot of players into the game, with 13 different receivers and seven different ball-carriers.

    Iowa didn't look like it took this game seriously, but it will be more focused for a Ball State team that's good enough to win in Iowa City.

    Prediction: Iowa 27, Ball State 20

    Final: Iowa 17, Ball State 13

Middle Tennessee at Minnesota

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 3:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Jon Hoese scored three rushing touchdowns, including the game-winner with three minutes left, to give Minnesota a 24-17 win at Middle Tennessee in September 2010.

    What to watch for

    Middle Tennessee (1-0) crushed Savannah State 61-7 behind 250 yards and a touchdown by Austin Grammer on 15-of-17 passing. The Blue Raiders ran for six touchdowns, including two by Jeremiah Bryson.

    Minnesota (1-0) got past Eastern Illinois 42-20 despite being outgained 409-338. The Golden Gophers led 21-0 entering the fourth quarter and were up 35-0 before the Panthers scored all of their points in a game that saw several Minnesota defensive linemen sustain injuries. The most notable was to Scott Ekpe, who may be lost for the year with a knee injury.

    The combination of Middle Tennessee's running talent and Minnesota's defensive line depth issues will make this a very tight one, but the Gophers still take it.

    Prediction: Minnesota 25, Middle Tennessee 22

    Final: Minnesota 35, Middle Tennessee 24

Missouri State at Oklahoma State

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 3:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Oklahoma State beat Missouri State 57-13 in September 2008.

    What to watch for

    Missouri State (1-0) opened with a 34-27 win at Northwestern State, scoring 20 straight points in the fourth quarter, which included a 12-yard fumble return for a score by James Barnes on the final play of the game. The Bears are 1-30 all time against FBS opponents, beating UNLV back in 1990.

    Oklahoma State (0-1) had one of those "looked really good in a loss" efforts in its opener, falling 37-31 to defending national champion Florida State in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys kept up with the Seminoles thanks to three total touchdowns from quarterback J.W. Walsh and a defense that slowed up FSU's run game, despite graduating most of last year's 10-win team.

    OK State will ride the momentum of that strong performance to a breeze of a win at home.

    Prediction: Oklahoma State 47, Missouri State 19

    Final: Oklahoma State 40, Missouri State 23

Richmond at Virginia

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 3:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Michael Rocco threw for 311 yards and a touchdown to lead Virginia to a 43-19 win over Richmond in September 2012.

    What to watch for

    Richmond (1-0) won 55-10 at home against Morehead State, racking up 408 yards of total offense. The Spiders have five all-time wins against FBS teams, with the most recent coming over Duke in 2011.

    Virginia (0-1) lost 28-20 at home against UCLA. It was a game in which the Cavaliers slowed the Bruins' offensive rhythm but struggled with holding on to the ball. That resulted in three defensive touchdowns allowed, all in the second quarter. Matt Johns and Greyson Lambert shared time at quarterback, with Johns throwing a pair of touchdowns.

    Virginia has lost 10 straight games, with its last win coming against an FCS opponent (VMI). It hasn't lost to a lower-division foe since 2009, and it will finally get back on the winning side here.

    Prediction: Virginia 29, Richmond 21

    Final: Virginia 45, Richmond 13

Georgia Tech at Tulane

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 4 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Georgia Tech beat Tulane 19-13 in October 1982. The teams met every season from 1952 to 1982. The Yellow Jackets own a 35-13 lead in the series that dates back to 1916.

    What to watch for

    Georgia Tech (1-0) beat Wofford 38-19 on the back of 353 total yards from quarterback Justin Thomas, including 282 through the air with two touchdowns. He completed 11 of 15 passes, making his last eight throws, which included a 71-yard TD pass to DeAndre Smelter.

    Tulane (0-1) lost 38-31 at Tulsa in double overtime, the introduction of both teams to the American Athletic Conference. Despite the result, the game saw a promising debut from a pair of redshirt freshmen in quarterback Tanner Lee (262 yards, three touchdowns) and running back Sherman Badie (215 yards, one TD).

    This will be the first game in Yulman Stadium, Tulane's on-campus facility that replaces having to play in the Superdome. A sellout is very likely for this milestone event, and Tulane will give the crowd lots to cheer for.

    Prediction: Tulane 37, Georgia Tech 32

    Final: Georgia Tech 38, Tulane 21

Eastern Michigan at Florida

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 4 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Chris Leak threw three touchdown passes to lead Florida to a 49-10 win over visiting Eastern Michigan in September 2004.

    What to watch for

    Eastern Michigan (1-0) beat Morgan State 31-28 to win its debut under new coach Chris Creighton, but things didn't go off without a hitch. The Eagles' attempt at making a notable entrance resulted in a major fail when players struggled to break through a concrete wall with sledgehammers. Then after taking a fourth-quarter lead, they had to wait out a weather delay before claiming victory.

    Florida (0-0) never got to play its opener against Idaho, getting only 10 seconds of game action in between lengthy weather-related delays before the game was canceled. School officials announced Wednesday the game was declared a "no contest" and wouldn't be made up.

    The Gators should be 2-0 after this game, but because of the weather, they'll have to settle for 1-0.

    Prediction: Florida 56, Eastern Michigan 10

    Final: Florida 65, Eastern Michigan 0

Nicholls State at Arkansas

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 4 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    Nicholls State (0-1) plays a second straight FBS team on the road to start the season, after it lost 44-16 at Air Force last week. The Colonels are 3-37 all time against the FBS, but they did win at Western Michigan in 2013.

    Arkansas (0-1) has lost 10 straight games, including nine in a row in the SEC after last week's 45-21 setback at Auburn. The Razorbacks were tied at 21 with the Tigers at the half but allowed 595 total yards and were shut out after halftime.

    The Razorbacks will finally get a win thanks to their multiheaded ground attack running wild.

    Prediction: Arkansas 53, Nicholls State 14

    Final: Arkansas 73, Nicholls State 7

No. 15 Ole Miss at Vanderbilt

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 4:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Jeff Scott's 75-yard touchdown run with 1:07 gave Ole Miss a wild 39-35 victory at Vanderbilt last August in an SEC game that doubled as the season opener. Scott scored 23 seconds after Vandy took a 35-32 lead on a 34-yard touchdown catch by Steven Scheu, giving the Rebels their first win over the Commodores since 2009.

    What to watch for

    Ole Miss (1-0) won 35-13 over Boise State in Atlanta to open the season, a game that included both good (387 passing yards, four touchdowns) and bad (three first-half interceptions) from senior quarterback Bo Wallace. The Rebels picked off Boise's Grant Hedrick four times and scored 28 fourth-quarter points to break open what was a 7-6 game.

    Vanderbilt (0-1) was blitzed 37-7 at home by Temple, as it managed just 278 yards (including 54 on the ground) in coach Derek Mason's debut. The Commodores used three quarterbacks, with senior Stephen Rivers getting the most time and having the most success, but Mason said Wednesday he hasn't named a starter, per Sam Khan of ESPN.com.

    Ole Miss won at Vandy last season with most of the same players, while the Commodores are rebuilding.

    Prediction: Ole Miss 31, Vanderbilt 20

    Final: Ole Miss 41, Vanderbilt 3

Campbell at Appalachian State

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 6 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Appalachian State beat Campbell 20-6 back in 1931.

    What to watch for

    Campbell lost 33-9 at home to Charlotte, a program that is moving into the FBS next season. The Camels are playing an FBS team for the first time in program history.

    Appalachian State (0-1) was crushed 52-14 at Michigan in its first official game as an FBS program. The Mountaineers managed only 280 yards, but Terrence Upshaw ran for 109 yards in the loss.

    Appalachian State will earn its first FBS win, and it won't be close.

    Prediction: Appalachian State 46, Campbell 14

    Final: Appalachian State 66, Campbell 0

Old Dominion at North Carolina State

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 6 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    Old Dominion (1-0) is in its second year of transitioning to the FBS, and while it will play a full Conference USA schedule, it's not eligible for the postseason. The Monarchs beat FCS Hampton 41-28 last week, moving to 8-0 against FCS teams the past two years, while they're 1-4 against FBS teams.

    North Carolina State (1-0) ended an eight-game losing streak with a 24-23 win over Georgia Southern, rallying from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Matt Dayes caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Jacoby Brissett, a Florida transfer who threw for 291 yards and three TDs, with 1:37 left.

    This is a very winnable game for both teams, but NC State finally has some momentum with the comeback and will start 2-0 for the second straight year.

    Prediction: North Carolina State 34, Old Dominion 30

    Final: North Carolina State 46, Old Dominion 34

Wagner at Florida International

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 6 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    Wagner (1-0) opened with a 21-3 win at Georgetown, holding its opponent to 19 rushing yards. The Seahawks are 0-2 all time against FBS teams, losing 54-0 at Syracuse last year and 7-3 at Florida Atlantic in 2012.

    Florida International (0-1) dropped a 14-12 decision at home to Bethune-Cookman, an FCS program that also beat the Golden Panthers in 2013. FIU has lost eight straight games, and in that span, it has scored just 82 points, gaining only 186 yards in last week's game.

    It's tempting to take Wagner in this one, based on FIU's history against FCS teams (it's 5-5 since moving into FBS in 2005), but the Golden Panthers can't possibly lose another one of these, can they?

    Prediction: Florida International 20, Wagner 16

    Final: Florida International 34, Wagner 3

Savannah State at Georgia Southern

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 6 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Georgia Southern opened the 2013 season with a 77-9 win over Savannah State, rushing for 576 yards to improve to 10-0 all time against the Tigers.

    What to watch for

    Savannah State (0-1) lost 61-7 at Middle Tennessee last week, one of three games the Tigers will play against FBS teams this year (including Nov. 22 at BYU). It was their 10th straight loss, and it dropped them to 0-5 against FBS opponents.

    Georgia Southern (1-0) nearly pulled off a big upset in its first official game as an FBS program, losing 24-23 at North Carolina State after squandering a 10-point fourth-quarter lead. The Eagles rushed for 246 yards, with quarterback Kevin Ellison accounting for 300 yards of total offense.

    GSU is far better than its opponent, and that will show on the scoreboard.

    Prediction: Georgia Southern 51, Savannah State 10

    Final: Georgia Southern 83, Savannah State 9

No. 7 Michigan State at No. 3 Oregon

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 6:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Michigan State beat Oregon 27-20 in September 1999, evening the all-time series at 2-2.

    What to watch for

    The advent of the College Football Playoff is meant to bring us more high-profile nonconference games, and even though this one was scheduled more than two years ago, it's the kind of clash fans have begged for. Sports Illustrated called it the best nonconference game of 2014, picking it for the "contrast of polar opposites styles" and how much it could impact playoff rankings.

    Michigan State (1-0) makes its second trip to the West Coast in the past eight months, the other being its rousing win over Stanford in the Rose Bowl that capped the best season in school history.

    Most of that same Spartans team is still around, highlighted by quarterback Connor Cook, who escaped serious injury in last week's blowout win over Jacksonville State after taking a hit to his knee on a first-quarter touchdown pass.

    Oregon (1-0) had an equally easy 62-13 opening win over South Dakota, with quarterback Marcus Mariota setting the school record for total career touchdowns in the process with 82. The Ducks looked crisp as ever on offense, while their defense fared well despite only having shutdown corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu on the field for one quarter due to an ankle injury.

    Both teams are good enough to lose this one and still run the table, thus winning their conference and getting a shot at the playoffs. But each has a rather tough schedule beyond this one, so claiming a major out-of-league win will go a long way toward impressing the selection committee.

    Oregon isn't unbeatable at Autzen Stadium, but it's been six years since a nonconference foe beat the Ducks there. That streak will continue.

    Prediction: Oregon 28, Michigan State 24

    Final: Oregon 46, Michigan State 27

Gardner-Webb at Wake Forest

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 6:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Tanner Price had 281 passing yards and two touchdowns in a 48-5 win over Gardner-Webb in September 2011.

    What to watch for

    Gardner-Webb (0-1) lost 13-3 at Furman, managing only 194 yards and a 19-yard field goal. The Bulldogs are 1-9 against FBS opponents, winning in 2010 at Akron.

    Wake Forest (0-1) had a very poor showing in its first game under Dave Clawson. It lost 17-10 at Louisiana-Monroe while gaining a scant 94 yards thanks to sacks of true freshman quarterback John Wolford that led to minus-three rushing yards. Wolford was 12-of-22 for 97 yards with an interception for the Demon Deacons.

    This will be a get-healthy game for Wake and will provide confidence going forward.

    Prediction: Wake Forest 34, Gardner-Webb 17

    Final: Wake Forest 23, Gardner-Webb 7

Southeast Missouri State at Kansas

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Kansas beat Southeast Missouri State 44-24 in September 2002.

    What to watch for

    Southeast Missouri State (1-0) opened with a 77-0 win over NAIA school Missouri Baptist. The Redhawks are 1-18 all time against FBS opponents, winning at Middle Tennessee in 2002.

    Kansas is making its 2014 debut and will be doing so without numerous players it expected to lean on this year. Two running backs were injured in the preseason and are done for the year, while recruit Traevohn Wrench was ruled ineligible. And coach Charlie Weis announced Tuesday junior cornerback Kevin Short withdrew from school, per Rustin Dodd of The Wichita Eagle.

    The Jayhawks shouldn't have trouble winning this one, but an upset wouldn't be a huge surprise.

    Prediction: Kansas 30, Southeast Missouri State 20

    Final: Kansas 34, Southeast Missouri State 28

Murray State at No. 25 Louisville

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Will Stein had 226 passing yards and two touchdowns in Louisville's 21-9 win over Murray State in September 2011.

    What to watch for

    Murray State (1-0) opened with a 73-26 win over Union College, a Division III school. The Racers are 3-23 all time against FBS opponents, last winning in 1984 against Louisville.

    Louisville (1-0) had a strong showing in its first game under Bobby Petrino in his return to the school, beating Miami (Florida) 31-13 in what was also its first game in the ACC. The Cardinals got 143 rushing yards from Dominique Brown and forced three turnovers.

    This one will get out of hand early.

    Prediction: Louisville 57, Murray State 15

    Final: Louisville 66, Murray State 21

Florida A&M at Miami (Florida)

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Miami held Florida A&M to 110 yards of total offense to beat the Rattlers 45-0 in 2010.

    What to watch for

    Florida A&M (0-1) lost 22-17 at Jackson State to open the season, giving up a touchdown with one second left. The Rattlers are 2-23 all time against FBS teams, and the last victory came against Temple in 1986.

    Miami (0-1) lost 31-13 at Louisville on Labor Day in an ACC game, managing only 244 yards. The Hurricanes started true freshman Brad Kaaya at quarterback, and he threw for 174 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Duke Johnson returned from a broken ankle suffered in November to rush for 90 yards.

    Miami usually pulverizes the small schools it hosts, and this year will be no different.

    Prediction: Miami 47, Florida A&M 20

    Final: Miami 41, Florida A&M 7

Duke at Troy

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Brandon Connette threw for 324 yards and was responsible for all five of Duke's touchdowns in a 38-31 home win over Troy last September.

    What to watch for

    Duke (1-0) won 52-13 at home against FCS Elon, with Anthony Boone throwing for 247 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those went to Jamison Crowder, who had seven catches for 93 yards. The Blue Devils gained 567 total yards in the victory to snap a two-game losing streak.

    Troy (0-1) was crushed 48-10 at UAB, its first game in four years without Corey Robinson as its quarterback. The Trojans got 201 passing yards from two quarterbacks and 272 total yards.

    Troy is 3-33 all time against power-conference teams since joining the FBS, most recently winning against Oklahoma State in 2007. This is an inexperienced Trojans team, and even being at home won't help it.

    Prediction: Duke 30, Troy 20

    Final: Duke 34, Troy 17

East Carolina at No. 21 South Carolina

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Dylan Thompson threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns to pace a 48-10 home win for South Carolina in September 2012. The Gamecocks hold a 12-5 lead in the all-time series, with East Carolina's last win coming in 1999.

    What to watch for

    East Carolina (1-0) won 52-7 at home against North Carolina Central, getting 283 yards and three touchdowns from senior quarterback Shane Carden. The Pirates have had plenty of success against power-conference opponents of late, beating North Carolina and North Carolina State last season.

    South Carolina (0-1) was embarrassed at home in its opener, losing 52-28 to Texas A&M to end its 18-game win streak at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks secondary was ripped apart for 511 passing yards by A&M's Kenny Hill, who was making his first career start.

    Carden is more experienced at quarterback than Hill was, but East Carolina's talent isn't as good as A&M's or the Gamecocks'. Expect a lot of points but a home-team win.

    Prediction: South Carolina 44, East Carolina 34

    Final: South Carolina 33, East Carolina 23

No. 17 Arizona State at New Mexico

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Arizona State beat New Mexico 45-24 in October 1977, the last year before ASU left the Western Athletic Conference to join the Pac-10. The Sun Devils hold a 22-5-1 edge in the series and have won the past 17 meetings, last falling to the Lobos in 1942.

    What to watch for

    Arizona State (1-0) won 45-14 at home against FCS Weber State, with Taylor Kelly throwing for 238 yards and a touchdown and D.J. Foster adding 147 yards and three TDs on the ground. The Sun Devils racked up 570 yards of total offense.

    New Mexico (0-1) lost 31-24 at home to rival UTEP, despite 410 rushing yards out of its triple-option run game. Quarterback Cole Gautsche rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns, but the Lobos allowed UTEP to run for 330 yards. After rallying from a 24-7 deficit to tie the game, New Mexico gave up a score with just over two minutes left.

    Gautsche will miss the Arizona State game with a hamstring injury, according to Van Tate of KRQE News 13, and senior Clayton Mitchem will start under center.

    ASU has a chance to start 3-0 with wins here and at Colorado, but this is a trap game despite UNM's lack of success. The Lobos have won 14 games in the past seven-plus years and last beat a power-conference team in 2008, but this smells like an upset.

    Prediction: New Mexico 28, Arizona State 24

    Final: Arizona State 58, New Mexico 23

San Jose State at No. 5 Auburn

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    San Jose State (1-0) beat North Dakota 42-10 to open the season, with Blake Jurich throwing for 250 yards and tallying four total touchdowns. The Spartans are 18-8 since the start of the 2012 season but haven't won against a power-conference foe since 2006 and are 0-3 all time against the SEC.

    Auburn (1-0) ran past Arkansas 45-21 last week in an SEC game for its opener, getting 243 passing yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Jeremy Johnson—who played the first half in place of the suspended Nick Marshall. They also received 177 rushing yards with a score from Cameron Artis-Payne. The Tigers ran for 302 yards.

    Auburn nearly lost at home to Washington State to begin last season, but that was before the Tigers had established themselves as a dominant team. This one won't be close.

    Prediction: Auburn 45, San Jose State 16

    Final: Auburn 59, San Jose State 13

Louisiana Tech at Louisiana-Lafayette

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Louisiana Tech beat Louisiana-Lafayette 24-20 in September 2004, its sixth straight win in the series. ULL's last win over the Bulldogs came in 1996.

    What to watch for

    Louisiana Tech (0-1) lost 48-16 at Oklahoma in its opener, managing just 245 yards on offense while not scoring a touchdown until the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs, who started 9-1 in 2012, have lost 11 of 15 games since.

    Louisiana-Lafayette (1-0) destroyed Southern 45-6 last week, getting 275 yards of total offense and four total touchdowns from quarterback Terrance Broadway along with 129 rushing yards from Elijah McGuire. The Ragin' Cajuns, last year's Sun Belt champs, have won 28 of their past 40 games.

    ULL has established itself as the second-best team in its state (behind LSU), and it will reassert that position with another win over an in-state foe.

    Prediction: Louisiana-Lafayette 38, Louisiana Tech 21

    Final: Louisiana Tech 48, Louisiana-Lafayette 20

Rhode Island at Marshall

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Rhode Island beat Marshall 48-35 in September 2007.

    What to watch for

    Rhode Island is playing its 2014 season opener after going 3-9 last season. The Rams, an FCS program, are 2-16 all time against FBS teams but haven't beat one since knocking off Connecticut in 2000.

    Marshall (1-0) won 42-27 at Miami (Ohio) last week, a sloppy game against an opponent that has now lost 17 straight. The Thundering Herd led 28-3 before allowing Miami back in it, with quarterback Rakeem Cato scoring on a two-yard run late to stretch out the margin. Cato also threw three touchdown passes, giving him 94 for his career.

    There's no reason to think Marshall doesn't rumble over the Rams.

    Prediction: Marshall 53, Rhode Island 20

    Final: Marshall 48, Rhode Island 7

Alcorn State at Southern Mississippi

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Southern Mississippi opened the 2009 season with a 52-0 win over Alcorn State.

    What to watch for

    Alcorn State (1-0) beat NAIA school Lynchburg 55-7 last week. The Braves are 1-9 all time against FBS teams, beating Central Michigan in 1978.

    Southern Mississippi (0-1) lost 49-0 at Mississippi State, its 24th loss in the past 25 games. The Golden Eagles committed three turnovers and averaged only 2.2 yards per carry.

    USM hasn't won a home game since November 2011, but that streak will come to an end here as it matches last season's win total.

    Prediction: Southern Mississippi 38, Alcorn State 17

    Final: Southern Mississippi 26, Alcorn State 20

Idaho at Louisiana-Monroe

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Louisiana-Monroe edged Idaho 16-14 in October 2004, the last of four years that Idaho spent as members of the same Sun Belt Conference it has rejoined this season.

    What to watch for

    Idaho traveled to Florida last week, but its game against the Gators was canceled because of weather. The Vandals now return to the South, but this time for their first game back in the Sun Belt (they were members from 2001-04) after spending last season as an independent.

    Louisiana-Monroe (1-0) beat Wake Forest 17-10 at home last week, with North Carolina State transfer quarterback Pete Thomas scoring on a nine-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Warhawks have never started 2-0 since joining FBS in 1994.

    Idaho has lost its last 16 road games, and another long trip from home won't help end that streak.

    Prediction: Louisiana-Monroe 33, Idaho 16

    Final: Louisiana-Monroe 38, Idaho 31

Lamar at No. 9 Texas A&M

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    Lamar (1-0) opened its season with a 42-27 win over Grambling State. The Cardinals are 2-17 all time against FBS teams, and last year they lost 59-3 at Oklahoma State.

    Texas A&M (1-0) ravaged South Carolina 52-28 on the road last week, getting 680 total yards, which included a school-record 511 passing yards from sophomore Kenny Hill in his first start at quarterback. The Aggies were dominant on both sides of the ball, with several true freshmen and redshirt freshmen contributing to the huge victory.

    This could be the most lopsided scored of the 2014 season.

    Prediction: Texas A&M 70, Lamar 10

    Final: Texas A&M 73, Lamar 3

Sam Houston State at No. 12 LSU

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    Sam Houston State (1-1) beat Alabama State 51-20 last week after opening with a 56-35 loss at Eastern Washington. The Bearkats are 3-27 all time against FBS teams, last winning in 2011 at New Mexico.

    LSU (1-0) rallied from a 24-7 deficit to beat Wisconsin 28-24 in Houston. Sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns, while Kenny Hilliard ran for 110 yards and scored the game-winning TD on a 28-yard run with 9:41 left.

    This one won't require any sort of rally from LSU.

    Prediction: LSU 50, Sam Houston State 17

    Final: LSU 56, Sam Houston State 0

Citadel at No. 1 Florida State

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Florida State beat The Citadel 62-10 in September 2005.

    What to watch for

    The Citadel (0-1) lost 31-16 at home to Coastal Carolina in its opener. The Bulldogs are 6-38 against FBS teams but haven't won such a matchup since 1992.

    Florida State (1-0) won its 17th straight game last week, but the 37-31 win over Oklahoma State in Arlington, Texas, was far below the standards the Seminoles have established by winning the BCS national championship in January.

    FSU led 21-0 but then allowed OK State to creep back into it, partly because Jameis Winston threw two first-half interceptions (while throwing for 370 yards and scoring a touchdown on a highlight-reel run in the second half), and its run game failed to produce.

    Those issues will all get worked out in spades against Citadel, the 20th FCS foe in as many attempts to fall to FSU.

    Prediction: Florida State 60, Citadel 7

    Final: Florida State 37, Citadel 12

BYU at Texas

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: BYU quarterback Taysom Hill ran for 259 yards and three touchdowns to fuel the Cougars' 40-21 upset of No. 15 Texas last September, its third win in four all-time meetings with the Longhorns.

    What to watch for

    BYU (1-0) won 35-10 at Connecticut, and junior quarterback Taysom Hill accounted for 405 yards of total offense and five touchdowns. Two of those scores were on runs, as the Cougars managed 513 yards on offense.

    Texas (1-0) had an impressive debut under Charlie Strong, especially from a defensive standpoint, winning 38-7 over North Texas. The Longhorns had six sacks, intercepted four passes and allowed only 94 yards. Offensively, David Ash threw for 194 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a score.

    It was a costly victory for Texas, though, as the school revealed Ash had suffered another head injury—he missed 10 games last season—and wouldn't play against BYU because of concussion-related symptoms. The Longhorns also lost their center, Dominic Espinosa, for the year with a broken ankle.

    With Tyrone Swoopes in at quarterback, Texas will be far less experienced on offense, making this a very difficult task. BYU's Hill destroyed the Longhorns last year, but Strong will have a plan to shut him down enough for a win.

    Prediction: Texas 27, BYU 23

    Final: BYU 41, Texas 7

Towson at West Virginia

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    Towson (0-1) lost 31-27 at home to Central Connecticut State last week, a year after going 13-3 and reaching the FCS championship game. The Tigers won at Connecticut last year, their first win in seven tries against an FBS team.

    West Virginia (0-1) lost 33-23 to Alabama in Atlanta, but the performance was still a success. The Mountaineers were 4-8 a year ago but played much better than that against the Crimson Tide, particularly with their passing game. Clint Trickett threw for 365 yards, with Kevin White catching nine passes for 143 yards and a score.

    The Mountaineers nearly lost at home to William & Mary last year, which would have been their first loss in 11 games against FCS teams. They'll be 12-0 now.

    Prediction: West Virginia 45, Towson 24

    Final: West Virginia 54, Towson 0

Northwestern State at No. 10 Baylor

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Robert Griffin III threw three touchdowns passes in Baylor's 68-13 win over Northwestern State in September 2009.

    What to watch for

    Northwestern State (0-1) lost 34-27 at home to Missouri State last week. The Demons are a regular participant against FBS teams, going 16-47 all time, but last beat one in 2005.

    Baylor (1-0) opened up new McLane Stadium in dominant fashion, both offensively and defensively, winning 45-0 against SMU. The Bears held the Mustangs to 67 total yards (including minus-24 on the ground) while registering nine sacks. The offense had 31 first downs and 574 yards.

    It wasn't all good news, though, as Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty left the game before halftime with a back injury. Petty has two cracked bones in his spine and is listed as day-to-day, according to John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald.

    Petty's involvement will only make this more of a blowout, but it will still be that way without him.

    Prediction: Baylor 57, Northwestern State 14

    Final: Baylor 70, Northwestern State 6

Michigan at No. 16 Notre Dame

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Devin Gardner tallied 376 yards of total offense and accounted for all five of 17th-ranked Michigan's touchdowns in a 41-30 home win over No. 14 Notre Dame last September. It was the Wolverines' sixth win in its last eight meetings with the Fighting Irish.

    What to watch for

    Who ever thought this Midwest rivalry would ever end? Sadly, though, this is the last scheduled meeting between the teams due partly to Notre Dame's newest scheduling commitments as part of the school's admission to the ACC in all sports except football. With at least four ACC opponents on the slate each year, some traditional foes had to be dropped, and that included the Wolverines.

    The talking heads will spend a lot of time reminiscing about past matchups, but this last one should be as good as any if both teams are able to play as well as they did in their openers.

    Michigan unveiled a new offense under coordinator Doug Nussmeier, one that features converted tight end Devin Funchess as a wide receiver, and it paid off in a huge way. Funchess caught three touchdown passes from Devin Gardner, and with so much attention put on that tandem, it allowed Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith to combine for 285 yards and three TDs on the ground.

    "There are promising signs that coach Brady Hoke might have found a tailback combination that is going to give Michigan the sort of power rushing game that was a staple under Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr," the Associated Press' Dave Hogg (h/t Yahoo Sports) wrote after the 52-14 win over Appalachian State.

    Notre Dame also looked like a team of old, thanks to the return of quarterback Everett Golson after a season-long academic suspension. Golson was more a game manager when he piloted the Fighting Irish into the BCS title game after the 2012 season, but now with more experience and maturity, the offense has been built around him.

    Golson threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns and also scored three rushing touchdowns in the 48-17 win over Rice. Running backs Greg Bryant, Tarean Folston and Cam McDaniel added 169 yards on the ground, with QB Malik Zaire chipping in another 58 yards on two attempts.

    Last year's game was the second-highest point total in the series' history. With the rivalry likely to go out with a bang, expect even more points, but also look for Michigan to steal one on the road.

    Prediction: Michigan 40, Notre Dame 35

    Final: Notre Dame 31, Michigan 0

Virginia Tech at No. 5 Ohio State

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 8 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    Virginia Tech makes its first trip ever to a Big Ten school (not counting visits to Maryland, Nebraska or Rutgers before they joined the conference) and picked a heck of an initial destination. Ohio State hasn't lost a nonconference home game since falling to USC in 2009.

    The Hokies won easily in their opener against FCS school William & Mary, but that test didn't really prepare them for Ohio State, namely the Buckeyes' stout defensive line and the strong debut of redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. Barrett completed 12 of 15 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns in OSU's 34-17 comeback win over Navy. While he can certainly get better, he looked quite good for his first career start.

    But now he'll be facing one of the most notable defensive schemes in college football. Bud Foster's unit is usually among the tops in the league, and last week it held W&M to 193 yards.

    This marks arguably the two toughest games for OSU to open a season in 15 years, and while it struggled at times to beat Navy, that experience will pay off with a solid victory here.

    Prediction: Ohio State 30, Virginia Tech 20

    Final: Virginia Tech 35, Ohio State 21

San Diego State at No. 21 North Carolina

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 8 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: North Carolina beat San Diego State 20-13 to win the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl, the only other time the teams have met.

    What to watch for

    San Diego State (1-0) beat Northern Arizona 38-7, a year after opening with a home loss to FCS school Eastern Illinois. The Aztecs got 111 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Donnel Pumphrey, while Quinn Kaehler threw for 205 yards and a score.

    North Carolina (1-0) trailed Liberty 22-21 at home before rolling to a 56-29 win. The Tar Heels got two rushing touchdowns and two passing scores from Marquise Williams, while a 19-yard interception return for a TD by Jeff Schoettmer came 13 seconds after UNC took a 28-22 lead to spark the rally.

    San Diego is sneaky good and has won eight of its past 10. The Aztecs haven't been able to win on the East Coast, though, and the long trip will hurt them.

    Prediction: North Carolina 38, San Diego State 23

    Final: North Carolina 31, San Diego State 27

Grambling State at Houston

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 8 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Houston beat Grambling State 42-22 in September 2006.

    What to watch for

    Grambling State (0-1) lost 42-27 at Lamar to open the season. The Tigers are 3-15 against FBS teams, last winning one in 1985 against Oregon State.

    Houston (0-1) was embarrassed in its first game at the new TDECU Stadium, losing 27-7 to UTSA. The Cougars' normally potent offense was held to 208 yards, including minus-26 yards on the ground, and didn't score until the final minutes.

    Grambling State was already in for a rough night, but now coming in with Houston ticked off will make this even worse.

    Prediction: Houston 47, Grambling State 13

    Final: Houston 47, Grambling State 0

Idaho State at Utah State

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 8 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Diondre Borel had 255 passing yards and a touchdown in a 38-17 win over Idaho State in September 2010.

    What to watch for

    Idaho State (0-1) lost 56-14 at Utah last week, dropping the Bengals to 4-43 all time against FBS teams. ISU last won such a matchup in 2000 against Utah State.

    Utah State (0-1) was run over by Tennessee on the road in its opener, losing 38-7. The Aggies had only 244 yards of total offense, with quarterback Chuckie Keeton throwing for 144 yards and a touchdown in his first game back after tearing knee ligaments midway through last season.

    Keeton gets back to his old form, and Idaho State wins big.

    Prediction: Utah State 41, Idaho State 14

    Final: Utah State 40, Idaho State 20

Northern Colorado at UNLV

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 10 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    Northern Colorado is making its 2014 debut after going 1-11 last season. The Bears lost 35-7 at Wyoming in 2013 and are 0-8 all time against FBS teams.

    UNLV (0-1) was destroyed 58-13 at Arizona last week, allowing 787 yards in the process. The Rebels were debuting new players on offense, and while Blake Decker threw for 252 yards and a touchdown, the run game managed only 119 yards. 

    UNLV bounces back with a strong victory.

    Prediction: UNLV 43, Northern Colorado 20

    Final: UNLV 13, Northern Colorado 12

Memphis at No. 11 UCLA

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 10 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: None

    What to watch for

    Memphis (1-0) won 63-0 at home against Austin Peay last week, its first shutout victory since 2000. The Tigers allowed 146 yards while gaining 545 yards in the process.

    UCLA (1-0) struggled to win 28-20 at Virginia, a team that was 2-10 a year ago. The Bruins offense was sluggish and had problems blocking up front, but it was propped up by a stellar defensive effort that included three touchdowns from that side of the ball in the second quarter.

    Brett Hundley will face a solid Memphis defense, but with the Tigers possibly without star defensive end Martin Ifedi, the chance of an upset is minimal.

    Prediction: UCLA 33, Memphis 14

    Final: UCLA 42, Memphis 35

Air Force at Wyoming

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 10:15 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith racked up a school-record 511 yards of total offense, including 138 on the ground, and his four touchdown passes gave him the Cowboys' career record for TD throws in a 56-23 win at Air Force last September in a Mountain West game.

    What to watch for

    Air Force (1-0) beat FCS Nicholls State 44-16 last week to win for just the second time in the past 12 games, getting 539 yards on the ground, with Jacobi Owens leading the charge with 233. The Falcons are looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since the end of the 2012 season.

    Wyoming (1-0) won 17-12 at home over FCS Montana in the debut of coach Craig Bohl, who came from North Dakota, where he'd won the last three FCS titles. The Grizzlies threw for only 92 yards, but they held Montana to 253 yards (42 on the ground).

    This early Mountain West game will give one team a boost of confidence and a leg up in the standings. Both are struggling programs, so home team gets the edge.

    Prediction: Wyoming 27, Air Force 21

    Final: Wyoming 17, Air Force 13

Colorado State at Boise State

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 10:15 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Grant Hedrick threw for 305 yards and five touchdown passes, connecting with Matt Miller on two of those scores, to lead Boise State to a 42-30 win at Colorado State in a Mountain West game last November. BSU is 3-0 all time against the Rams.

    What to watch for

    Colorado State (1-0) beat rival Colorado 31-17 in Denver, scoring 24 points over the final 21 minutes to erase a 10-point hole. The Rams had two 100-yard rushers, including Alabama transfer Dee Hart, who ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

    Boise State (0-1) lost 35-13 to Ole Miss in Atlanta, a game in which the Broncos trailed only 7-6 after three quarters before wearing down. Hedrick threw four interceptions, while Jay Ajayi rushed for 86 yards and had 93 receiving yards and a touchdown.

    Two of the favorites in the Mountain West's Mountain Division clashing this early is unique, and for Boise, it's almost a must-win game. The Broncos always seem to play best on their blue turf, where CSU lost by 32 points in 2012.

    Prediction: Boise State 30, Colorado State 24

    Final: Boise State 37, Colorado State 24

Oregon State at Hawaii

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 10:30 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Sean Mannion threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns, hitting receiver Brandin Cooks twice for scores, in Oregon State's 33-14 home win over Hawaii last September. OSU has won the past three meetings, with Hawaii's most recent victory coming in the 1999 Oahu Bowl.

    What to watch for

    Oregon State (1-0) opened with an underwhelming 29-14 win over Portland State, but it was still better than in 2013 when the Beavers lost their opener at home to Eastern Washington. Sean Mannion threw for 328 yards and a touchdown, and Storm Woods rushed for 125 yards.

    Hawaii (0-1) came up just short in a season-opening upset bid, losing 17-16 to Washington. The Warriors held Washington to 336 yards, 91 of that coming on one play. Despite posting a defensive shutout in the second half, they could only manage two field goals of their own in the final two quarters.

    The improved play of Hawaii's defense, combined with running back Joey Iosefa's running ability (he had 143 yards and a TD) make it possible the Warriors can pull it off. But Mannion is too good to let that happen.

    Prediction: Oregon State 37, Hawaii 23

    Final: Oregon State 38, Hawaii 30

Texas Tech at UTEP

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    When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 11 p.m. ET

    Last meeting: Texas Tech got 484 passing yards and four touchdowns from Graham Harrell to fuel a 45-31 win over visiting UTEP in September 2007. The Red Raiders have won the past five meetings, last falling to the Miners in 1957.

    What to watch for

    Texas Tech (1-0) struggled to a 42-35 win over FCS Central Arkansas at home, despite 452 passing yards and four touchdowns from Davis Webb and a breakout game from wide receiver Bradley Marquez. Marquez caught 11 balls for 184 yards and two TDs.

    UTEP (1-0) beat rival New Mexico 31-24 on the road, getting a three-yard touchdown run from Aaron Jones with 2:18 left. Jones ran for 237 yards and three TDs, and the Miners won their opener for the first time since 2011.

    This is a very dangerous game for the Red Raiders, who struggle on the road no matter the opponent. Look for UTEP to lead for a good part of the game, but Webb and his receivers will eventually pull out the win for Tech.

    Prediction: Texas Tech 46, UTEP 41

    Final: Texas Tech 30, UTEP 26

     

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