College Football Preview: September 5, 2009 (Part 2)
Part one of this article can be found here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/248777-college-football-preview-october-5-2009-part-one
The Citadel at #21 North Carolina
The Tar Heels will be looking to fill an offensive void after the losses of Hakeem Nicks and Brandon Tate. The Citadel IS a void.
Prediction: 34-10, Tar Heels
Middle Tennessee State at Clemson
The Tigers offense this year will begin and end with halfback C.J. Spiller. The lack of Cullen Harper at quarterback will be a cause of concern, as neither Willy Korn nor Kyle Parker have the talent to lead a team.
The Blue Raiders retain their talented receiving corps and consistent halfback Phillip Tanner, but the loss of uber-accurate quarterback Joe Craddock might be too much to overcome.
Regardless, Clemson clearly is the better team.
Prediction: 48-13, Tigers.
William & Mary at Virginia
The Cavaliers haven't had a winning season since the Stone Age, and they probably will have to wait another year. Diminuitive (5-9) senior quarterback Vic Hall should help the offense get rolling.
Prediction: 34-7, Cavaliers.
Stanford at Washington State
To put it bluntly, the Cougars will not win. Quarterback Kevin Lopina threw 11 interceptions last season and only 87 completions.
As for the Cardinal, they might just make a bowl game this year. Halfback Toby Gerhart rushed for 1136 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2008, and he is still improving.
Prediction: 48-3, Cardinal.
Charleston Southern at #1 Florida
Really, is Charleston big enough to warrant another college with the word "Southern" tacked on the end? Regardless, it's good to see Florida isn't wearing themselves out by playing legitimate teams before their tough, tough SEC season starts.
Prediction: 2009-0, Gators.
Louisiana-Monroe at #2 Texas
We all know who's going to win this game, so I would like to use this space to point out that Florida plays neither Alabama nor Ole Miss in the regular season. Come on, Florida fans, if you remove the three best teams in the SEC, the league is not that good. Time to stop hiding behind the "We play in the SEC, the hardest conference/We play enough tough teams to warrant an easy non-conference schedule" excuse and schedule a legitimate team.
Prediction: 63-0, Longhorns.
#20 BYU at #3 Oklahoma
For example, Florida, take Oklahoma. They scheduled BYU in the regular season.
Anyway, the Sooners enter this season with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Sam Bradford. I would imagine the Sooners are more than a little angry they didn't win the B(C)S National Championship last year.
But the Cougars return even better than last year. Max Hall had a ridiculous season in 2008 (3957 yards, 69.2 completion percentage, 35 touchdowns) and will be able to spread the ball out more this year.
Prediction: 42-30, Sooners, but I still have BYU in my top 15.
Florida Atlantic at #24 Nebraska
The Owls retain a team potent enough to keep themselves in the game, but they really don't have a chance of beating a nationally ranked team.
The Cornhuskers will be led by junior Zac Lee, who has only thrown two passes in his NCAA career. Wide receivers Nate Swift and Todd Peterson are gone, but Mike McNiell and Menelik Holt are capable enough of moving the chains.
Prediction: 39-13, Cornhuskers.
Northern Colorado at #25 Kansas
The Jayhawks' senior quarterback Todd Reesing (3888 yards, 66.5 completion percentage, 32 touchdowns) would be considered a Heisman candidate if not for a few guys named Bradford, Tebow, and McCoy. Jake Sharp and Angus Quigley are consistant runners, and Dezmon Briscoe will score many touchdowns this year.
Prediction: 45-13, Jayhawks.
Louisiana Tech at Auburn
Yeah, the Tigers sucked last year, but at least everybody's back!
On another note, how in the world did the Bulldogs wind up in the Western Athletic Conference?
Prediction: 37-14, Tigers.
Missouri State at Arkansas
Arkansas beat Louisiana-Monroe by one point last year. One.
Prediction: 28-24, Razorbacks.
Wofford at South Florida
Not gonna happen.
Prediction: 44-13, Bulls.
Richmond at Duke
One one hand, the Spiders won the FCS Championship last year. On the other hand, it's Duke. On the other other hand, the ACC is so bad, the Blue Devils won a game in 2008.
Prediction: 27-24, Spiders.
Connecticut at Ohio
So I might be a little biased here, being a Huskies fan, but I think UConn is gonna knock the pants off 'em.
Well, maybe. The Huskies will be using a no-huddle offense for the first time under junior quarterback Zach Frazier's leadership. FBS rushing leader Donald Brown is in the NFL, but the Huskies will have a good rushing attack with the tandem of senior Andre Dixon and sophomore Jordan Todman.
The Bobcats will wish to improve to a bowl-bound season under the control of inconsistant quarterback Boo Jackson.
Prediction: 33-17, Huskies.
New Mexico at Texas A&M
The Aggies will have to improve their defense from 37.4 points allowed per game in 2008, and it doesn't appear they will do so.
The Lobos will have to get going in terms of offensive production. Sophomore quarterback Brad Gruner will be put in charge of a team that only threw four touchdown passes last season.
Prediction: 31-27, Lobos.
Northwestern State at Houston
Cougars win behind quarterback Case Keenum (5020 yards, 44 touchdowns in 2008).
Prediction: 44-10, Cougars.
Northern Illinois at Wisconsin
The Huskies went to a bowl last season behind the strengths of their defense. The weakness of their defense? They choose when to show up and when not to.
The Badgers have won 19 of their last 21 home games. Both those losses happened last year, to Ohio State and Penn State.
Prediction: 36-10, Badgers.
Southern University at Louisiana-Lafayette
The must-see game of the night. If you like the Ragin' Cajuns.
Prediction: 44-6, Ragin' Cajuns.
Army at Eastern Michigan
The Black Knights won this matchup last year by a score of 17-13. Will that happen again this year? Nah. Eagles quarterback Andy Schmitt will have a productive game this time through and get the win.
Prediction: 24-13, Eagles.
Alcorn State at Southern Miss
Prediction: 54-10, Golden Eagles.
North Dakota at Texas Tech
While the Red Raiders will understandably stink this year, they won't be that bad.
Prediction: 41-17, Red Raiders.
Mississippi Valley State at Arkansas State
The Red Wolves could be bowl-bound this year.
Prediction: 38-7, Red Wolves.
Massachusetts at Kansas State
Prediction: 39-13, Wildcats.
San Diego State at UCLA
UCLA's only concern is offense.
The Aztecs lost one game by 63 last year.
I don't think the Bruins will have a big problem tonight.
Prediction: 45-6, Bruins.
Indiana State at Louisville
This makes me weep.
Prediction: 56-10, Cardinals.
Western Carolina at Vanderbilt
No, I don't know how the Commodores did it last year either.
Prediction: 34-10, Commodores.
Samford at UCF
Three months from now, UCF will kick themselves for not scheduling a tough schedule to move up in the BCS rankings.
I'm only joking of course.
The Knights win anyway.
Prediction: 27-21, Knights.
#5 Alabama at #7 Virginia Tech (neutral site)
Finally. I've been waiting for this one.
The reason Virginia Tech will not win is because the Hokies are not that good. Tyrod Taylor is all hype and no production. They have no means of scoring against a defense as strong as the Crimson Tide. Darren Evans only averaged 4.4 yards per carry last season and that number will not improve much. The top 5 receivers only grabbed a total of 5 touchdowns between them.
Alabama is too good on defense for Virginia Tech to win.
Prediction: 24-10, Crimson Tide.
Idaho at New Mexico State
I honestly didn't even know Idaho was an FBS team. New Mexico State doesn't play like one. But the Vandals (that's Idaho's nickname, apparently. I now would love to see a college team named the Arsonists) lost a game by 70 points last year.
Prediction: 34-24, Aggies.
Stephen F. Austin at Southern Methodist
Prediction: 36-13, Mustangs.
Central Michigan at Arizona
The Chippewas, led by quarterback Dan LeFevour (66.8 completion percentage, 2784 passing yards) will beat you, assuming you're a non-major-conference team, or you're Indiana.
Arizona has some issues at quarterback, but apart from that, they are pretty much set.
Prediction: 31-17, Wilcats.
Buffalo at UTEP
Buffalo, with more returning starters, wins this game.
Prediction: 40-27, Bulls.
Maryland at #12 California
Jahvid Best might be the best running back in the nation, and quarterback Kevin Riley is no slouch either.
Maryland will probably make a bowl, due to their weak ACC schedule, but their 30 departed seniors will set the team back for a few weeks.
Prediction: 31-17, Golden Bears.
Idaho State at Arizona State
Really? I don't think so.
Prediction: 38-13, Sun Devils.
UC Davis at Fresno State
Another one of those games.
Prediction: 44-17, Bulldogs.
Sacramento State at UNLV
Another one of those games!
Prediction: 33-17, Rebels.
#11 LSU at Washington
The last game of the night.
LSU had a disappointing season in 2008, only winning 8 games.
Washington couldn't beat a school for the blind.
Prediction: 48-10, Tigers.
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