2010 College Football Predictions: Ranking Every Week 1 Matchup

David CarterCorrespondent IAugust 30, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17:  Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches quarterback Greg McElroy #12 throw during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
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Is anybody else just as pumped as I am?

This football season is just going to be absolutely fantastic. So many great storylines to pay attention to over the course of the season. So many rivalry games to watch, and finally so many arguments to be made (once again) about who REALLY deserves to go to the National Championship Game in January.

It’s all going to be great. When I look at this week’s schedule, I saw quite a few interesting games. The most intriguing is obviously Boise State-Virginia Tech. If Boise State loses in Landover, you can pretty much write them off as far as National Championship contending teams. VT is their only tough team on their schedule. This game will be a close one no matter who wins.

We also have other interesting games too like the LSU-UNC game going on, which could end up being a low scoring one. Other games include Oregon State playing TCU in Arlington, Texas. This could be an interesting game which I think TCU could win because it’s almost a home game for them. That stadium will be 85 percent filled with Frogs’ fans.

Pittsburgh and Utah will do battle in Salt Lake City. The crowd will be pumped up for this one but I do see Pittsburgh pulling out a win and stunning the Utes.

And finally you have the Connecticut Huskies taking on the Michigan Wolverines, which I think UConn definitely will win because they ended last year on such a great note by winning their last four games while Michigan lost the last five on their schedule.

These two teams are going in two totally different directions. I understand that the game is in Ann Arbor but I really don’t care. Here are my official predictions for Week 1 of the college football season.

Ranked from 1 to 78 are my close games down to my blowouts. So the close games are at the top of the list while other games that won’t be much of a contest will be down towards the bottom. Agree? Disagree? That’s what the comments are for…


Games that will finish with a 10-point or less margin of victory:

1. Middle Tennessee State over Minnesota
2. UAB over Florida Atlantic
3. BYU over Washington
4. Iowa State over Northern Illinois
5. East Carolina over Tulsa
6. North Carolina over LSU
7. Tulane over SE Louisiana
8. Boise State over Virginia Tech
9. UCLA over Kansas State
10. Ball State over SE Missouri State
11. TCU over Oregon State
12. Cincinnati over Fresno State
13. Buffalo over Rhode Island
14. Idaho over North Dakota
15. Pittsburgh over Utah


Games that will finish with a margin of 11 points through 20 points:

16. Colorado over Colorado State
17. Kent State over Murray State
18. Central Michigan over Hampton
19. South Carolina over Southern Miss
20. Connecticut over Michigan
21. Kentucky over Louisville
22. Notre Dame over Purdue
23. Northwestern over Vanderbilt
24. Ohio over Wofford
25. Texas Tech over SMU
26. Troy over Bowling Green 
27. Navy over Maryland
28. Army over Eastern Michigan
29. San Diego State over Nicholls State
30. Syracuse over Arkon


Games that will finish with a margin of 21 points through 30 points:

31. Louisiana Tech over Grambling
32. Wyoming over Southern Utah
33. UTEP over Arkansas-Pine Bluff
34. Virginia over Richmond
35. Duke over Elon
36. Mississippi State over Memphis
37. Indiana over Towson
38. Oklahoma State over Washington State
39. Missouri over Illinois
40. Wake Forest over Presbyterian
41. Arizona over Toledo
42. Baylor over San Houston State
43. Temple over Villanova
44. Arizona State over Portland State
45. NC State over Western Carolina


Games that will finish with a margin of 31 points through 40 points:

46. Central Florida over South Dakota
47. Nevada over Eastern Washington
48. Ole Miss over Jacksonville State
49. Air Force over Northwestern State
50. Kansas over North Dakota State
51. Tennessee over Tennessee-Martin
52. Michigan State over Western Michigan
53. South Florida over Stony Brook
54. Houston over Texas State
55. California over UC Davis
56. Auburn over Arkansas State
57. Rutgers over Norfolk State
58. Ohio State over Marshall
59. Texas A&M over Stephen F. Austin
60. Wisconsin over UNLV


Games that will finish with a margin of 41 points or more:

61. Boston College over Weber State
62. Oklahoma over Utah State
63. Stanford over Sacramento State
64. Clemson over North Texas
65. USC over Hawaii
66. Texas over Rice
67. West Virginia over Coastal Carolina
68. Georgia Tech over South Carolina State
69. Oregon over New Mexico
70. Penn State over Youngstown State
71. Georgia over UL-Lafayette
72. Arkansas over Tennessee Tech
73. Miami (FL) over Florida A&M
74. Florida State over Samford
75. Florida over Miami (OH)
76. Alabama over San Jose State
77. Iowa over Eastern Illinois
78. Nebraska over Western Kentucky