Monday, August 26, 2013

2013 Week One Picks: FBS Edition

It's finally time to make my picks for the first week of the College Football 2013 season! We will be keeping tabs for the picks as we go, and these are straight up winner picks only. I will be looking at point spreads on Wednesday night right here on the blog and will give picks on Twitter (@BiloFootball) as well.

Week One FBS Picks

South Carolina over North Carolina...Spurrier gets a big win, fast start...W 27-10
Kent State over Liberty...The Paul Haynes era begins with a win over the FCS Flames...W 17-10
Wake Forest over Presbyterian...This game shouldn't even count...W 31-7
UCF over Akron...The Zips are not going to be much better in 2013, and Knights cruise...W 38-7
Tulsa over Bowling Green...Golden Hurricane gets a challenge on the road, but should win...L 7-34
Ball State over Illinois State...Pete Lembo's Cardinals should get a big win this week...W 51-28
Minnesota over UNLV...Rebels have never won on the road under Bobby Hauck...W 51-23
Indiana over Indiana State...No Surprise here...W 73-35
Southern Utah over South Alabama...T-Birds beat FBS team, but does USA really count?...W 22-21
UConn over Towson...L 18-33
Middle Tennessee over Western Carolina...Easy win for the Blue Raiders...W 45-24
Tulane over Jackson State...Confidence builder for Green Wave, but a joke of a game...W 34-7
Utah State over Utah...Aggies are still strong, even without Gary Anderson as coach...L 26-30
Ole Miss over Vanderbilt...W 39-35
San Jose State over Sacramento State...Spartans start the Caragher era out right...W 24-0
Fresno State over Rutgers...Bulldogs are loaded, Rutgers not so much...W 51-50 (OT)
USC over Hawaii...USC owns the Rainbows, home or away...W 30-13

Total: 14-3 (14-3 Overall 2013)

Samford over Georgia State...GSU is still building, so Bulldogs get an FBS upset shot...W 31-21
Army over Morgan State...This game is an embarrassment. Cadets should cruise big...W 28-12
Texas Tech over SMU...Kliff Kingsbury gets his first win...W 41-23
Michigan State over Western Michigan...Sparty should have an easy time this week...W 26-13
Miami over Florida Atlantic...Hurricanes should devastate rebuilding Owls...W 34-6
Houston over Southern...Another cupcake game. Cougars win big...W 62-13
Kansas State over North Dakota State...L 21-24
Arizona over Northern Arizona...Wildcats should have an easy night at home...W 35-0

Total: 7-1 (21-4 Overall 2013)

Wisconsin over UMass...The Badgers will have an easy time covering that 40 point spread. W 45-0
Ohio State over Buffalo...Another big opener for the Buckeyes. They love cupcakes. W 40-20
Illinois over Southern Illinois...Illini are bad, but not bad enough to fall to the Salukis at home. W
West Virginia over William & Mary...Easy opener for rebuilding Mountaineers. W 24-17
Cincinnati over Purdue...Bearcats will be challenged, but should pull out the win. W 42-7
Boston College over Villanova...Eagles should win, but Wildcats will be on upset prowl.  W 24-14
Georgia Tech over Elon...The Phoenix do not have the talent to keep up with Ramblin' Wreck. W
Florida over Toledo...Rockets are tough, but not tough enough. W
NC State over Louisiana Tech...Wolfpack gets the W to start Doeren era. W
Maryland over Florida International...Two equally poor programs face off in dud. W
Texas A&M over Rice...Aggies should win by 3 scores, but Owls challenge early. W
Air Force over Colgate...Red Raiders will be no match for Falcon attack. W
Michigan over Central Michigan...Chippewas have no shot here whatsoever. W
Northern Illinois over Iowa...Don't consider this an upset. Huskies are good, Iowa is not. W
Oklahoma State over Mississippi State...This won't be as good as some think it will. W
Notre Dame over Temple...Not the best matchup for an Irish opener, but it's a win. W
Penn State over Syracuse...Orange are rebuilding, otherwise I'd pick them. W
BYU over Virginia...Cougars should beat slipping UVA on the road. L
Oregon over Nicholls State...Ducks by 70? W
Duke over NC Central...NCC fired their coach last week. This will go well. W
UL-Lafayette over Arkansas...Gotta pick an upset and go big? This is it. L
Alabama over Virginia Tech...It won't be close. Roll Tide. W
Oregon State over Eastern Washington...Beavers should be solid, so an upset isn't likely. L
Eastern Michigan over Howard...It'll be a rare Eagle win this weekend. Expect little more. W
Tennessee over Austin Peay...Who's the moron that scheduled this? Are tickets free? W
Arkansas State over UA-Pine Bluff...Bryan Harsin era starts off with an easy win. W
South Florida over McNeese State...Bulls give Willie Taggert an easy opener to grab a win. L
Troy over UAB...This is a 50/50 pick. Both have lots to prove in the opener. W
North Texas over Idaho...Mean Green should get a huge win. Paul Petrino loses his opener. W
Oklahoma over UL-Monroe...Sooners have QB issues, and ULM will be looking for an upset. W
Marshall over Miami (Ohio)...Not the best match of the day, but Herd should get an early win. W
Southern Miss over Texas State...Eagles should find way back to winning here. L
Missouri over Murray State...Tigers get an early win, and Racers are rebuilding. W
East Carolina over Old Dominion...ODU is heading to FBS ranks, but ECU gets the win. W
Auburn over Washington State...Cougars are not ready for this challenge just yet. W
Western Kentucky over Kentucky...Toppers make it two in a row. W
Baylor over Wofford...Easy win for the Bears. W
Nebraska over Wyoming...Speaking of easy wins...W
Iowa State over Northern Iowa...Cyclones take early lead in state battles. L
San Diego State over Eastern Illinois...The Aztecs will roll, win by 5 scores. L
New Mexico over UT-San Antonio...Bob Davie beats Larry Coker. How often can we say that? L
Texas over New Mexico State...Yeah, I pick UT every time in this one. W
Clemson over Georgia...This is the biggest game of the night, and the Tigers have the weapons. W
LSU over TCU...The Tiger defense should be enough to get the win. TCU will push hard. W
Boise State over Washington...Broncos ruin the debut of the new Husky Stadium. L
UCLA over Nevada...Bruins should cover the 20 point spread at home. W
Northwestern over California...Wildcats get a huge road win as Cal rebuilds. W

Total: 38-9 (59-13 Overall, 2013)

Coming up next...FCS Week one picks!

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