Tennessee(-3.5) vs NC State: NC State is a consistently pesky bunch and the Fighting Dooley's are stumbling into their opener. The Vols recently lost one of their stud receivers and I think even the Tennessee faithful know that this season is Dooley's death rattle. They've got the wrong team favored.
NC State wins 24-17
Michigan State(-7.5) over Boise State: This feels like Vegas is giving old Sparty too much credit. Boise State is totally reloading and rebuilding but this still smacks of a game where they are in it till the end, or its like that Georgia game from seven or eight years ago when it seemed like they lost by 600. I think MSU wins a close one.
Michigan State wins 31-27
Stanford (-24) vs San Jose State: The last three times Stanford has made the Rose Bowl they've lost to San Jose State. I don't think Stanford's making the Rose Bowl this year.
Stanford wins 49-17
California(-11.5) vs Nevada: This seems like a game where Cal blows the doors off Nevada and everyone drools over them for a couple weeks. Or they piss the goodwill of being back in their own stadium away with a patented Cal performance where they are clueless how to stop the Pistol.
California wins 35-17
Clemson (-3) vs Auburn: I don't think much of either head coach in this one. Clemson has a new defensive coordinator who will try to shore up a defense that got lit up by WV in the Orange. Auburn is trying to run a pro style offense with spread option players. I think Auburn is going to struggle a bit this year and Clemson might run away with this thing.
Clemson wins 41-31
USC(-42) vs Hawaii: USC is going to look damn near invincible, because thats what Hawaii does for big time teams.
USC wins 63-20
Alabama (-13.5) vs Michigan: The big game of opening weekend has a big spread. A mobile qb always causes a young defense problems. Denard Robinson should have a big game, but you don't undo the damage Rich Rod did to the lines at Michigan in one year. Alabama is going to win the war in the trenches, and win the game. Should be a good one though.
Alabama wins 28-20
Washington (-14.5) vs San Diego State: SDSU is hell to prepare for, plays a crazy aggressive defensive scheme, and should be a tough opponent. UW has struggled in openers under Sarkisian, he's 1-2 with his lone win last year against Eastern Washington in a tight one. SDSU will get their share of sacks, and maybe a couple picks, but UW will get a host of big plays. I think the UW defense might actually do OK without Nick Holt prancing around the sidelines. Very interested to see how this game turns out. Don't like the fact that its a late night game, I'm a firm believer that all UW home games should be played during the day.
Washington wins 35-20
Arizona (-11) vs Toledo: The Rich Rod era kicks off at Arizona with middling Toledo. This might be the one Pac12 game I will make no effort to watch.
Arizona wins 30-24
Oregon (-37) vs Arkansas State: This has massive blowout written all over it. The fact that Oregon is starting a freshmen at qb will mean little. I predict offense, defense and special teams score touchdowns for Oregon.
Oregon wins 63-7