College football season starts tomorrow. Which, in my opinion, is the beginning of the best four months of the year. Every week I will make college and pro predictions. I will pick all the NFL games, all the Pac 12 games, and the national games I care about.
Here are the Thursday picks:
South Carolina (-6.5) vs Vanderbilt: I like Vandy's coach, but I love Steve Spurrier. South Carolina always seems to dominate these opening weekend games. They have a dominating defense, a powerful running game, and just enough in the passing game. I think Vandy has the ability to hang in this game, and they will, for a half, but South Carolina will wear them down
South Carolina 31-10
UCLA (-16.5) vs Rice: Thursday kicks off the Jim Mora era. If you read my UCLA preview, I'm not a big Jim Mora fan. But, I'm a lesser fan of Rice. I think UCLA wins this game on talent alone.
BYU (-12) vs Washington State: Mike Leach takes over after the embarassing Paul Wulff era and in his first game faces his alma mater. There are certain rules to football, one of them is that BYU is always tough in openers, especially at home. This will be a reasonably competitive game, but Mike Leach's offense is all about repitition and timing, and I think there will still be some kinks in the Air Raid tomorrow night. WSU's defense lacks depth and talent in the front seven, Travis Long aside. I anticipate BYU pounding the ball all night, keeping WSU's offense off the field and wearing down WSU in the fourth quarter.
Weekend picks coming Friday.