My wife loves college football. Well, maybe she doesn’t love it, but she does get excited for the season when she hears the ESPN college football theme and she will get excited to watch some of the best games of the season. How did I get so lucky? She also has a pretty good track record with her sports predictions. She successfully predicted a Super Bowl match-up between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles years ago and correctly predicted the gradual downfall of the Philadelphia Phillies on a year-by-year basis.
This season, after years of talking about it, I am getting my wife’s picks on the record and going head-to-head with my own picks. Let’s see who wears the college football pants in this relationship after all! Feel free to share your picks in the comment section as well and see how you do compared to us.
No. 5 Ohio State vs. Navy (in Baltimore): 12:00 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Ohio State’s opening game against Navy may have gotten a bit trickier with the loss of quarterback Braxton Miller for the season, but it is still hard not to pick the Buckeyes in this one. Navy could very well keep this one close with Keenan Reynolds leading the Midshipmen triple-option, but at some point Ohio State’s overall physical advantage in the trenches should have its way.
I Say: Ohio State
Wife Says: Ohio State
No. 6 Auburn vs. Arkansas: 4:00 p.m., SEC Network
The defending SEC champion opens at home against division foe Arkansas. I think Bret Bielema gets some better play out of the Razorbacks this season, but opening on the road at Auburn is not a favorable position for Arkansas in this one. Roll with the Tigers in this one.
I Say: Auburn
Wife Says: Auburn
No. 12 Georgia vs. No. 16 Clemson: 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Clemson figures to take a step back this season but will still be among the top programs in the ACC not named Florida State. They found a way to pull away from Georgia last season, but now go into Athens looking to pick up a second straight win against the Bulldogs. Georgia has a lot of things going for it and should find a way by Clemson in the season opener.
I Say: Georgia
Wife Says: Georgia
No. 13 LSU vs. No. 14 Wisconsin (in Houston): 9:00 p.m., ESPN
Wisconsin is my Big Ten favorite in the West, and they may be getting a chance to go up against LSU at the best possible time. The Tigers will still have plenty of talent to field a difficult team for most, but I will go with the Badgers finding a way to get the running game working just enough for the neutral-site victory for the Big Ten. My wife is sticking with the SEC in this match-up.
I Say: Wisconsin
Wife Says: LSU
Tennessee vs. Utah State (Sunday): 7:00 p.m., SEC Network
This is one of the biggest games of the weekend, so I am glad to see it moved to Sunday to gain a little more exposure for both. I love the direction Tennessee is heading under Butch Jones, but I am going to go with the upset here with Chuckie Keeton showing he is ready to lead the Aggies to a potential big revenue bowl spot. A win in Tennessee would get that case off to a good start. My wife is going with the home team.
I Say: Utah State
Wife Says: Tennessee
Louisville vs. Miami (Monday): 8:00 p.m., ESPN
Louisville will wrap up the first weekend of college football with its ACC debut against Miami. I am a huge fan of Al Golden and am waiting for the Hurricanes to make a push for a Coastal Division title. But I think Miami is walking right into a buzz saw with Louisville. The Cardinals will not be as good as last season, but they will feed off the crowd in week one, also Bobby Petrino’s official return to the sidelines in Louisville.
I Say: Louisville
Wife Says: Louisville