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FBS College Football Predictions - Week One
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Scott Haynes, College Football Senior Editor

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Below is a compilation of The Sports Network's predictions for the top games in Week 1 of the college football season. (Detailed previews for each game can be found by following the "Top 25 scoreboard" link within the FBS college football section of sportsnetwork.com)

Buffalo (0-0) at (16) Rutgers (0-0), Thursday, 7 pm

The Knights are far more talented from top to bottom and behind the power running of Rice, they should have no trouble getting past the Bulls at home. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: Rutgers 35, Buffalo 6

Murray State (0-0) at (10) Louisville (0-0), Thursday, 7:30 pm

The Cardinals are clearly the selection here, as they are the far superior team in every aspect. This one could be out of reach by halftime. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: Louisville 51, Murray State 0

(2) L-S-U (0-0) at Mississippi State (0-0), Thursday, 8:00 pm

Will Mississippi State take a step forward this season? Possibly, but LSU is clearly the superior team in this opener and will cruise to victory. Tigers' linebacker Derrick Odom III was arrested this past week and indefinitely suspended, but that situation will not have an impact on this opener or the season. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: LSU 31, Mississippi State 10

Weber State (0-0) at (24) Boise State (0-0), Thursday, 9:05 pm

While this may not be the same team that went unscathed through all of 2006, the Broncos are still more than talented enough to shrug off Weber State without much effort at home. - Gregg Xenakes

Predicted Outcome: Boise State 42, Weber State 13

Youngstown State (0-0) at (11) Ohio State (0-0), Saturday, 12:00 pm

While this may be an intriguing matchup for the fans of Ohio football, it probably won't amount to a competitive game. OSU may be rebuilding in several key areas, but this team is still full of talent. The Buckeyes are the bigger, faster and more athletic team here and that will be evident this Saturday. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: Ohio State 45, Youngstown State 10

Florida International (0-0) at (17) Penn State (0-0), Saturday, 12:00 pm

There is no reason to expect this game to be close. Penn State is far superior to FIU and will win in easy fashion. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Penn State 41, Florida International 6

East Carolina (0-0) at (9) Virginia Tech (0-0), Saturday, 12:00 pm

Emotions will be running high in Blacksburg this weekend and for the entire season, for that matter. This is a team that has the ability to not only win the ACC, but the national title as well. The Hokies should get off to a fast start with a big win over the Pirates. - Scott Haynes

Predicted Outcome: Virginia Tech 37, East Carolina 10

Appalachian State (0-0) at (5) Michigan (0-0), Saturday, 12:00 pm

Appalachian State will not be intimidated on Saturday, but an upset victory over Michigan is unlikely. The combo of Chad Henne, Mario Manningham and Mike Hart will simply be too much for the Mountaineers to handle. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Michigan 34, Appalachian State 17

Western Kentucky (0-0) at (6) Florida (0-0), Saturday, 12:30 pm

Florida has plenty to prove, as many key contributors from the title team are gone. But if we have learned anything over the past few years, doubting Urban Meyer is just not smart. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Florida 37, Western Kentucky 6

Western Michigan (0-0) at (3) West Virginia (0-0), Saturday, 3:30 pm

WMU was outstanding against the run last season, but it may be in for a long day versus WVU's unstoppable ground attack. Pat White and Steve Slaton should be able to use their speed to exploit the Broncos, as the Mountaineers run away with this one. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: West Virginia 42, Western Michigan 16

Nevada (0-0) at (20) Nebraska (0-0), Saturday, 3:30 pm

The Huskers ranked 17th in the nation last year with 30.6 ppg, but unless you go inside the numbers, you wouldn't know that a huge portion of those points came against Nicholls State and Troy, both of which were slammed for 56 points. Chances are Nebraska will not start out as strong this time around, but a victory should still be in the cards nonetheless. - Gregg Xenakes

Predicted Outcome: Nebraska 24, Nevada 20

(14) U-C-L-A (0-0) at Stanford (0-0), Saturday, 3:30 pm

Jim Harbaugh has done a lot of talking since taking over the Stanford program, and while the team certainly needs an identity and some confidence, there isn't enough talent currently on the roster to deliver on the coach's promises just yet. UCLA will win this opener on the road. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: UCLA 31, Stanford 14

Washington State (0-0) at (7) Wisconsin (0-0), Saturday, 3:30 pm

The home team is the clear choice in this clash. Wisconsin is experienced, talented and confident, and while Joe Thomas and John Stocco will be missed, don't expect the Badgers to miss a beat. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Wisconsin 41, Washington State 17

Baylor (0-0) at (22) T-C-U (0-0), Saturday, 6:00 pm

The Horned Frogs can ill-afford to overlook Baylor, or any opponent for that matter. But with that 11-man wrecking crew otherwise referred to as "the defense," it's unlikely the Horned Frogs would come out flat in this opener. Expect plenty of three-and-outs by Baylor, a lot of hard hitting by TCU, and no shortage of hype leading up to next weekend's date between the Horned Frogs and Texas Longhorns. - Mike Castiglione

Predicted Outcome: TCU 38, Baylor 0

Oklahoma State (0-0) at (13) Georgia (0-0), Saturday, 6:45 pm

Expect a fairly close game, as Oklahoma State is not a pushover by any means. Still, the edge clearly has to go to the Bulldogs, as they have the advantage of playing at home. If quarterback Matthew Stafford can make a major leap forward, and he certainly has the talent to do so, Georgia can regain its stature as an elite power in the SEC. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Georgia 27, Oklahoma State 17

North Texas (0-0) at (8) Oklahoma (0-0), Saturday, 7:00 pm

All eyes will be on Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, and he will benefit from facing a mediocre opponent in his first game. Expect Bob Stoops to afford his rookie quarterback plenty of chances to air it out, and don't be surprised to see him toss multiple touchdown passes. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma 41, North Texas 9

Arkansas State (0-0) at (4) Texas (0-0), Saturday, 7:00 pm

The Longhorns may rely heavily on the ground attack against Arkansas State with wideouts Limas Sweed and Billy Pittman sidelined. Running back Jamaal Charles can carry the load, and the Indians aren't likely to do much scoring against the Indians' defense. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Texas 50, Arkansas State 6

Montana State (0-0) at (25) Texas A&M (0-0), Saturday, 7:00 pm

Behind their explosive and powerful ground attack, the Aggies should have no trouble running past a much smaller MSU club, much to the delight of the hometown faithful in College Station. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: Texas A&M 40, Montana State 7

Troy (0-0) at (21) Arkansas (0-0), Saturday, 7:00 pm

Watching Darren McFadden is a joy, as he is clearly the nation's best football player. With an unmatched combination of speed and power, NFL teams are salivating over the thoughts of drafting him in April. Until then, he will continue to terrorize collegiate opponents, and Troy will feel the wrath first. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Arkansas 38, Troy 17

Kansas State (0-0) at (18) Auburn (0-0), Saturday,7:45 pm

The home team is the choice in this matchup, as Auburn has a veteran quarterback, Brandon Cox, and a stingy defense. The SEC is packed with standout squads as usual, but Auburn has what it takes to compete with the best. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Auburn 34, Kansas State 20

(15) Tennessee (0-0) at (12) California (0-0), Saturday, 8:00 pm

The Volunteers took the wind out of California's sails last year with a dominant performance in Neyland Stadium. It is the Golden Bears who have the homefield advantage this time around. That, coupled with more talent on both sides of the ball, should sway this game in Cal's favor. - Scott Haynes

Predicted Outcome: California 27, Tennessee 20

Idaho (0-0) at (1) U-S-C (0-0), Saturday, 10:15 pm

The Vandals are in way over their heads. Robb Akey couldn't have started his tenure in Moscow with a more unwinnable game. The Trojans have the ability to run the table this season and will have no problem acclimating the new personnel to the speed of the game, with a rout of Idaho here. - Scott Haynes

Predicted Outcome: USC 51, Idaho 3

Northern Colorado (0-0) at (23) Hawaii (0-0), Saturday, 11:59 pm

Seeing as how Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan sat out the fourth quarter in nearly half the team's games a season ago, he might be getting the entire second half off in the opener if the offense performs the way it should versus the Bears. - Gregg Xenakes

Predicted Outcome: Hawaii 65, Northern Colorado 10

(19) Florida State (0-0) at Clemson (0-0), Monday, 8 pm

The Seminoles have certainly come back to the pack after reigning atop the ACC for a long time. That being said, expect FSU to rebound this season and compete for the Atlantic Division crown. Winning in Death Valley though, is not easy and Clemson's lethal ground attack may just neutralize anything FSU is able to get going. - Scott Haynes

Predicted Outcome: Clemson 24, Florida State 20

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