By Stewart Mandel
August 31, 2007
Week 1 Pickoff
Let's see here. Tennessee QB Erik Ainge's finger is broken. RB LaMarcus Coker isn't making the trip. And the receivers are a complete mystery. I'm not saying the Vols are going to fall behind 35-0 like Cal did against them last year -- I just hope they're showing a good movie on the flight back.
Cal 30, Tennessee 17
A lot of people say this game has upset potential. I remember hearing the same thing about another Georgia opener two years ago. End result: Dawgs 48, Boise State 13. Cowboys QB Bobby Reid will give UGA some trouble -- but not as much as Matthew Stafford will give the Pokes.
Georgia 31, Oklahoma State 17
Kansas State (0-0) at No. 18 Auburn (0-0)
Jordan-Hare Stadium hasn't exactly been a haven for Auburn in recent years -- see opening losses to USC (2003) and Georgia Tech ('05) as well as blowout defeats last year to Georgia and Arkansas. On paper, the Tigers should handle K-State -- but the Wildcats won't let it be easy.
Auburn 26, Kansas State 22
Wake Forest (0-0) at Boston College (0-0)
Forget non-conference tune-ups. You want to defend your conference title, Wake Forest? Go hit the road and face a returning 10-win team with the league's top quarterback. The Demon Deacons will prove they're no one-year wonder this season -- just not this week.
BC 26, Wake Forest 19
Georgia Tech (0-0) at Notre Dame (0-0)
If Demetrius Jones' Facebook page proves a reliable source, the athletic redshirt freshman will get first crack under center for the Irish on Saturday. He's believed to be an impressive runner with raw passing skills -- kind of like the guy Tech's defense faced in practice the past four years.
Georgia Tech 21, Notre Dame 13
Arizona (0-0) at BYU (0-0)
Speaking of fireworks, both of these teams' coordinators are Mike Leach protégés -- Sonny Dykes for Arizona and Robert Anae for BYU. Dykes has the more experienced QB (Willie Tuitama), but Anae's new starter, Max Hall, has had an extra year in the system. Advantage Hall -- slightly.
BYU 27, Arizona 24
After three straight years of offensively offensive matchups, ABC/ESPN finally pulled the plug on those FSU-Miami Monday night openers and replaced them with a matchup more likely to provide fireworks. Of course, it also required Bobby Bowden replacing his son as offensive coordinator.
Clemson 28, Florida State 24
Connecticut (0-0) at Duke (0-0)
There's no game on their schedule better suited for the Blue Devils to end their now 20-game losing streak -- and another oh-fer would put them dangerously close to the NCAA record (34). That motivation, coupled with the sheer boredom of the venue, will be too much for the Huskies.
Upset Special:
Duke 17, Connecticut 12
Last season's record: 85-59.

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