Forecaster Frank's College Six Picks
Michigan 30 Florida 13
The Gators face tall odds facing Michigan on a neutral field to start the season. Two key offensive weapons wide receiver Antonio Callaway and running back Jordan Scarlett have been suspended and the team is starting redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks at quarterback. Franks may become a star, but against a high ranked team like Michigan, he faces long odds in his first start. The Wolverines expect to have a strong defense coming in and Wilson Speight has experience under center.
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Alabama 24 Florida State 20
Atlanta has a grand new stadium that will soon become a great college destination. The first game at Mercedes Benz Stadium will feature #1 Alabama against #3 Florida State. No matter who wins this game it is hard to imagine both teams not being a factor in the National Championship as they are clearly among the top four teams in the country. The Tide are coming off a heartbreaker in last year's Championship Game, while Florida State with a more experienced Deondre Francois at quarterback look to replace Clemson as the team to beat in the ACC. This one will be close and tight, Alabama getting a late score from Jalen Hurts to get the win.
Louisville 34 Purdue 13
Lamar Jackson is back looking to become first repeat Heisman winner since Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975. The Cardinals will go only as far as Jackson can carry them, as they could make some noise in the ACC, despite not having the depth of Florida State. Purdue has little to offer, though a home field edge in Indianapolis can help them keep this game somewhat close. Louisville will get the win, but I see them covering such a large spread this early in the season.
LSU 27 BYU 10
Damage from Hurricane Harvey forced this game to be moved from Houston to the Louisiana Superdome. That should bring plenty of noise from Tiger nation who will give LSU a decided home field advantage. BYU has already played a game, a not so impressive 20-6 win over Portland State at home. If Tanner Mangum could not move the ball against Portland State, how can he do it against LSU? This should be an easy win for the Bayou Bengals in Ed Orgeron's first game at head coach even with a few injuries causing concern in Baton Rouge.
West Virginia 24 Virginia Tech 20
An old rivalry is renewed as Virginia Tech face West Virginia in a Sunday Night showdown at FedEx Field in Washington. When they were both in the Big East the winner would get the Black Diamond trophy, a tradition revived for this game. The Mountaineers hope they have a diamond in the rough in Quarterback Will Grier who transferred from Florida after a PED suspension. Grier showed promise in Gainesville, if he can do the same in Morgantown, West Virginia could make some serious noise. Virginia Tech has traditionally struggled at FedEx and this game will add to their woes, as was West Virginia wins in an upset.
Tennessee 20 Georgia Tech 13
The final game of the week will be Monday Night in Atlanta as Georgia Tech faces Tennessee at Mercedes Benz Stadium. This could be a key year for the Vols Coach Butch Jones, as expectations are high in Knoxville thanks to a solid recruiting class. Georgia Tech's defense could prevent some problems for Tennessee, but in the end, I don't think they have enough weapons on offense to push this game in the win column, as Tennessee does just enough to get the win.