Forecaster Frank's College Six Picks
Florida State 24 Boise State 13
Hurricane Dorian has forced this game to shift from Jacksonville to Florida State's campus in Tallahassee as the kickoff time was changed from primetime to noon. The shift will help FSU as they will get a home game, as Boise will have a hard time with the heat and humidity. The Seminoles are entering an important season for coach Willie Taggart as they are coming off their first losing season in 42 years. Boise State once again will be among the best teams in the Mountain West Conference and will try to show they are a Top 25 team, by beating an ACC school. The Broncos starting a freshman quarterback, will have their work cut out for them, though their defense could keep it close.
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Alabama 51 Duke 10
Last season Alabama dominated, as the went unbeaten until losing the National Championship Game, as they did not even play a close game until the SEC Championship Game. Looking to regain their crown, the Crimson Tide are armed and ready for another run at the College Football Playoffs. Tua Tagovailoa now a Junior is a pre-season Heisman favorite and will be looking to put up big numbers any time he can. This game will be played in Atlanta, familiar territory for Alabama, where they have played numerous SEC Championship Games. Duke will have a tough time replacing Daniel Jones at quarterback, but even with Jones, they would get slammed by the Tide.
Stanford 24 Northwestern 10
It could be a year of rebuilding for both of these programs, especially on offense, as both teams had key players graduate. Northwestern has yet to name a starting quarterback. Clayton Thorson was a crucial part of the Wildcats offense last year. Going into this game, T.J. Green or Hunter Johnson are listed as co-starters, which means neither has impressed in practice to earn coach Pat Fitgerald's trust. Bryce Love, Stanford's four-year starter at running back should be easier to replace as K.J. Costello returns at quarterback. Defense could play a significant role for Northwestern if they are to have a chance to go into Palo Alto to win this game. In the end, the Cardinal will win this game as Costello will have a big game for the home fans.
Auburn 30 Oregon 24
The best game of the weekend takes place in Dallas, as Oregon with Heisman hopeful Justin Herbert return at quarterback takes on Auburn at AT&T Stadium. Auburn will be starting a freshman at quarterback as Bo Nix was named the starter for Week 1. Nix, is a second-generation Auburn quarterback, as his father, Patrick started from 1992-1995. Big things are expected for Nix, as the SEC continues to collect the best talent in the country. On the surface, Oregon would seem to have the edge, but Pac-12 teams rarely play well against teams from the SEC. Look for the Tigers to exploit the Ducks weakness on defense to start the season with a win.
Oklahoma 43 Houston 30
First, it was Baker Mayfield; then it was Kyler Murray, now Jalen Hurts transferring in from Alabama hopes to take the same path as a transfer quarterback in the Oklahoma system to the Heisman Trophy and the number one pick in the NFL Draft. Hurts should excel under Lincoln Riley's system and could make a run at the Heisman. Look for him to put up big numbers on Sunday Night. Houston is a strong team and could make a run at a New Year's Six Bowl as they are among the top teams in the AAC, and a team worthy of joining the Big XII. As good as Sooners quarterbacks have been under Riley, the defense has been just as bad. Look for Houston to at least keep this one close until the fourth quarter.
Notre Dame 41 Louisville 16
Notre Dame is coming off a terrific season that saw them go unbeaten in the regular season, before losing to Clemson in the semifinals of the College Football Playoffs. The Irish will have their work cut out for them, as they are replacing several key players on both sides of the ball, especially on their outstanding defense. However, they should again be a Top Ten team and a team that will play in a New Year's Six Bowl. Louisville meanwhile was one the weaker teams in the ACC last year and will continue to struggle. They may have the home field edge, which could keep them in the game for a half, but they don't have nearly enough talent to challenge Notre Dame.