College football predictions: Why I'm taking OSU over Boise State


Duke at Baylor: Blue Devils 26-21. Prime opportunity for the Bears. Duke is playing without quarterback Daniel Jones.

Rutgers at Kansas: Scarlet Knights 24-20. Big 12 upset special. KU is somehow favored. That’s right. Kansas is favored.

Texas-San Antonio at Kansas State: Wildcats 27-17. Oh my goodness, K-State isn’t very good. What in the world has happened to the ‘Cats?

LSU at Auburn: War Eagle 26-7. Of Auburn’s five toughest games – also including Washington, Mississippi State, Georgia and Alabama – only this one is at home. 

Alabama at Ole Miss: Crimson Tide 35-11. There was a time when this was the South’s best rivalry. Not the Iron Bowl. Not Bama-Tennessee. Not Georgia-Florida. This.

Vanderbilt at Notre Dame: Fighting Irish 27-16. Is Vandy competitive? We’ll find out.

Missouri at Purdue: Tigers 35-26. The Boilermakers were thought to be ascending. Then they lost at home to Northwestern, forgivable but avoidable, and then lost at home to Eastern Michigan. Unforgivable. Now Purdue is a significant underdog at home to Mizzou, with Boston College coming to West Lafayette next week. Could the Boilermakers go 0-4 to start the year with four home losses?

Colorado State at Florida: Gators 34-14. Florida hired away Colorado State coach Jim McElwain after the 2014, but it came at a price. Florida agreed to pay CSU $500,000 for six years, through 2020. McElwain agreed to pay $333,333 a year for the same six years. Plus Florida agreed to host Colorado State in a ballgame, this one, for a $2 million guarantee. The Rams have stumbled upon one of the great money-making schemes in history. Hire an up-and-coming coach, give him whatever he wants but include a big buyout in his contract. By the end of 2020, the Rams will have been paid $7 million by Florida to play one game and not have McElwain coach them. And here’s the funny thing. McElwain’s not even the Florida coach anymore; he was fired last November with a 22-12 overall record. ESPN reported that McElwain had been an “odd fit” from the start. Here’s the funnier thing. It’s not for certain that Florida will even win this game. The Gators lost at home to Kentucky last week, ending a 31-game series winning streak, and Colorado State beat Arkansas.



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