Georgia Tech 28, Duke 24
If Duke is going to be a real live player in the watered down ACC this year, they’ll need to at least compete in this game. Paul Johnson is a good enough coach that it won’t matter if Josh Nesbitt plays or not.
Michigan State 20, Iowa 17
Iowa is good enough up the middle to slow down Javon Ringer. But offensively Iowa isn’t good enough to capitalize.
Boston College 23, N.C. State 13
Welcome to Interception Fest 2008. Chris Crane and Harrison Beck tend to find wide open linebackers and safeties more frequently than they find players wearing their own colors, so you can expect there to be at least five or six picks thrown in this game. N.C. State will probably be without their best offensive and defensive players yet again (QB Russell Wilson and LB Nate Irving), so BC’s defense will pace another victory.
Ole Miss 26, South Carolina 18
South Carolina is going with Chris Smelley at quarterback, which means the Gamecocks still don’t have a quarterback. The defense is good, but they can’t compensate for that sorry offense and not wear down as the year goes along.
Western Michigan 34, Ohio 21
The Joel Cooper Special! Western will get revenge on Nebraska (sort of) by beating one of its former coaches. Frank Solich can’t catch a break with this schedule.
Notre Dame 28, Stanford 27
Stanford will give the Golden Domers all they can handle, but Golden Tate will come up with a long touchdown reception late to propel Notre Dame to a very misleading 4-1 record.
Miami 21, Florida State 13
This game used to be one you would circle on the calendar every year. Now it’s just another game between two unranked opponents. Miami is on the way up, but Florida State’s defense still has some fight left in them.
Oklahoma State 34, Texas A&M 28
This won’t be the easy game the Pokes were expecting. A&M is hampered with Dennis Franchione’s thin roster, but I’ll take Mike Goodson against Oklahoma State’s defense any day of the week.
UL-Lafayette 16, UL-Monroe 10
It’s the battle for Louisiana. Monroe plays solid defense, but the two-headed rushing attack of Lafayette quarterback Michael Desormeaux and running back Tyrell Fenroy will wear them down in the end.
Tennessee 27, Northern Illinois 12
The Tennessee quarterback job is finally up for grabs. The coaching staff’s commitment to Jonathan Crompton despite his horrendous start could have led to a team mutiny had they not given Nick Stephens a chance.
Arizona 31, Washington 17
Washington quarterback Jake Locker won’t play due to a broken right thumb, but don’t count winlesss Washington out of this game. Arizona hasn’t been a beacon of consistency under Mike Stoops and I’ve seen enough from Washington to think they’ve got an upset or two in them.
Fresno State 38, Hawaii 21
A loss for Hawaii here would drop them to 1-4 on the season. It was nice knowing ye, Rainbowed Warriors.