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Fearless Rick's 2013-14 College Football Week 1 - Early Games

Welcome to the very best in winning NFL and College Football picks.
Rick Gagliano | August 29-31, 2013

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, August 29

6:00 pm North Carolina at South Carolina (-12, 56 1/2) - The Gamecocks are expected to be a Top 10 team this season, so a kickoff game against their rival to the North will be an important step forward toward their goal of turning in a strong season at 11-1 or better.

The Tar Heels had somewhat of a down year in 2012, finishing with an 8-4 record for the regular season. Defensive lapses resulted in some high scores, as North Carolina surrendered 30 or more points in six different games. That may continue to be a problem, especially if South Carolina gets off quickly on offense, because the Gamecock defense is one of the stingiest in the NCAA.

At home, against a suspect opponent, South Carolina may roll up a big score and cover this line easily.

Prediction: Gamecocks 38 Tar Heels 14

7:00 pm UNLV at Minnesota (-14, 51) - These two met in their season openers a year ago, the result a 30-27 triple-overtime win by the Golden Gophers.

That was at UNLV, with the return game on Minnesota turf this year, so an edge belongs there. Minnesota won all of its non-conference games, going 6-6 for the regular season, then losing, 34-31, to Texas tecvh in the Meineke Car Care Bowl to end the campaign.

UNLV was 2-11 last season and especially bad (0-6) on the road, where they suffered lopsided losses to Boise State, Louisiana Tech, Colorado State and Hawaii. They'll be hard-pressed to stop the Gophers here as their road losing streak is extended.

Prediction: Golden Gophers 45 Runnin' Rebels 24

9:15 pm Ole Miss (-3, 53) at Vanderbilt - A fascinating, early SEC match-up closes out the first full day of college football, as the Rebels test a Commodore defense that is considered to be one of the best in the conference, but Ole Miss began putting up some solid numbers late last year, culminating in a 38-17 thumping of the Pitt Panthers in the BBVA Compass Bowl and the Rebels are gearing up for an improved campaign after a 7-6 season in 2012.

Last year's meeting at Mississippi resulted in a 27-26 win for Vandy, so the onus is on the Rebels to return the favor on enemy turf.

Both teams should be bowl-bound again this season, but the Rebels should find ways to shut down the Vanderbilt offense and possibly force a turnover or two, resulting in a hotly-contested victory.

Prediction: Rebels 24 Commodores 20

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Friday, August 30

8:00 pm Western Michigan at Michigan State (-28, 44 1/2) - Big Ten teams have a habit of starting their seasons off with non-conference games against Mid=American teams due to geographical proximity and general antagonism caused by power conferences which are supposed to beat up on lesser foes.

Much of the time, the Big Ten teams romp their smaller, less-organized, opening-game foes, but occasionally there's an upset thrown into the mix.

While the Broncos (4-8 last season) may not be a match for the Spartans, they are likely to keep this one closer than the line indicates. Last year, they lost to Illinois in their season opener, 24-7, and put a scare into Minnesota in a 28-23 loss, so expect them to make good account against Michigan State. Not enough to win the game, but certainly keeping things closer than the Spartan faithful would like.

Prediction: Spartans 35 Broncos 23

8:00 pm Texas Tech (-5 1/2, 59) at SMU - Capping off their 2012 season with a 34-31 win over Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, the Red Raiders went 8-5, but just 3-5 in the Big 12, though four of the losses were to ranked foes and the other was a 52-45 defeat by Baylor in overtime.

Texas Tech has perfected the gun, pistol and now the zone read offense, and can put up big points against just about any defense thrown at them. SMU ended up 7-6, finishing their season with a 43-10 pounding of an uninspired Fresno State team in the Hawaii Bowl, and they too can run and gun with the best of them.

This should be an up-and-down affair that could be decided by a late defensive stand or turnover, and that points toward Tech, which has some experience on that side of the ball.

Prediction: Red Raiders 52 Mustangs 45

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Saturday, August 31

12:00 pm Purdue at Cincinnati (-10 1/2, 50 1/2) - Coming off a 6-7 campaign which ended in a humiliating 58-14 loss to Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, the Boilermakers aren't expected to be very competitive in the Big Ten this time around, while the Bearcats will once again look to compete for the Big East title after going 10-3 last year.

Cincinnati has a horde of returning starters and could make a move into the Top 25 by Week 4, with a strong non-fonference schedule which includes trips to Illinois and Miami. This will be the stepping stone to another strong campaign as the Boilermakers simply don't possess enough offense to keep up.

Prediction: Bearcats 41 Boilermakers 21

3:30 pm Temple at Notre Dame (-29 1/2, 52 1/2) - After playing for the national championship last season, and being torn apart by Alabama, the Irish are looking for another strong season, bolstered by a defense that was among the best in the country.

Tommy Rees will start at QB for Notre Dame, and, while he's not big on running the football, he does throw well and make good decisions most of the time.

Temple was a disappointing 4-7 last year, owing mainly to a defense that allowed 34 or more points in six different games, all losses. They're not of the same caliber as Notre Dame, and that will be evident shortly after the opening kickoff.

Prediction: Fighting Irish 44 Owls 6

3:30 pm Penn State (-8, 52) vs. Syracuse - This used to be a fabulous rivalry back in the 50s and 60s, but the glory years are behind these teams, although Syracuse ignited a renaissance of sorts the past few years.

Joe Paterno is long gone, so a new era continues for the Nittany Lions, who did well to go 8-4 last year after the Sandusky scandal rocked the team and the university.

With much of that behind them, Penn State can move forward, but Syracuse is no easy mark. The Orange went 8-5 in 2012, stunning West Virginia in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, 38-14, and their defense is probably going to be a big part of their success this season. Coach Doug Marone has gone to the Buffalo Bills, but he leaves behind a solid program with a blueprint for success.

Prediction: Orange 28 Nittany Lions 24

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