Saturday Ticket

Mike Huguenin
Yahoo! Sports

Rivals.com college football editor Mike Huguenin evaluates all the weekend action.

SATURDAY (All times Eastern)

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AT PENN ST.

The time: Noon

The buzz: If Nittany Lions were playing the other team from Miami, we would care.

The line: Penn State by 38

The pick: Penn State 45-0

MARSHALL AT MIAMI

The time: Noon, ESPN2

The buzz: A noon kickoff on Sept. 1 in Miami? Yeah, that is smart.

The line: Miami by 18

The pick: Miami 28-7

EAST CAROLINA AT VIRGINIA TECH

The time: Noon, ESPN

The buzz: The game is secondary. Remembering what happened takes priority.

The line: Virginia Tech by 24.5

The pick: Virginia Tech 31-10

APPALACHIAN ST. AT MICHIGAN

The time: Noon

The buzz: The defending champs open their season. App State, we mean.

The line: None

The pick: Michigan 38-14

UAB AT MICHIGAN ST.

The time: Noon, ESPN2

The buzz: Both have new coaches. And both should be a lot more disciplined.

The line: Michigan State by 21

The pick: Michigan State 34-15

NORTHEASTERN AT NORTHWESTERN

The time: Noon

The buzz: Northwestern is looking for an easy win, and it should get it.

The line: None

The pick: Northwestern 30-14

YOUNGSTOWN ST. AT OHIO ST.

The time: Noon

The buzz: Buckeyes itching to hit field to erase title-game memories.

The line: None

The pick: Ohio State 35-10

COLORADO ST. VS. COLORADO (at Denver)

The time: Noon, FOX Sports Net

The buzz: This game has a 10 a.m. local kickoff. Insane.

The line: Colorado by 2.5

The pick: Colorado 21-17

W. KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA

The time: 12:30

The buzz: Tim Tebow gets his first start. Think he will win it?

The line: None

The pick: Florida 41-10

SOUTH CAROLINA ST. AT AIR FORCE

The time: 2 p.m.

The buzz: One of the more bizarre intersectional games of the season.

The line: None

The pick: Air Force 28-12

VIRGINIA AT WYOMING

The time: 2 p.m., Vs.

The buzz: If we were the Cavaliers, we would be wary, mighty wary.

The line: Virginia by 3.5

The pick: Virginia 20-19

CONNECTICUT AT DUKE

The time: 2 p.m.

The buzz: If this were basketball, we would care. It is not, so we do not.

The line: UConn by 4

The pick: UConn 27-21

HOUSTON AT OREGON

The time: 3:30 p.m.

The buzz: Both teams have some issues at quarterback.

The line: Oregon by 16

The pick: Oregon 28-17

UCLA AT STANFORD

The time: 3:30 FSN

The buzz: Are Bruins as good as a lot of people think? This might not be a good gauge.

The line: UCLA by 16.5 The pick: UCLA 31-13

WAKE FOREST AT BOSTON COLLEGE

The time: 3:30 p.m., ABC-R

The buzz: Huge early season matchup in the ACC. Can Wake continue the magic?

The line: BC by 6.5

The pick: BC 20-17

W. MICHIGAN AT WEST VIRGINIA

The time: 3:30 p.m.

The buzz: Only mystery is how WVU secondary will hold up.

The line: WVU by 23.5

The pick: WVU 45-24

E. MICHIGAN AT PITT

The time: 3:30 p.m.

The buzz: Dave Wannstedt has recruited well. Now, it is time to show it on the field.

The line: Pitt by 20

The pick: Pitt 37-10

MISSOURI VS. ILLINOIS (in St. Louis)

The time: 3:30 p.m., ESPN2.

The buzz: Big things are expected from Mizzou this season. And Illini have some talent.

The line: Missouri by 4

The pick: Missouri 28-21

IOWA VS. N. ILLINOIS (in Chicago)

The time: 3:30 p.m., ESPNU

The buzz: Hawkeyes think they can be a surprise team in the Big Ten this season.

The line: Iowa by 12

The pick: Iowa 28-13

NEVADA AT NEBRASKA

The time: 3:30 p.m., ABC-R

The buzz: Huskers have Wake Forest and USC in their next two games.

The line: Nebraska by 21.5

The pick: Nebraska 31-7

GEORGIA TECH AT NOTRE DAME

The time: 3:30 p.m., NBC

The buzz: Tech DC Jon Tenuta might grow hoarse from calling for blitzes.

The line: Notre Dame by 3

The pick: Notre Dame 23-21

WASHINGTON ST. AT WISCONSIN

The time: 3:30 p.m., ABC-R

The buzz: Badgers appear to have it all, except for an established QB.

The line: Wisconsin by 14

The pick: Wisconsin 27-16

MISSISSIPPI AT MEMPHIS

The time: 3:30 p.m.

The buzz: It is Year 3 for Ed Orgeron, which means it is time to show some progress.

The line: Mississippi by 2.5

The pick: Mississippi 24-20

M. TENNESSEE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC

The time: 4 p.m.

The buzz: Granted, it is the Sun Belt, but this still is an important league opener.

The line: FAU by 2.5

The pick: FAU 21-17

ARIZONA AT BYU

The time: 5:30 p.m., Vs.

The buzz: One of the best games of the day. There is a lot of pressure on QBs Willie Tuitama (Arizona) and Max Hall (BYU).

The line: BYU by 4

The pick: Arizona 20-17

E. KENTUCKY AT KENTUCKY

The time: 6 p.m.

The buzz: A geography lesson: The campuses are about 30 miles apart.

The line: None

The pick: Kentucky 38-15

VILLANOVA AT MARYLAND

The time: 6 p.m.

The buzz: The Terps have some questions on offense, most notably at QB.

The line: None

The pick: Maryland 26-10

C. FLORIDA AT N.C. ST.

The time: 6 p.m.

The buzz: Attitude change with new coach will serve Wolfpack well.

The line: N.C. State by 8

The pick: N.C. State 23-17

JAMES MADISON AT NORTH CAROLINA

The time: 6 p.m.

The buzz: Butch Davis era opens with what might not be an easy victory.

The line: None

The pick: UNC 27-19

BAYLOR AT TCU

The time: 6 p.m., CSTV

The buzz: Forgive TCU if it is looking ahead to next week at Texas.

The line: TCU by 20.5

The pick: TCU 41-17

OKLAHOMA ST. AT GEORGIA

The time: 6:45 p.m., ESPN2

The buzz: A rebuilt Georgia secondary is going to be tested by the Oklahoma State passing attack.

The line: Georgia by 6.5

The pick: Georgia 31-27

WESTERN CAROLINA AT ALABAMA

The time: 7 p.m.

The buzz: After the game, at least 1,000 'Bama fans will say, "You know, I think we can win it all."

The line: None

The pick: Alabama 52-10

C. ARKANSAS AT LOUISIANA TECH

The time: 7 p.m.

The buzz: Wonder if new Tech Coach Derek "Son of Vince" Dooley can poor-mouth like his dad?

The line: None

The pick: Louisiana Tech 23-18

LA.-LAFAYETTE AT SOUTH CAROLINA

The time: 7 p.m.

The buzz: Spurrier just glad to put a tumultuous offseason behind him.

The line: South Carolina by 28.5

The pick: South Carolina 37-14

TENN.-MARTIN AT SOUTHERN MISS

The time: 7 p.m.

The buzz: $5 if you know the Martin nickname (Skyhawks).

The line: None

The pick: Southern Miss 31-6

RICHMOND AT VANDERBILT

The time: 7 p.m.

The buzz: Vandy has superb pass-catch duo in QB Chris Nickson and WR Earl Bennett.

The line: None

The pick: Vandy 34-14

ARMY VS. AKRON (at Cleveland)

The time: 7 p.m.

The buzz: Yeah, this will draw a big crowd in Cleveland.

The line: Akron by 5

The pick: Akron 23-16

C. MICHIGAN AT KANSAS

The time: 7 p.m.

The buzz: CMU could do some damage through the air.

The line: Kansas by 7.5

The pick: Kansas 31-21

GARDNER-WEBB AT OHIO

The time: 7 p.m.

The buzz: Wondering where Gardner-Webb is located? Boiling Springs, N.C.

The line: None

The pick: Ohio 29-14

PURDUE AT TOLEDO

The time: 7 p.m., ESPNU

The buzz: A MAC team gets a Big Ten team at home. Can the MAC team make it pay off?

The line: Purdue by 6.5

The pick: Purdue 28-20

TROY AT ARKANSAS

The time: 7 p.m.

The buzz: Hogs Coach Houston Nutt cannot put this offseason behind him fast enough.

The line: Arkansas by 24

The pick: Arkansas 34-14

N. TEXAS AT OKLAHOMA

The time: 7 p.m., FSN

The buzz: Even with new QB, Sooners offense should have a field day.

The line: Oklahoma by 40

The pick: Oklahoma 49-3

ELON AT S. FLORIDA

The time: 7 p.m.

The buzz: Release the hounds: This is the dog of the week.

The line: None

The pick: USF 35-7

ARKANSAS ST. AT TEXAS

The time: 7 p.m.

The buzz: This should be competitive for maybe a quarter. Maybe.

The line: Texas by 39

The pick: Texas 52-10

MONTANA ST. AT TEXAS A&M

The time: 7 p.m.

The buzz: "Coach Fran" knows he needs a lot of wins this season.

The line: None

The pick: Texas A&M 38-13

KANSAS ST. AT AUBURN

The time: 7:45 p.m., ESPN

The buzz: One of two good Big 12-SEC matchups on opening weekend.

The line: Auburn by 13.5

The pick: Auburn 35-17

NICHOLLS ST. AT RICE

The time: 8 p.m.

The buzz: OK, if you care, raise your hand. … Anybody?

The line: None

The pick: Rice 38-16

INDIANA ST. AT INDIANA

The time: 8 p.m.

The buzz: IU will be easy to root for after the unfortunate loss of coach Terry Hoeppner.

The line: None

The pick: Indiana 40-10

BOWLING GREEN AT MINNESOTA

The time: 8 p.m.

The buzz: BG QB Anthony Turner could cause some problems for the Gophers.

The line: Minnesota by 14.5

The pick: Minnesota 27-23

TENNESSEE AT CAL

The time: 8 p.m., ABC

The buzz: Golden Bears looking for some payback after trouncing they took in Knoxville last season.

The line: Cal by 6

The pick: Cal 21-17

SAN JOSE ST. AT ARIZONA ST.

The time: 10 p.m.

The buzz: First game for Dennis Erickson at ASU comes against Dick Tomey.

The line: Arizona State by 15

The pick: Arizona State 38-20

NEW MEXICO AT UTEP

The time: 10 p.m., CSTV

The buzz: This one could be interesting. Will UTEP be able to throw the ball effectively?

The line: New Mexico by 3

The pick: New Mexico 27-17

SACRAMENTO ST. AT FRESNO ST.

The time: 10 p.m.

The buzz: Fresno looking to rebound from a disastrous season.

The line: None

The pick: Fresno State 34-16

IDAHO AT USC

The time: 10:15 p.m., FSN

The buzz: Only mystery to this one is how early fans will start leaving.

The line: USC by 45

The pick: USC 56-7

N. COLORADO AT HAWAII

The time: 12:05 a.m.

The buzz: Colt Brennan throws for, what, 300 in first quarter?

The line: None

The pick: Hawaii 66-21

MONDAY

TEXAS TECH AT SMU

The time: 4 p.m., ESPN

The buzz: Texas Tech has won 11 in a row over the Mustangs.

The line: Texas Tech by 8

The pick: Texas Tech 38-24

FLORIDA ST. AT CLEMSON

The time: 8 p.m., ESPN

The buzz: There is a lot on the line for both Bowdens in this one.

The line: FSU by 3.5

The pick: FSU 24-21

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