It’s time to bring a little College Football flavor to E2G Sports and we’ll be doing it each week in this space, all season long, starting with some Labor Day Weekend college football picks for you.

Every Friday we’ll preview some games and make a few predictions for you to use as you see fit!  And on Mondays, we’ll recap all the big stories and set you up for the coming week.

This weekend is a little bit unique since the Play for Pay boys are off until next Sunday, so we get a full slate of Saturday games and a bonus game on Sunday and Monday…Of course, come to think of it, these guys are Play for Pay as well this season, but that’s a column for another day!

Week one football picks

So let’s get to the games, in order of when they’ll get played!

Let’s start with a Big 10 affair in Madison, Wisconsin where Penn St. shows up getting 5’ points.  This game opened at 3’, and I’m not sure why it is growing, but the Badgers are dealing with some off-the-field issues that will hamper their RB depth, and I just don’t like the line here…seems a bit rich for me.  Wisconsin may win this game, but it may be by just an FG, so take the 5’ and the Nittany Lions.

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The Miami Hurricanes swagger into Atlanta with their Turnover Bling and 19’ points to take on an Alabama team with a completely retooled offense, including a new Offensive Coordinator in Bill O’Brien.  The Tide’s defense figures to be elite this year, but the reality is Miami returns 19 of 22 starters including a healthy D’Eriq King, back from the injury he suffered in the bowl game last year.

If the Tide win this game, say 31-14 or 38-20, most Alabama fans will be happy…except the ones who laid the 19’ points!  Just too many…take the wood and hang on!

Saturday night into Sunday afternoon predictions

Saturday night, LSU is in LA and I don’t mean Louisiana or Lower Alabama…they will be at the Rose Bowl playing a UCLA team that has a game under their belts, and who looked dominant while hammering Hawaii.  The Tigers are a 3’ point favorite in this one…take the home dog.  I’m in Show Me mode on LSU.

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Also Saturday night, Georgia gets 3’ from Clemson in Charlotte, NC.  Clemson has back end of the defense issues, and Georgia doesn’t know who they are throwing the ball to…and to be honest, I am not all in on JT Daniels yet.  But still, I like the Dawgs, who are Dogs, to win this one outright!

And finally, on Sunday, Notre Dame heads to Tallahassee as a 7’ point favorite over Florida St.  It will be an emotional scene at Doak Campbell Stadium as the Noles honor Bobby Bowden, who passed away last month.  Can that emotion lead to a win over a much more polished Fighting Irish?  I just don’t think Florida St. is there yet and will take Notre Dame here, although that half-point is kinda scary.  The line opened at 9’ and has come down, so shop this one a bit, and try and find 6’ or 7.

Good luck with your own week one football picks and enjoy the games!

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