Yesterday’s Battle of the Carolinas was but an appetizer; the maiden Saturday of the 2013 college football season has some juicy early season match-ups that are uncommon in the era of scheduling guaranteed wins.
But why examine the revived Georgia/Clemson rivalry when I can break down the Lords of the Guaranteed Win, my home Big Ten Conference?
My picks will be illustrated via Instagram and a red strike through the loser.
As Uncle Eddie says: “Let’s Get to Work!”
W Michigan (0-0) @ Michigan St (0-0)
Directional Michigan schools were founded specifically as schedule bait for the Sparties and the Wolverines.
Buffalo (0-0) @ Ohio St (0-0)
Buckeye coach Urban Meyer’s march to Pasadena begins.
S Illinois (0-0) @ Illinois (0-0)
Illini Head Coach Tim Beckman needs this win, but expect a fight from the Salukis, they are a tough bunch.
Massachusetts (0-0) @ Wisconsin (0-0)
Wisconsin has a new head coach.
Purdue (0-0) @
The Boilers have a tall order playing on the road, but Cincy is going to need time to adjust to new coach Tommy Tubberville.
Cent Michigan (0-0) @ Michigan (0-0)
See above MSU pick.
N Illinois (0-0) @
Huskies exact sweet revenge over last year’s loss to the Hawkeyes.
Syracuse (0-0) @ Penn St (0-0)
Fight on, State.
Wyoming (0-0 away) @ Nebraska (0-0)
It’s “now or never” for Bo Pelini continuing at Nebraska.
Northwestern (0-0) @ California (0-0)
Even as a road favorite against a new coach with a freshman QB, it’s still Northwestern.
Tweet me @_Charette_ and let me know which conference I should break down next week!