I think the Tigers get by in-state rival South Carolina in Columbia as the Gamecocks have a severely depleted team and an unproven QB (what else is new for Spurrier? Mich St QB Connor Cook: I will just come out and say it-Cook is my pick to win the Heisman this year.The Spartans have had to listen to all the talk about the mighty Buckeyes.The Bulldogs will not have the same luck this year and I see them losing to LSU, @ Aub, @ A&M, @ Mizzou, and @ Ark. This year’s conference schedule is very manageable but I still think they lose on the road to open the season @ Va Tech.Ohio St QB Cardale Jones/JT Barrett: Is Ohio St talented? I also think this is the year that Mich St unseats the Buckeyes as the best team in the Big Ten.The game I have circled is the game at Tennessee on Oct 10.The Volunteers will be very good and have made consistent, marked improvement throughout the first two years of Butch Jone’s tenure in Knoxville. This game has been circled in the Tennessee locker room since January.
Of all these teams with Heisman candidates, only Michigan St, Ohio St, and Stanford can legitimately say they have intentionally scheduled extraordinarily challenging non-conference slates.
The Horned Frogs must face a very tough, very disciplined Minnesota team on the road to open the season.
I think the Gophers get a huge, statement win here and leave TCU on the outside of the Playoff race looking in the rest of the year.
Last year, the Bulldogs had a great year (won @ LSU, beat A&M, Auburn, Arkansas, lost @ Bama by just five points even though they outplayed the Crimson Tide!
) Unfortunately, this is not the same Miss St team as they are returning only four players on offense and only three players on defense. Talent doesn’t always equate with an undefeated season.