Week 1 College Football Upsets to Watch Out For

These are in order from least shocking to most shocking according to the current lines on Five Dimes sportsbook:

Northwestern (+3.5) at Purdue- (Th) 8:00
SMU (+3.5) at North Texas- 7:30
New Mexico State (+3.5) vs. Wyoming- (Aug 25) 8:00
Colorado State (+7.0) vs. Colorado- (Fri) 9:30
Tulane (+7.0) vs. Wake Forest (Th) 8:00
Army (+13.5) at Duke- (Fri) 7:00

 

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Brad’s 2018 College Football Preview- Heisman Picks

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 12th annual college football preview guide.   For my final post in this preview guide, I am giving you my preseason Heisman Top 10.  Feel free to comment or debate on this post as well as any others included in this preview guide.

Preseason Heisman Top 10
1 Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
2 Khalil Tate, Arizona
3 JK Dobbins, Ohio State
4 Bryce Love, Stanford
5 Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
6 Shea Patterson, Michigan
7 Jonathan Taylor, Wisky
8 Jake Fromm, Georgia
9 Jake Browning, Washington
10 Trace McSorley, Penn State

Brad’s 2018 College Football Preview- Bowl Predictions

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 12th annual college football preview guide.  Without further ado, here are my predicted bowl match-ups for the 2018 season.  Note- the following teams I’m predicting to reach bowl eligibility yet not receive a bowl bid: Buffalo, UMass, Nevada, Wyoming, and Central Michigan.

Date Bowl Teams Time Channel
15-Dec New Mexico Southern Miss Utah State 2:00 ESPN
15-Dec Cure Tulane UL-Monroe 2:30 CBSS
15-Dec Las Vegas Boise State Utah 3:30 ABC
15-Dec Camellia Northern Illinois Troy 5:30 ESPN
15-Dec New Orleans North Texas Appalachian State 9:00 ESPN
18-Dec Boca Raton Toledo Old Dominion 7:00 ESPN
19-Dec Frisco Houston Ohio 8:00 ESPN
20-Dec Gasparilla Bowl South Florida Florida Atlantic 8:00 ESPN
21-Dec Bahamas Middle Tennessee SMU 12:30 ESPN
21-Dec Famous Idaho Potato Eastern Michigan Colorado State 4:00 ESPN
22-Dec Birmingham Memphis Virginia 12:00 ESPN
22-Dec Armed Forces Baylor Navy 3:30 ESPN
22-Dec Dollar General Miami-OH Arkansas State 7:00 ESPN
22-Dec Hawaii Marshall San Diego State 10:30 ESPN
26-Dec Heart of Dallas Army UAB 1:30 ESPN
26-Dec Quick Lane Boston College Indiana 5:15 ESPN
26-Dec Cactus Iowa State UNLV 9:00 ESPN
27-Dec Independence Miami-FL Louisiana Tech 1:30 ESPN
27-Dec Pinstripe Florida State Nebraska 5:15 ESPN
27-Dec Texas TCU Arkansas 9:00 ESPN
28-Dec Music City Virginia Tech South Carolina 1:30 ESPN
28-Dec Camping World Notre Dame Texas 5:15 ESPN
28-Dec Arizona New Mexico State Fresno State 5:30 CBSS
28-Dec Alamo Oklahoma State Oregon 9:00 ESPN
29-Dec Peach UCF Penn State 12:00 ESPN
29-Dec Belk Georgia Tech Kentucky 12:00 ABC
29-Dec Orange Alabama Oklahoma 8:00 ESPN
29-Dec Cotton Ohio State Clemson 4:00 ESPN
31-Dec Military Temple NC State 12:00 ESPN
31-Dec Sun Syracuse California 2:00 CBS
31-Dec San Francisco Northwestern Stanford 3:00 FOX
31-Dec Liberty Kansas State Missouri 3:45 ESPN
31-Dec Holiday Iowa Southern California 7:00 FS1
31-Dec Gator Purdue Mississippi State 7:30 ESPN
1-Jan Outback Michigan State Texas A & M 12:00 ESPN 2
1-Jan Citrus Wisconsin Florida 1:00 ABC
1-Jan Fiesta Arizona Auburn 1:00 ESPN
1-Jan Rose Washington Michigan 5:00 ESPN
1-Jan Sugar West Virginia Georgia 8:30 ESPN

Brad’s 2018 College Football Preview- Disappointment Picks

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 12th annual college football preview guide.  Without further ado, here are the teams I am predicting to disappoint this season.  These teams are ordered in the relative disparity between my picks and the experts average while also taking into account the significance of each pick.

Disappointment teams My Predictions: Experts Predictions:
1 North Carolina 104th in nation (-45); 7th in ACC Coastal (-5) 59th in nation; 2nd in ACC Coastal
2 Florida Atlantic 76th in nation (-35); 3rd in C-USA East (-2) 41st in nation; 1st in C-USA East
3 Kansas State 52nd in nation (-21); 8th in Big 12 (-4) 31st in nation; 4th in Big 12
4 Miami-FL 33rd in nation (-24); 4th in ACC Coastal (-3) 9th in nation; 1st in ACC Coastal
5 Akron 124th in nation (-22); 6th in MAC East (-3) 102nd in nation; 3rd in MAC East
6 LSU 65th in nation (-39); 6th in SEC West (-1) 26th in nation; 5th in SEC West
7 Louisville 67th in nation (-31); 6th in ACC Atlantic (-3) 36th in nation; 3rd in ACC Atlantic
8 Air Force 128th in nation (-34); 6th in MWC Mtn. (-2) 94th in nation; 4th in MWC Mtn.
9 Duke 69th in nation (-24); 5th in ACC Coastal (-3) 45th in nation; 2nd in ACC Coastal
10 Houston 74th in nation (-21); 4th in AAC West (-2) 53rd in nation; 2nd in AAC West

 

Brad’s 2018 College Football Preview- Surprise Picks

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 12th annual college football preview guide.  Without further ado, here are the teams I am predicting to surprise this season.  These teams are ordered in the relative disparity between my picks and the experts average while also taking into account the significance of each pick.

Surprise Teams My Predictions: Experts Predictions:
1 Arizona 10th in nation (+24); 1st in Pac 12 South (+2) 34th in nation; 3rd in Pac-12 South
2 Syracuse 18th in nation (+51); 2nd in ACC Atlantic (+5) 69th in nation; 7th in ACC Atlantic
3 Eastern Michigan 53rd in nation (+54); 1st in MAC West (+3) 107th in nation; 4th in MAC West
4 Virginia 47th in nation (+30); 3rd in ACC Coastal (+4) 77th in nation; 7th in ACC Coastal
5 North Texas 40th in nation (+42); 1st in C-USA West (+2) 82nd in nation; 3rd in C-USA West
6 Georgia Tech 29th in nation (+10); 2nd in ACC Coastal (+3) 39th in nation; 5th in ACC Coastal
7 SMU 66th in nation (+22); 3rd in AAC West (+3) 88th in nation; 6th in AAC West
8 Baylor 45th in nation (+15); 7th in Big 12 (+2) 60th in nation; 9th in Big 12
9 Colorado State 44th in nation (+48); 2nd in MWC Mtn. (+3) 92nd in nation; 5th in MWC Mtn.
10 UMass 64th in nation (+34); N/A 98th in nation; N/A

Brad’s 2018 College Football Preview- Comprehensive Ranking

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 12th annual college football preview guide.  Here are my rankings of teams 1-130 (bye, bye Idaho; hello Liberty).  The column to the left of each team is my ranking of each squad, and the column to the right of each team is the experts ranking (average of Street & Smith, Lindy’s, USA Today, Athlon, ESPN FPI, College Football News, and Phil Steele) for that program.  You will soon see that the teams in which I have the biggest disparities with the experts will be featured in my surprise/disappointment lists in the upcoming days.   One other thing you will notice is that the top four teams in the rankings have parentheses next to their names.  That number represents each team’s seeding in the 2018 college football playoff.  These rankings intend to encapsulate the entire college football season, so I felt it necessary to differentiate between a team’s regular season finish/playoff seeding and their final ranking.

Brad Team Experts
1 Clemson (3) 1
2 Alabama (1) 2
3 Ohio State (2) 3
4 Oklahoma (4) 7
5 Georgia 3
6 Michigan 10
7 Auburn 8
8 Washington 6
9 Penn State 10
10 Arizona 34
11 Michigan State 12
12 Mississippi State 17
13 Wisconsin 5
14 Florida 27
15 West Virginia 21
16 Virginia Tech 18
17 Oregon 26
18 Syracuse 69
19 UCF 32
20 Southern California 15
21 Notre Dame 13
22 Texas A & M 24
23 Florida State 16
24 Oklahoma State 28
25 Boise State 23
26 Stanford 14
27 Missouri 38
28 Texas 20
29 Georgia Tech 39
30 Utah 29
31 Boston College 40
32 California 50
33 Miami-FL 9
34 Iowa State 33
35 South Carolina 22
36 Marshall 67
37 TCU 19
38 San Diego State 47
39 Iowa 30
40 North Texas 82
41 Northwestern 35
42 Fresno State 52
43 Arkansas 56
44 Colorado State 92
45 Baylor 60
46 Arkansas State 72
47 Virginia 77
48 Appalachian State 80
49 Utah State 84
50 Kentucky 58
51 Memphis 42
52 Kansas State 31
53 Eastern Michigan 107
54 Ole Miss 55
55 NC State 36
56 Navy 66
57 Purdue 50
58 Troy 82
59 Nebraska 48
60 Ohio 71
61 Indiana 64
62 UAB 97
63 Toledo 74
64 UMass 98
65 LSU 26
66 SMU 88
67 Louisville 36
68 Temple 73
69 Duke 45
70 South Florida 62
71 Washington State 54
72 Army 78
73 Vanderbilt 75
74 Houston 53
75 Rutgers 85
76 Florida Atlantic 41
77 Middle Tennessee 76
78 UNLV 104
79 Miami-OH 93
80 Southern Miss 95
81 Northern illinois 65
82 Louisiana Tech 80
83 Buffalo 91
84 New Mexico State 113
85 Central Michigan 110
86 UL-Monroe 108
87 Tennessee 57
88 Tulane 90
89 Wake Forest 43
90 Wyoming 79
91 Texas Tech 46
92 Nevada 96
93 Arizona State 63
94 Old Dominion 109
95 Minnesota 68
96 Brigham Young 86
97 Maryland 61
98 Pittsburgh 49
99 Cincinnati 101
100 Colorado 70
101 UTSA 112
102 UCLA 44
103 Georgia Southern 110
104 North Carolina 59
105 UL-Lafayette 120
106 Oregon State 102
107 Western Michigan 88
108 Illinois 87
109 South Alabama 118
110 Kansas 100
111 Georgia State 114
112 East Carolina 116
113 Hawaii 123
114 Tulsa 99
115 New Mexico 117
116 Florida International 106
117 Bowling Green 115
118 Western Kentucky 105
119 Ball State 121
120 Rice 127
121 Kent State 129
122 Liberty 124
123 UConn 119
124 Akron 102
125 San Jose State 125
126 Charlotte 126
127 Texas State 128
128 Air Force 94
129 UTEP 130
130 Coastal Carolina 122

Brad’s 2018 College Football Preview- SEC Predictions

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 12th annual college football preview guide.  The records below reflect each team’s predicted regular season overall record followed by their conference record.  These records include conference title games for the two division champions but exclude bowl games which will be previewed later on in a separate column on this blog.  The team listed in bold font in each entry is my predicted conference champion.  Without further ado, here are my predictions for the Southeastern Conference.

SEC
East Divison
1 Georgia (11-2, 7-1)
2 Florida (9-3, 6-2)
3 South Carolina (7-5, 4-4)
4 Missouri (8-4, 4-4)
5 Kentucky (6-6, 2-6)
6 Vanderbilt (5-7, 2-6)
7 Tennessee (4-8, 1-7)
West Division
1 Alabama (12-1, 7-1)
2 Auburn (10-2, 6-2)
3 Mississippi State (9-3, 5-3)
4 Texas A & M (8-4, 5-3)
5 Arkansas (7-5, 3-5)
6 LSU (5-7, 2-6)
7 Ole Miss (6-6, 2-6)