Week 1 FCS Picks, Part Two (9/2/2011-9/3/2011)
by, 09-03-2011 at 12:45 AM (1382 Views)
I went a torrid 17-1 in picking the first 18 games of the season, including getting a squeaker by Northwestern State over Delta State (D-II), a close, high-scoring win by Eastern Illinois over Illinois State, and a hard-fought win by UMass over Holy Cross.
The only game I got wrong was the only FCS over FBS upset I picked - New Hampshire, um, didn't quite give Toledo a game, losing big, 58-22.
Today, I pick the Friday games (which don't require a sentence), and selected Top 25 and Saturday games. Enjoy the picks - and hope I can keep up this victory percentage!
No need for a sentence on these:
[B][I]Georgia State 56, Clark Atlanta (NAIA) 6
Michigan State (FBS) 45, Youngstown State 14[/I][/B]
Key Non-Top 25 Matchups:[/B]
[B][U]Fordham at UConn (FBS)[/U][/B]. This will not be the blowout that some people think. [B][I]Horrified Huskies 31, Ram Tough Rams 28.
[B][U]Southeast Louisiana at Tulane (FBS)[/U][/B]. I smell an upset - this came oh-so-close to happening last year, but this year's the charm. [B][I]Lovable Lions 32, Green Wave Down the Toilet 26.[/I][/B]
[B][U]Dayton at Robert Morris[/U][/B]. Last year's NEC champions lost a hard-fought game to the Flyers last year - and Joe Walton's troops are going to fall yet again. [B][I] Ohio Menaces 23, Cuddly Colonials 16[/I][/B].
St Francis (PA) at Wagner[/U][/B]. Will the Red Flash be improved? Maybe, but not enough to pull the upset on Staten Island. [B][I]Twin Skyhawks 34, Not Enough Red Flash 20.[/I][/B]
[B][U]Albany at Colgate[/U][/B]. Raider RB Nate Eachus will be getting a headstart on his Payton Award campaign with 332 yards rushing, 3 rushing touchdowns, a two-point conversion, and a passing touchdown for good measure. [B][I]Ram Raiders 29, Done Danes 12[/I][/B].
[B][U]Alabama A&M at Hampton[/U][/B]. Call it the "mini MEAC/SWAC Challenge". The Bulldogs could be the team to beat in the SWAC... and the Pirates... well, thanks for playing. [B][I] Roll Bulldogs 30, Pummeled Pirates 21.[/I][/B]
[B][U]Eastern Kentucky at Kansas State (FBS)[/U][/B]. Do I pick too many of these upsets? Probably, but this one is a distinct possibility... Wait, did I see that starting quarterback T.J. Pryor is doubtful? [B][I]Lucky Circle K's 27, Unlucky Colonels 6.[/I][/B]
[B][U]Prairie View A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman[/U][/B] (MEAC/SWAC Challenge). Brain Jenkins' Wildcats avenge the pride of the MEAC on Sunday with a resounding win. It won't be close. [B][I] Jenkins Ain't Junk 42, Piledriven Panthers 17.[/I][/B]
[B][U]Top 25 Matchups:[/U][/B]
[B][U](23) Sacramento State at Oregon State (FBS)[/U][/B]. Ain't happening. [B][I]Busy Beavers 26, Humbled Hornets 13[/I][/B].
(22) Chattanooga at Nebraska (FBS).[/U][/B] Nope. [B][I] Hated Huskers 31, Moc-Luks 13.[/I][/B]
[B][U](21) Liberty at North Carolina State (FBS).[/U][/B] The Flames are stacked with quarterback Mike Brown and a host of great athletes. It won't make for the upset this time around - but it's going to be awful close. [B][I]Lone Wolves 21, Fanned Flames 20. [/I][/B]
[B][U](20) McNeese State at Kansas (FBS). [/U][/B] Did I see ten Jayhawks were supposed to play this Saturday? Against McNeese State? What is Turner Gill thinking? [B][I]Rope-a-Dopes 27, Jumbled Jayhawks 24.[/I][/B]
[B][U](17) Richmond at Duke (FBS).[/U][/B] Once upon a time, Duke was humbled by a CAA team. Unfortunately for the Spiders, they learned their lesson. [B][I] Dukes of Earl 30, Stomped Spiders 24.[/I][/B]
(16) Southern Illinois at Southeast Missouri State[/U][/B]. The SEMO Redhawks pulled off the major upset of the Salukis last year in Carbondale 24-21. This year, Southern Illinois repays the favor. [B][I] Psyched Salukis 34, Reddened Redhawks 28.[/I][/B]
(15) James Madison at North Carolina (FBS).[/U][/B] If Mickey Matthews wins, I'm sure a poster of Mickey with a slash through it will be posted in the ACC conference office, with the slogan: DO NOT SCHEDULE THIS MAN. Wait - is North Carolina starting an untested sophomore at quarterback? [B][I] Dukes of the ACC 27, Laughingstocks of the ACC 17.[/I][/B]
[B][U](13) Lehigh at Monmouth[/U][/B]. Why are all the ranked teams playing on the road? Seriously, I want to know. [B][I]Lovable Mountain Dwellers 31, UnderHawks 17.[/I][/B]
[B][U]Lafayette at (12) North Dakota State.[/U][/B] Finally - a ranked team at home! And a 2-9 team visiting the Bison! [B][I] Trampling Buffalos 31, Flattened Leopards 6.
[B][U](11) Montana at Tennessee (FBS).[/U][/B] Montana is good. Just not this good. [B][I]Kooky Knoxvillians 31, Better, But Not Great Yet, Griz 6.[/I][/B]
[B][U](8) Wofford at Presbyterian.[/U][/B] Head coach Mike Ayers will be schooling the youg FCS program this week in their place. [B][I]Dinosaur Bones 37, Home Schooled 6.[/I][/B]
[B][U](7) Northern Iowa at Iowa State (FBS).[/U][/B] It's going to be oh-so-close, but I think a team from Iowa is going to be humiliated losing a tight game to their Iowan rival. Yep, the Panthers will be devastated. [B][I] Trophies Suck 21, Losing to the Cyclones Sucks 20.[/I][/B]
[B][U](5) Delaware at Navy (FBS).[/U][/B] Not the right year for the Hens to upend the Mids. [B][I]Mid Men 35, Chicken Men 17.[/I][/B]
[B][U](4) William & Mary at Virginia (FBS)[/U][/B]. Know this: Virginia coach Mike London not only knows FCS (as a former Richmond coach and FCS National Champion). He knows head coach Jimmye Laycock, having faced him many times in the Oldest Rivalry in the South. [B][I] London Calling 34, Laycock's Not Answering 16.[/I][/B]
[B][U](3) Georgia Southern at Samford.[/U][/B] The Bulldogs will be no match for the Eagles' running back Robert Brown and the young, frightening Georgia Southern offense. [B][I]Enegretic Eagles 37, Sunk Samfordians 17.[/I][/B]
[B][U](2) Appalachian State at Virginia Tech (FBS).[/U][/B] The Hokies, you would think, would be ready for an FCS team, no? James Madison upended them last year, 21-16. It won't be easy, but Frank Beamer will not let his team be upended twice in a row against the FCS. His job depends on a win this weekend. [B]I]Hokey Hokies 35, Apt Apps 34.[/I][/B]
[B][U](1) Eastern Washington at Washington (FBS).[/U][/B] The Eagles are defending national champions, and they're awfully good. Unfortunately, they're going against the Huskies, who are better. [B][I]Purple George Washingtons 34, Red Wilbur Washingtons 16.[/I][/B]