College Football Picks Week 1 NCAA Predictions Previews Odds From Mitch on Tonys Picks TV 9-1-2015

September 3, 2015

Mitch from Sports Chat Place guests on the Tonys Picks TV Show and offers his picks, predictions, previews and odds from all of the top games from college football in Week 1 of the 2015 season.

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Thursday September 3rd—
6PM ET–South Carolina vs North Carolina (ESPN)
South Carolina -2 ½ with a total of 64 points.
South Carolina was a disappointment last season. The defense gave up 10 more points in 2014 than they did in 2013. They face another offensive juggernaut to open the season.
North Carolina did not play a lick of defense last year but boy can they score with quarterback Marquise Williams. Maybe Gene Chizik the new defensive coordinator can improve that side of the ball.
8:30PM ET—Michigan at Utah (FOX 1)
Utah -5 ½ points with a total of 46 points.
It is a tough spot for first year head coach John Harbaugh to enter. The team missed a bowl game last year at 5-7. Looks like Iowa transfer Jake Rudock is under center.
Utah had a winning record inside the PAC 12 conference for the first time since moving from the Mountain West. They were one of the best defenses in the PAC 12 last year. They did beat Michigan on the road rather convincingly last year and had to sit through a long weather delay in the second half.
9PM ET—TCU at Minnesota (ESPN)
TCU -15 points with a total of 58 points.
TCU is a national title contender. They crushed Ole Miss in their bowl game last year. 10 offensive starters back but just 5 on defense. Their scored 46 points a game with Trevone Boykin under center who returns.
Minnesota relied heavily on their defense. But Mitch Leidner at quarterback as a weak arm and the Golden Gophers may be too one dimensional to compete here.
Friday September 4th—
Washington at Boise St (ESPN)
Boise St -12 with an over under of 57 points.
Chris Peterson faces his former team on the road. Cyler Miles retires from football causing concerns at quarterback. Only 9 starters return in 2015.
With all these conference realignments the Boise St Broncos are still in the Mountain West. They were 12-2 last year. They travel to BYU next week which figures to be their toughest test. They may be favored in every game this year, even at Virginia on September 9th. The Fiesta Bowl winners have 17 starters back. But first year starter Ryan Finley a sophomore is under center.
Saturday September 5th—
3:30PM ET–Virginia at UCLA (FOX)—
UCLA -19 ½ points with the total at 53 points.
It is a tough spot for Virginia to travel to play in the extreme head of Pasadena in an early September game. They are just 7-17 the past two seasons for Mike London.
UCLA failed to live up to the expectations of a PAC 12 south title last year. A 10-3 overall record didn’t feel too good. The defense needs to be better as they allowed 28 points a game last season.
3:30PM ET—Louisville vs Auburn (CBS)—
Auburn -10 ½ points with the over under of 56 points. At Georgia Dome.
Louisville was 9-4 last year. The defense played well holding opponents to just under 22 points a game. Only seven starters return from last year.
Will Muschamp takes over the defense for Auburn in 2015. That is a unit that struggled at the end of the year as Auburn lost five of their last eight games.
3:30PM ET—BYU at Nebraska (ABC)
Nebraska -7 with the total lined at 63 points.
Head coach Mike Riley makes his debut for the Cornhuskers. Riley teams are notorious slow starters. Can Tommy Armstrong develop into something better than a QB that completes half of his passes.
BYU is faced with a rough schedule. After Nebraska they are home to Boise St, on the road to UCLA and Michigan. They face Missouri in Kansas City on November 1th. Quarterback Taysom Hill but must try to go through the season healthy.
7PM ET—Arizona St vs. Texas A&M (ESPN)
Texas A&M -3 with the over under of 67 points.
Texas A&M got off to a fast start but fizzled down the stretch. Maybe because of their offensive structure they a bit of a conditioning edge over teams in week one.
With 8 starters back in 2014 the team finished at 10-3 last year. Senior Mike Bercovici put up some good numbers at quarterback last year. They get 9 starters back on defense.
7:30PM ET—Texas at Notre Dame (NBC)
Notre Dame -10 with the total set at 50 ½ points.
Texas has just 12 starters back for head coach Charlie Strong. Unfortunately Tyrone Swoopes has been named as the starter for week 1.
Everett Golson leaves for Florida St. It is sophomore Malik Zaire under center. Notre Dame has to improve on a defense that gave up 29 points a game.
8PM ET—Wisconsin vs. Alabama (ABC)
Alabama -10 ½ points with a total set at 50 points.
Can Joel Stave make enough plays with his arm to allow Wisconsin to cover?
Alabama loses eight starters on offense.
Sunday September 6th—
3PM ET—Purdue at Marshall (FOX 1)—
Marshall -7 ½ points with the total lined at 63 points.
Boilermakers head coach Darrell Hazell is on the hot season. Purdue has not looked very good under him. They had just a 3-9 record a season ago. They are 4-20 under Hazell.
Marshall begins life without Rakeem Cato under center.
Monday September 7th—
8PM ET–Ohio St at Virginia Tech (ESPN)
Ohio St -11 ½ points with the over under of 54 points.
Urban Meyer has been hush regarding the Buckeyes starting quarterback. 14 starters back from last year seven on each side of the ball. They are 28-3 under Meyer.
Virginia Tech pulled off the road upset win at Ohio St last year as the front four of the Hokies put tremendous pressure on J.T. Barrett. Problem is the Hokies barely made a bowl game last year. Their offense put up only 24 a game. 15 interceptions thrown by Michael Brewer last year.
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