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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

SportPundit College Football Prediction Results for "Week 0" and Week 1 of the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS Season

College Football Prediction Results for "Week 0" and Week 1 of the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS Season

For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we finished: 
73-11 in calling the winner
40-43-1 against the spread
20-23 against the CFPT, and
44-38-2 against the over/under.

The results are in some respects an improvement in calling the winner as we were 71-17 last year. We also did OK in our over/unders, but lagged minimally behind in calling the spread and also against the CFPT prediction average.
 
If possible, we quote opening odds ("the line", "the spread") as available online (e.g. Vegas Insider, OddsShark, Sportsline, CFPT) . THE CFPT prediction average is quoted from the College Football Prediction Tracker ("CFPT") on the date we find it (here Friday, August 16, 2019, 10:56 AM). We do this for fun and are not affiliated with any service or institution. Caveat Emptor! Please do not use our predictions for wagering. We disclaim any and all liability for anyone's use of our materials and prognostications. May the best team win.

Saturday, August 24, 2019
Recall, if available, we quote the opening line, not the updated line....
Please note also that CFPT does not include games with FCS opponents.
 
Miami of Florida vs. Florida
The Gators were favored over the Hurricanes by 8.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored the Gators by 7.30 points.
The over/under was 50.5 points.
Our Call: 24-23 for Florida. Florida may well have an excellent team this year under 2nd-year head coach Dan Mullen, but the Hurricanes have a new football head coach this season, Manny Diaz, a defensive specialist, so we call it close.
Result: Florida edged Miami 24-20.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far:
1-0 in calling the winner
1-0 against the spread
1-0 against the CFPT, and
1-0 against the over/under.

Arizona at Hawaii
The Wildcats were favored over the Warriors by 12 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Arizona by 5.36 points.
The over/under was 70.5 points.
Our Call: 34-33 for Hawaii. The "Live Aloha, Play Warrior" slogan of Hawaii head football coach Nick Rolovich has resonated throughout the community and Rolovich has received a contract extension in addition (his team has now made two bowl games in three years).
Result: Hawaii topped Arizona 45-38 as a last-minute run was stopped at the one-yard line.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
2-0 in calling the winner
2-0 against the spread
2-0 against the CFPT, and
1-1 against the over/under.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Morgan State (FCS) at Bowling Green
The Falcons were favored over the Bears by 21.5 points.
The over/under was 49.5 points.
Our Call: 41-13 for Bowling Green. Michigan football is coming to BG. New football head coach Scot Loeffler (who coached Tom Brady) and staff bring in a new system.
Result: Bowling Green topped Morgan State 46-3, as the Falcons allowed just 70 total yards on defense. Darius Wade threw for three TDs.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
3-0 in calling the winner
3-0 against the spread
2-0 against the CFPT, and
1-2 against the over/under.

Albany (FCS) at Central Michigan
The Chippewas were favored over the Great Danes by 6 points.
The over/under was 45.5 points.
Our Call: 31-10 for Central Michigan. Former Colorado State and Florida head coach Jim McElwain has taken over the reins for the Chippewas, who were 1-11 last year. Did someone say barn time? Nowhere to go but up. This will be a different, surely positive year in Mount Pleasant.
Result: Central Michigan prevailed over Albany 38-21,as Quinten Dormady passed for three touchdowns..
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
4-0 in calling the winner
4-0 against the spread
2-0 against the CFPT, and
1-3 against the over/under.

Robert Morris (FCS) at Buffalo
The Bulls were favored over the Colonials by 45.5 points.
The over/under was 65.5 points.
Our Call: 52-14 for Buffalo. Lance Leipold is doing OK at Buffalo ... going from 10 losses to 10 wins. This year, Buffalo must replace NFL-bound QB Tyree Jackson and Miami-of-Florida-bound WR K.J. Osborn.
Result: Buffalo topped Robert Morris 38-10 as freshman starting QB Matt Myers accounted for 3 TDs, 2 passing and one running.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
5-0 in calling the winner
5-0 against the spread
2-0 against the CFPT, and
1-4 against the over/under.

Wagner (FCS) at Connecticut
The Huskies were favored over the Seahawks by 17.5 points.
The over/under was 70.5 points.
Our Call: 38-24 for UConn. To quote Dan Murphy, ESPN Staff Writer: "The 2018 UConn defense surrendered more yards per game (617.4) and more points per game (50.4) than any team in FBS history." Louis Spanos has now been brought in from Alabama by head coach Randy Edsall to revamp the Huskies' defense.
Result: UConn struggled past Wagner 24-21, holding the Seahawks to 185 yards total offense.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
6-0 in calling the winner
6-0 against the spread
2-0 against the CFPT, and
2-4 against the over/under.

UCLA at Cincinnati
The Bearcats were favored over the Bruins by 4 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Cincinnati by 6.13 points.
The over/under was 54.5 points.
Our Call: 30-27 for UCLA. Cincy beat UCLA 26-17 last year. Can they do it again in view of Bruin head coach Chip Kelly promoting Justin Frye to offensive coordinator? We doubt it.
Result: Cincinnati topped UCLA 24-14 as the Bearcats heavily outgained the Bruins 417 to 218 yards. Last year UCLA lost similarly 26-17 but the total yardage was nearly equal, 304 for the Bearcats and 306 for the Bruins.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
6-1 in calling the winner
6-1 against the spread
2-1 against the CFPT, and
2-5 against the over/under.

Central Arkansas (FCS) at Western Kentucky
The Hilltoppers were favored over the Bears by 9.5 points
The over/under was 54.5 points.
Our Call: 38-24 for Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers were 3-9 last year and have hired former Tennessee offensive coordinator Tyson Helton as their new head coach. Helton was previously quite successful as the Western Kentucky OC in 2015 in their 12-2 Conference USA championship season under Jeff Brohm.
Result: Central Arkansas upset the Hilltoppers 35-28 in a disappointing debut for new head coach Helton.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
6-2 in calling the winner
6-2 against the spread
2-1 against the CFPT, and
3-5 against the over/under.

Florida A&M (FCS) at UCF   
The Knights were favored over the Rattlers by 45.5 points.
The over/under was 64.5 points.
Our Call: 61-14 for UCF. UCF seats are sold out for 2019. Another undefeated regular season for UCF is not unthinkable.  Notre Dame transfer QB Brandon Wimbush may be the starting quarterback for UCF, which has lost its leading quarterbacks McKenzie Milton and Darriel Mack Jr. to injury. What a legacy Scott Frost and staff left behind at UCF ... in order to form a new one at Nebraska (or so we hope, as an NU alumnus).
Result: UCF shut out Florida A&M 62-0 as three different QBs (Wimbush, Gabriel and Jones) threw for 6 TDs, while Killins ran for 106 yards and 1 score. How can we evaluate the win -- in a game that UCF led at the half 48-0. The Knights outgained Florida A&M 694 to 96 yards. Last season, Florida A&M was a respectable 6-5 with its worst loss to Troy 59-7, who were 10-3 last season, against whom Florida A&M, however, gained 287 yards.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
7-2 in calling the winner
7-2 against the spread
2-1 against the CFPT, and
3-6 against the over/under.

Gardner-Webb (FCS) at Charlotte
The 49ers were favored over the Runnin' Bulldogs by 32.5 points.
The over/under was 52.5 points.
Our Call: 48-14 for Charlotte. Charlotte has a new head coach in Will Healy, FCS National Coach of the Year at Austin Peay in 2017. A big change?
Result: Charlotte beat Gardner-Webb 49-28 as the Healy era opened with a winner. Charlotte led 35-14 at the half.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
8-2 in calling the winner
7-3 against the spread
2-1 against the CFPT, and
4-6 against the over/under.

Florida International FIU at Tulane
The Green Wave were favored over the Golden Panthers by 2 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Tulane by 2.58 points.
The over/under was 55.5 points.
Our Call: 30-27 for Florida International, Butch Davis and the transfers.
Result: Tulane won handily 42-14 against the Golden Panthers, outgaining them 545 to 267 yards, as LSU graduate transfer Justin McMillan threw for 199 yards and two TDs.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
8-3 in calling the winner
7-4 against the spread
2-2 against the CFPT, and
5-6 against the over/under.

Georgia Tech at Clemson
The Tigers were favored over the Yellow Jackets by 33 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Clemson by 30.90 points.
The over/under was 59.5 points.
Our Call: 38-24 for Clemson. Clemson prevailed last season 49-21. This year Clemson has a lot of defense to replace. Georgia Tech has a new head coach in the person of Geoff Collins, a defensive expert.
Result: Clemson rolled past Georgia Tech 52-14 as Travis Etienne rushed for 205 yards and 3 TDs. Clemson outgained the Yellow Jackets 632 to 294 yards. The Tigers' Trevor Lawrence was 13 of 23 passing for 168 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions. Georgia Tech turned the ball over 4 times, Clemson 3 times.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
9-3 in calling the winner
7-5 against the spread
2-3 against the CFPT, and
6-6 against the over/under.

Alabama State (FCS) at UAB
The Blazers were favored over the Hornets by 43.5 points.
The over/under was 51.5 points.
Our Call: 52-7 for UAB. The outdated UAB football facility was recently demolished and a new era thus begun with the rebuilding.
Result: UAB squeaked past Alabama State 24-19 in a defensive struggle, as the Blazers gained only 290 yards, the Hornets only 260 yards. Last season Alabama State lost to Auburn 63-9.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
10-3 in calling the winner
7-6 against the spread
2-3 against the CFPT, and
6-7 against the over/under.

Texas State at Texas A&M
The Aggies were favored over the Bobcats by 33.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Texas A&M by 32.93 points.
The over/under was 57 points.
Our Call: 49-14 for Texas A&M. Jimbo Fisher heads into his 2nd year as football head coach for the Aggies. See the SEC Outlook by Bruce Marshall.
Result: Texas A&M prevailed over Texas State 41-7 in Jake Spavital's debut as head football coach for the Bobcats. Aggie QB Kellen Mond threw for 194 yards, 3 TDs, and 1 interception.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
11-3 in calling the winner
8-6 against the spread
3-3 against the CFPT, and
6-8 against the over/under.

South Dakota State (FCS) at Minnesota
The Golden Gophers were favored over the Jackrabbits by 12.5 points.
The over/under was 56.5 points.
Our Call: 34-17 for Minnesota. The Golden Gophers offensive line features Daniel Faalele, a 6'9" 400-pound behemoth from Australia. Minnesota was unpredictable last season, as game outcomes diverged by points from Vegas odds more than for any other FBS team.
Result: Minnesota edged the Jackrabbits 28-21, avoiding an upset, as South Dakota State, ranked in the preseason top five of FCS, led 21-20 in the fourth quarter. The Jackrabbits outgained the Golden Gophers 367 to 308 yards and were ahead in yards per play, 6.12 to 5.13. Last year South Dakota State was 10-3, losing 21-17 in the regular season and 44-21 in the playoff semifinals to eventual and undefeated FCS champion North Dakota State.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
12-3 in calling the winner
8-7 against the spread
3-3 against the CFPT, and
7-8 against the over/under.

Kent State at Arizona State
The Sun Devils were favored over the Golden Flashes by 25.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Arizona State by 23.5 points.
The over/under was 60.5 points.
Our Call: 37-27 for Arizona State. Sean Lewis enters his second season as Kent State head coach. Lewis was the youngest ever FBS head coach when hired for the 2018 season.
Result: Arizona State, led by freshman QB Jayden Daniels, who threw for 284 yards and 2 touchdowns, and who ran for another TD, prevailed over the Golden Flashes 30-7, as the Sun Devils outgained Kent State 455 to 200 yards.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
13-3 in calling the winner
9-7 against the spread
4-3 against the CFPT, and
7-9 against the over/under.

Northern Colorado (FCS) at San Jose State
The Spartans were favored over the Bears by 10.5 points.
The over/under was 59.5 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for San Jose State. SJS head coach Brent Brennan wears signature blue and gold "lucky" loafers. Can the Spartans "luck forward" out of last year's 1-11 record and 2-11 record in 2017? The yards per play stats on defense have remained the same both years, and the yards per play stats on offense have improved only marginally. Last year Northern Colorado was 2-9.
Result: San Jose State outlasted Northern Colorado 35-18, pulling away from the Bears, who trailed the Spartans only 21-13 midway in the 3rd quarter. San Jose State was led by QB Josh Love, who threw for 2 TDs and ran for another. The Spartans outgained Northern Colorado 382 to 287 yards, even though the Bears dominated possession 36:39 to 23:21 minutes.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
14-3 in calling the winner
9-8 against the spread
4-3 against the CFPT, and
8-9 against the over/under.

Utah at BYU
The Utes were favored over the Cougars by 7 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Utah by 4.34 points.
The over/under was 57.5 points.
Our Call: 31-17 for Utah. Utah is seen by some as a favorite to win the Pac 12 Championship this season. BYU has not beaten Utah the last eight years.
Result: Utah won its ninth straight game over BYU 30-12, but outgaining the Cougars only 368 to 300 yards, and aided by three BYU turnovers.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
15-3 in calling the winner
10-8 against the spread
5-3 against the CFPT, and
9-9 against the over/under.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Rice at Army
The Black Knights were favored over the Owls by 23.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Army by 26.43 points.
The over/under was 51.5 points.
Our Call: 49-14 for Army. Mike Bloomgren enters his 2nd season as the Owls head coach after a 2-11 record last year. Army was 11-2 under Jeff Monken, the most wins ever in a single season for Army. Monken has 29 wins in three seasons. The Black Knights finished last season by blowing out Houston 70-14 in the Armed Forces bowl. Without a good rushing defense, teams will likely lose against Army. The Rice rushing defense was 69th in the nation last season.
Result: Rice held Army's vaunted rushing offense to 231 yards but lost 14-7, as the Army defense limited the Owls to 243 total yards. Still, a surprising opener.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
16-3 in calling the winner
10-9 against the spread
5-4 against the CFPT, and
9-10 against the over/under.

Tulsa at Michigan State
The Spartans were favored over the Golden Hurricane by 20 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Michigan State by 20.67 points.
The over/under was 47 points.
Our Call: 34-7 for Michigan State. Is the Michigan State mojo back for the Spartan offense? The defense is almost always top.
Result: The Spartans held the Golden Hurricane to 80 total yards (153 yards passing and (minus) -73 yards rushing) in a 28-7 win.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
17-3 in calling the winner
11-9 against the spread
6-4 against the CFPT, and
10-10 against the over/under.

Wisconsin at South Florida
The Badgers were favored over the Bulls by 11 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Wisconsin by 10.45 points.
The over/under was 57 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for Wisconsin. The Bulls won their first seven games last season and then lost the next six, in part largely due to injuries to starting quarterback Blake Barnett, formerly of Alabama and Arizona State. If Barnett can stay healthy, South Florida could be stronger, but Wisconsin's always potent rushing offense will likely test the Bulls' rushing defense.
Result: Whoah! Wisconsin shut out the Bulls 49-0 as Jonathan Taylor rushed for 135 yards and 2 TDs and caught two passes for 48 yards and 2 TDs. The Badger defense held South Florida under its new offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell to 157 total yards. Last season the Bulls averaged 437.7 yards per game.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
18-3 in calling the winner
11-10 against the spread
6-5 against the CFPT, and
10-11 against the over/under.

Massachusetts at Rutgers
The Scarlet Knights were favored over the Minutemen by 10 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Rutgers by 8.06 points.
The over/under was 56 points.
Our Call: 34-23 for Rutgers. Based on yards per play stats, Rutgers has improved somewhat on defense but not at all on offense in the Chris Ash head coaching era. UMass lost their offensive coordinator Mark Whipple to Pittsburgh this season.
Result:The Scarlet Knights trailed 21-7 after the first quarter but rallied to lead 38-21 at the half in winning 48-21.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
19-3 in calling the winner
12-10 against the spread
7-5 against the CFPT, and
11-11 against the over/under.

Utah State at Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons were favored over the Aggies by 3 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Wake Forest by 0.07 points.
The over/under was 62.5 points.
Our Call: 31-27 for Wake Forest.  Massey Ratings ranks Utah State 40th and Wake Forest 41st preseason. The Aggies were 11-2 last season and Wake Forest 7-6. Matt Wells has moved on to Texas Tech, while former Aggie head coach Gary Andersen returns to once again lead Utah State.
Result: Wake Forest edged Utah State 38-35 as both teams put up nearly 600 yards total offense.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
20-3 in calling the winner
12-10-1 against the spread
8-5 against the CFPT, and
11-12 against the over/under.

Purdue at Nevada
The Boilermakers were favored over the Wolf Pack by 6.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Purdue by 5.10 points.
The over/under was 58.5 points.
Our Call: 34-27 for Purdue. Nevada is scheduled to start redshirt freshman Carson Strong at quarterback. The Boilermakers' Rondale Moore was named the Most Exciting Player for the upcoming season by ESPN.
Result: Carson Strong was 30 of 51 for 295 yards and 3 TDs as Brandon Talton kicked a 56-yard field goal as time expired to give Nevada the upset win over Purdue 34-31. The Wolf Pack win overshadowed a 34 for 52 passing performance from Elijah Sindelar for 423 yards and 4 TDs. Sindelar also threw two picks. Purdue blew a 24-7 half-time lead and a 31-17 3rd-quarter lead. Rondale Moore caught 11 passes for 124 yards for the Boilermakers but also fumbled twice, losing one.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
20-4 in calling the winner
12-11-1 against the spread
8-6 against the CFPT, and
12-12 against the over/under.

Colorado State vs. Colorado
The Buffaloes were favored over the Rams by 10.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Colorado by 10.84 points.
The over/under was 64.5 points.
Our Call: 36-24 for Colorado. New Buffaloes head coach Mel Tucker has been on the recruiting trail. The Rams are coming off a 3-9 season.
Result: Colorado beat Colorado State 52-31 as Alex Fontenot ran for 125 yards and 3 TDs. The Rams Collin Hill threw for 374 yards and 2 TDs with 2 picks.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
21-4 in calling the winner
13-11-1 against the spread
9-6 against the CFPT, and
12-13 against the over/under.

Oklahoma State at Oregon State    
The Cowboys were favored over the Beavers by 16.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Oklahoma State by 15.70 points.
The over/under was 72 points.
Our Call: 45-24 for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are looking back at a disappointing 7-6 season while the Beavers finished 2-10 in 2018. Jonathan Smith is now in his 2nd year as head coach for Oregon State.
Result: Oklahoma State beat Oregon State 52-36 as Chuba Hubbard ran for 221 yards and 3 TDs.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
22-4 in calling the winner
13-12-1 against the spread
10-6 against the CFPT, and
12-14 against the over/under.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Howard (FCS) at Maryland
The Terrapins were favored over the Bison by 31 points.
The over/under was 65.5 points.
Our Call: 45-13 for Maryland. New head football coach Ron Prince will be at the helm for Howard this season, replacing Mike London, who moved on to become head coach at William & Mary.
Result: Michael Locksley enjoyed a record win in his head coaching debut at Maryland as the Terrapins overpowered Howard 79-0, holding the Bison to 68 total yards. Howard rushed 38 times for 0 yards. As for Howard's new head coach Ron Prince, what's the point of so many running plays for no gain?
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
23-4 in calling the winner
14-12-1 against the spread
11-6 against the CFPT, and
12-15 against the over/under.

Indiana vs. Ball State
The Hoosiers were favored over the Cardinals by 16.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Indiana by 14.82 points.
The over/under was 61 points.
Our Call: 41-17 for Indiana. Kalen DeBoer from Fresno State is the new offensive coordinator for the Hoosiers. The Hoosiers won last year 38-10.
Result: Indiana topped the Cardinals 34-24.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
24-4 in calling the winner
14-13-1 against the spread
11-7 against the CFPT, and
13-15 against the over/under.

Florida Atlantic FAU at Ohio State
The Buckeyes were favored over the Owls by 24 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Ohio State by 26.51 points.
The over/under was 63.5 points.
Our Call: 45-17 for Ohio State. Justin Fields has been named the starting quarterback for OSU. Ryan Day is the new Buckeye head coach. In 2018 the yards per play allowed on defense skyrocketed to 5.77 ypp, a dismal figure for Ohio State, as compared 4.44 ypp on defense in 2017, 4.36 in 2016, 4.50 in 2015, 4.98 in 2014, 5.28 in 2013 and 5.08 in 2012.  Ohio State for 2019 has hired Greg Mattison from Michigan as co-defensive coordinator, joining Jeff Hafley, with Greg Schiano departing. Lane Kiffin as FAU head coach was 11-3 in 2017 and 5-7 in 2018, including a season-opening 63-14 loss at Oklahoma.
Result: Ohio State beat the Owls 45-21 as Justin Fields passed for 234 yards and 4 TDs and ran for another. The Buckeyes led 28-0 after the 1st quarter.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
25-4 in calling the winner
14-14-1 against the spread
11-8 against the CFPT, and
13-16 against the over/under.

East Carolina at North Carolina State
The Wolfpack were favored over the Pirates by 20.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored NC State by 23.36 points.
The over/under was 56.5 points.
Our Call: 35-24 for NC State. Last year the Wolfpack beat the Pirates 58-3. East Carolina has a new head coach in Mike Houston, coming from James Madison, where the Dukes won the FCS National Championship in Houston's 1st year and were 2nd the next, so we expect the Pirates to improve this year.
Result: NC State prevailed over the Pirates 34-6 as the Wolfpack held East Carolina to 269 total yards and only 41 yards rushing on 29 attempts.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
26-4 in calling the winner
14-15-1 against the spread
11-9 against the CFPT, and
13-17 against the over/under.

Akron at Illinois
The Illini were favored over the Zips by 15.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Illinois by 9.33 points.
The over/under was 56 points.
Our Call: 31-30 for Akron. For lack of an offense, the Zips went from 7-7 in 2017 to 4-8 in 2018. Akron is not retaining Terry Bowden, and has hired a new head coach in the person of Tom Arth, arriving from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Arth has a strong mentor-like contact to Peyton Manning. Not to forget, Akron last year beat Northwestern in their 2nd game of the season.
Result: The Illinois defense held the Zips to 192 yards as the Illini won 42-3.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
26-5 in calling the winner
14-16-1 against the spread
11-10 against the CFPT, and
13-18 against the over/under.

Indiana State (FCS) at Kansas
The Jayhawks were favored over the Sycamores by 3.5 points.
The over/under was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 37-27 for Kansas. The Sycamores were 7-4 last season. The Jayhawks have added instant interest in their football team with the hire of media popular Les Miles (formerly LSU) as the new head football coach. Last year KU was 3-9. We are prognosticating immediate team improvement.
Result: The Jayhawks edged the Sycamores 24-17 in Les Miles' Kansas head coaching debut.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
27-5 in calling the winner
15-16-1 against the spread
11-10 against the CFPT, and
13-19 against the over/under.

Mississippi at Memphis
The Tigers were favored over Ole Miss by 7.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Memphis by 6.38 points.
The over/under was 68.5 points.
Our Call: 45-31 for Memphis. Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke is 6-6 and 5-7 going into his 3rd year. Memphis is led by Mike Norvell, 8-5, 10-3 and 8-6 for the Tigers going into his 4th season.
Result: Memphis outgained Ole Miss 364 to 173 yards but barely won 15-10.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
28-5 in calling the winner
15-17-1 against the spread
11-11 against the CFPT, and
13-20 against the over/under.

South Alabama at Nebraska
The Cornhuskers were favored over the Jaguars by 32 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored the Huskers by 26.79 points.
The over/under was 64.5 points.
Our Call: 52-14 for Nebraska. It is difficult to know at this point how much better the Big Red will be this year than last. If they are ca. one TD better, we would go with about 35 points, if not, then we would prognosticate only a 24 to 27 point margin.  As a biased Nebraska alum, we go with an optimistic 38 points. If the Huskers can win their first four games and then beat Ohio State in the fifth, the sky is the limit. We shall see. It may be a year or two early yet to expect fantastic results from Scott Frost and crew, but hope springs eternal, given their success at UCF. Ultimately, they will also prevail in Lincoln.
Result: The Huskers won 35-21 but the weak NU offensive performance hardly justified the hype that has preceded the Big Red in the preseason, as South Alabama, 3-9 won-loss in 2018, outgained the Big Red 314 to 276 yards, but lost the turnover battle 5 to 3. The Cornhusker defense held the Jaguars to 3.97 yards per play, which is outstanding, and won the game, but their own offense was hardly better, at a miserable 4.18 yards per play. NU does not currently look like a team from which one can expect any great shakes this year. Time will tell.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
29-5 in calling the winner
15-18-1 against the spread
11-12 against the CFPT, and
14-20 against the over/under.

Northern Iowa (FCS) at Iowa State
The Cyclones were favored over the Panthers by 18.5 points.
The over/under was 41.5 points.
Our Call: 38-14 for Iowa State. Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell came to Iowa State from Toledo and has gone 3-9, 8-5, 8-5 the last three seasons. The preseason AP poll ranks Iowa State 21st. Northern Iowa has at times proven to be a tough opponent for the Cyclones, so that the first game of the season is always uncertain.
Result: Iowa State escaped with a 3-overtime win 29-26 over Northern Iowa.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
30-5 in calling the winner
15-19-1 against the spread
11-12 against the CFPT, and
15-20 against the over/under.

Toledo at Kentucky
The Wildcats were favored over the Rockets by 13.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Kentucky by 12.52 points.
The over/under was 62 points.
Our Call: 37-30 for Kentucky. For a good take on Kentucky see the SEC Outlook by Bruce Marshall. Mark Stoops' Kentucky Wildcats had wins over Florida and Penn State last season on their way to a 10-3 record. Toledo has a 28-13 record under head coach Jason Candle.
Result: Kentucky rallied from a 14-7 deficit to win 38-24.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
31-5 in calling the winner
15-20-1 against the spread
11-13 against the CFPT, and
15-20-1 against the over/under.

Mississippi State vs. Louisiana Lafayette (ULL)
The Bulldogs were favored over the Ragin' Cajuns by 22.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Mississippi State by 19.17 points.
The over/under was 56.5 points.
Our Call: 41-17 for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs won last season 56-10 at home. Mississippi State went 8-5 last season, losing 27-22 to Iowa in the Outback Bowl. LA Lafayette, which is increasingly being handled as "Louisiana" in the media, was 7-7 in its first season under Billy Napier.
Result: Mississippi State topped the Ragin' Cajuns 38-28.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
32-5 in calling the winner
15-21-1 against the spread
11-14 against the CFPT, and
16-20-1 against the over/under.

James Madison (FCS) at West Virginia
The Mountaineers were favored over the Dukes by 5.5 points.
The over/under was 54.5 points.
Our Call: 34-27 for West Virginia. The Mountaineers have a new head coach, Neal Brown, who went 4-8, 10-3, 11-2 and 10-3 as head coach of Troy. Former Mountaineer head coach Dana Holgorsen is now the head coach at Houston.
Result: West Virginia edged James Madison 20-13 but were outgained 328 to 294 total yards. The Mountaineers are a work in progress.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
33-5 in calling the winner
16-21-1 against the spread
11-14 against the CFPT, and
16-21-1 against the over/under.

Rhode Island (FCS) at Ohio
The Bobcats were favored over the Rams by 22.5 points.
The over/under was 66.5 points.
Our Call: 41-27 for Ohio. The Bobcats head coach, Frank Solich, has a cumulative head coaching record at Nebraska and Ohio of 106-75.
Result: Ohio beat Rhode Island 41-20 as Nathan Rourke accounted for 263 yards total offense.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
34-5 in calling the winner
17-21-1 against the spread
11-14 against the CFPT, and
16-22-1 against the over/under.

Bucknell (FCS) at Temple
The Owls were favored over the Bison by 40.5 points.
The over/under was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 38-7 for Temple. The Owls' new head coach, Rod Carey, had a 52-30 record at Northern Illinois.
Result:Temple topped Bucknell 56-12 as Anthony Russo threw for 409 yards and four TDs.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
35-5 in calling the winner
17-22-1 against the spread
11-14 against the CFPT, and
16-23-1 against the over/under.

Eastern Washington (FCS) at Washington
The Huskies were favored over the Eagles by 21 points.
The over/under was 54.5 points.
Our Call: 41-24 for Washington. Chris Petersen has a 47-21 record for the Huskies. Aaron Best is 19-7 at Eastern Washington, FCS runners-up for the FCS National Championship in 2018/2019.
Result: Washington beat Eastern Washington 47-14 as Jacob Eason completed 27 of 36 passes for 349 yards and 4 TDs.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
36-5 in calling the winner
17-23-1 against the spread
11-14 against the CFPT, and
17-23-1 against the over/under.

South Carolina vs. North Carolina
The Gamecocks were favored over the Tar Heels by 7.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored South Carolina by 10 points.
The over/under was 63 points.
Our Call: 34-27 for North Carolina. Former Texas head coach, Mack Brown, has taken over the reins for the Tar Heels, emphasizing that he wants to make football fun again, and that he wants to fill the stadium. North Carolina was 2-9 last season. Can Mack win this one to give his new tenure a boost?
Result: North Carolina edged the Gamecocks 24-20, outgaining South Carolina 483 to 270 yards.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
37-5 in calling the winner
18-23-1 against the spread
12-14 against the CFPT, and
18-23-1 against the over/under.

Idaho (FCS) at Penn State
The Nittany Lions were favored over the Vandals by 36.5 points.
The over/under was 58.5 points.
Our Call: 45-14 for Penn State. Head football coach James Franklin is 45-21 at Penn State for his six seasons with the Nittany Lions, who still have not announced Who will be the starting quarterback?
Result: Sean Clifford at quarterback led the Nittany Lions to a 79-7 win.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
38-5 in calling the winner
18-24-1 against the spread
12-14 against the CFPT, and
19-23-1 against the over/under.

Duke vs. Alabama
The Crimson Tide were favored over the Blue Devils by 30.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored 'Bama by 24.56 points.
The over/under was 61.5 points.
Our Call: 48-17 for Alabama. Nick Saban is 141-21 at Alabama. By Crimson Tide standards, the 'Bama defense was substantially weaker last season at 4.89 yards per play. In 2017 and 2016 that stat was 3.99 ypp. That's a mile of difference. As far as the offense is concerned, just how good is Tua? Take a look at these stats. At Duke, David Cutcliffe, highly respected by Alabama, inherited a team 1-11 in 2007, and has turned the Duke Blue Devils from perennial loser to being a regular bowl participant. His Duke record is 4-8, 5-7, 3-9, 3-9, 6-7, 10-4, 9-4, 8-5, 4-8, 7-6 and 8-5.
Result: Alabama beat Duke 42-3 as Tua Tagovailoa passed for 336 yards and 4 TDs.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
39-5 in calling the winner
19-24-1 against the spread
13-14 against the CFPT, and
19-24-1 against the over/under.

Colgate (FCS) at Air Force
The Falcons were favored over the Red Raiders by 15 points.
The over/under was 43.5 points.
Our Call: 21-17 for Air Force. Colgate thrives on defense.
Result: Air Force routed Colgate 48-7.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
40-5 in calling the winner
19-25-1 against the spread
13-14 against the CFPT, and
19-25-1 against the over/under.

Eastern Michigan at Coastal Carolina
The Eagles were favored over the Chanticleers by 5.5 points.
The over/under was 55 points.
Our Call: 34-24 for Eastern Michigan. Chris Creighton has turned the Eagles into a winner.
Result: Eastern Michigan rallied from a 10-0 first quarter deficit to win 30-23.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
41-5 in calling the winner
20-25-1 against the spread
13-14 against the CFPT, and
19-26-1 against the over/under.

East Tennessee State (FCS) at Appalachian State
The Mountaineers were favored over the Buccaneers by 32.5 points.
The over/under was 51.5 points.
Our Call: 45-13 for Appalachian State. Eliah Drinkwitz has replaced Scott Satterfield as the head coach for Appalachian State. Satterfield has moved on to become the head coach at Louisville.
Result: Appalachian State won 42-7.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
42-5 in calling the winner
21-25-1 against the spread
13-14 against the CFPT, and
19-27-1 against the over/under.

Holy Cross (FCS) at Navy
The Midshipmen were favored over the Crusaders by 20.5 points.
The over/under was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 31-17 for Navy. Ken Niumatalolo is 87-58 as head coach of Navy.
Result: Navy beat the Crusaders 45-7.

For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
43-5 in calling the winner
21-26-1 against the spread
13-14 against the CFPT, and
20-27-1 against the over/under.

Georgia State at Tennessee
The Volunteers were favored over the Panthers by 25.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored the Vols by 21.76 points.
The over/under was 57.5 points.
Our Call: 41-14 for Tennessee. Jeremy Pruitt was 5-7 in his first year as Vols head coach. There is hope in Knoxville that this season could be better. Georgia State was 2-10 last year under head coach Shawn Elliott, now in his 3rd year.
Result: Georgia State upset Tennessee 38-30.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
43-6 in calling the winner
21-27-1 against the spread
13-15 against the CFPT, and
20-28-1 against the over/under.

Montana State (FCS) at Texas Tech
The Red Raiders were favored over the Bobcats by 25 points.
The over/under was 60 points.
Our Call: 44-17 for Texas Tech. Matt Wells from Utah State has taken over as the new head coach of the Red Raiders. Montana State was 8-5 last season.
Result: Texas Tech beat Montana State 45-10.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
44-6 in calling the winner
22-27-1 against the spread
13-15 against the CFPT, and
20-29-1 against the over/under.

Portland State (FCS) at Arkansas
The Razorbacks were favored over the Vikings by 28.5 points.
The over/under was 60.5 points.
Our Call: 41-17 for Arkansas. Chad Morris is in his 2nd year as head coach and the team could make a leap forward this season.
Result: Arkansas edged Portland State 20-13.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
45-6 in calling the winner
23-27-1 against the spread
13-15 against the CFPT, and
21-29-1 against the over/under.

Northwestern at Stanford
The Cardinal were favored over the Wildcats by 6.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Stanford by 5.56 points.
The over/under was 49 points.
Our Call: 31-24 for Stanford. We call that as a biased Stanford Law School grad. Both of these top schools have competitive teams, in spite of similarly small undergraduate student bodies and exceptionally high academic admission standards. Nevertheless, Stanford has an incredibly successful athletic program. As we headlined recently: Stanford U Wins 25th Straight Directors’ Cup as the Most Successful Athletic Department in the Country By Team Performance Rankings.
Result: Stanford outlasted Northwestern 17-7.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
46-6 in calling the winner
24-27-1 against the spread
14-15 against the CFPT, and
21-30-1 against the over/under.

Virginia Tech at Boston College
The Hokies were favored over the Eagles by 2.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Boston College by 2.48 points.
The over/under was 57 points.
Our Call: 31-27 for Boston College. The Eagles beat the Hokies on the road last year 31-21. Virginia Tech last season gave up 6.39 yards per play on defense, 115th in FBS. Boston College by comparison gave up 5.17 ypp, 35th in FBS. Stats via cfbstats.com.
Result: Boston College beat Virginia Tech 35-28.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
47-6 in calling the winner
25-27-1 against the spread
15-15 against the CFPT, and
22-30-1 against the over/under.

Syracuse at Liberty
The Orange were favored over the Flames by 17.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Syracuse by 18.35 points.
The over/under was 66 points.
Our Call: 38-24 for Syracuse. Liberty has a new football head coach in the person of Hugh Freeze, who is, however, currently recovering from emergency surgery for a potentially life-endangering staph infection. He may or may not be on the sidelines coaching in a golf cart for this game. Last season Dino Babers at Syracuse won 10 games and lost by only four points early in the season to eventual national champion Clemson. Syracuse plays Clemson on September 14 and we will be rooting for the Orange. We are admittedly biased, having a close relative who went to school at Syracuse. The former Liberty football head coach, Turner Gill, has been added to staff by Chad Morris at Arkansas, where Gill is Executive Director of Student-Athlete and Staff Development.
Result: Syracuse shut out Liberty 24-0, as the Flames were coached by Hugh Freeze in a hospital bed located in the coaches booth in the grandstands.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
48-6 in calling the winner
25-28-1 against the spread
15-16 against the CFPT, and
23-30-1 against the over/under.

Sam Houston State (FCS) at New Mexico
The Lobos were favored over the BearKats by 10 points.
The over/under was 62.5 points.
Our Call: 38-24 for New Mexico. The Lobos under Bob Davie were 3-9 last season. The BearKats were 6-5.
Result: New Mexico prevailed over Sam Houston State 39-31.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
49-6 in calling the winner
25-29-1 against the spread
15-16 against the CFPT, and
23-31-1 against the over/under.

Campbell (FCS) at Troy
The Trojans were favored over the Fighting Camels by 35.5 points.
The over/under was 48.5 points.
Our Call: 49-7 for Troy. Chip Lindsey is the new head coach at Troy, replacing departed Neal Brown, now head coach at West Virginia. Campbell is led by head coach Mike Minter, a 9-year NFL veteran, and member of the Nebraska Cornhusker national championship teams of 1994 and 1995. Campbell has been 6-5 the last two seasons.
Result:Troy vanquished Campbell 43-14.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
50-6 in calling the winner
25-30-1 against the spread
15-16 against the CFPT, and
24-31-1 against the over/under.

Incarnate Word (FCS) at UTSA (Texas San Antonio)
The Roadrunners were favored over the Cardinals by 6.5 points.
The over/under was 58.5 points.
Our Call: 23-7 for UTSA. The Roadrunners averaged a subpar 3.91 yards per play on offense in 2018.
Result: UTSA topped Incarnate Word 35-7.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
51-6 in calling the winner
26-30-1 against the spread
15-16 against the CFPT, and
25-31-1 against the over/under.

Virginia Military VMI (FCS) at Marshall
The Thundering Herd were favored over the Keydets by 40.5 points.
The over/under was 60.5 points.
Our Call: 66-7 for Marshall. Marshall head football coach Doc Holliday is 70-46 at Marshall including a 6-0 bowl record.
Result:Marshall beat VMI 56-17.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
52-6 in calling the winner
26-31-1 against the spread
15-16 against the CFPT, and
26-31-1 against the over/under.

UC Davis (FCS) at California
The Golden Bears were favored over the Aggies by 13 points.
The over/under was 48 points.
Our Call: 21-7 for Cal. (We have changed out prediction so as not to be identical with the line). UC Davis was 10-3 in 2018, losing to Stanford 30-10 and twice to Eastern Washington. Cal last season was 7-6 in the second year under Justin Wilcox, with 3 losses by 1 TD or less, as the Cal defense held opponents to only 4.59 yards per play. However, the Cal offense managed only 4.91 yards play, as opposed to a mean FBS average of ca. 5.7 ypp on offense. The defense by that ypp stat ranked 9th in FBS, while the offense ranked 121st in FBS. It is very clear at Cal where work needs to be done.
Result: Cal beat Davis 27-13.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
53-6 in calling the winner
27-31-1 against the spread
15-16 against the CFPT, and
27-31-1 against the over/under.

Illinois State (FCS) at Northern Illinois (NIU)
The Huskies were favored over the RedBirds by 5.5 points.
The over/under was 42.5 points.
Our Call: 24-17 for Northern Illinois. The RedBirds were 6-5 in 2018, while the Huskies were 8-6 with a weak offense that managed only 4.52 yards per play. Thomas Hammock is the new head coach at Northern Illinois, replacing Rod Carey, who became the head coach at Temple.
Result:Northern Illinois won 24-10.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
54-6 in calling the winner
28-31-1 against the spread
15-16 against the CFPT, and
28-31-1 against the over/under.

Boise State vs. Florida State
The Seminoles were favored over the Broncos by 3.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Boise State by 1.91 points.
The over/under was 53.5 points.
Our Call: 31-27 for Florida State. The Broncos were 10-3 last season under Bryan Harsin, who is 52-15 with the Broncos, while Florida State was 5-7 in Willie Taggart's 1st year as head football coach of the Seminoles. James Blackman is to start as FSU QB.
Result: Boise State rallied from being down 31-13 to win 36-31.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
54-7 in calling the winner
28-32-1 against the spread
15-17 against the CFPT, and
29-31-1 against the over/under.

Alcorn State (FCS) at Southern Mississippi
The Eagles were favored over the Braves by 26 points.
The over/under was 55 points.
Our Call: 45-17 for Southern Miss. Jay Hopson, the Eagles head coach, came to Southern Miss from Alcorn State and is 21-16 after three years.
Result: Southern Miss beat Alcorn State 38-10.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
55-7 in calling the winner
29-32-1 against the spread
15-17 against the CFPT, and
29-32-1 against the over/under.

Monmouth (FCS) at Western Michigan
The Broncos were favored over the Hawks by 25.5 points.
The over/under was 73.5 points.
Our Call: 41-14 for Western Michigan. Tim Lester enters his 3rd year at the helm of Western Michigan after a 7-6 record last season.
Result: Western Michigan rolled past Monmouth 48-13.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
56-7 in calling the winner
30-32-1 against the spread
15-17 against the CFPT, and
30-32-1 against the over/under.

Nicholls State (FCS) at Kansas State
The Wildcats were favored over the Colonels by 23.5 points.
The over/under was 47.5 points.
Our Call: 49-7 for K-State. Chris Klieman from perennial FCS champion North Dakota State has taken over the reins this season from the legendary Bill Snyder at K-State.
Result: Kansas State beat Nicholls State 49-14.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
57-7 in calling the winner
31-32-1 against the spread
15-17 against the CFPT, and
31-32-1 against the over/under.

Stephen F. Austin (FCS) at Baylor
The Bears were favored over the Lumberjacks by 38 points.
The over/under was 57.7 points.
Our Call: 46-7 for Baylor. Matt Rhule has taken the Bears from 1-11 in 2017 to 7-6 in 2018, his second year as Baylor football head coach.
Result: Baylor routed Stephen F. Austin 56-17.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
58-7 in calling the winner
32-32-1 against the spread
15-17 against the CFPT, and
31-33-1 against the over/under.

SMU at Arkansas State
The Red Wolves were favored over the Mustangs by 5.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Arkansas State by 6.70 points.
The over/under was 58.5 points.
Our Call: 34-27 for Arkansas State. Sonny Dykes is in his 2nd year at SMU, after a 5-7 season last year. Red Wolves head coach Blake Anderson has a 39-25 record since 2014 and has reached a bowl every year.
Result: SMU upset Arkansas State 37-30.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
58-8 in calling the winner
32-33-1 against the spread
15-18 against the CFPT, and
32-33-1 against the over/under.

Norfolk State (FCS) at Old Dominion
The Monarchs were favored over the Spartans by 27 points.
The over/under was 55.5 points.
Our Call: 42-14 for Old Dominion. Norfolk State was 4-7 last season. Football head coach Bobby Wilder has a 76-45 record at Old Dominion.
Result: Old Dominion edged Norfolk State 24-21.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
59-8 in calling the winner
32-34-1 against the spread
15-18 against the CFPT, and
32-34-1 against the over/under.

Missouri at Wyoming
The Tigers were favored over the Cowboys by 14 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Mizzou by 12.63 points.
The over/under was 54 points.
Our Call: 45-14 for Mizzou. Last year Mizzou beat Wyoming 40-13. SEC Outlook by Bruce Marshall emphasizes that former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant, who took the Tigers to the Final Four, is a transfer quarterback at Mizzou. Wyoming may have enough talent to get to a bowl this year.
Result: Whoah! "We Bohlieve" flashed on a fan placard in the stands. Wyoming upset SEC Missouri 37-31. Last year, Mizzou won at home 40-13. Craig Bohl's coaching magic has apparently matured for the Cowboys.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
59-9 in calling the winner
32-35-1 against the spread
15-18 against the CFPT, and
33-34-1 against the over/under.

Miami of Ohio at Iowa
The Hawkeyes were favored over the RedHawks by 21.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Iowa by 19.91 points.
The over/under was 48.5 points.
Our Call: 34-17 for Iowa.
Result: Iowa led only 10-7 at the half but then pulled away to win 38-14.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
60-9 in calling the winner
32-36-1 against the spread
15-19 against the CFPT, and
34-34-1 against the over/under.

Abilene Christian (FCS) at North Texas
The Mean Green were favored over the Wildcats by 20.5 points.
The over/under was 58.5 points.
Our Call: 49-13 for North Texas. Seth Littrell, the Mean Green head coach, inherited a 1-11 team, and has gone 5-8, 9-5 and 9-4 in his 3 years at the helm.
Result: North Texas beat Abilene Christian 51-31.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
61-9 in calling the winner
32-37-1 against the spread
15-19 against the CFPT, and
35-34-1 against the over/under.

Middle Tennessee at Michigan
The Wolverines were favored over the Blue Raiders by 30 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Michigan by 24.44 points.
The over/under was 54 points.
Our Call: 45-14 for Michigan. The Wolverines' new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis has brought in a fresh playbook and a huddle-free up-tempo offense.
Result: Michigan beat Middle Tennessee 40-21.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
62-9 in calling the winner
32-38-1 against the spread
15-20 against the CFPT, and
36-34-1 against the over/under.

Georgia Southern at LSU
The Tigers were favored over the Eagles by 25.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored LSU by 22.54 points.
The over/under was 53 points.
Our Call: 41-14 for LSU. Georgia Southern was 10-3 last season with its worst loss to Clemson 38-7. Can new passing game coordinator Joe Brady bring added life into the Tigers' offense?
Result: LSU -- with 19 returning starters -- beat Georgia Southern quite impressively 55-3 as Joe Burrow threw for 278 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Tigers led 42-3 at halftime. LSU outgained the Eagles 472 to 84 yards. Texas is next and it should be quite a game.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
63-9 in calling the winner
33-38-1 against the spread
16-20 against the CFPT, and
37-34-1 against the over/under.

Oregon vs. Auburn
The Tigers were favored over the Ducks by 2.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Auburn by 5.31 points.
The over/under was 58 points.
Our Call: 34-27 for Auburn. Tigers' football head coach Gus Malzahn is back to calling the plays on offense, so we look for Auburn to better last year's 8-5 record.
Result: Auburn trailed 21-6 in the 3rd quarter but rallied incredibly to beat Oregon 27-21 on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Bo Nix to Seth Williams with 9 seconds left on the clock. It was Gus Malzahn magic. Any other team would surely have gone for a field goal with so little time left.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
64-9 in calling the winner
34-38-1 against the spread
17-20 against the CFPT, and
37-35-1 against the over/under.

Georgia at Vanderbilt
The Bulldogs were favored over the Commodores by 20 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Georgia by 15.39 points.
The over/under was 58 points.
Our Call: 38-17 for Georgia. The Dawgs are ranked #3 behind Clemson and Alabama by nearly everyone in the preseason and it remains to be seen how strong they are this year. Vandy won six games in 2018, losing to Georgia on the road 41-13. Football head coach Derek Mason has moved former Husker QB Gerry Gdowski up to offensive coordinator, so one might expect more points from Vanderbilt this year.
Result:Georgia beat Vandy 30-6, outgaining the Commodores 481 to 220 yards.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
65-9 in calling the winner
35-38-1 against the spread
18-20 against the CFPT, and
38-35-1 against the over/under.

Virginia at Pittsburgh
The Panthers were favored over the Cavaliers by 1 point (though the updated line now favors Virginia by 2.5).
The CFPT prediction average favored Pittsburgh by 1.95 points.
The over/under was 45.5 points.
Our Call: 27-24 for Pittsburgh.  This looks like a tough call. Bronco Mendenhall has moved Virginia from 2-10, to 6-7, to 8-5 seasons, and more improvement is possible.  Football head coach Pat Narduzzi came to Pittsburgh from Michigan State, where he was defensive coordinator. He has led the Panthers to three bowls in four years. As its new offensive coordinator for 2019, Pitt has named Mark Whipple, Ben Roethlisberger's first positional coach with the Steelers. Whipple may add that bit of extra offense that Pitt needs to move upward.
Result: Virginia rallied from a 14-13 halftime deficit to win 30-14, the first win ever of the Cavaliers in Pittsburgh.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
65-10 in calling the winner
35-39-1 against the spread
18-21 against the CFPT, and
38-36-1 against the over/under.

Arkansas Pine Bluff (FCS) at TCU
The Horned Frogs were favored over the Golden Lions by 52.5 points.
The over/under was 65 points.
Our Call: 49-7 for TCU. Gary Patterson is 167-63 as TCU head football coach. Last year the Horned Frogs were 7-6, averaging a sub-par 5.29 ypp on offense but an excellent 4.86 ypp on defense (ca. 5.7 ypp is the mean average in FBS).
Result: TCU prevailed over Arkansas Pine Bluff 39-7.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
66-10 in calling the winner
36-39-1 against the spread
18-21 against the CFPT, and
39-36-1 against the over/under.

Houston Baptist (FCS) at UTEP (Texas El Paso)

The Miners were favored over the Huskies by 17.5 points.
The over/under was 61.5 points.
Our Call: 31-14 for UTEP. Head coach Dana Dimel is in his 2nd year at UTEP.
Result:UTEP topped Houston Baptist 36-34.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
67-10 in calling the winner
37-39-1 against the spread
18-21 against the CFPT, and
39-37-1 against the over/under.

Grambling (FCS) at Louisiana Monroe ULM
The Warhawks were favored over the Tigers by 28.5 points.
The over/under was 58.5 points.
Our Call: 41-10 for UL Monroe. Matt Viator enters his 4th year as head coach of the Warhawks. He was 4-8, 4-8 and 6-6 in previous seasons.
Result: Louisiana Monroe beat Grambling 31-9.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
68-10 in calling the winner
37-40-1 against the spread
18-21 against the CFPT, and
40-37-1 against the over/under.

Louisiana Tech at Texas
The Longhorns were favored over the Bulldogs by 18 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Texas by 19.95 points.
The over/under was 55 points.
Our Call: 42-14 for Texas. Interest in Longhorns football is high, as season ticket sales approach a record. Longhorn football head coach Tom Herman went 13-1 and 9-3 at Houston, and is now 7-6, 10-4 at Texas, including an impressive 28-21 win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl last season. The Bulldogs' head coach Skip Holtz has a 46-33 record at Louisiana Tech, including five straight bowl wins, and 134-104 overall.
Result: Texas topped Louisiana Tech 45-14. The Longhorns play LSU in Austin next week. That should be a great game.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
69-10 in calling the winner
38-40-1 against the spread
19-21 against the CFPT, and
41-37-1 against the over/under.

Weber State (FCS) at San Diego State
The Aztecs were favored over the Wildcats by 7.5 points.
The over/under was 36.5 points.
Our Call: 49-7 for San Diego State. Head coach Rocky Long has a 71-35 record for the Aztecs.
Result: It was all defense, as the Aztecs emerged the winners 6-0. The game had no touchdowns.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
70-10 in calling the winner
38-41-1 against the spread
19-21 against the CFPT, and
41-38-1 against the over/under.

New Mexico State at Washington State
The Cougars were favored over the Aggies by 34 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Washington State by 31.50 points.
The over/under was 64.5 points.
Our Call: 51-14 for Washington State. The Cougars were 11-2 last season, the Aggies 3-9. Head coach Mike Leach has a 37-15 won-loss record the last four seasons for the Cougars.
Result: Washington State breezed past New Mexico State 58-7, as Anthony Gordon completed his first 15 passes, finishing 29 of 35 for 420 yards and 5 TDs in just less than three quarters of play.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
71-10 in calling the winner
39-41-1 against the spread
20-21 against the CFPT, and
42-38-1 against the over/under.

Southern Utah (FCS) at UNLV
The Rebels were favored over the Thunderbirds by 24 points.
The over/under was 70.5 points.
Our Call: 42-24 for UNLV. Tony Sanchez has been the Rebels head coach since the 2015 season, when he went straight from high school to college coaching.
Result: ??
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
71-10 in calling the winner
39-41-1 against the spread
20-21 against the CFPT, and
42-38-1 against the over/under.

Fresno State at USC
The Trojans were favored over the Bulldogs by 10.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Southern Cal by 2.96 points.
The over/under was 52.5 points.
Our Call: 31-24 for Fresno State. Last season Fresno State under Jeff Tedford in his 2nd year as head coach was 12-2 while USC under Clay Helton in his 5th year was only 5-7.
Result: USC outlasted Fresno State 31-23 but lost QB J.T. Daniels to injury.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
71-11 in calling the winner
40-41-1 against the spread
20-22 against the CFPT, and
43-38-1 against the over/under.

Houston at Oklahoma
The Sooners were favored over the Cougars by 23.5 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Oklahoma by 24.31 points.
The over/under was 80 points.
Our Call: 56-31 for Oklahoma. Crimson Tide transfer Jalen Hurts may be the quarterback Oklahoma needs to make the college football playoffs again. Former West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen has taken over the helm at Houston. We expect the points to fly.
Result: Oklahoma's quarterback Jalen Hurts passed for 3 TDs and ran for 3 touchdowns as well, completing 20 of 23 passes for 332 yards and carrying 16 times for 176 yards, as the Sooners topped Houston 49-31.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we are thus far: 
72-11 in calling the winner
40-42-1 against the spread
20-22 against the CFPT, and
43-38-2 against the over/under.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Notre Dame at Louisville
The Fighting Irish were favored over the Cardinals by 20 points.
The CFPT prediction average favored Notre Dame by 21.08 points.
The over/under was 57.5 points.
Our Call: 42-14 for Notre Dame. At 247Sports.com, Tom Loy talks Notre Dame Football on the ACC Football Show.
Result: Notre Dame beat Louisville only 35-17 as new Cardinals head coach Scott Satterfield had his Louisville team battling evenly for much of this game.
For Week "0" and Week "1" of the 2019 FBS college football season
we finished: 
73-11 in calling the winner
40-43-1 against the spread
20-23 against the CFPT, and
44-38-2 against the over/under.