TSD weekly picks list

Rosetta, Dixon and Villere take shot at picking the winners on opening weekend.

Randy Rosetta

(2010 records in parentheses)

Randy Rosetta


LSU (11-2) vs. Oregon (12-1) at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas: Tigers win the battle in the trenches and ride a stingy defensive effort…LSU 31, Oregon 21


Mississippi State (9-4) at Memphis (1-11): The Bulldogs face a much tougher task in the next few weeks…State 45, Memphis 10


Kentucky (6-7) vs. Western Kentucky (2-10) at LP Field in Nashville: The Wildcats have some reshuffling do, but this in-state foe is no match…Kentucky 38, WKU 17


Kent State (5-7) at Alabama (10-3): Nick Saban’s tour of past schools (he played at Kent) and future employers (Penn State?) gets off to a nice start…Alabama 51, Kent State 7


Missouri State (5-6) at Arkansas (10-3): The Razorbacks offense will sharpen its teeth quickly and decisively against the FCS Bears…Arkansas 63, Missouri State 14


Utah State (4-8) at Auburn (14-0): First game as a national champion will be an easy one for the Tigers…Auburn 49, Utah State 14


Florida Atlantic (4-8) at Florida (8-5): Will Muschamp chalks up career win No. 1 without much of a sweat…Florida 55, FAU 6


Boise State (12-1) vs. Georgia (6-7) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta: The second most intriguing SEC game of the weekend goes down to the wire…Georgia 35, Boise State 31


BYU (7-6) at Ole Miss (4-8): The Rebels are in for a long season, starting with a Cougars team auditioning for a spot in the Big 12…BYU 31, Ole Miss 24


South Carolina (9-5) vs. East Carolina (6-7) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte: The Gamecocks may be the best team in the SEC East, but they’d better be wary of the Pirates…South Carolina 23, East Carolina 20


Montana (7-4) at Tennessee (6-7): Derek Dooley won’t have to worry about any late-game clock snafus in the season opener, but it might not be as easy as expected…Tennessee 28, Montana 17


Elon (6-5) at Vanderbilt (2-10): If you’re the Commodores, you’d better nab any victory you can…Vanderbilt 41, Elon 20


TCU (13-0) at Baylor (7-6): This has some deep-seeded angst involved when you consider it’s the Baylor folks who voted to not bring the Horned Frogs into the Big 12 15 years ago…TCU 38, Baylor 28


South Florida (8-5) at Notre Dame (8-5): Bulls’ coach Skip Holtz knows his way around big wins at Notre Dame Stadium, but he won’t get one this time…Notre Dame 24, South Florida 21

Tulsa (10-3) at Oklahoma (12-2): The Sooners haven’t lost a game to instate opponent since Les Miles was wearing the black-and-orange of Oklahoma State. That won’t change…Oklahoma 56, Tulsa 21


Marshall (5-7) at West Virginia (9-4): The Mountaineers might have LSU on their minds, but they’ll have their hands full against the Thundering Herd…WVU 42, Marshall 30


SMU (7-7) at Texas A&M (9-4): In one of three games of the old Southwest Conference reunion weekend, the Aggies launch a promising season in style against a good Mustangs team…Texas A&M 31, SMU 13


Miami (Ohio) (10-4) at Missouri (10-3): In one of only a handful of season-opening matchups of 1o-win teams from 2010, Mizzou emerges as a Big 12 contender…Missouri 45, Miami (Ohio) 21


UCLA (4-8) at Houston (5-7): Yes, Case Keenum is still around for the Cougars, and yes, he can still fling the ball all over the field – just enough to outlast the defensively-challenged Bruins…Houston 38, UCLA 31


Miami (7-6) at Maryland (9-4): Which players take the field for the Hurricanes might not matter much because the Terrapins have some decent firepower back and an offensive coordinator with something to prove…Maryland 34, Miami 24


Shea Dixon


Shea Dixon

LSU (11-2) vs. Oregon (12-1) at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas: Spencer Ware picks up where he left off in this stadium last January as LSU pushes past the Ducks in the second half…LSU 35, Oregon 24


Mississippi State (9-4) at Memphis (1-11): It will be a long year for former LSU running backs coach and current Memphis head coach Larry Porter… State 38, Memphis 7


Kentucky (6-7) vs. Western Kentucky (2-10) at LP Field in Nashville: Raymond Sanders runs wild in a crowded Wildcats backfield to give Kentucky the easy in-state win…Kentucky 28, WKU 7


Kent State (5-7) at Alabama (10-3): This will be a good chance to get fresh-faced quarterback A.J. McCarron live reps. His first go – stepping in against Auburn for an injured Greg McElroy – didn’t go over well…Alabama 54, Kent State 3


Missouri State (5-6) at Arkansas (10-3): The Razorback running backs were bit hard – twice – by the injury bug this offseason. Tyler Wilson, however, is eager to show the passing game won’t fall apart without Ryan Mallett…Arkansas 59, Missouri State 10


Utah State (4-8) at Auburn (14-0): No Cam Newton, no problem – at least for now…Auburn 42, Utah State 13


Florida Atlantic (4-8) at Florida (8-5): If this was 1983 and Howard Schnellenberger was still on the sidelines at Miami, this one might be a game. But Schnellenberger won’t find the same fortune with the Owls in 2011…Florida 35, FAU 3


Boise State (12-1) vs. Georgia (6-7) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta: Playing in his own backyard, head coach Mark Richt takes a big step in the right direction as the Bulldogs run over the Broncos…Georgia 27, Boise State 24


BYU (7-6) at Ole Miss (4-8): Houston Nutt will lose his season opener for the second year in a row, but at least this time the opponent isn’t Jacksonville State…BYU 24, Ole Miss 17


South Carolina (9-5) vs. East Carolina (6-7) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte: Tune in for The Marcus Lattimore Show, Season 2, Episode 1…South Carolina 31, East Carolina 17


Montana (7-4) at Tennessee (6-7): Tennessee fans might be in for a rollercoaster ride this fall, but they will be singing Rocky Top at the end of week one…Tennessee 38, Montana 9


Elon (6-5) at Vanderbilt (2-10): James Franklin shouldn’t have any problems getting victory No. 1 under his belt…Vanderbilt 30, Elon 10


TCU (13-0) at Baylor (7-6): TCU is riding high off their Rose Bowl win, and no better way to keep momentum rolling than rolling over an in-state foe…TCU 31, Baylor 17


South Florida (8-5) at Notre Dame (8-5): Skip Holtz played at Notre Dame. He later coached there. He even baptized his son there. Now, he takes his Bulls in for a surprise win over the Irish he’s always loved…South Florida 24, Notre Dame 14


Tulsa (10-3) at Oklahoma (12-2): Bob Stoops has National Championship aspirations, and Tulsa will be without all-everything offensive star Damaris Johnson. This one ends badly for the Golden Hurricanes…Oklahoma 63, Tulsa 13


Marshall (5-7) at West Virginia (9-4): The season’s here, so blow the dust off that Poems, Prayers and Promises album. It’s John Denver time…WVU 38, Marshall 21


SMU (7-7) at Texas A&M (9-4): Texas A&M has a bad taste in their mouth after losing to LSU in the Cotton Bowl last January. The Mustangs will feel the wrath of offseason frustration…Texas A&M 35, SMU 10


Miami (Ohio) (10-4) at Missouri (10-3): Missouri is the big favorite here, but it could be closer than Tiger fans expect. Watch for Mizzou to pull away late…Missouri 31, Miami (Ohio) 20


UCLA (4-8) at Houston (5-7): This one will come down to the wire, and an experienced Case Keenum will send the Bruins back out West with a loss…Houston 34, UCLA 28


Miami (7-6) at Maryland (9-4): Miami heads into the game as the underdog, but even with an offseason filled with coaching changes and scandals, the Hurricanes leave College Park with a win…Miami 21, Maryland 17


Emily Villere


Emily Villere

LSU (11-2) vs. Oregon (12-1) at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas: With both teams overshadowed by off-the-field distractions, the better defense wins the game...LSU 24, Oregon 19


Mississippi State (9-4) at Memphis (1-11): Bulldogs start the season with a dominant win over a team struggling to find an identity...Mississippi State 37, Memphis 9


Kentucky (6-7) vs. Western Kentucky (2-10) at LP Field in Nashville: Even with a new quarterback and young running game, the Wildcats roll the Hilltoppers....Kentucky 35, Western Kentucky 10


Kent State (5-7) at Alabama (10-3): Alabama can't look past Saban's alma mater with Penn State on their mind. Bama closer than expected...Alabama 31, Kent State 8


Missouri State (5-6) at Arkansas (10-3): Petrino replaces the Razorbacks' career passing leader, Ryan Mallet, with junior Tyler Wilson who doesn’t miss a step...Arkansas 41, Missouri State 10


Utah State (4-8) at Auburn (14-0): The Tigers lose their best offense and defense players from last year’s National Championship team, but SEC still trumps the WAC…Auburn 41, Utah State 14


Florida Atlantic (4-8) at Florida (8-5): With a new head coach and offensive coordinator, the Gators are in a reshuffling year but still beat an overmatched Owls’ team….Florida 39, FAU 14


Boise State (12-1) vs. Georgia (6-7) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta: Kellen Moore starts his Heisman campaign against a stingy Georgia defense…Boise State 34, Georgia 31


BYU (7-6) at Ole Miss (4-8): The Rebels, also facing a rough offseason, host a BYU team looking to make a statement this year. This one has the makings of a shootout…BYU 37, Ole Miss 31


South Carolina (9-5) vs. East Carolina (6-7) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte: With Stephen Garcia at the helm…wait is he? Either way, the Gamecocks are headed for back-to-back SEC East titles…South Carolina 30, East Carolina 13


Montana (7-4) at Tennessee (6-7): A young Tennessee team looks to wrap this game up…before the last play…Tennessee 24, Montana 13


Elon (6-5) at Vanderbilt (2-10): New head coach James Franklin inherits the same Vandy program, but the Commodores capitalize on the home-field advantage?...Vanderbilt 24, Elon 9


TCU (13-0) at Baylor (7-6): Short drive for the Horned Frogs and TCU keeps their winning streak alive…TCU 30, Baylor 20


South Florida (8-5) at Notre Dame (8-5): Who does Lou Holtz pick in this one – his son or his old team? It’s a battle of second-year coaches, but the luck of the Irish wins a close one….Notre Dame 27, South Florida 24


Tulsa (10-3) at Oklahoma (12-2): Stoops and the Sooners won’t let the Golden Hurricanes spoil their championship hopes, but this game will be all in the air…Oklahoma 45, Tulsa 28


Marshall (5-7) at West Virginia (9-4): The Mountaineers have three warm-up games before facing LSU. This one will be no thang…West Virginia 35, Marshall 7


SMU (7-7) at Texas A&M (9-4): An Aggie loss here puts Sherman on the hot seat…TAMU 38, SMU 31


Miami (Ohio) (10-4) at Missouri (10-3): The Tigers have a new starting quarterback but are loaded with skill players…Missouri 31, Miami (Ohio) 22


UCLA (4-8) at Houston (5-7): The return of Keenum … again … in his sixth season. The Cougars start their year off right…Houston 47, UCLA 17


Miami (7-6) at Maryland (9-4): New offensive coordinator Gary Crowton will use his own offense to offset Miami’s depleted offense without QB Jacorry Harris and others…Maryland 31, Miami 17

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