InsideTennessee.com analysts Randy Moore and James Bryant will be sharing their insights into the games this fall, along with guest picker Dave Hooker of The Knoxville News-Sentinel and GoVolsXtra.com. Their projections for Week 1 are as follows:
SOUTH CAROLINA AT N.C. STATE (THURSDAY): The Gamecocks won 34-0 last year, so they should prevail again if Stephen Garcia can stay out of trouble for all four quarters. South Carolina 31, N.C. State 14
MISSOURI STATE AT ARKANSAS (LITTLE ROCK): There's nothing like a sacrificial lamb from the Football Championship Subdivision to ensure a successful opener. Arkansas 45, Missouri State 7
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT FLORIDA: The Gators tried to line up a junior high team for their opener but had to settle for this bunch. Let the chomping begin. Florida 56, Charleston Southern 0
WESTERN CAROLINA AT VANDERBILT: The Commodores are coming off a bowl win for the first time since 1983. None of their players were even born then. Vandy 27, Western Carolina 10
OLE MISS AT MEMPHIS (SUNDAY): The Rebels may not be as good as advertised but they're still better than this group of Tigers. Ole Miss 34, Memphis 17
SOUTH CAROLINA AT N.C. STATE (THURSDAY): I feel that this game will be closer than expected. NC State prevails 21-17.
ALABAMA VS. VIRGINIA TECH (ATLANTA): Virginia Tech defense will be too much for Greg McElroy to handle. It will be a close game because of two good defenses 17-14 VT
MISSOURI STATE AT ARKANSAS (LITTLE ROCK): Arkansas will go airborne with Ryan Mallett. So much for a running game in Arkansas. Hogs 52-14
LOUISIANA TECH AT AUBURN: This should be a great one, Tech is a pretty good team, returning a lot of players. Coach Derrick Dooley has done a good job in Ruston. A new coaching staff makes its debut in Auburn. Auburn 38-35 over Tech.
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT FLORIDA: Wake me up when this one is over. 80-3
GEORGIA AT OKLAHOMA STATE: OSU needs to open up the season with a bang, Georgia just happens to be the ammunition. OSU 38-27.
KENTUCKY VS. MIAMI OF OHIO (CINCINNATI): Kentucky should win this one, 31-21.
LSU AT WASHINGTON: How I would love to see an upset here. Doubt it will happen, LSU should be a heck of a lot better than Washington. 38-17 LSU.
JACKSON STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: Wow what a game. MSU over Jackson State 45-14.
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT TENNESSEE: Lane Kiffin will lead his team to a 48-3 win.
WESTERN CAROLINA AT VANDERBILT: Another snoozer. 35-25, hey it's Vanderbilt and they win, but the Dores don't do blow outs.
OLE MISS AT MEMPHIS (SUNDAY): How good is Ole Miss? Really good against Memphis, 52-10
SOUTH CAROLINA AT N.C. STATE (THURSDAY): This is the season in which it's finally proven: Steve Spurrier is washed up. N.C. State
ALABAMA VS. VIRGINIA TECH (ATLANTA): A new quarterback versus Tech's defense? I'll take the Hokies in a game that 'Bama would win later in the season.
MISSOURI STATE AT ARKANSAS (LITTLE ROCK): Expect Ryan Mallet to drop the hammer. Yes, I know that was lame. Arkansas
LOUISIANA TECH AT AUBURN: The Tigers will be decent early. An injury or two will quickly derail their season however since they're so thin. Auburn
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT FLORIDA: This just in: Florida is good. Florida
GEORGIA AT OKLAHOMA STATE: Another offense in transition. I'd pick Georgia if it were later in the year. Oklahoma State
KENTUCKY VS. MIAMI OF OHIO (CINCINNATI): The talent keeps rising in Lexington. Kentucky
LSU AT WASHINGTON: Even with the travel and Les Miles, LSU still wins.
JACKSON STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: This one may be close. Mississippi State
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT TENNESSEE: Too much excitement within the program not to get off to a fast start. Tennessee
WESTERN CAROLINA AT VANDERBILT: Another good start for the Commodores. Vanderbilt
OLE MISS AT MEMPHIS (SUNDAY): Jevan Snead should put up some big numbers. Ole Miss