The fall football season is underway!...How weird is it that I have to specify the time of year? Anyway, let’s acknowledge the obvious: we didn’t start this series in week one like we should have. My bad! You can punish me by donating to the Red Cross to help out with wildfire relief.
With any further foreplay, let’s dive into some picks for the weekend.
UAB Blazers @ Miami Hurricanes - 8 PM ET (Thursday)
Going out on something of a limb for this first one...I’m picking the Blazers. UAB has the benefit of playing a game last week to get in a rhythm. Make no mistake, stopping D’Eriq King will be easier said than done, but this has the making of an early signature win for C-USA.
Charlotte 49ers @ Appalachian State Mountaineers - Noon ET
App State are the safe pick here. The Mountaineers have won a lot of games in the last five years and they return most of their starters from their Sun Belt Champion team in 2019. The home field advantage doesn’t mean much these days, but App State are very good when playing in Boone, as well.
UTSA Roadrunners @ Texas State Bobcats - 3:30 PM ET
Brady McBride of the Bobcats could be in for a breakout year. However, I’m cautiously picking the Roadrunners because I’m expecting big things from Sincere McCormick this season as well. UTSA’s defense has to be ready to show up in San Marcos, though.
UTEP Miners @ Texas Longhorns - 8 PM ET
Texas wins this one by a country mile. The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas...which hasn’t included El Paso in a minute, unfortunately.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers @ Louisville Cardinals - 8 PM ET
The Cardinals are a fairly easy pick here. The offensive trio of Micale Cunningham, Tutu Atwell, and Dez Fitzpatrick have had much more time to build time to build chemistry than Tyrell Pigrome has had with his receivers at WKU. This shouldn’t be a blowout by any means, however.