OK, so here’s the deal. I’m going to continue this series, but will not be pushing games on you this season if there’s no better reason than “Hey, it’s college football on TV” or “It’s a chance to cheer against Notre Dame.” Unfortunately, the games I was most looking forward to this weekend have been postponed, so it’s slim pickings. But hey, there will be Penn State and Big Ten football back next month!
Houston at Baylor
In a world where out of conference college football games are often scheduled more than a decade in advance, Saturday’s match-up between Baylor and Houston came together in exactly one week. That’s 2020 for you. While this is the first game for each squad, it should be a competitive fight between two in-state foes who have been itching to get on the field. Baylor is kicking off a new era, welcoming head coach Dave Aranda, the former defensive coordinator and associate head coach of LSU, after Penn State alum Matt Rhule left for the Carolina Panthers top job.
Prediction: Houston-30, Baylor-24
(Ed. Note - this game was postponed after publication of this article)
(#14) Central Florida at Georgia Tech
3:30 p.m., ABC
Georgia Tech just may have a star in the making in freshman quarterback Jeff Sims, who led the Yellow Jackets to an upset victory at Florida State a week ago. Sims connected on 23 of 34 attempts for 277 yards, while also leading his team in rushing with 64 yards on the ground. The competition becomes much stiffer as Central Florida rolls into town (could you imagine saying that at any point in the ‘90s or early ‘00s??) Central Florida will be playing its first game of the season, and could be ripe for an upset.
Prediction: Georgia Tech-24, Central Florida-21
(#17)Miami at (#18)Louisville
7:30 p.m., ABC
Both teams impressed against non-5 opponents last week, and this is an excellent first test for two teams racing for second place in the ACC. Giving their opening games performances we expected the competition to be close. With odds for this match-up in favor of Louisville at (-135), while Miami are slight underdogs (+115). Former App State coach Scott Satterfield- yes, the one who nearly led his team to an upset in Happy Valley in the 2018 has done a wonderful job bringing Louisville from the brink after Bobby Petrino left the cupboard bare. It doesn’t take long to realize they are a well-coached team that plays beyond their ability, and are an easy team to root for if you need someone to follow until late October.
Prediction: Louisville-27, Miami-23