College Football kicks off Saturday: Previewing the slate of games
College Football season is literally days away. While it doesn’t offer “elite” teams, four games begin this Saturday, August 25th and we will preview and predict those matchups below…
Duquesne vs UMass
Not many college football fans will have their eyes glued to this game. UMass has had some talent on their roster since they joined the FBS level in 2012, but it hasn’t translated to wins on the field. They did however have their best season since 2012 with a 4-8 finish. With a solid head coach in Mark Whipple, this Minutemen teams is projecting upwards.
Duquesne is solid football program at the FCS level and should give UMass everything they can handle. They finished 7-4 last season and return their leading rusher A.J. Hines who totaled 1,064 yards last year and ten scores.
Whipple should have his guys ready to play and in front of their home crowd I expect a UMass victory.
UMass 28 Duquesne 17
Prairie View vs Rice
Rice was a bad football team last year, finishing 1-7 in Conference USA and 1-11 overall. Their quarterback play was atrocious as three different quarterback’s combined for 1,738 yards six touchdowns and 16 interceptions—all season long. Jackson Tyner should be the starting quarterback when they take the field against FCS Prairie View.
With the lack of talent on the Rice football team this game should be tight throughout. Prairie View finished with a 6-5 record last year and will not be afraid to take on Rice.
Who really knows about these two teams–but it’s football and we love football.
Rice 20 Prairie View 17
Hawaii vs Colorado State
Finally a game that should be enjoyable to watch. Colorado State is an underrated school in the Mountain West that consistently delivers talent to the NFL.
Colorado State, coming off a 7-6 season, turns to Washington transfer K.J. Carta-Samuels, who takes over for Nick Stevens, the team’s all-time touchdown leader. Carta-Samuels has played in 25 games during his career at UW, but they weren’t pressure-packed situations.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cole McDonald will be leading the Warriors’ offense. He has thrown only nine career passes, but one of them was for a touchdown last season in a 37-26 win over San Jose State.
This matchup is a very early conference showdown, so both teams will want to start off the season perfect in-conference.
Colorado State 31 Hawaii 24
Wyoming vs New Mexico State
In his fifth year at the helm last fall, coach Doug Martin guided New Mexico State to a 7-6 mark and the program’s first bowl trip since 1960. The seven-win season also represented the Aggies’ first winning mark since 1999. As he enters his sixth year in Las Cruces, Martin’s task of turning this program into an annual bowl team got a little tougher over the offseason. In addition to the personnel losses of quarterback Tyler Rogers, running back Larry Rose and receiver Jaleel Scott, the 2017 season was New Mexico State’s last year in the Sun Belt Conference. They are now a FBS Independent.
Wyoming enters 2018 looking to build off back-to-back eight win seasons under coach Craig Bohl. The Cowboys claimed the Mountain Division title in 2016 and finished 8-5 with a victory over Central Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl last fall. This program has made considerable progress under Bohl and is aiming for its third consecutive bowl trip for the first time in school history. Bohl’s biggest challenge in 2018 rests with an offense that must replace quarterback Josh Allen and struggled to generate consistent production out of its ground game last year.
Of the four games on the first Saturday of college football action in 2018, this is the game with the most appeal. Both Wyoming and New Mexico State enter the year with momentum and are trending up after successful campaigns last fall. In addition to the overall program aspect, this matchup features several interesting battles. How will the new quarterbacks fare in their first opportunity of game action? Time will tell…
Wyoming 34 New Mexico State 27