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Thanks Jeff, figure you prolly don't like that Rice play. Thanks for stopping in and all the best your way, as well.
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This is the first game of the college football season and both clubs are looking to make an impact.
The Panthers finished last season with an 0-12 record and they graduated 27 seniors from that club. Trent Miles is trying to build a winning program there in Atlanta and is hopeful they can get past last season's results, but it's not going to be easy.
Georgia State doesn't have a lot of depth, but they do have a quarterback battle going on with several guys trying to win the job. Ronnie Bell was their QB last season and he threw for better than 2,500 yards, so he does have some talent and experience on his side. But Georgia State decided to go with Nick Arbuckle as the starter instead. To me, that means he's better than Bell at the position, so I expect Arbuckle to be able to play well.
Abilene Christian, a member of the Southland Conference, went 6-5 last season. They're making the jump from being a Division 2 school and aren't eligible for the FCS playoffs this season because of that. They're young at several positions but have pieced together eight straight winning seasons, so the pedigree of being a solid team is there.
I know Georgia State is a young program and there's isn't a HUGE difference from the talent they have compared to the better teams in Division 2, but I like the Panthers tonight. This is a nationally televised game, obviously the opener of the college football season, but Georgia State went 0-12 last year. Now they're on television. That's huge to me and I think they eek out a win here tonight, covering the four at home.
Like working against us, but I'm confident the Panthers are BETTER than Abilene Christian. Guess we shall see.
Damn that's a tough loss, thought we were going to backdoor a win there.
Welp, we lost with Georgia State last night. Tonight we look to get back on track with our only play of the night:
The Warhawks are hosting a power conference team in a season opener, which to me is a big deal. Sure, they're only hosting Wake Forest, a team they beat 21-19 last year on the road. The Deamon Deacs are just 23-38 the last five years and have a new head coach in Dave Clawson trying to rebuild this program again. It appears I was able to get down on this game at a better time than one could get now, considering the Warhawks are now favored instead of getting 2.5 points like our line. To me, Wake Forest is an absolute can't back, especially on the road. New receivers, new running back, new quarterback, new head coach for the Deacs. Not good, especially when Monroe already beat them last season and has been able to circle the date with a power conference school coming to their house in this one. I like this Pete Thomas quarterback for ULM that comes in from N.C. State (and before that Colorado State). With Wake losing three all-conference starters from the defense last year, I think Thomas can put up some yards in this one. ULM themselves return nine starters on defense. That works for me.
I was looking for someone to pick the ND - Rice game besides myself.
When the news came out about the ND suspensions, I was able to get ND at -20.5.
I like ND in this game. I think the Rice QB is going to have a very difficult time. He was projected as a WR coming out of HS because, though he has a strong arm, he is erratic, which has been the case in his limited snaps on the college level, completing 5 of 16. He is very athletic, but so are ND's top 2 QBs, and they are much better passers. So the ND defense has been well-prepped coming into this game to face Rice. And the Rice QB has not been able to practice against the speed and athleticism of ND's defense. Tough position for his first collegiate start. ND's new defensive coordinator loves to blitz and will be sending rushers at this guy from all directions. I think the one chance the Rice QB will have is to break off a long run or long pass against the ND defense, but I don't expect that to be enough.
When ND is on offense, I think the Irish have way too many weapons for Rice to contain. ND has much speed at WR and Corey Robinson (David Robinson's son) is very tall and catches everything - another match-up nightmare. ND's RBs may be the best in 2 decades for the Irish.
Many ND fans believe ND's back-up QB is better than their starter, and he made his disappointment known when he did not win the starting job (hard to do when the starter was 11-1 in 2012, losing only to 'Bama). If ND jumps out ahead and he gets into the game - he'll have much to prove and it should not slow-down the ND offense.
You might normally expect Rice to have a motivational edge in this game, but I think the recent academic suspensions will eliminate that. Also, their QB (Golson) should be very motivated coming off an a 1-year academic suspension. Another carrot for the Irish is that there is a lot of competition at key positions (like RB and WR), and everyone needs to worry about locking down their starting position.
Add it all up, and I expect ND to win very comfortably with ND over 40 and Rice no more than 17.
Good luck to you on that one, TopGun. I'm never one to feel bad about opposing viewpoints to games in my threads so if you disagree on any play make sure to continue posting your thoughts here! I live 40 minutes from Notre Dame and you make some great points. Rice can score and I like a comfy 17 point win for the Irish here.
Good luck to everyone tonight with their plays.