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Little known fact: We actually have a crystal ball.
Yup, we use it on occasion for personal reasons. This year, though, we've cleared up the legalese and turned it loose on college football's 2012 regular season. If a greater challenge exists for a mystical predictive device, we'd like to see it.
Over the coming weeks, we'll be giving you a glimpse into the future, as we travel, week-by-week, through all the big games. As with any epic journey, let's start at the beginning: Week One.
AUGUST 31ST, 8:00 PM ET - BOISE STATE AT MICHIGAN STATE
Where have you gone, Kellen Moore and Kirk Cousins? Gone are the fruitful eras of quarterbacking at Boise State and Michigan State, as Moore and Cousins have moved on. Now it's all on Joe Southwick and Andrew Maxwell, respectively, to carry the torches into 2012 and beyond. Who? Even our crystal ball isn't sure. Something about "Southwick and Maxwell" sounds more like a law firm, and might play like one, too.
Though Boise State is an astonishing 21-1 in true road games over the last four seasons, its team is greatly depleted and features only two returning starters on defense. It will take time to coach this unit up and Mark Dantonio knows it. In this game, Michigan State asserts its experienced offensive line and plays a vanilla, Le'Veon Bell-centric style of rushing offense. Bell scampers for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, and kicks off a darkhorse Heisman campaign.
Result: Michigan State 24, Boise State 13
SEPTEMBER 1ST, 9:00 AM ET - NAVY VS. NOTRE DAME (DUBLIN, IRELAND)
No matter how many times we shake our crystal ball, it keeps coming up "8-5" for the Irish. Indeed, with a brutal schedule in 2012, this season opener figures to be one of the easier games on the slate. Or does it? Remember, this game is Navy's national championship every season, and Notre Dame will be jinxing itself by wearing weird, Ireland-themed uniforms as an homage to the motherland. Plus, the Notre Dame's quarterback situation remains a mystery.
In this game, the Irish start with Andrew Hendrix, but finish with Everett Golson, who shows flashes as a runner that make him an instant hit in South Bend. But an improved Navy team eats clock with its option offense, forcing Notre Dame to run for 120 yards and a touchdown with Cierre Wood and play solid defense in order to win an uncomfortably close contest.
Oh, and Notre Dame turns the ball once in the red zone.
Result: Notre Dame 17, Navy 13
SEPTEMBER 1ST, 7:00 PM ET - CLEMSON VS. AUBURN (ATLANTA, GEORGIA)
Our crystal ball has some money on Clemson at 30-to-1 to win the 2013 BCS Championship, not necessary because it thinks the Tigers will win, but because it's fantastic value given a manageable slate of four road games. Indeed, if Clemson can make it past Florida State, it will be well-positioned for a BCS run. That said, no entity in the universe can predict when Clemson will effectively "Clemson" itself and lose an unexpected game.
Did you know that Auburn is installing a new offense and defense this season? Combine that with Clemson's impressive cast of returning offensive starters and this one is close... for a half. Auburn will at least make a run at avenging last year's game, which it basically gave away by allowing four long scoring drives.
In this game, Tajh Boyd throws for 331 yards and four touchdowns, 140 yards and two touchdowns of which go to Sammy Watkins, who sits out the first quarter following a drug arrest this offseason. Andre Ellington also runs for 102 yards and a touchdown as part of an offensive effort that eclipses 480 total yards.
Result: Clemson 38, Auburn 21
SEPTEMBER 1ST, 8:00 PM ET - MICHIGAN VS. ALABAMA (ARLINGTON, TEXAS)
Quite possibly the biggest game of opening weekend, Michigan-Alabama figures to be an early bellwether for the strength of both the Big Ten and the SEC. The question remains: Can Brady Hoke find a way to diversify his offense and take the burden off Denard Robinson? Furthermore, can Michigan's defensive front hold back an experienced Alabama line that will be paving the way for Eddie Lacy?
Though the Wolverines are riding high from a feelgood 11-win season, the Crimson Tide is too well-rounded to give away this victory. Lacy rushes for 110 yards and three touchdowns, and a ferocious Alabama defense holds Robinson to 200 total yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
Result: Alabama 24, Michigan 14
o.k. so I was wrong to come at you like that ty, maybe.... but I could have done it with more class. Its just that class has never been taken into consideration when making a prediction and especially so when people consider the Boise State Broncos. Seriously though, where on gods green earth do you get the b***s to say that Boise is greatly depleted? consider this, for all the guys that are gone, the only position that is left to a true rookie is the QB, and even at that position there have been guys moving in and out to get reps in. Also consider this, Kellen started as a true freshman and lost what, 3 games in his career? so how can you say that because we're depleted we're going to loose to a team that was only as good as cousins was that night (and he's gone too) also take a look at the ranking Boise State has consistently had at defense.... then weigh it against the spartan o line..... do you really think that Lacy is going to have a break out night? The Nick I've previously mentioned is Nick Patti, it might do you and a lot of your readers some good to look at this kid seriously. He's already making headway in the race for the starting position, and coach Pete loves the Idea of having another 4 - 5 year starter in that position. Southwick will remain the backup because he's a damn talented QB, but Pete wants stability at the position, and in case it was lost on you..... I'M SORRY FOR CALLING YOU AN A**
You my friend are and a**. First off it will and you can quote me be a little known Nick who is going to be tossing for an amazing 345 yards for the broncos and scrambling for two touchdowns himself. Daisy, er... Lacy won't even break 100 as the always powerful bronco defense hold the spartans to less than 240 total yards. YOUR CRYSTAL BALL IS BROKEN.Haven't you learned yet that it is never a good thing for anyone to bet against the Broncos on an opening night against a so called "powerhouse" of a football team, but of course coach Pete will give you guys a good talking up because unlike the other cowards in your conference, you at least tried to play us. I only wish the rest of your conference had more guts.
Oh, by the way, since this guys crystal ball is broken I'll give you the score...... BOISE STATE 34 SPARTANS 16