Regina's Four for Four - Week one college football picks
Week 1 2019 Football Predictions
Written by: Regina Gray
Week one locks as it should be a great weekend of college football. Enjoy!
NOTE: all images courtesy of 247sports.com
Auburn vs. Oregon
The Oregon Ducks head to Arlington to take on the Auburn Tigers in the only game against ranked teams in Week 1. This will be an interesting game to say the least and will be a needed win for the Pac-12. Oregon will be hitting the field with Senior QB Justin Herbert and the dominating C.J Verdell to give the Tigers a run for their money. Unless Gus Malzahn can get his Auburn defense to stop the fully-equipped Oregon Offense this will be a close game. All eyes will be on Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix.
The call: (Oregon 28 Auburn 21)
Ole Miss vs. Memphis
There is no question about how rough it has been for the Ole Miss team over the past few years, and Week-one will be no different, as the Rebels face off against the Memphis Tigers at Liberty Bowl stadium. The Memphis Tigers bested Ole Miss back in 2015, and look to do it again this weekend.
The Rebs will be one of the youngest teams in the SEC in 2019, and people will look quickly to see just how improved their defensive unit is under first year defensive coordinator Mike Macintyre.
Memphis will also be looking to improve a defense that gave up 32 points per game a year ago, under first year coordinator Adam Fuller.
First one to bump 40 wins.
The call: (Ole Miss 38 Memphis 31)
Mississippi State vs. Louisiana
The Tommy Stevens era begins this weekend for Mississippi State as they play the early game in the Superdome againstthe Ragin Cajuns of Louisiana in New Orleans . What looks to be an easy win for the Bulldogs could turn into a shocking loss if they make the common mistake of underestimating their opponent. Highly unlikely this happens but we can’t forget about the start of the 2016 season for MS State. As long as the Bulldogs can get comfortable and develop chemistry with Tommy Stevens they should win this game by at least three touchdowns.
The call: (Miss. State 38- Louisiana 17)
Georgia vs. Vanderbilt
Georgia will start off the season playing a Vanderbilt Commodore offense who will be looking for a replacement for their recently graduated quarterback - Kyle Shurmur. The Dores averaged 28.5 points per game a year ago and you just don’t replace quarterbacks at Vanderbilt - expect that point average to take a dip.
Jake Fromm, in what could be his last year in a Georgia uniform, should take his team to an easy victory in an early conference game. For the Dogs you want to see those young running backs producing and those new face wide receivers producing.
Vanderbilt went 6-7 last season and while head coach Derek Mason has kept the program stable, their recruiting profile is still the worst in the SEC and they simply need more players. Georgia will take an early lead in the first half and should cruise to victory in week one. For Vanderbilt, it’s about staying healthy for a week two showdown at Purdue.
The call: (Georgia 35 Vanderbilt 6)