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Week 1

Written by Andrew Spivey, August 29, 2013, 0 Comments,
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Gator Country members, now is the time to book your trip to Las Vegas. The Gator Country staff is here to give you some money making predictions on every weekly game across the Top 25 and SEC. The staff will also provide some insider takes on the toughest decisions to make each week.

Be sure to check Gator Country every Thursday this season to see who we like.

To make things interesting, we will also keep a tally of which staff member correctly picks the most games each week.

Games

Nick

PD

AS

DK

Seth

Richard

David

North Carolina at #6 South Carolina

SC

SC

SC

SC

SC

USC

SC

Ole Miss at Vanderbilt

VU

OM

VU

VU

OM

VU

OM

#24 USC at Hawaii

USC

USC

USC

USC

USC

USC

USC

Buffalo at #2 Ohio State

Ohio St.

Ohio St.

Ohio St.

Ohio St.

Ohio St.

Ohio St.

Ohio St.

Massachusetts at #23 Wisconsin

WIS

WIS

WIS

WIS

WIS

WIS

WIS

Toledo at #10 Florida

UF

UF

UF

UF

UF

UF

UF

Rice at #7 Texas A&M

TAMU

TAMU

TAMU

TAMU

TAMU

TAMU

TAMU

Mississippi State at #12 Oklahoma St.

OK St.

OK St.

OK St.

OK St.

OK St.

OK St.

OK St.

Temple at #14 Notre Dame

ND

ND

ND

ND

ND

ND

ND

Central Michigan at #17 Michigan

MI

MI

MI

MI

MI

MI

MI

Nicholls State at #3 Oregon

OR

OR

OR

OR

OR

OR

OR

Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas

ARK

ARK

ARK

ULL

ULL

ULL

ARK

#1 Alabama vs. Virginia Tech

ALA

ALA

ALA

ALA

ALA

ALA

ALA

Eastern Washington at #25 Oregon St.

OSU

OSU

OSU

OSU

OSU

OSU

OSU

Austin Peay at Tennessee

Tenn.

Tenn.

Tenn

Tenn

Tenn

Tenn

TENN

Louisiana-Monroe at #16 Oklahoma

OU

OU

OU

OU

OU

OU

OU

Washington State at Auburn

AUB

AUB

AUB

AUB

AUB

AUB

AUB

Murray State at Missouri

MO

MO

MO

MO

MO

MO

MO

#5 Georgia at #8 Clemson

UGA

UGA

UGA

UGA

CU

UGA

CU

New Mexico State at #15 Texas

TX

TX

TX

TX

TX

TX

TX

Wyoming at #18 Nebraska

NEB

NEB

NEB

NEB

NEB

NEB

NEB

#12 LSU vs. #20 TCU

LSU

LSU

LSU

LSU

LSU

LSU

LSU

#19 Boise State at Washington

BSU

BSU

BSU

BSU

BSU

BSU

WA

Nevada at #21 UCLA

NEV

UCLA

UCLA

UCLA

UCLA

UCLA

UCLA

#22 Northwestern at California

NW

NW

Cal

NW

NW

NW

CAL

Ohio at #9 Louisville

UL

UL

UL

UL

UL

UL

UL

#11 Florida State at Pittsburgh

FSU

FSU

FSU

FSU

FSU

FSU

FSU

Nick de la Torre

These are some boring picks, but with the slate of games that week one presents, it’s pretty safe to take a lot of chalk in my opinion. I only have one underdog (Nevada) winning and just five away teams picking up wins this week (FSU, USC, UGA, Northwestern and Nevada).

My biggest blow out prediction goes to Oregon this week. Say a prayer for Nicholls State because when the Ducks’ offense gets running, there will be no stopping it this weekend.

A couple games that I wasn’t brave enough to pick upsets in but think that the favorite should be on upset alert are Arkansas, Boise State and Northwestern.

David “PD” Parker

Short and sweet this week.

South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier always works extra hard to beat UNC.

Florida earns a conservative, controlled win by 3 touchdowns.

Dan Mullen’s Mississippi St. team isn’t quite ready for the prime time.

Virginia Tech would have given Alabama a run for their money ten years ago, but not this time. Washington State is not terrible but Auburn will be a little better this year and they want to establish their new offense with authority.

The Georgia vs. Clemson game will look a lot like the Clemson vs. FSU game last year, where both offenses are dominating until one of them starts shooting itself in the foot in the fourth quarter. I’m guessing UGA does just enough and their defense is just enough. Their defense is young and inexperienced, but very talented…Clemson’s defense is just plain bad because all of their best skill players are on offense.

LSU is going to be better this year. They lose a lot of talent but a lot of attitude problems. Younger talent will play together better.

Andrew Spivey

I’m going with the favorites this week simply because I don’t see an upset. The hardest game for me to pick was the Arkansas game but I’m going to lean with Bert (Bret Bielema) and the Razorbacks.

Daniel “DK” Thompson

I am picking almost all chalk this week. During week one, there are not usually many upsets. I did pick Louisiana-Lafayette over Arkansas as my lone by big upset. I like what ULL has with Coach Mark Hudspeth and I think they will win the Sun Belt with quarterback Terrence Broadway leading the way. They played Florida tight last year and I think they will pull the upset this week.

In regard to the two big games (UGA v. Clemson and Virginia Tech v. Alabama), I had no problem easily picking the SEC to win. I like Aaron Murray and their stable of running backs, and while their defense is young, it is very talented. Alabama is Alabama, they will have no problem beating Virginia Tech by two touchdowns.

Finally, while I think Auburn wins, Washington State will keep the game a lot closer than most pundits think.

Seth Puglio

To kick things off, I think North Carolina will present a formidable challenge to South Carolina on opening night but Clowney will take over, he almost always does. The Vanderbilt and Ole Miss matchup should be one of the better games of the week. I thought the Rebels were right on the cusp of really breaking through last season and I expect them to finally do so this time around. I also see Louisiana-Lafayette stealing one in Fayetteville and sending the piggies home quietly.

The game everyone is looking forward to  is Georgia vs. Clemson. I’m really excited to watch this matchup and I think the home-field advantage will prove to pay big dividends. This will be a game full of high-powered offenses taking advantage of suspect defenses. Getting your feet wet in “the other Death Valley” is not a good place to start. I think Clemson pulls out a close, back-and-forth game.

Richard Johnson

Don’t adjust your sets, I am indeed taking Louisiana Lafayette to beat Arkansas, because going out on a limbs is fun! Look the Hogs are doing what Florida did in 2011 — when the Gators transitioned from a spread offense to a pro style one — only they’re doing it with less talent. No Dennis Johnson or Knile Davis at running back, no Tyler Wilson at quarterback no Cobi Hamilton at wide receiver. Also it’s the season opener against a team that brings back a talented dual threat quarterback that marched into Gainesville last season and almost forced Florida into overtime. Yea, I smell an upset. Ragin’-Cajuns spoil good ole’ Bret Bielema’s first home game.

I took Vanderbilt because despite all the lofty preseason hype heaped upon Ole Miss, I don’t think they’re ready for prime time just yet. I like Bo Wallace at quarterback (a lot) but until I see otherwise, I think he’ll gun sling the Rebels into a few disadvantageous turnovers. #AnchorDown on opening night.

I flipped a quarter to make the hardest decision I had this week. Mr. Washington told me the ‘Dawgs are going to march into Death Valley and pull a victory from the jaws of the Tigers. Inexperienced defensive interior be darned! Aaron Murray has a huge game in what may become a contest of who has the ball last. The Gurshall monster at running back salts the game away at the end, and Georgia gets it done.

Disclaimer: Gator Country in no way condones betting or suggests using these picks as a betting guide in any way. These are for entertainment purposes only. 

Andrew Spivey

About Andrew Spivey

Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.

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Gator Country members, now is the time to book your trip to Las Vegas. The Gator Country staff is here to give you some money making predictions on every weekly game across the Top 25 and SEC. The staff will also provide some insider takes on the toughest decisions to make each week.

Be sure to check Gator Country every Thursday this season to see who we like.

To make things interesting, we will also keep a tally of which staff member correctly picks the most games each week.

Games

Nick

PD

AS

DK

Seth

Richard

David

North Carolina at #6 South Carolina

SC

SC

SC

SC

SC

USC

SC

Ole Miss at Vanderbilt

VU

OM

VU

VU

OM

VU

OM

#24 USC at Hawaii

USC

USC

USC

USC

USC

USC

USC

Buffalo at #2 Ohio State

Ohio St.

Ohio St.

Ohio St.

Ohio St.

Ohio St.

Ohio St.

Ohio St.

Massachusetts at #23 Wisconsin

WIS

WIS

WIS

WIS

WIS

WIS

WIS

Toledo at #10 Florida

UF

UF

UF

UF

UF

UF

UF

Rice at #7 Texas A&M

TAMU

TAMU

TAMU

TAMU

TAMU

TAMU

TAMU

Mississippi State at #12 Oklahoma St.

OK St.

OK St.

OK St.

OK St.

OK St.

OK St.

OK St.

Temple at #14 Notre Dame

ND

ND

ND

ND

ND

ND

ND

Central Michigan at #17 Michigan

MI

MI

MI

MI

MI

MI

MI

Nicholls State at #3 Oregon

OR

OR

OR

OR

OR

OR

OR

Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas

ARK

ARK

ARK

ULL

ULL

ULL

ARK

#1 Alabama vs. Virginia Tech

ALA

ALA

ALA

ALA

ALA

ALA

ALA

Eastern Washington at #25 Oregon St.

OSU

OSU

OSU

OSU

OSU

OSU

OSU

Austin Peay at Tennessee

Tenn.

Tenn.

Tenn

Tenn

Tenn

Tenn

TENN

Louisiana-Monroe at #16 Oklahoma

OU

OU

OU

OU

OU

OU

OU

Washington State at Auburn

AUB

AUB

AUB

AUB

AUB

AUB

AUB

Murray State at Missouri

MO

MO

MO

MO

MO

MO

MO

#5 Georgia at #8 Clemson

UGA

UGA

UGA

UGA

CU

UGA

CU

New Mexico State at #15 Texas

TX

TX

TX

TX

TX

TX

TX

Wyoming at #18 Nebraska

NEB

NEB

NEB

NEB

NEB

NEB

NEB

#12 LSU vs. #20 TCU

LSU

LSU

LSU

LSU

LSU

LSU

LSU

#19 Boise State at Washington

BSU

BSU

BSU

BSU

BSU

BSU

WA

Nevada at #21 UCLA

NEV

UCLA

UCLA

UCLA

UCLA

UCLA

UCLA

#22 Northwestern at California

NW

NW

Cal

NW

NW

NW

CAL

Ohio at #9 Louisville

UL

UL

UL

UL

UL

UL

UL

#11 Florida State at Pittsburgh

FSU

FSU

FSU

FSU

FSU

FSU

FSU

Nick de la Torre

These are some boring picks, but with the slate of games that week one presents, it’s pretty safe to take a lot of chalk in my opinion. I only have one underdog (Nevada) winning and just five away teams picking up wins this week (FSU, USC, UGA, Northwestern and Nevada).

My biggest blow out prediction goes to Oregon this week. Say a prayer for Nicholls State because when the Ducks’ offense gets running, there will be no stopping it this weekend.

A couple games that I wasn’t brave enough to pick upsets in but think that the favorite should be on upset alert are Arkansas, Boise State and Northwestern.

David “PD” Parker

Short and sweet this week.

South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier always works extra hard to beat UNC.

Florida earns a conservative, controlled win by 3 touchdowns.

Dan Mullen’s Mississippi St. team isn’t quite ready for the prime time.

Virginia Tech would have given Alabama a run for their money ten years ago, but not this time. Washington State is not terrible but Auburn will be a little better this year and they want to establish their new offense with authority.

The Georgia vs. Clemson game will look a lot like the Clemson vs. FSU game last year, where both offenses are dominating until one of them starts shooting itself in the foot in the fourth quarter. I’m guessing UGA does just enough and their defense is just enough. Their defense is young and inexperienced, but very talented…Clemson’s defense is just plain bad because all of their best skill players are on offense.

LSU is going to be better this year. They lose a lot of talent but a lot of attitude problems. Younger talent will play together better.

Andrew Spivey

I’m going with the favorites this week simply because I don’t see an upset. The hardest game for me to pick was the Arkansas game but I’m going to lean with Bert (Bret Bielema) and the Razorbacks.

Daniel “DK” Thompson

I am picking almost all chalk this week. During week one, there are not usually many upsets. I did pick Louisiana-Lafayette over Arkansas as my lone by big upset. I like what ULL has with Coach Mark Hudspeth and I think they will win the Sun Belt with quarterback Terrence Broadway leading the way. They played Florida tight last year and I think they will pull the upset this week.

In regard to the two big games (UGA v. Clemson and Virginia Tech v. Alabama), I had no problem easily picking the SEC to win. I like Aaron Murray and their stable of running backs, and while their defense is young, it is very talented. Alabama is Alabama, they will have no problem beating Virginia Tech by two touchdowns.

Finally, while I think Auburn wins, Washington State will keep the game a lot closer than most pundits think.

Seth Puglio

To kick things off, I think North Carolina will present a formidable challenge to South Carolina on opening night but Clowney will take over, he almost always does. The Vanderbilt and Ole Miss matchup should be one of the better games of the week. I thought the Rebels were right on the cusp of really breaking through last season and I expect them to finally do so this time around. I also see Louisiana-Lafayette stealing one in Fayetteville and sending the piggies home quietly.

The game everyone is looking forward to  is Georgia vs. Clemson. I’m really excited to watch this matchup and I think the home-field advantage will prove to pay big dividends. This will be a game full of high-powered offenses taking advantage of suspect defenses. Getting your feet wet in “the other Death Valley” is not a good place to start. I think Clemson pulls out a close, back-and-forth game.

Richard Johnson

Don’t adjust your sets, I am indeed taking Louisiana Lafayette to beat Arkansas, because going out on a limbs is fun! Look the Hogs are doing what Florida did in 2011 — when the Gators transitioned from a spread offense to a pro style one — only they’re doing it with less talent. No Dennis Johnson or Knile Davis at running back, no Tyler Wilson at quarterback no Cobi Hamilton at wide receiver. Also it’s the season opener against a team that brings back a talented dual threat quarterback that marched into Gainesville last season and almost forced Florida into overtime. Yea, I smell an upset. Ragin’-Cajuns spoil good ole’ Bret Bielema’s first home game.

I took Vanderbilt because despite all the lofty preseason hype heaped upon Ole Miss, I don’t think they’re ready for prime time just yet. I like Bo Wallace at quarterback (a lot) but until I see otherwise, I think he’ll gun sling the Rebels into a few disadvantageous turnovers. #AnchorDown on opening night.

I flipped a quarter to make the hardest decision I had this week. Mr. Washington told me the ‘Dawgs are going to march into Death Valley and pull a victory from the jaws of the Tigers. Inexperienced defensive interior be darned! Aaron Murray has a huge game in what may become a contest of who has the ball last. The Gurshall monster at running back salts the game away at the end, and Georgia gets it done.

Disclaimer: Gator Country in no way condones betting or suggests using these picks as a betting guide in any way. These are for entertainment purposes only. 

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