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August 29, 2013

ACC gets chance to make great 1st impression

(Continued)

No. 1 Alabama (minus 19½) vs. Virginia Tech at Atlanta

Tide too much for Logan Thomas and banged-up Hokies ... ALABAMA 34-10.

Rice (off) vs. No. 7 Texas A&M

Will Johnny Football play? Either way ... TEXAS A&M 48-14.

No. 12 LSU (minus 4½) vs. No. 20 TCU at Arlington, Texas

Lots of new starters, same tenacious LSU defense ... LSU 24-17.

No. 13 Oklahoma State (minus 12½) vs. Mississippi State at Houston

Two quarterbacks equals twice the fun for Cowboys ... OKLAHOMA STATE 42-21.

BEST BET

No. 22 Northwestern (minus 6) at California

Wildcats ruin debut of Cal's Bear Raid offense ... NORTHWESTERN 35-17.

UPSET SPECIAL

No. 19 Boise State (minus 3½) at Washington

Grand re-opening of Husky Stadium, but Broncos are ultimate party poopers ... BOISE STATE 23-20.

PLUCKY UNDERDOGS

Toledo (plus 23½) at No. 10 Florida ... FLORIDA 38-21.

Louisiana-Monroe (plus 22) at No. 16 Oklahoma ... OKLAHOMA 48-17.

Nevada (plus 20½) at No. 21 UCLA ... UCLA 49-31.

Ohio (plus 20½) at No. 9 Louisville, Sunday ... LOUISVILLE 31-17.

No. 11 Florida State (minus 10) at Pittsburgh, Monday ... FLORIDA STATE 23-7.

Eastern Washington (no line) at No. 25 Oregon State ... OREGON STATE 40-21.

The MAC is coming off one of its most successful seasons and Toledo and Ohio are both expected to be championship contenders. ULM was an early-season darling in 2012, knocking off Arkansas and nearly beating Auburn and Baylor. Nevada's pistol offense is potent and Pittsburgh brings a tough defense, though not much offense, to its ACC debut. Eastern Washington is one of the top FCS programs in the country.

MISMATCHES

No. 24 Southern California (minus 21) at Hawaii, Thursday ... USC 50-24.

Buffalo (plus 35) at No. 2 Ohio State ... OHIO STATE 45-7.

Nicholls State (no line) at No. 3 Oregon ... OREGON 60-10.

Temple (plus 29½) at No. 14 Notre Dame ... NOTRE DAME 37-7.

New Mexico State (plus 42½) at No. 15 Texas ...TEXAS 58-10.

Central Michigan (plus 31½) at No. 17 Michigan ... MICHIGAN 38-13.

Wyoming (plus 29) at No. 18 Nebraska ... NEBRASKA 48-16.

UMass (plus 44½) at No. 23 Wisconsin ...WISCONSIN 58-10.

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