Reporting Chris “Mac” McClain
What a beautiful weekend it will be. First real football weekend of the year and there are some great games involving local teams. Here is how I see them playing out……..
NC State 27 Tennessee 24- I know that TOB hasn’t had alot of success away from raleigh, but I feel they are the better team in this matchup. I think they will have more luck running the ball than a Vols team that averaged only 2.8 yards per carry last year. I also think the talented Pack Secondary will limit the great Tennessee passing attack. Turnovers are a key in this one. State led the nation in TO’s forced last year.
Clemson 34 Auburn 24- Tajh Boyd or Kiehl Frazier? That is the biggest difference in this game. Clemson has the experienced and accomplished QB and Auburn has a big time talent who is real green as their signal caller. Throw in Andre Ellington and DeAndre Hopkins and an Auburn Defense that was 11th in the SEC last year and I think it means a CU Tiger win.
Alabama 24 Michigan 13- Give Nick Saban all offseason to prepare for you and you are in trouble. I would be shocked if Saban and Defensive Coordinator Kirby Smart don’t have a gameplan ready to keep Denard Robinson in check. Kind of like Bud Foster and VT did in the Sugar Bowl with time to prepare when Robinson had 13 yards rushing on 13 carries. Plus the Bama O-Line vs the Michigan D-Line looks like a severe mismatch.