USC yes, UCLA no | The picks are in for Week 1 of college football

USC plays its 2019 season opener at the Coliseum against Fresno State(Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)
USC plays its 2019 season opener at the Coliseum against Fresno State(Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

UCLA at Cincinnati: Cincinnati 27-24 

The calendar creators did the youthful Bruins no favors with this opener.


Utah at Brigham Young: Utah 31-16 

The Holy War will go to the Utes for the ninth straight time because of the running of Zack Moss.


Utah State at Wake Forest: Wake Forest 30-24 

The Demon Deacons will be a group to watch in the ACC with Jamie Newman at quarterback.


Mississippi at Memphis: Memphis 41-35 

The Tigers will outscore the Rebels in their first game with Rich Rodriguez calling plays.


Northwestern at Stanford: Stanford 20-17 

A low-scoring game will be won late on the leg of Stanford kicker Jet Toner.


Virginia Tech at Boston College: Boston College 24-20 

The Eagles will crush the clock behind skilled running back AJ Dillon and trust their safeguard.


Boise State versus Florida State: Florida State 28-23 

The Seminoles’ ability wins out with Boise State beginning a genuine green bean quarterback.


Reddish-brown versus Oregon: Auburn 27-21 

The Tigers’ guard will hold Oregon long enough for genuine rookie quarterback Bo Nix to discover his ocean legs.


Virginia at Pittsburgh: Virginia 29-21

The Cavaliers are attempting to make the following stride this year, and they endure a dubious ACC opener.


Fresno State at USC: USC 38-17 

Things may begin delayed for the Trojans in the Air Raid, however, they will overpower Fresno State in the end.

McCollough’s 2019 postseason picks:

College Football Playoff: 

Peach Bowl: 1 Clemson (13-0) versus 4 Georgia (12-1)

Holiday Bowl: 2 Alabama (12-1) versus 3 Michigan (12-1)

CFP title: Georgia over Alabama


Power Five Conference title games: 

Atlantic Coast Conference: Clemson over Virginia

Huge Ten Conference: Michigan over Nebraska

Enormous 12 Conference: Texas over Oklahoma State

Pac-12 Conference: Utah over Washington

Southeastern Conference: Alabama over Georgia


New Year’s Six bowl games: 

Rose: Utah (11-2) versus Ohio State (10-2)

Sugar: Texas (11-2) versus Texas A&M (9-3)

Orange: Virginia (10-3) versus Louisiana State (10-2)

Cotton: Notre Dame (10-2) versus Focal Florida (10-2)


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