I don’t have a pick for games on Sunday and Monday. There are three games involving power conferences to round out Labor Day weekend. I’ll add some analysis for the three pool plays.
Tennessee (-4.5) over Utah State
A SEC school is giving less than a touchdown to a Mountain West school at home. I think Tennessee is being disrespected. Butch Jones is improving his program and the Volunteers know they need to win this game with a brutal schedule this year. Chuckie Keeton is an exciting quarterback for Utah State but he is coming off an ACL tear and might start slowly against Tennessee. Utah State has a solid defense so I expect a lower scoring game but Tennessee to cover.
Baylor (-34.5) over SMU
Hard to go against Baylor at home against anyone. Especially in the first game in their new stadium. Coach Art Briles will want his team to make statement.
Louisville (-3.5) over Miami
Louisville plays their first game in the ACC on Monday night. They host Miami, who was the team they routed in the bowl game last season. Miami is starting true freshman Brad Kaaya at quarterback. I lean towards Louisville because I can’t count on the true freshman.