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Top-ranked USC will have little trouble in opener

Posted: Friday September 2, 2005 11:28AM; Updated: Friday September 2, 2005 12:16PM
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Week One
I'm not trying to be funny here, but isn't it bizarre that a month ago it was "Seminoles" that was considered to be the insensitive nickname? The Hurricanes have an 11-game win streak against Sunshine State foes (FSU, UF and FAMU) dating back to 1999. It's about to be twelve.
Miami 17, Florida State 16
No. 1 USC (0-0) at Hawaii (0-0)
Lost is filmed in Hawaii, and that's exactly what the Rainbow Warriors are now that record-setting QB Timmy Chang and his four top receivers have said Aloha to Oahu. Oh, and a defense that allowed 38.4 ppg in '04 faces an offense with the country's two leading Heisman candidates.
Southern Cal 70, Hawaii 7
Boise State coach Dan Hawkins has the best record of any I-A coach this decade (44-6) ... whereas Sophie B. Hawkins had the worst record of any artist last decade (c'mon, sing it: "Damn! I wish I was your lover ..."). I mean, even grammatically, that's incorrect. The Broncos return 17 starters, but they are not the same team away from the smurf turf as they are on it.
Georgia 34, Boise State 21
You know how when you attend a Stones concert and Mick lets Keith handle the vocals (e.g., Little T& A), you say to yourself, bathroom break? That's how I feel if Ron Franklin is not calling an SEC night game. Ron's behind the mic for this one (with Bob Davie on backup vocals). Start me up!
Auburn 17, Georgia Tech 13
No. 17 Texas A&M (0-0) at Clemson (0-0)
Call me nuts, but safeties often look like the studliest players on the field. Guys such as John Lynch (Stanford), Greg Myers (Colorado State), Troy Polamalu (USC) and Ed Reed (Miami) are all former All-Americans. I think they'd like watching Aggie free safety Jaxson Appel, a four-year starter who's led A&M in tackles the past two seasons.
Texas A&M 31, Clemson 30
If the crowd at this game had been the test audience for The 40-Year Old Virgin, Steve Carrell would not yet be a household name. Speaking of which, if you can pronounce it, Mathias Kiwanuka's name is one to remember. The Boston College defensive end has 28 career sacks, but I like BYU to upset BC. The Eagles are breaking in a new QB and have a history of September road hiccups.
BYU 28, Boston College 24
Wake up the echoes? After an 11-13 record the past two seasons, it's more like "Power up the defibrillator!" in South Bend. The last time Charlie Weis stood on a Pittsburgh sideline, the Pats beat the Steelers in the AFC title game. This time the opposition has the better QB in Tyler Palko. "Paddles! Clear!"
Pittsburgh 38, Notre Dame 35
Colorado (0-0) at Colorado St. (0-0)
The NCAA mandated that media guides may not exceed 208 pages, which means that no longer can you peruse Colorado's edition, which is compiled by the tireless Dave Plati, and learn that Plati's younger brother, Mark, was David Bowie's guitarist for five years. Is there no limit to the NCAA's inhumanity?!?
Colorado 27, Colorado State 10
Ole Miss (0-0) at Memphis (0-0)
The good news for the Tigers: RB DeAngelo Williams is the active NCAA leader in rushing yards, rushing TDs, yards per carry and all-purpose yards. The bad news: None of the top three QBs on the Tigers' depth chart has attempted a collegiate pass (outside of Beale Street). Not an exciting week to be the Ole Miss nickelback.
Memphis 23, Mississippi 17
Bowling Green (0-0) at Wisconsin (0-0)
This game smells a lot like the Badgers' 32-20 loss to Fresno State at Camp Randall four years ago. Mid-major with a monster talent at QB (then, David Carr; now, Omar Jacobs) invades Madison and pulls off the upset.
Bowling Green 21, Wisconsin 20