? Alabama at UCLA
Remember the Rose Bowl, we'll win then, says the Alabama fight song. More than 20,000 Crimson Tide fans are expected to attend 'Bama's first appearance in Pasadena in 55 seasons. Relax: The game's on Sept. 2, not Jan. 1, and Alabama will play a team that went 4-7 last year. The Bruins are improved, but the third-ranked Tide has too much speed and depth for UCLA.
? Texas A&M at Notre Dame
Skeptical about new Irish starting quarterback Arnaz Battle? Here's a better battle to watch: Notre Dame's seasoned offensive line against Texas A&M's veteran defensive front. Give the Irish the edge and, with the home crowd to boot, a win.
? Colorado vs. Colorado State (in Denver)
Oh, the humiliation. For Buffaloes fans, living with last season's 41-14 loss to the Rams has been like coping with the fact that your prom date left with the class nerd. Colorado State has won 42 games over the last five seasons, Colorado 40. The Buffaloes have a lot of unanswered questions on offense, but motivation should carry them on this day.
?Southern Mississippi at Tennessee
The Golden Eagles, one of the nation's most underrated teams over the past five seasons, will scare the Volunteers before falling short. The difference could be Vols wideout Leonard Scott, who will occasionally line up in the backfield. More likely it will be 106,000 fans singing Rocky Top.