Scooby’s scoop: Let’s start the 2015 season

Let’s get it started

Hope springs eternal for 100-plus programs with the majority of those teams looking forward to 2016 by the time the first day of fall rolls around. The second season of the College Football Playoff system is bound to bring the type of excitement that will keep fans glued to their televisions in record numbers with the occasional complaining to their local talk radio stations for the next five months.

Ohio State is the overwhelming favorite to bring home a second straight title no matter who is looking over to the sideline to get the play call. The Buckeyes return seven starters on each side of the ball, including All-American junior defensive end Joey Bosa (who won’t play in the opener against Virginia Tech due to suspension).

Many questions still linger as the 2015 season gets set to start. Who can beat Ohio State? Which coaches are on the hot seat? Will Jim Harbaugh ever change his wardrobe? (Probably not). Can anything fix Oklahoma? Will SMU score a touchdown this season?

In anticipation of the new season, let’s flash back to former Florida State running back/bulldozer Greg Jones destroying a helpless North Carolina defender in 2003.

By the numbers:

128: Teams that will compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season, with the addition of Charlotte.
0: Percentage of chance that Charlotte has of making the College Football Playoff.
80: Teams needed to fill all postseason bowl slots.
15: Number of FBS teams who have a new head coach in 2015.

CFP bowl predictions: (surely to be wrong)

Peach Bowl: Clemson vs. Georgia
Fiesta Bowl: Boise State vs. Florida State
Rose Bowl: Michigan State vs. UCLA
Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Baylor
Cotton Bowl: TCU vs. Oregon
Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs. Auburn
College Football Playoff National Championship: Ohio State vs. TCU
Toilet Bowl presented by Charmin: Just kidding

Now to the games: (rankings are from the Associated Press Top 25, betting lines subject to change)

Week 1

Thursday, Sept. 3

#2 TCU at Minnesota
The Line: TCU by 14.5.
The scoop: Trevone Boykin’s Heisman campaign starts off with a bang.
TCU 37, Minnesota 17.

Alcorn State at #16 Georgia Tech
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: Georgia Tech’s game plan: Run, run, run. And then run some more.
Georgia Tech 63, Alcorn St. 14.

Texas San-Antonio at #22 Arizona
The Line: Arizona by 31.5.
The scoop: Arizona squeaked by 26-23 in last season’s contest. No such drama this time.
Arizona 50, UTSA 27.

Friday, Sept. 4

#5 Michigan State at Western Michigan
The Line: Michigan State by 18.5.
The scoop: Why are these two teams playing…in Kalamazoo?
Michigan State 45, Western Michigan 17.

# 4 Baylor at SMU
The Line: Baylor by 35.5.
The scoop: Last season’s NCAA scoring offense ranks: Baylor (1), SMU (last).
Baylor 54, SMU 16.

Washington at #23 Boise State
The Line: Boise State by 11.5.
The scoop: Boise gets another chance to ruin a Power 5 school’s season right off the bat.
Boise State 34, Washington 21.

Saturday, Sept. 5

#3 Alabama vs. #20 Wisconsin at Arlington, Texas
The Line: Alabama by 10.
The scoop: The Lane Kiffin offensive experiment enters season two….this time with…who knows?
Alabama 28, Wisconsin 17.

Louisville at #6 Auburn at Atlanta
The Line: Auburn by 10.5.
The scoop: Over/under on under the center snaps between both teams: 5
Auburn 38, Louisville 28.

Eastern Washington at #7 Oregon
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: Vernon Adams’ old team vs. Vernon Adams’ new team.
Oregon 54, Eastern Washington 20.

Arkansas State at #8 USC
The Line: USC by 29.
The scoop: The Trojans haven’t lost a home opener since 1997.
USC 48, Arkansas State 16.

Louisiana-Monroe at #9 Georgia
The Line: Georgia by 35.
The scoop: Georgia has outscored the Warhawks 157-16 in three all-time meetings.
Georgia 52, ULM 13.

Texas State at #10 Florida State
The Line: Florida State by 30.
The scoop: FSU is FSU; confident, talented, and capable of losing to anyone.
Florida State 42, Texas State 10.

Texas at #11 Notre Dame
The Line: Notre Dame by 9.5.
The scoop: If the Irish don’t reach the playoff, it’s their own fault, as they return 19 starters from 2014.
Notre Dame 34, Texas 17.

Wofford at #12 Clemson
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: The week’s glorified scrimmage.
Clemson 55, Wofford 6.

Virginia at #13 UCLA
The Line: UCLA by 17.
The scoop: Word on the street is there will be no kettlebells allowed at the Rose Bowl.
UCLA 33, Virginia 14.

McNeese State at #14 LSU
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: This week’s glorified scrimmage….Part 2.
LSU 60, McNeese State 17.

#15 Arizona State vs. Texas A&M at Houston
The Line: Texas A&M by 3.
The scoop: The Devils can pile on the points as well as anyone in the nation. The question is can they stop anyone.
Arizona State 35, Texas A&M 30.

Tennessee-Martin at #17 Ole Miss
The Line: No Line.
The scoop: The schools’ first-ever meeting. Pray it’s the last.
Ole Miss 49, Tenn-Martin 9.

UTEP at #18 Arkansas
The Line: Arkansas by 33.
The scoop: “Borderline erotic.” That is all.
Arkansas 40, UTEP 13.

Akron at #19 Oklahoma
The Line: Oklahoma by 31.
The scoop: The Sooners could sleepwalk through this game and probably still win by 20….probably.
Oklahoma 40, Akron 13.

#21 Stanford at Northwestern
The Line: Stanford by 12.
The scoop: The 1,776th Geek Bowl will now commence.
Stanford 27, Northwestern 17.

SE Missouri State at #24 Missouri
The Line: No Line
The scoop: This season, Missouri will go for a 3-peat in the SEC East. Yep, you read that right.
Missouri 55, SE Missouri State 10.

Bowling Green at #25 Tennessee
The Line: Tennessee by 20.5.
The scoop: As almost everyone’s “sleeper” pick, is this the year the Vols finally break through?
Tennessee 45, Bowling Green 10.

Monday, Sept. 7

#1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech
The Line: Ohio State by 11.
The scoop: The Buckeyes are absolutely loaded, but don’t expect a cakewalk this season.
Ohio State 30, Virginia Tech 17.

Last season:

Straight up: 199-50
Against the spread: 109-113-5


~ by Scooby Axson on September 3, 2015.

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