College football Week 0 Predictions

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College football is back! We’ve got your breakdowns of Week 0 right here. We’ll break down both match-ups, including bonus FCS predictions. Let’s go!

Saturday August 24th

Florida QB Feleipe Franks has the Gators poised for a great season – (Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports)

(8) Florida vs Miami

Spread: Florida -7.5

Previous Matchup: Miami 21-16 in 2013

Location: Camping World Stadium (Orlando)

Time: 7:00 PM

Positional Unit Breakdown

QB – Florida

RB – Florida

WR – Florida

TE – Miami

OL – Push

DL – Push

LB – Miami

DB – Florida

ST – Florida

Miami TE Brevin Jordan is a big weapon for the Hurricanes – (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Units to Watch For

O-Line – Both teams have to replace a lot up front. Florida must replace four starters and Miami must replace 5 of it’s top 7 offensive linemen from last season while also starting a true freshman at LT. The front seven on defense for both teams could have a field day vs these lines.

Receivers – Florida has some of the best depth at receiver in the nation. They’re loaded with 6-7 capable guys at WR and the TE unit is young but has breakout candidates in Kyle Pitts and Kemore Gamble. Miami brings in Buffalo transfer K.J. Osborn (892 rec yards in 2018) to go with speedster Jeff Thomas and young and talented TEs Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory.

Overall Breakdown

What it comes down to is this: both teams have excellent RBs, WRs, TEs and both defenses are expected to be really good this season. The biggest question mark for both teams is the O-Line. Both Florida and Miami fans know how much a bad O-Line can wreck a team because they watched Florida State last year. The biggest difference in these two teams is at QB. Feleipe Franks proved himself last season and has the experience and leadership now to have another big season. On the other hand the Hurricanes are going with former 4-star recruit in redshirt freshman QB Jarren Williams. He will be making his first career start vs a very good Gators defense. Overall, the Canes defense keeps them in this one, but the Gators get the win late.


(8) Florida 24 Miami 17

Hawaii QB Cole McDonald is explosive – (Photo: JAMM AQUINO)

Arizona @ Hawaii

Spread: Arizona – 11

Previous Matchup: Arizona 47-28 in 2016

Location: Honolulu Hawaii

Time: 10:30 PM

Positional Unit Breakdown

QB – Push

RB – Arizona

WR – Hawaii

TE – Arizona

OL – Arizona

DL – Hawaii

LB – Arizona

DB – Arizona

ST – Hawaii

Arizona LB Colin Schooler is ready to lay the lumber on the Warriors

Positional Units to Remember

Arizona Linebackers

Colin Schooler and Tony Fields are one of the best linebacker duos in college football. Last season, they combined for 208 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 26 tackles for loss and 2 INTs.


Both teams have explosive dual threat QBs running the show. Cole McDonald broke loose last season for the Rainbow Warriors, combining for 4,000+ total yards and 40 touchdowns. Khalil Tate was held back by the Wildcats last season and he looked like a totally different player. Arizona needs to get him back in 2017 form when he was a Heisman contender.

Overall Breakdown

This game has potential to be a shootout, both teams have excellent QBs and a surrounding cast. The difference is overall talent, of which Arizona has more. A Hawaii upset wouldn’t be a total shocker, but I’m taking the Wildcats to win and cover.


Arizona 45 Hawaii 31


FCS Predictions

Colgate 17 Villanova 13

Youngstown State 27 Samford 17