A quick look at the top matchups from around the nation for the week of September 2 through September 6....
GAME OF THE WEEK...
(5) Florida State at (6) Miami
The Editor Says: Florida State
THE WEEK'S OTHER TOP MATCHUPS...
Colorado State at Colorado
This rivalry is always full of excitement. The Buffaloes are just glad to be back on the playing field after a horrendous offseason. CSU has to replace QB Bradlee Van Pelt, but new QB Justin Holland has two top targets to throw to in WR David Anderson and TE Joel Dreessen.
The Editor Says: Colorado State
Toledo at Minnesota
Many of the experts have the Rockets pulling the upset in Minneapolis to start the season. Minnesota is replacing QB Asad Abdul Khaliq, but the ground game is anything but hurting. RBs Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber III both return. The Rockets are led by QB Bruce Gradkowski.
The Editor Says: Minnesota
Oregon State at (4) LSU
Coach Mike Riley has the Beavers back in position to be a competitor in the PAC 10, but do they have a shot against the defending national champions in Baton Rouge? You could argue either way, but these are two teams who should do just fine in their respective conferences.
The Editor Says: LSU
Memphis at Mississippi
If you've watched ESPN lately, you've probably seen "expert" Lee Corso pump up coach Tommy West's Memphis Tigers. Mississippi enters their first game in four years without Eli Manning on the sideline, while Memhpis has hopes of winning CUSA and going bowling again.
The Editor Says: Memphis
Syracuse at Purdue
Syracuse's position in the Big East should improve this season, but will the team actually be any better? RB Walter Reyes is one of the nation's best, but Joe Tiller lets few winnable games slip through his hands. QB Kyle Orton has a chance to be all-Big Ten this year.
The Editor Says: Purdue
COULD BE INTERESTING...
Texas A&M at Utah
Coach Urban Meyer tries to pick up where he left off after one season with the Utes.
The Editor Says: Utah
UTEP at Arizona State
ASU hopes to live up to the hype this season, while Mike Price begins a new career in El Paso.
The Editor Says: Arizona State
Washington State at New Mexico
New Mexico RB DonTrell Moore, one of the nation's best, will try to lead the upset.
The Editor Says: New Mexico
Troy at Marshall
The Trojans aim to be a power in the Sun Belt but get their start against a stud from the MAC.
The Editor Says: Marshall
Northern Illinois at Maryland
RB Michael Turner is gone, but the memory of last season's upset is not.
The Editor Says: Maryland
Notre Dame at BYU
Both of these teams need to find themselves and quick if there is to be success in 2004.
The Editor Says: Notre Dame
Miami (Ohio) at (7) Michigan
Two great QBs, Roethlisberger and Navare, are gone. How will their teams respond?
The Editor Says: Michigan
Cincinnati at (9) Ohio State
Coach Mark Dantonio is in his first year, coming from Ohio State. How much does he know?
The Editor Says: Ohio State
Kent State at (14) Iowa
QB Josh Cribbs is a threat, and we've seen the MAC pull upsets like this many times.
The Editor Says: Iowa
(15) California at Air Force
The Golden Bears are hyped to be a threat to USC this season, but can they handle the Academy?
The Editor Says: California
Central Florida at Wisconsin
Coach George O'Leary re-starts his career at Camp Randall. Has he made an impact yet?
The Editor Says: Wisconsin
South Carolina at Vanderbilt
In case you didn't hear last year or the year before or the year before that..., Vandy is going bowling.
The Editor Says: Vanderbilt
Tulane at Mississippi State
ESPN2 thought it was worthy of a broadcast. Coach Sly Croom needs to grab a win.
The Editor Says: Mississippi State
Fresno State at Washington
The Huskies are falling fast, while the Bulldogs are again a favorite in the WAC.
The Editor Says: Fresno State
Kentucky at Louisville
This game is always fun. The Cardinals have the talent edge, while UK is replacing QB Jared Lorenzen.
The Editor Says: Louisville
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