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August 30, 2004

A quick look at the top matchups from around the nation for the week of September 2 through September 6....


(5) Florida State at (6) Miami
It's time for FSU QB Chris Rix to solve the Hurricane mystery.
Many people around the country have picked this matchup as one of the best of the entire 2004 college football season. The Hurricanes have gotten the best of Bobby Bowden's Noles time and time again, but this is the first time that the game has conference implications. With Miami moving to the ACC this fall, the winner of this one takes an early lead in the conference race with likely their toughest conference game already behind them. It's time for Chris Rix to step up in his senior season. The Canes had a sub-par season in 2003 thanks to a mid-season collapse and now have to replace key starters who departed for the NFL. If FSU is going to get the job done, there's no better time than the present.

The Editor Says: Florida State
Editor's Note: This game was moved to September 10 due to Hurricane Frances, but this feature was published prior to that announcement.


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


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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