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Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (+14) @ South Carolina Gamecocks
Thursday, September 2nd
7:30 ET, Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC

The Gamecocks are going to come into this one full of question marks. Yes, we know that QB Stephen Garcia is going to be the man under center and that he is a very dangerous threat every time he drops back to throw the pigskin, but there are as many as seven starters that could be suspended before the game kicks off. TE Weslye Saunders has already been informed of his suspension, and in Saunders, the Cocks are losing their second best returning receiver from a year ago. HC Larry Fedora always believes that his team can hit the road and take out the big boys across the country, and this will be no exception. QB Austin Davis is back from his foot injury that kept him out of the final two thirds of last season, and many think that he could be amongst the best QBs in Conference USA. SC HC Steve Spurrier has never lost to an non-BCS conference foe (38-0), but that could be in some serious jeopardy on Thursday night. We'll give the Gamecocks the slight upper hand, but our NCAA football picks are clearly on Southern Miss to stick in front of this two TD spread.

Prediction: South Carolina 31 – Southern Miss 27

#15 Pittsburgh Panthers (+3) @ #24 Utah Utes
Thursday, September 2nd
8:30 ET, Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT

QB Jordan Wynn really made a name for himself at the end of last season, and we think that by the end of this year, he could be in store for great things at Utah. Just one problem: This isn't the end of the year. The Utes are going to have all sorts of problems trying to keep the Pittsburgh front four off of Wynn's back, and if that unit can successfully get pressure and leave seven guys back in the secondary to cause havoc, there are going to be plenty of turnovers. At that point, all HC Dave Wannstedt has to do is put the ball into the hands of RB Dion Lewis. Lewis rushed for just short of 1,800 yards a year ago and could be a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate by the time the season is said and done. Even though QB Tino Sunseri is taking over for the departed Bill Stull, we still don't think that the Panthers have any major problems getting out of Salt Lake City with an upset that will avenge the 2005 Fiesta Bowl loss to the Utes.

Prediction: Pittsburgh 27 – Utah 17

USC Trojans (-21) @ Hawaii Warriors
Thursday, September 2nd
11:00 ET, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

For all intents and purposes, this game is the equivalent of USC's bowl game this year, since the Men of Troy have been ruled ineligible for postseason play this year. If the Trojans are ready and raring to go, this game won't be close from the get go. HC Lane Kiffin has had months to get ready for this crazy passing attack that Hawaii is going to be bringing to the table, and as long as QB Brett Moniz and WR Greg Salas are at least mildly contained, the Trojans should have no problems. Look for QB Matt Barkley to get his second season in So Cal off to a good start, as USC should be able to handle the Warriors with ease. Had this been a normal year for the Trojans, they would be five TD favorites. The adjustment for the bowl suspension is just too much.

Prediction: USC 55 – Hawaii 17

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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