Game day is nearly here.
And that means it's time for misguided predictions on a game-by-game basis.
Usually, these will be reserved for Thursdays. But here in the opening week, it's best to get them done now rather than scrambling at the last second.
There's 12 games --- a full one out of six involving an ACC team --- on the schedule. Some of them are quite a bit easier to figure out than others.
All games Saturday unless otherwise noted.
* Presbyterian at Wake Forest (Thursday, 6:30, ESPN3.com): Demon Deacons 42-3. Wake Forest could have some difficulties this season now that Riley Skinner is gone. Tomorrow night against the Blue Hose (0-11 in 2009) will not be one of those times.
* Florida A&M at Miami (Thursday, 7:30, ESPN3.com): Hurricanes 41-10. The Rattlers are actually a rather respectable opponent, but the Hurricanes should still roll to an easy opening win.
* Samford at Florida State (Noon, ESPNU): Seminoles 51-7. Florida State could hang half a hundred, but the real story would be the Seminoles stopping anyone. That includes the Bulldogs, who were 5-6 a year go.
* Weber State at Boston College (1, ESPN3.com): Eagles 42-7. Montel Harris' services won't be needed after halftime.
* South Carolina State at Georgia Tech (1, ESPN3.com): Yellow Jackets 35-3. Anthony Allen's services won't be needed after halftime.
* North Texas at Clemson (3:30, ESPNU): Tigers 45-17. For a week, anyway, no one in Death Valley will be wondering how Clemson will replace C.J. Spiller. Should be a good day for the Andre Ellington/Jamie Harper combo.
* Western Carolina at N.C. State (6, ESPN3.com): Wolfpack 41-7. Pity both the poor Catamounts and fantasy owners stuck facing Russell Wilson. He'll have a field day picking apart an undermanned foe before yielding to Mike Glennon.
* Richmond at Virginia (6, ESPN3.com): Spiders 21-16. It should shock no one if the CAA takes the early lead in the de facto ACC-CAA Challenge. Granted, Mike London knows his old team. But the Cavaliers are rebuilding, and this could wind up being a scary game for them. The talent, at least this year, is probably pretty comparable.
* Elon at Duke (7, ESPN3.com): Blue Devils 24-17. Duke needs to quit playing good teams from the former Division I-AA, particularly in a season in which it breaks in a new quarterback. Nonetheless, the Blue Devils should survive a a date with the visitor from 35 minutes down I-85.
* North Carolina vs. Louisiana State in Atlanta (8, ABC): Tigers 20-10. To quote Ben Stein: "Au-stin? Au-stin? Au-stin?" Let's just say it could be an interesting night for a beat writer taking roll during warmups.
* Maryland vs. Navy in Baltimore (Monday, 4, ESPN): Midshipmen 31-24. Convinced that Maryland will make things very interesting. Not convinced that Maryland will win. Hunch is the Mids' fullbacks will end up with more statistically impressive days than Ricky Dobbs. Know that if that's the case and Navy wins, Dobbs won't care a bit.
* Boise State vs. Virginia Tech in Landover, Md. (Monday, 8, ESPN): Hokies 21-20. Not sure who will win, but here's guessing this one doesn't disappoint. Both defenses should play well in the showcase game.
2009 record: 70-34 (32-16 conference plus 1-0 title game plus 2-5 in bowls)