By Ken Cross
The opening week of the football season usually calls for non-conference games against creampuffs, "budget games" for smaller schools. They go, they take a beating and they cash a big check. For the most part, that's the way it looks this year. There are a couple of exceptions in the Southeastern Conference, however. There are two games of national interest including one that will have immediate Top 25 repercussions. The Tennessee Vols will travel to Berkeley to play the Cal Bears. Both teams are highly ranked and most of the nation will be watching the Saturday evening match-up. Also, Oklahoma State of the Big 12 visits the Georgia Bulldogs in the first week of play.
Here are picks for the rest of the major conferences starting with the SEC:
@ Cal 24, Tennessee 21 – Lots of pressure on Phillip Fulmer to start the season since the Vols' first three outings are treacherous. The Golden Bears remember last year's 35-18 embarrassment in Knoxville. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson will be a handful for UT.
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