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Notre Dame players celebrate after defeating Navy at

Notre Dame players celebrate after defeating Navy at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. (Sept. 1, 2012) Credit: Getty

Purdue (1-0) @ No. 22 Notre Dame (1-0) 3:30 p.m.: The Fighting Irish blitzed Navy last week, 50-10. But don’t be fooled, Navy did a great job passing the ball as Middies QB Trey Miller completed 14 of 19 passes for 192 yards and a TD. Was it an aberration? Maybe. If it wasn’t, Notre Dame could struggle against a Purdue squad that saw QB Robert Marve throw for 295 yards and three TDs in a 48-6 win over Eastern Kentucky last week. Marve stepped in for the suspended Caleb Terbush. Terbush returns this weekend. The Fighting Irish will get suspended QB Tommy Rees back this weekend, too. But Rees isn’t starting and will have to battle for the backup job behind Everett Golson. The Pick: The Irish should prevail at home, 34-30.

No. 7 Georgia (1-0) @ Missouri (1-0) 7:45 p.m.: This should be a nice early test for Georgia. Georgia wasn’t as sharp as it wanted to be in its 45-23 win over Buffalo last week. The Bulldogs led just 24-16 at the half and needed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to put away Buffalo. Missouri rolled over Southeastern Louisiana, 62-10, last week. The pick: Missouri will score the first upset of the season, 37-33.

Penn State (0-1) @ Virginia (1-0) noon: There are many who believe this game has no significance. It does for Penn State. The Nittany Lions are in the midst of their easiest stretch of the season, with Navy, Temple and Illinois on the slate the next two weekends. Penn State needs to win this weekend. Lions QB Matt McGloin completed 27 of 48 passes for 260 yards two TDs and one interception in last week’s 24-14 loss to Ohio. He’ll need to be more accurate against the Cavaliers. Penn State’s running game needs to wake up, too. Bill Belton (53) and Derek Day combined for 89 yards and no TDs. Penn State failed to score in the second half of the game. Virginia had a relatively easy time knocking off Richmond as Michael Rocco threw for 311 yards. The Pick: Penn State is already in trouble. Virginia gets a tight win, 23-19.

Pace @ Stony Brook (1-0) 6:00 p.m.: Saturday’s 49-17 win over CCSU was just what the doctor ordered for the Seawolves. With most predicting a 10-1, 9-2 kind of season, Stony Brook needs to roll over its inferior opponents. The rushing attack with Miguel Maysonet and Marcus Coker is impressive and should have no problems getting the numbers against Pace. Kyle Essington threw three TDs, but completed just 9 of 17 passes. The Pick: Pace fell to Bentley in its opener, 42-0. Not sure there is much more to say. Stony Brook wins in a big way.


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