Going on gut feel for my thursday/friday games, but here are some quick thoughts......
Both teams lack depth on offense (especially at QB), but boast strong defense. South Carolina returns key letterman to a team that finished #2 vs the Pass, and #13 nationally in total defense; NC State isn't as impressive statistically (mostly due to a shitty offense leaving them on the field), but returns a solid group of experienced veterans none the less. Spurrier has lost the offensive "it" factor he had at Florida, so don't let the 'Ole Ball Coach intimidate you into picking the Under 46.5 tonight. Spurrier is 28-21 at USC and has not lost an opener since last decade.
THE PICK: UNDER 46.5; USC 17, N.C.St 13
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (-14) at Tulane Green Wave (FRIDAY 9/4)
Tulsa did lose Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzhan to the same position at Auburn, but 4th year head coach Todd Graham preaches the same 5-Wide system that Malzhan uses; so don't look for any drastic changes to the offense this season. The blue and gold also have a new signal caller, but Redshirt Jr QB Jacob Bower should be fine as he knows the system. Tulsa stomped Tulane last year 56-7, and I don't see any reason why this shouldn't happen again.
THE PICK: Tulsa 45, Tulane 20