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Morning links: LSU-BYU a top game, gets comic book cover, BYU's Shaver strikes again

Jason Kirk of SB Nation ranked the seven biggest games in college football's opening weekend (BYU's second game), and the matchup between the BYU Cougars and the LSU Tigers made the list at No. 3.

Speaking of the battle of the cats, Kirk wrote, "The first half will be overshadowed by No. 1 on this list, but there'll be plenty of thumpin' to go by the time we tune in."

The game also drew attention from SB Nation's Alex Kirshner who ranked nine upset picks from week 1 based on plausibility.

He had the game ranked No. 3 overall in the "absolutely could happen and wouldn't be surprising" category.

Talking about the matchup in Houston, Kirshner wrote, "LSU is far more talented, but LSU is also LSU.

"This will be a gory display of power football, and if BYU has eaten its Wheaties, the Cougars will have a chance in a low-scoring affair."

ESPN and Marvel also joined the fun for the game between LSU and the Cougars as they teamed up to design a comic book cover for the game.

BYU projected to win 9 games

Paul Myerberg of USA Today released his 2017 preview for the independent teams in college football where he had plenty to say about the BYU Cougars.

He projected the Cougars to go 9-4 while placing nine players on his top players list, (five offense, three defense, one special teams).

Myerberg also rated the Cougars as the best unit at quarterback, linebacker, secondary and special teams.

Talking about who he sees the season playing out for the Cougars, he wrote, "I see BYU having a nice year in its second go-round under Kalani Sitake, winning at least eight games and as many as 10 depending on its quarterback play and the performance of both lines. I don’t have any doubts about Tanner Mangum, to be honest; I’m far more concerned about the offensive front and a rebuilt defensive line."

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And finally...Former BYU slugger Colton Shaver has shown off his power since starting his pro career, and on Monday night he hit his second walk-off grand slam of the season in a 10-6 win over the Brooklyn Cyclones.

The blast was his second home run of the night and his 10th in 37 games in the Astros' farm system.