One game was close, the other was not, but regardless, both the Vanderbilt Commodores and Purdue Boilermakers will look to rebound from season-opening losses when they meet in West Lafayette in Week 2.
For Volunteers fans, Tennessee's 38-30 loss to Georgia State last weekend was embarrassing, but not devastating. While the program was regularly contending for national championships less than 20 years ago, fans' expectations have considerably lowered. Saturday's loss now means the Vols could go 6-6 or worse and not even make a bowl game. It's kind of like the 13-7 loss to Wyoming in 2008 the week head coach Phillip Fulmer was fired during a 5-7 season.
With Week 1 of the 2019 college football season in the books, it's time to revamp the rankings with the top 100 NCAAF teams. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and LSU lead the way in the top four, followed by LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma. Notre Dame checks in at No. 8 following its victory over Louisville on Monday night. Check out Athlon's top 100 team rankings following the games after Week 1:
Quarterback play is always in the spotlight during the preseason or throughout the course of a regular season for all 130 college football teams. And that's especially true after Week 1, as every program got its first look at a new starter under center. The 2019 season is all about the transfer portal and quarterbacks that found a new home. As expected, Jalen Hurts thrived in his debut at Oklahoma, Kelly Bryant put up huge numbers in a Missouri loss at Wyoming, and Justin Fields impressed in Ohio State's easy vcitory over FAU.
With the first weekend of the 2019 season in the books, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances. Each week, Athlon Sports will highlight some of the top performers in college football with its weekly awards section. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team and freshman from Week 1:
Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The first weekend of the 2019 season was headlined by Auburn's last-minute victory over Oregon, Boise State's road win at Florida State, Jalen Hurts' big performance in his Oklahoma debut, along with Utah's victory over rival BYU. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and LSU take the top four spots, with Michigan at No. 5 and Ohio State at No. 6 in the post-Week 1 top 25 rankings.
Week 1 of the 2019 college football season continues on Saturday, Aug. 31. That means it’s time to pick your optimal DraftKings college football fantasy lineup. Fortunately, our college football fantasy experts are ready to help. Players from 10 matchups are available to be selected on DraftKings for the first slate on Saturday, including Mississippi State-Louisiana, Boston College-Virginia Tech and Alabama-Duke. The night slate features players from seven matchups to choose from, including Michigan-MTSU, Texas-Louisiana Tech, Georgia-Vanderbilt and Auburn-Oregon.
College football's Week 1 slate for the 2019 season features 83 games, and our NCAA experts are ready with their predictions and picks. The Week 1 action begins on Thursday, Aug. 29 with 16 games, including the Holy War showdown between Utah and BYU. UCLA-Cincinnati and Georgia Tech-Clemson are also on tap for Thursday night. Friday night features eight matchups, with Wisconsin-USF, Utah State-Wake Forest and Oklahoma State-Oregon State providing plenty of intrigue. A full slate of games is slated for Saturday.
The Week 1 edition of college football picks against the spread is highlighted by a great rivalry game that features one team some believe can make a run at the College Football Playoff (Utah) and another former power that is struggling to tread water (BYU). Elsewhere, Michigan hosts Middle Tennessee in the first game of Josh Gattis’ tenure as the offensive coordinator, and Duke coach David Cutcliffe faces off against his alma mater, Alabama, in Atlanta. Here are 10 predictions for games against the spread.