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College Football Picks: Expert Predictions for Every Game in Week 1

College Football Picks: Expert Predictions for Every Game in Week 1

College Football Picks: Expert Predictions for Every Game in Week 1

College football’s Week 1 slate for the 2018 season features several must-see matchups, and Athlon Sports is ready with complete predictions, preview and picks for the first weekend of action. The action starts on Thursday night with a handful of matchups, including Northwestern at Purdue and Wake Forest at Tulane. Additionally, Texas A&M opens its season and the debut of coach Jimbo Fisher with a matchup against Northwestern State. On Friday, Army at Duke, San Diego State at Stanford and Colorado vs. Colorado State headline an interesting slate of games. The first full weekend of the 2018 season features a couple of marquee showdowns, including Washington-Auburn in Atlanta, Ga. and Michigan traveling to Notre Dame. FAU at Oklahoma, Tennessee-West Virginia and Louisville-Alabama are just a few of the other must-see games on Saturday. Miami and LSU meet in Arlington, Texas on Sunday night, while the Week 1 slate is capped by an ACC showdown between Virginia Tech and Florida State on Monday night.

Each week, Athlon Sports’ editors will pick every game in the FBS ranks. Follow us on Twitter: (@AthlonSports)

College Football Week 1 Predictions


Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Braden Gall

UCF at UConn (Thursday)

Central Connecticut at Ball State (Thursday)

Kennesaw State at Georgia State (Thursday)

NMSU at  Minnesota (Thursday)

Northwestern at Purdue (Thursday)

Wake Forest at  Tulane (Thursday)

Savannah State at UAB (Thursday)

Missouri State at Oklahoma State (Thursday)

Weber State at Utah (Thursday)

SE Louisiana at ULM (Thursday)

Northwestern State at Texas A&M (Thursday)

UC Davis at San Jose State (Thursday)

Monmouth at Eastern Michigan (Friday)

Syracuse at Western Michigan (Friday)

Army at Duke (Friday)

Utah State at Michigan State (Friday)

Portland State at Nevada (Friday)

San Diego State at Stanford (Friday)

WKU at Wisconsin (Friday)

Colorado at Colorado State (Denver, Colo. Friday)

Coastal Carolina at South Carolina

Houston at Rice

James Madison at NC State

Kent State at Illinois

Villanova at Temple

Oregon State at Ohio State

Southern at TCU

Texas vs.  Maryland (Landover, Md.)

Texas State at Rutgers

Furman at Clemson

Alcorn State at Georgia Tech

UMass at Boston College

Howard at Ohio

Stony Brook at Air Force

Albany at Pitt

Austin Peay at Georgia

Appalachian State at Penn State

Central Michigan at Kentucky

Marshall at Miami (Ohio)

Northern Illinois at Iowa

Washington State at Wyoming

Eastern Illinois at Arkansas

Tennessee-Martin at  Missouri

North Carolina at California


Boise State at Troy

Delaware State at Buffalo

Elon at  USF

Fordham at  Charlotte

North Carolina A&T at East Carolina

Old Dominion at Liberty

Richmond at Virginia

South Carolina State at Georgia Southern

Central Arkansas at Tulsa

Cincinnati at UCLA

Grambling at Louisiana

Indiana at FIU

Jackson State at Southern Miss

Louisiana Tech at South Alabama

Mercer at Memphis

Nicholls at Kansas

SE Missouri State at Arkansas State

VMI at Toledo

South Dakota at Fresno State

Charleston Southern at Florida

MTSU at Vanderbilt

Northern Arizona at UTEP

Stephen F. Austin at Mississippi State

SMU at North Texas

Abilene Christian at Baylor

Akron at Nebraska

Bowling Green at Oregon

South Dakota State at Iowa State

Incarnate Word at New Mexico

Idaho at  Fresno State

UTSA at Arizona State

BYU at Arizona

Navy at Hawaii

Louisville vs. Alabama (Orlando, Fla.)

Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech (Houston, Texas)

FAU at  Oklahoma

Tennessee vs. West Virginia (Charlotte, N.C.)

Michigan at Notre Dame

Washington vs. Auburn (Atlanta, Ga.)

LSU vs.  Miami (Arlington, Texas Monday)

Virginia Tech at Florida State (Monday)