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

Predictions for every FBS 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
 

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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

UNLV at

USC

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)

 

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