Skip to main content

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

Gus Malzahn, Auburn Tigers Football

Gus Malzahn, Auburn Tigers Football

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 marquee contests take place on Saturday night with Boise State-Florida State in Jacksonville, Fla., along with a huge matchup in Arlington, Texas between Auburn and Oregon. Ole Miss-Memphis, Fresno State-USC and Northwestern-Stanford are just a few of the other top matchups on Saturday. Houston travels to Oklahoma for a high-scoring game on Sunday, with Notre Dame playing at Louisville on Monday night to close out Week 1.

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

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


Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Mark Ross

Morgan State at Bowling Green (Thursday)

Wagner at UConn (Thursday)

Albany at  Central Michigan (Thursday)

UCLA at  Cincinnati (Thursday)

Robert Morris at Buffalo (Thursday)

Florida A&M at UCF (Thursday)

Gardner-Webb at Charlotte (Thursday)

Central Arkansas at WKU (Thursday)

Georgia Tech at Clemson (Thursday)

FIU at Tulane (Thursday)

Alabama State at UAB (Thursday)

Texas State at Texas A&M (Thursday)

South Dakota State at Minnesota (Thursday)

Kent State at Arizona State (Thursday)

Northern Colorado at San Jose State (Thursday)

Utah at BYU (Thursday)

Rice at  Army (Friday)

Tulsa at Michigan State (Friday)

Wisconsin at USF (Friday)

UMass at Rutgers (Friday)

Utah State at Wake Forest (Friday)

Purdue at Nevada (Friday)

Colorado State vs. Colorado (Denver) (Friday)

Oklahoma State at Oregon State (Friday)

Howard at Maryland

Northern Iowa at Iowa State

Indiana State at Kansas

South Alabama at Nebraska

Rhode Island at Ohio

Bucknell at Temple

East Carolina at NC State

East Tennessee State at Appalachian State

Idaho at Penn State

Georgia State at Tennessee

Ball State vs. Indiana (Indianapolis)

Colgate at Air Force

Holy Cross at Navy

Portland State at Arkansas

Eastern Washington at Washington

Montana State at Texas Tech

Campbell at Troy

Akron at Illinois

Eastern Michigan at Coastal Carolina

Mississippi State vs. Louisiana (New Orleans)

Incarnate Word at UTSA

Sam Houston State at New Mexico

FAU at Ohio State

VMI at  Marshall

UC Davis at California

Norfolk State at Old Dominion

SMU at Arkansas State

Stephen F. Austin at Baylor

Nicholls at Kansas State

Alcorn State at Southern Miss

Monmouth at Western Michigan

Ole Miss vs. Memphis

James Madison at West Virginia

Illinois State at Northern Illinois

Middle Tennessee at Michigan

Syracuse at Liberty

Miami (Ohio) at Iowa

Georgia Southern at LSU

Abilene Christian at North Texas

Missouri at Wyoming

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at TCU

Houston Baptist at UTEP

Duke vs.  Alabama (Atlanta)

Grambling at ULM

Weber State at San Diego State

Southern Utah at UNLV

New Mexico State at Washington State

South Carolina vs. North Carolina (Charlotte)

Virginia Tech at Boston College

Toledo at  Kentucky

Louisiana Tech at Texas

Virginia at Pitt

Northwestern at Stanford

Georgia at Vanderbilt

Fresno State at USC

Oregon vs. Auburn (Arlington)

Boise State vs.  Florida State (Tallahassee)

Houston at Oklahoma (Sunday)

Notre Dame at Louisville (Monday)

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles