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

DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson Tigers Football

College football's Week 1 slate for the 2021 season features 84 games, and our NCAA experts are ready with their predictions and picks. The Week 1 action begins on Wednesday night with UAB and Jacksonville State meeting in Montgomery, Ala. The action continues on Thursday with 16 games, including Temple-Rutgers, Ohio State-Minnesota and Boise State-UCF. Eight games are on tap for Friday, with North Carolina at Virginia Tech and Michigan State at Northwestern headlining the action. A full slate of Saturday action kicks off with Oklahoma-Tulane, Penn State-Wisconsin, Stanford-Kansas State and Western Michigan-Michigan in the first window. The afternoon schedule includes a showdown in Atlanta between Miami and Alabama, West Virginia-Maryland, Indiana-Iowa, Louisiana-Texas and San Jose State-USC. The night wave of games features the huge meeting between Clemson and Georgia in Charlotte, along with Texas Tech-Houston, UTSA-Illinois and LSU-UCLA. BYU-Arizona and Nevada-California headline the last slate of games on Saturday. Florida State takes on Notre Dame on Sunday, with Louisville and Ole Miss meeting in Atlanta to close out Week 1 on Labor Day.

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

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UAB at Jacksonville State (Wed.)

UAB

UAB

UAB

Temple at Rutgers (Thurs.)

Rutgers

Rutgers

Rutgers

The Citadel at Coastal Carolina (Thurs.)

Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina

LIU at FIU (Thurs.)

FIU

FIU

FIU

Boise State at UCF (Thurs.)

UCF

Boise State

UCF

Western Illinois at Ball State (Thurs.)

Ball State

Ball State

Ball State

Wagner at Buffalo (Thurs.)

Buffalo

Buffalo

Buffalo

Weber State at Utah (Thurs.)

Utah

Utah

Utah

USF at NC State (Thurs.)

NC State

NC State

NC State

ECU vs. Appalachian State (Charlotte, N.C. - Thurs.)

Appalachian State

ECU

Appalachian State

UC Davis at Tulsa (Thurs.)

Tulsa

Tulsa

Tulsa

Ohio State at Minnesota (Thurs.)

Ohio State

Ohio State

Ohio State

Bowling Green at Tennessee (Thurs.)

Tennessee

Tennessee

Tennessee

UT Martin at WKU (Thurs.)

WKU

WKU

WKU

Houston Baptist at New Mexico (Thurs.)

New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico

Eastern Washington at UNLV (Thurs.)

Eastern Washington

Eastern Washington

UNLV

Southern Utah at Arizona State (Thurs.)

Arizona State

Arizona State

Arizona State

North Carolina at Virginia Tech (Fri.)

North Carolina

North Carolina

North Carolina

Duke at Charlotte (Fri.)

Duke

Charlotte

Duke

Old Dominion at Wake Forest (Fri.)

Wake Forest

Wake Forest

Wake Forest

Saint Francis (Pa.) at Eastern Michigan (Fri.)

Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan

South Dakota at Kansas (Fri.)

Kansas

South Dakota

South Dakota

Michigan State at Northwestern (Fri.)

Northwestern

Northwestern

Michigan State

Northern Colorado at Colorado (Fri.)

Colorado

Colorado

Colorado

South Dakota State at Colorado State (Fri.)

Colorado State

South Dakota State

South Dakota State

Tulane at Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Penn State at Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Penn State

ULM at Kentucky

Kentucky

Kentucky

Kentucky

Colgate at Boston College

Boston College

Boston College

Boston College

Western Michigan at Michigan

Michigan

Michigan

Michigan

Holy Cross at UConn

UConn

UConn

UConn

Stanford vs. Kansas State (Arlington, Texas)

Kansas State

Stanford

Kansas State

Army West Point at Georgia State

Georgia State

Georgia State

Georgia State

Fordham at Nebraska

Nebraska

Nebraska

Nebraska

Fresno State at Oregon

Oregon

Oregon

Oregon

Rice at Arkansas

Arkansas

Arkansas

Arkansas

Lafayette at Air Force

Air Force

Air Force

Air Force

Alabama vs. Miami (Atlanta)

Alabama

Alabama

Alabama

Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Indiana at Iowa

Iowa

Iowa

Iowa

Marshall at Navy

Marshall

Marshall

Marshall

West Virginia at Maryland

West Virginia

West Virginia

Maryland

Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State

Mississippi State

Mississippi State

Mississippi State

Central Michigan at Missouri

Missouri

Missouri

Missouri

UMass at Pitt

Pitt

Pitt

Pitt

Montana State at Wyoming

Wyoming

Wyoming

Wyoming

Northern Iowa at Iowa State

Iowa State

Iowa State

Iowa State

Louisiana at Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

San Jose State at USC

USC

USC

USC

Campbell at Liberty

Liberty

Liberty

Liberty

Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern

Akron at Auburn

Auburn

Auburn

Auburn

Eastern Illinois at South Carolina

South Carolina

South Carolina

South Carolina

Monmouth at Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee

Syracuse at Ohio

Syracuse

Syracuse

Ohio

Oregon State at Purdue

Purdue

Purdue

Purdue

Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium)

Texas Tech

Texas Tech

Houston

Missouri State at Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

Baylor at Texas State

Baylor

Baylor

Baylor

Nicholls at Memphis

Memphis

Memphis

Memphis

Abilene Christian at SMU

SMU

SMU

SMU

Norfolk State at Toledo

Toledo

Toledo

Toledo

Central Arkansas at Arkansas State

Arkansas State

Central Arkansas

Arkansas State

Southern at Troy

Troy

Troy

Troy

Georgia vs. Clemson (Charlotte, N.C.)

Clemson

Clemson

Georgia

FAU at Florida

Florida

Florida

Florida

Northwestern State at North Texas

North Texas

North Texas

North Texas

UTSA at Illinois

Illinois

Illinois

Illinois

Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

William & Mary at Virginia

Virginia

Virginia

Virginia

Kent State at Texas A&M

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

Montana at Washington

Washington

Washington

Washington

ETSU at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt

Southern Miss at South Alabama

Southern Miss

Southern Miss

Southern Miss

Duquesne at TCU

TCU

TCU

TCU

LSU at UCLA

LSU

LSU

LSU

Bethune-Cookman at UTEP

UTEP

UTEP

UTEP

Nevada at California

Nevada

Nevada

California

BYU vs. Arizona (Las Vegas)

BYU

BYU

BYU

New Mexico State at San Diego State

San Diego State

San Diego State

San Diego State

Utah State at Washington State

Washington State

Washington State

Washington State

Portland State at Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Notre Dame at Florida State (Sun.)

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Atlanta - Mon.)

Ole Miss

Ole Miss

Ole Miss

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