When the 2018 college football season begins, it will do so in familiar fashion with Alabama kicking off a new year as the defending champions and everyone else trying to catch up. Naturally, the Crimson Tide will be involved in a number of games that will play an instrumental role in how the 2018 season will play out as Alabama once again opens with an intriguing matchup on a neutral field and a handful of noteworthy clashes in the SEC.
Of course, there will be other contenders worth keeping an eye on next fall, such as Urban Meyer's talented Ohio State team, and they will have their challenges ahead of them. New coaches looking to get settled in and have a major impact right away make for some entertaining storylines to follow next fall as well, including Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M and Chip Kelly at UCLA.
College football’s opening weekend in 2018 may not have quite the same magnitude as the start of the 2017 season had, but it is once again a terrific starting point for the season with some good contests to get us rolling. The biggest and most pivotal games, however, will come in November.
Here is a look at the top 25 games of the 2018 college football season to look forward to, for those who like to plan ahead.
— Written by Kevin McGuire, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. McGuire also writes for CollegeFootballTalk.com and hosts the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.