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Ranking All 86 Games of Week 1 of the 2018 College Football Season

Jarrett Stidham, Auburn Tigers Football

Jarrett Stidham, Auburn Tigers Football

College football’s long offseason officially ended on Saturday. The 2018 season started with four FBS games in Week 0, including Colorado State-Hawaii and Wyoming-New Mexico State. Week 0 was a good appetizer, and now it's time for the main course and a full Week 1 slate of action. The first full week of games begins on Thursday, Aug. 30 and continues into Labor Day on Monday night with a showdown between Virginia Tech and Florida State. The Week 1 slate features 86 games, including Miami-LSU, Washington-Auburn, Notre Dame-Michigan and Louisville-Alabama.

With 86 games on the slate – and too many starting at the same time – Athlon Sports wants to help your channel surfing for Week 1. In addition to a quick preview and prediction, we have ranked every game based upon watchability for the first full Saturday of action. It’s not easy ranking one-sided FBS versus FBS matchups or FCS versus FBS teams, but we’ve tried to weigh everything for all 86 matchups. Many factors went into this subjective ranking. But most importantly, the 2018 college football season is underway and there are plenty of excellent matchups to take in this week.