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The Top 10 Games for the First Weekend of College Football

Our picks of the top 10 games this weekend and what we may learn
Our picks of the top 10 games this weekend and what we may learn

By Monday evening, a good portion of an offseason’s worth of predictions and debates may be out of date.

That’s part of the anticipation for the first weekend of the season, which will stretch from Thursday through Monday night. Plenty of games with plenty to learn, pretty much.

Here’s a quick guide to the games we watching closely and what lessons he hope to gain for each team.

1. Georgia at Clemson
Need to know: Saturday, 8 p.m., ABC

AP Poll: Where BCS Champions Rank in the Preseason

Where have the BCS National Champions been ranked in the preseason and what does it mean for 2013?
Where have the BCS National Champions been ranked in the preseason and what does it mean for 2013?

When we sit down to iron out our Top 25 Poll each year at Athlon Sports, we are trying to project the final year-end standings not build a preseason power poll. It might be a small and subtle difference but an important one to acknowledge.

Miami or Virginia Tech: Which Team Wins the ACC's Coastal Division in 2017?

Will the Hurricanes finally win the Coastal in 2017?
Miami or Virginia Tech: Which Team Wins the ACC's Coastal Division in 2017?

The ACC’s Coastal Division is likely to feature another tight battle for the top spot in 2017. Miami is still looking for its first appearance in the conference championship game, and the Hurricanes will likely have to go through Virginia Tech to claim the division title this fall.

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

DJ Durkin and the Maryland Terrapins have the toughest slate of any team this fall
Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2017

Scheduling remains one of the most high-profile controversies surrounding college football, particularly in the new Playoff era. Like most college football controversies, it's not one the sport is likely to resolve any time soon, with anything resembling a consensus.

A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2017

Athlon projects college football's very early top 25 teams for 2017.
A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2017

College football’s 2017 season is still several months away, but it’s never too early to predict next year’s top 25 teams. With spring practice underway, the countdown to the 2017 season can officially begin, as teams have started the process of answering offseason concerns.

Virginia Tech Hokies 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

Travon McMillian and the Hokies open the season against a former Big East rival and also will host the defending national champions in Blacksburg
Virginia Tech Hokies 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

Virginia Tech may be losing its star quarterback, a couple of top receivers, and some defensive stalwarts. But Justin Fuente, in his first year as the head coach of the Hokies, created a buzz in Blacksburg that is continuing into year two.

Ranking the ACC’s Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2017

Deondre Francois and Florida State open the season against Alabama in Atlanta and finish things off in Gainesville against in-state rival Florida
Ranking the ACC’s Toughest Non-Conference College Football Schedules in 2017

How has the ACC remodeled its football product in recent years? By playing the best.

 

And eventually beating the best.

 

College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

Ranking all 130 FBS QBs, prior to spring practice.
College Football's Spring 1-130 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2017

Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold next in line. Ohio State's J.T.

Virginia Tech Hokies 2017 Spring Football Preview

With a new QB getting acclimated, the Hokies need RB Travon McMillian to shoulder more of the load on offense
Virginia Tech Hokies 2017 Spring Football Preview

The 2016 Virginia Tech football season had its ups and downs. It started slowly with a sluggish effort against Liberty followed by the turnover-fest in a loss to Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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