College Football, Week 1: Picks and predictions

The biggest opening weekend in college football history is finally here. With the season kicking into full swing on Thursday, fans everywhere are excited to get their first glimpse of their favorite team in 2016.

In anticipation of the marquee match ups on this week’s slate of games — which includes ranked battles like Alabama vs. USC, Florida State vs. Ole Miss and Georgia over North Carolina — we’ve put our money where our mouth is with our picks.

Who will come out on top on opening weekend? How will our picks turn out?

Let’s take a look at our picks for the top 25 match ups in Week 1 and check back in next weekend to see how we fare:

GameJosh SanchezCaleb Bailey
No. 20 USC vs. No. 1 Alabama
No. 2 Clemson vs. Auburn
No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 15 Houston
No. 11 Ole Miss vs. No. 4 Florida State
No. 5 LSU vs. Wisconsin
Bowling Green vs. No. 6 Ohio State
Hawaii vs. No. 7 Michigan
Kansas State vs. No. 8 Stanford
Appalachian State vs. No. 9 Tennessee 
No. 10 Notre Dame vs. Texas
Furman vs. No. 12 Michigan State
South Dakota State vs. No. 13 TCU
Rutgers vs. No. 14 Washington
No. 16 UCLA vs. Texas A&M
Miami (OH) vs. No. 17 Iowa
No. 18 Georgia vs. No. 22 North Carolina
Charlotte vs. No. 19 Louisville
SE Louisiana vs. No. 21 Oklahoma State
Northwestern State vs. No. 23 Baylor
UC Davis vs. No. 24 Oregon
UMass vs. No. 25 Florida



Stanford RB Bryce Love out for season opener
Stanford RB Bryce Love out for season opener