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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:

Game Josh Sanchez Caleb Bailey
No. 20 USC vs. No. 1 Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide Alabama Crimson Tide
No. 2 Clemson vs. Auburn Auburn Tigers Auburn Tigers
No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 15 Houston
Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma Sooners
No. 11 Ole Miss vs. No. 4 Florida State Florida State Seminoles Florida State Seminoles
No. 5 LSU vs. Wisconsin LSU Tigers
LSU Tigers
Bowling Green vs. No. 6 Ohio State Ohio State Buckeyes Ohio State Buckeyes
Hawaii vs. No. 7 Michigan Michigan Wolverines Michigan Wolverines
Kansas State vs. No. 8 Stanford Stanford Cardinal Stanford Cardinal
Appalachian State vs. No. 9 Tennessee  Tennessee Volunteers Tennessee Volunteers
No. 10 Notre Dame vs. Texas
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Texas Longhorns
Furman vs. No. 12 Michigan State Michigan State Spartans Michigan State Spartans
South Dakota State vs. No. 13 TCU TCU Horned Frogs TCU Horned Frogs
Rutgers vs. No. 14 Washington
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Washington Huskies
No. 16 UCLA vs. Texas A&M
UCLA Bruins
Texas A&M Aggies
Miami (OH) vs. No. 17 Iowa Iowa Hawkeyes Iowa Hawkeyes
No. 18 Georgia vs. No. 22 North Carolina Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia Bulldogs
Charlotte vs. No. 19 Louisville Louisville Cardinals Louisville Cardinals
SE Louisiana vs. No. 21 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Cowboys Oklahoma State Cowboys
Northwestern State vs. No. 23 Baylor Baylor Bears Baylor Bears
UC Davis vs. No. 24 Oregon Oregon Ducks Oregon Ducks
UMass vs. No. 25 Florida Florida Gators Florida Gators



Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated,,, and many others.
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