Welcome to the college football season. Our slate of games featuring top matchups on the road to the College Football Playoff starts tomorrow. Let’s start with an early morning game in Houston.
|Sat 9:00 AM PT||ABC||OKLA -11.5|
The Oklahoma Sooners made it to last year’s College Football Playoff only to fall short to the Clemson Tigers in the Semifinals. The Houston Cougars on the other hand had a great season. Finishing 13-1 and celebrating with a Peach Bowl win over Florida State. As great of a quarterback as Baker Mayfield is and as good of a backfield as Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon are, I’m predicting an upset. Greg Ward Jr. is a great dual threat quarterback and based off of the season he had for Houston last year, he definitely has the moxie to lead this Mid-Major program to a potential playoff berth.
My Pick: #15 Houston
|Sat 2:30 PM PT||ESPN||UGA -3|
It is going to feel more or less like I’m giving the benefit of the doubt to the SEC a majority of the time, but you need to remember that they know how to perform in non-conference games. Nick Chubb of the Georgia Bulldogs is a potential Heisman candidate, and North Carolina is going to have a hard time containing what many people consider the 2nd best running back in the SEC (because let’s be real we all know that Leonard Fournette is #1). North Carolina is definitely a good dark horse ACC contender, but Georgia plays much tougher competition in its own conference. This game is also being played in the Georgia Dome so in a way it’s kind of ironic that the Bulldogs are listed as the away team in this one.
My Pick: #18 Georgia
|Sat 5:00 PM PT||ABC||ALA -11.5|
I really don’t think I need to waste my time on this one. Maybe 7 or 8 years ago this would be a game, but USC has a long way to go in terms of gaining respectability again. Expect for Alabama to win this one in a laugher, as they start their title defense with a bang.
My Pick: #1 Alabama
|Mon 5:00 PM PT||ESPN||FSU -5.5|
This might actually be the best game this weekend. We have two serious national title contenders. Ole Miss is headlined by a great quarterback in senior Chad Kelly, and Florida State is headlined by a great running back in junior Dalvin Cook. I think that the bigger question will be how the defenses for both squads perform, and with that being said expect a lot of fireworks on offense. Florida State’s home-field should help immensely as they make a statement win and try to unseat Clemson in the ACC.
My Pick: #4 Florida State
Football is back baby, looking forward to the upcoming fall.