Intriguing Week One NCAA Football Matchups
Preseason polls, analyst predictions and Week 1 rankings mean very little until the games begin. Here’s a list of 9 interesting games to watch for during the first week of NCAA Football.
Colorado State vs. Colorado
Friday, Sept 1st - 8pm ET
After an impressive 2016, the Buffs finished the regular season at 10-3. With the loss of a few key pieces on offense and a recent star recruit dropping his scholarship to return home, can Colorado beat in state rival CSU in their home opener?
Kent State vs. Clemson
Saturday, Sept 2nd - 12:00pm ET
Although this matchup by itself is not that intriguing, I usually like to check out how the reigning National Champions do in their first game back. With Watson leaving early for the NFL, after leading the Tigers to the Championship in his Junior season, there are 3 quarterbacks (Johnson, Cooper and Bryant) vying for the starting QB job. This is a good warm-up for the team coming off a championship year.
Akron vs. Penn State
Saturday, Sept 2nd - 12:00pm ET
Again, this will most likely not be a great game, but one to watch as many analysts consider Penn State to be a top contender to make the Championship Playoff Series.
Michigan vs. Florida
Saturday, Sept 2nd - 3:30pm ET
Michigan is hungry for a win against a big name. After losing to OSU in double overtime in the last game of the season and then suffering a 1pt loss to FSU in the Orange Bowl, they will come out looking to embarrass Florida. Although Michigan has lost core pieces on their defense, Florida’s lackluster offense may have trouble with the Wolverines.
Western Michigan vs. USC
Saturday, Sept 2nd - 5:15pm ET
USC started 1-3 last year but finished with 9 straight wins including a back and forth bowl win against a strong Penn State team. Western Michigan finished the regular season undefeated but lost to a strong Wisconsin team in their bowl matchup. Will USC pick up where they left off or can WMU spoil those plans?
Louisville vs. Purdue
Saturday, Sept 2nd - 7:30pm ET
With Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson returning at QB, the Cardinals are always fun to watch. Purdue will likely finish middle of the pack in the Big Ten but with the majority of their defense returning, the Boilermakers look to give Jackson and the Cardinals a run for their money.
Alabama vs. Florida State
Saturday, Sept 2nd - 8pm ET
This marquee matchup features two powerhouse teams ranked #1 and #3 in preseason polls. There is no doubt that Jimbo Fisher will have his Noles ready for the Tide. Other than a late game vs. LSU and the Iron Bowl, FSU will likely be Alabama’s toughest challenge of the year.
BYU vs. LSU
Saturday, Sept 2nd - 9:30pm ET
Over the last couple years BYU has been up for the challenge of playing and beating teams like Texas, Nebraska and Houston early in the season. But LSU will give them a whole new style of football. Smash mouth, in your face, SEC Football.
Texas A&M vs. UCLA
Sunday, Sept 3rd - 7:30pm ET
A&M won this matchup last year on opening day. However both teams struggled in the regular season and will give it their all to start 2017 off with a W. UCLA will need QB Rosen to step up his game to defeat the Aggies.