College Football: Week 1 Predictions

Week 1 Predictions

Aug 31, 2017

by Chase Gage

 

JONESBORO, ARK — College football season is finally here. That’s all I need to say.

If there is anything that college football is known for, it is for being unpredictable. At the end of the day, these are just college kids playing a game on one of the largest stages of any American sport, so that almost comes as a given.

No matter what team you root for, how good they are or how bad they are, anyone can win any game any given week. That makes predicting them pretty pointless, right? Well, I’m going to do it anyway. Here are my week one predictions. Enjoy.

College Football Week One Predictions:

 

3 Florida State beats 1 Alabama

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I know all of you SEC diehards have already exited this article, so I’ll go ahead and speak the truth. Note that I am an avid SEC fan and believe it is the standard for greatness from top to bottom in college football. However, I’m not one of those guys that will ignore facts in favor of, well, favoritism.

The ACC is getting VERY close to the SEC in terms of competitiveness. Sure, the top half of the SEC is still ahead of pretty much every other conference, but the middle and lower tiers of the SEC aren’t all that impressive anymore. The top tier of the ACC is nothing short of elite (and the same goes for the Big 10 and Pac-12), and the rest of the league is on its way.

I said all of that to say this. Alabama may very well see this Florida State team again in the College Football Playoff, or even in the championship game. I am not saying that Alabama is no good. All I’m saying is that Florida State will upset them in the first game of the season. It’s not as simple as “Alabama is the best team and the SEC is the best conference, so Alabama will win the championship and every SEC team will be undefeated in non-conference.” Those days are behind us.

Florida State is the real deal, and Alabama may be a bit overhyped after their championship loss.

 

The Sun Belt Comes to Play

I do not believe that the Sun Belt will win any of the following matchups, but don’t be surprised if they are all very competitive. An upset is not as unlikely as you might think, though. The top of the Sun Belt is turning into an ensemble of teams that like to turn “easy games” into “close calls” for teams in the Power 5. Here are the Sun Belt teams to watch out for:

  • Arkansas State at Nebraska
  • Troy at Boise State
  • Appalachian State at 15 Georgia
  • Georgia Southern at 12 Auburn

Mark my words.

 

Michigan turns The Swamp into The Big House

This is another classic case of “the SEC team will win because it’s non-conference and they’re playing at home.” This is not true in this instance.

Florida is still trying to figure themselves out as an organization. They have been good for several years, but have yet to even come remotely close to the level they were at before Urban Meyer left for health reasons/Ohio State.

Michigan, on the other hand, is on their way back to the top. Jim Harbaugh has already established that he is in the elite tier of college football coaches with Meyer and Nick Saban.

This will be a statement game for Michigan as they pursue a Big 10 title alongside Ohio State and Penn State.

 

Minor Predictions
  • Arkansas struggles with Florida A&M
  • Bet on Utah State against their 27.5 point spread (vs. 9 Wisconsin)
  • South Carolina beats NC State in an upset
  • Notre Dame doesn’t look as good as you’d expect because they never do
  • Texas A&M pulls off the upset over UCLA at the Rose Bowl

 

Week one is generally uneventful, as most teams are playing cupcakes. There are really only two big-time games, so my predictions are rather short for now. Check back weekly so you can see how spot-on my predictions are throughout the season.

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