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College football's 92 Week 1 games, ranked

June 09,2018 01:35

Boise State at Troy, maybe mid-majordom's best non-AAC game of the year? Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech. Anyone expecting these games to be ranked strictly by on-field competence will begin feeling disappointment now. I'm here to see some shit I've never ...

Ranking college football’s 92 games in 2018’s opening weekend - SBNation.com

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Here’s a list. Start list.
Auburn vs. Washington, which looks to be of major Playoff importance. Based on recent years, that means the winning team will finish 8-5.
Michigan at Notre Dame, with a bonus here for happening on college campuses, rather than some NFL stadium.
LSU vs. Miami
FAU at Oklahoma, which should be a blowout, but is still Lane Kiffin vs. a team with a multi-millionaire quarterback replacing a multi-millionaire quarterback.
Boise State at Troy, maybe mid-majordom’s best non-AAC game of the year?
Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech. Anyone expecting these games to be ranked strictly by on-field competence will begin feeling disappointment now. I’m here to see some shit I’ve never seen before, not assemble clinic video on how to play football right.
Tennessee vs. West Virginia, the restrictor-plate version of Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech.
Virginia Tech at Florida State (currently falling, due to the Hokies’ roster issues).
Colorado vs. Colorado State, the rare and precious Week 1 rivalry game.
Washington State at Wyoming
San Diego State at Stanford
UTSA at Arizona State, or the fantastical marvel of Herm Edwards coaching a college football game in 2018.
Northwestern at Purdue, with bonus points for being a Jeff Brohm game, but demerits for being a Pat Fitzgerald game.
SMU at North Texas, your PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW game of the week.
Texas pretty much at Maryland
UCF at UConn. Can you imagine how hilarious it would be if UCF lost the Zombie Civil ConFLiCT to Randy Edsall as a three-touchdown favorite after spending the whole offseason declaring itself national champ? (This sentence will be screenshotted by a deranged UCF fan, so he can show his friends the Free Advertising Time his program’s entertaining claims have tricked the bored media into delivering. You diabolical masterminds!)
BYU at Arizona, because Khalil Tate.
Jacksonville State vs. North Carolina A&T. This list is pretty much just games involving FBS teams, but this one gets a bonus for likely being the first televised Division I game of the season.
Hawaii at Colorado State. Bonus for likely being the first FBS game of the season. Oh right, some teams appear more than once in here, since this includes Week 0.
NC Central vs. Prairie View, because it has the Labor Day Sunday afternoon spotlight all to itself.
Marshall at Miami (Ohio)
JMU at NC State, followed by 17 more games in which the lower-level team could very well win. Everybody loves when that happens!
Cincinnati at UCLA, or Chip Kelly vs. a suddenly talented roster.
Syracuse at Western Michigan
South Dakota State at Iowa State
Indiana at FIU
Central Arkansas at Tulsa
NIU at Iowa
Grambling at UL Lafayette
Richmond at Virginia
Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Central Michigan at Kentucky
Albany at Pitt
Kent State at Illinois
Nicholls at Kansas
North Carolina A&T at East Carolina
UC Davis at San Jose State
Central Connecticut State at Ball State
Northern Arizona at UTEP. I think the FCS team might as well be a road favorite.
Akron at Nebraska, beginning a series of games with interesting new head coaches, whether these things are competitive or not.
Stephen F. Austin at Mississippi State
Eastern Illinois at Arkansas
Charleston Southern at Florida
Northwestern State at Texas A&M, for which Jimbo Fisher will earn a guaranteed $625,000, whether he shows up or not (he did not show up to FSU’s final game of last regular season, so this bears documenting).
Bowling Green at Oregon
Appalachian State at Penn State
Western Kentucky at Wisconsin, a chance for a spirited bunch to make the Badgers lumber awake more quickly than they’d prefer.
North Carolina at Cal
Navy at Hawaii
Army at Duke
Wake Forest at Tulane
Wyoming at New Mexico State
Louisiana Tech at South Alabama
Villanova at Temple, to settle the question of whether anyone outside of Philly is ever allowed to just call Villanova “Philly,” or if we really have to wade through y’all’s very exciting metro-area arguments first.
Kennesaw State at Georgia State: likewise, a battle between those who refer to Cobb County as “kind of like North Atlanta, these days” and those who believe the Braves moved to Mars.
UMass at Boston College: do they do this argument there, too? I don’t know. Since I cover college football, I barely need to pay attention to Boston sports. It’s wonderful.
Houston at Rice, the in-city matchup without such thrilling cartographical stakes.
New Mexico State at Minnesota
UT Martin at Missouri, because Drew Lock will have broken out every Fortnite celebration dance by the time of his ninth touchdown pass.
South Dakota at Kansas State, and these next few games involve some squirrely FCS teams.
Idaho at Fresno State
Weber State at Utah
Elon at USF
Monmouth at Eastern Michigan
Stony Brook at Air Force
Mercer at Memphis
Duquesne at UMass
Texas State at Rutgers, a strange series of four words.
Coastal Carolina at South Carolina
Southeastern Louisiana at ULM
Old Dominion at Liberty. On paper, a decent game, but I’m gonna need a decade or seven before getting excited about any athletics events involving Ian McCaw and friends.
Abilene Christian at Baylor
Southeast Missouri at Arkansas State
Prairie View at Rice
Portland State at Nevada
Alcorn State at Georgia Tech
Savannah State at UAB, and I’m starting to feel physically sad about these, some of which might be competitive, but for what? Let’s move quickly.
South Carolina State at Georgia Southern
Fordham at Charlotte
Howard at Ohio
Incarnate Word at New Mexico
Jackson State at Southern Miss
VMI at Toledo
Delaware State at Buffalo
UNLV at USC, which begins our final group: instant squash matches noticeably less humane than the usual pointless exhibitions by Power 5 teams.
Oregon State at Ohio State
Utah State at Michigan State
Austin Peay at Georgia
Southern at TCU
Missouri State at Oklahoma State
Furman at Clemson
Alabama vs. Louisville

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