The Return of College Football: What to Watch for Week 1

There are some big games the first Saturday of college football season. I picked five to keep an eye out for.

#5 Georgia at #8 Clemson, 8ET, Clemson Memorial Stadium

This is by far the most anticipated game of the week. Both teams know how crucial it is to win this game. Aaron Murray of Georgia and Tajh Boyd of Clemson are the veteran quarterbacks and they have both played in big games before. Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins will look to rebound from his sophomore year after having a great freshman season. I think that Clemson will win this because it is at their place. A top ten matchup at a stadium that will be full to the max and very loud will be a quite a scene.

Wyoming at #18 Nebraska, 7ET, Memorial Stadium

I think that Nebraska better be prepared. I’ve watched Wyoming before and they are very underrated. Quarterback Brett Smith will look to lead his team to the biggest win of their lives. I think that Wyoming pulls the upset in Lincoln.

Virginia Tech vs #1 Alabama, 5:30ET, Georgia Dome

This is a neutral game in Atlanta. Everyone fully expects the two time defending champions to win this game in a landslide. Virginia Tech did not have a good season last year. Logan Thomas, quarterback, had high expectations going into 2012 and he did not live up to that. Now a senior, Thomas has one final season to prove himself. I don’t think he will in this game. Alabama lost nine players to the NFL including picks nine through eleven. I expect Alabama’s new starters to be great because of head coach Nick Saban. I have Alabama winning 35-10.

#19 Boise State at Washington, 7ET, Husky Stadium

This is the second straight time that these schools have played against each other. Last December they met in the Las Vegas Maaco Bowl with Boise winning 28-26. Bishop Sankey rushed for 205 yards in that game for Washington. This is a very hard game to project. I think that Washington will win, not only because they are at home, but because their quarterback Keith Price had another offseason to learn and improve. Even without Austin Seferian-Jenkins (who needs surgery for his pinky), I think that Washington can pull off the win in their newly renovated stadium.

#12 LSU vs #20 TCU, 8ET, AT&T Stadium in Dallas

Both teams have question marks. LSU lost nine players to the NFL draft including two who went in the first round. TCU only had two players drafted. LSU head coach Les Miles is a very good recruiter which makes me sure that LSU is prepared. TCU quarterback Casey Pachall needs to have a really good game in order for LSU to be knocked off. I think that LSU should be ranked higher than 12th and that they will win this game.

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