You can feel it in the air and in the mornings, the weather has been cooler lately. All that means is that fall is around the corner and it’s time for football season. College football is finally here and we start things off with a bang with Alabama taking on Florida State in the new Mercedes-Benz Dome. Week 1 will feature some good match-ups to begin the year besides the Florida State-Alabama game. 11th ranked Michigan will take on 17th ranked Florida at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The other game that features ranked teams playing takes place on Sunday night. 22nd ranked West Virginia take on the 21st ranked Virginia Tech from Landover, Maryland. Like always, I’m hoping to maintain a 70% winning percentage throughout the year. This week I’ll be predicting 4 games and hopefully things start out on the right foot. Let’s get started!!!
Of course, we start things off with the Alabama/Florida State match-up from Atlanta. We all have been wanting for these two teams to face-off for years now. Alabama comes into this season as the top-ranked team in the nation. Jalen Hurts & Bo Scarbrough will lead the Tide offense once again as they try to return to the title game. Minkah Fitzpatrick lead the defense as they lost several big names to the NFL Draft this year. Like always, Alabama always regroup on defense to become a dominant force. The Seminoles have D’Andre François at QB returning as he had an impressive Freshman campaign. Just like Alabama, the Seminoles lost several key players to the NFL Draft also. Derwin James could be an enormous difference in this match-up as he’s heralded as the best player in the nation. This game will be won by the Tide in the 4th quarter on the back on Scarbrough.
Alabama Wins 34-24
We have a huge match-up of ACC versus Big-10 meeting in Dallas for this key game. The 11th ranked Michigan Wolverines will battle the 17th ranked Florida Gators. Michigan heads into the new season hoping they can repeat the great season from a year ago. One issue with that will be them losing so much from last year’s team on both sides of the ball. One thing about Coach Jim Harbaugh, he recruits well and have his players ready. On the other hand, the Florida Gators lost their best tow cornerbacks from last year to the NFL. They also will be without 10 of their players as they have been suspended for this crucial game. With so many guys from Florida missing this game, my heart says Michigan should prevail.
Michigan Wins 27-17
The final match-up with ranked teams playing each other will be played on Sunday night. The 22nd ranked West Virginia Mountaineers open their season against the 21st ranked Virginia Tech Hokies for the Black Diamond Trophy. West Virginia are hoping to challenge Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas this year in the Big-12. They will have to do it with a new QB and that’s bad news when facing this Hokie defense. As far as Virginia Tech goes, they lost a lot of their production on the offensive side from last year. West Virginia have the better offense and Virginia Tech with the better defense. Defense wins games so I’m riding with the Hokies.
Virginia Tech Wins 34-27
These teams aren’t ranked, but with a good showing the winner could crack the top-25. Texas A&M make that trip to the West Coast and battle the UCLA Bruins. Josh Rosen is hoping to duplicate his freshman season after a disappointing sophomore campaign. UCLA is hoping to start the season off on the right foot with the hopes of competing with USC & Washington this year. Can the Bruins offense get on track against the Aggies? Texas A&M will try to replace some key players from last year, including top pick Myles Garrett. If the Aggies were to win this game, it’ll have to rely on their offense and I don’t think they’ll match the Bruins firepower.
UCLA Wins 38-24
If you haven’t followed my format throughout the years, I’m always picking the top games. My goal is to finish the season with at least a 70% winning percentage. What do you think about my picks for this week? Do you see any upsets happening? Leave a comment below.