While the college football season technically started a week ago, the real chaos and excitement begins today, with the first full game on Saturday. This is Week 1, and as always, it includes some big non-conference matchups that could have a huge impact.
We’ll be keeping an eye on everything, but here’s a breakdown of the best-looking games of the day.
No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 3 Georgia
Time: 3:30pm ET | TV: ABC | Line: UGA -17.5 | Total: 52.5
Georgia begins a national championship fight against familiar faces. Dan Lanning, the defensive coordinator for the first Bulldogs to win a national championship since 1980, is now in Oregon and will be the head coach for the first time in the first week of games in Atlanta.
23 Cincinnati, 19 Arkansas
Time: 3:30 p.m. | TV: ESPN | Lines: Arkansas-6 | Total: 52.5
Cincinnati made history last season by becoming the first team in a five-man conference to make the college football playoffs. But with stars like Seth Gardner, Desmond Reed, Alec Pierce, Kobe Bryant and Jerome Ford now in the NFL, the 2022 Pandas are in The SEC Nation will look a little different when they start the new season. Last year, the Pandas’ victory over Notre Dame on the road provided a major boost to the early-season recovery. Can they do it again in Fayetteville?
Florida No. 7 Utah
Time: 7 p.m. | TV: ESPN | Lines: Utah-3 | Total: 50.5
Utah finally made a breakthrough last year and won the Pac-12 Championship. A big chunk of this team goes back to 2022, and many see the Utes as a team capable of rushing to the CFP. The game started with a massive challenge from Gainesville against Florida. UF will play its first game under Billy Napier after Dan Mullen’s situation deteriorated last fall. Having Anthony Richardson, one of the most dynamic playmakers in the country, at quarterback would certainly be a plus for Napier.
No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Ohio State
Time: 7:30pm | TV: ABC | Line: OSU -17 | Total: 59.5
The Marcus Freeman era at Notre Dame began with a huge challenge. In recent years, the Irish have been taking a place in the National Championship but have not been able to overcome the odds. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, won 11 games last year but lost to Michigan for the first time since 2011 and didn’t win the Big Ten for the first time since 2016. OSU’s offense is one of the best in the country, with QB CJ Stroud, WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba and RB TreVeyon Henderson all returning in 2022.