The college football season technically started a week ago, but the real turmoil and excitement begins today with Saturday’s first perfect game. It’s week one, and as usual it includes big non-conference matches that could have a big impact going forward.
We’ll look at everything, but here’s a breakdown of the best matches of the day.
No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 3 Georgia
Time: 3:30 PM ET | TV: ABC | Line: UGA -17.5 | Total: 52.5
Georgia begins defending its national title against a familiar face. Dan Lanning, the first defensive coordinator for a Bulldogs team to win a national title since 1980, is currently in Oregon and will make his head coaching debut in the Marky Week 1 matchup in Atlanta.
No. 23 Cincinnati at No. 19 Arkansas
Time: 3:30 PM | TV: ESPN | Line: Arkansas-6 | Total: 52.5
Cincinnati made history last season by becoming the first team in the G5 Conference to reach the College Football Playoffs. But with stars like Sauce Gardner, Desmond Ryder, Alec Pierce, Kobe Bryant, and Jerome Ford currently in the NFL, the 2022 Bearcats are set to start their season in the SEC nation. It looks a little different. Last year, the Bearcats gave their resume a big boost early in the season with a marquee road victory over Notre Dame. Can they do it again in Fayetteville?
No. 7 Utah at Florida
Time: 7pm | TV: ESPN | Line: Utah-3 | Total: 50.5
Utah finally broke through and won the Pac-12 title last year. A good chunk of that team is back in his 2022, and many are predicting his Utes as the team that could qualify for his CFP. That run begins with a big challenge against Florida in Gainesville. After things soured under Dan Mullen last fall, the University of Florida will play its first game under Billy Napier. Having one of his most electric playmakers in the country, Anthony Richardson, at quarterback would certainly be a plus for Napier.
No. 2 Ohio No. 5 Notre Dame
Time: 7:30 PM | TV: ABC | Line: OSU -17 | Total: 59.5
Marcus Freeman’s time at Notre Dame begins with a big challenge. The Irish have been consistently in the national championship picture for several years but haven’t been able to get over the hump. For the first time since 2016, I didn’t win the Big Ten. -Nigba and RB Treveyon Henderson are all back in 2022.