The first full weekend of college football is upon us! Here’s a look at three-must watch games in Week 1, one each on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and their odds.
Odds Updated College Football Week 1
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 14 Miami (+19.5)
Kickoff is 3:30 ET on Saturday at a neutral site in Atlanta and televised by ABC. Of course, the Tide are defending national champions but did lose a lot of talent off that unbeaten team. Nick Saban’s program has now claimed the top spot in four of the last six preseason AP Top 25 polls, and Alabama has won six national titles during his tenure has head coach.
Junior wideout John Metchie has been named a preseason first-team All-American. With the departure of DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, Metchie is the leading returning receiver for the Tide, securing 55-of-76 passes for 916 yards, 16.7 YPC and six touchdowns. He was named preseason first-team All-SEC as was offensive lineman Evan Neal, and five defensive players in lineman Phidarian Mathis, linebackers Will Anderson Jr. and Christian Harris and defensive backs Malachi Moore and Josh Jobe.
The Crimson Tide welcome back 13 starters and 50 lettermen for the upcoming season. On offense, 23 letterwinners and three starters return, while the defense will have 23 lettermen and nine starters back on the field, with one starting specialist returning.
The Hurricanes, who finished the 2020 season with an 8-3 mark, are one of three teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference represented in the initial AP Top 25. The Hurricanes return 10 of 11 starters on offense and nine of 11 starters on defense. Pick: Miami.
No. 9 Notre Dame at Florida State (+7.5)
Sunday night game at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Both clubs are breaking in new quarterbacks. It’s Wisconsin transfer Jack Coan for the Irish, beating out freshman Tyler Buchner, a four-star recruit, and sophomore Drew Pyne, who played a handful of snaps for the Irish last season.
joined the Irish in the spring as a graduate transfer after spending four years at Wisconsin. During his time with the Badgers, he played in 25 games while making 18 starts. He finished his Badger career ranked third all-time in completion percentage (68.0%) and third in pass efficiency rating (144.7) all-time and held a 12-6 record. Coan takes over for Ian Book, who led Notre Dame to the College Football Playoff in two of his three seasons as the team’s starting quarterback. Book was a fourth-round selection of the New Orleans Saints in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Irish offensive lineman Cain Madden, running back Kyren Williams (honored as an all-purpose player) and safety Kyle Hamilton were named to the preseason first-team All-American team, while Jarrett Patterson earned second-team honors. Hamilton, the 2020 Bednarik Award semifinalist and first-team All-ACC selection led the Irish in tackles last season with 63 in just 11 games, adding an interception, six pass breakups and 4.5 TFL.
It’s Central Florida transfer McKenzie Milton under center for FSU. He suffered a catastrophic knee injury back on Nov. 23, 2018, with the Knights. Milton is lucky to be walking again, but much less playing football. He is the only two-time AAC Offensive Player of the Year in conference history, finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy vote in 2018 and eighth in 2017 and was a 2018 finalist for the Sullivan Award presented to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. The Kapolei, Hawai’i, native has appeared in 33 games and is 630-of-1,020 passing for 8,683 yards and 72 touchdowns with 1,078 yards and 20 touchdowns on 280 rushing attempts, for a total of 9,761 yards of total offense. Pick: FSU.
Louisville vs. Ole Miss (-9.5)
Labor Day night game at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and from a neutral site in Atlanta. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two football programs. Led by potential Heisman trophy candidate Matt Corral at the quarterback position, Ole Miss finished third in nation a season ago in total offense, averaging 555.5 yards per game.
Corral completed 70.9% of his passes for 3,337 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also rushed for 506 yards and four touchdowns in an explosive offense, putting his name on the college football map. However, Corral struggled mightily with turnovers, throwing a career-high 14 interceptions. That was the second-highest number in college football, trailing only Duke’s Chase Brice at 15. Defensively, the Rebs allowed the 11th-most points per game at 38.3, and had the second worst total defense at 519.0 yards allowed per game.
Louisville returns QB Malik Cunningham. He has passed for 5,153 career yards and 43 touchdowns in his career. He ranks second all-time at UofL for rushing TDs by a quarterback with 18, seventh with 43 career touchdown passes and sixth with 61 touchdowns responsible for. Cunningham is the only Louisville quarterback all-time to have four touchdown passes of at least 75 yards. Who will quarterback Malik Cunningham target without the options to throw the ball to Tutu Atwell, Dez Fitzpatrick, Ean Pfeifer and Javian Hawkins? Those four caught 13 of the 20 touchdown passes Cunningham threw last season. Pick: Louisville.
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