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College Football Week 1 2023 Preview

College Football Week 1 2023 Preview

College Football Week 1 2023 Preview. Week 1 takes place over five consecutive days, but only four are with the top 25 teams. Most of the top teams get to play lopsided games on their home turf. Only five of them will be on the road, and only three games are expected to be close. Those include No. 21 North Carolina vs. South Carolina, No. 25 Iowa vs. Utah State, and No. 5 LSU vs. No. 8 Florida State (the only clash of top 25 teams in Week 1).

Week 1 Schedule of top 25 teams

Thursday, Aug. 31

Florida at No. 14 Utah (-6.5, 45.5)

Saturday, Sept. 2

East Carolina at No. 2 Michigan (-17.5, 56)

Arkansas State at No. 20 Oklahoma (-35, 58)

Colorado at No. 17 TCU (-20.5, 60.5)

No. 12 Tennessee (-28, 57.5) vs. Virginia

No. 3 Ohio State (-30, 60) at Indiana

Boise State at No. 10 Washington (-14.5, 58.5)

South Carolina vs. No. 21 North Carolina (-2.5, 64.5)

West Virginia at No. 7 Penn State (-20.5, 50.5)

Utah State at No. 25 Iowa (-25.5)

Mercer at No. 22 Ole Miss

Portland State at No. 15 Oregon

Rice at No. 11 Texas (-35)

Tennessee State at No. 13 Notre Dame

Buffalo at No. 19 Wisconsin (-27.5)

College Football Week 1 2023 PreviewUT Martin at No. 1 Georgia

Nevada at No. 6 USC (-38.5)

SE Missouri State at No. 16 Kansas State

New Mexico at No. 23 Texas A&M (-38)

Middle Tennessee at No. 4 Alabama (-39.5)

South Alabama at No. 24 Tulane (-6.5)

Sunday, Sept. 3

No. 18 Oregon State (-16.5, 54.5) at San Jose State

No. 8 Florida State vs. No. 5 LSU (-2.5, 58)

Monday, Sept. 4

No. 9 Clemson (-12.5, 55.5) at Duke

The Battle of the Carolinas

One of the few close matchups for a ranked team in Week 1 will be the No. 21 North Carolina Tar Heels taking on the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Gamecocks could knock the Tar Heels out of ranking if they pull off an upset. This game has the potential of being the best brawl of the weekend.

Drake Maye is the quarterback for North Carolina. As a redshirt freshman, he passed for 4,321 yards and 38 touchdowns last year. He’s already a top prospect for the 2024 NFL draft and leads one of the top offenses in the country. He’s joined by new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.

Their weak point is defense. Last season, they only kept one opponent from scoring at least 20 points.

The Gamecocks also have a standout quarterback in Spencer Rattler. He might be able to keep up with Maye, but his offensive line is questionable in protecting him. Their defense only has four starters returning, so they may be as unreliable as North Carolina’s.

This should be an offensive battle, with the Tar Heels being the favorites by 2.5 points. The team whose defense can step up may just win the game.

Two Ranked Teams Facing Off to Change Their Standings

Two top-ten teams in a Week 1 matchup is something not to be missed. The No. 5 LSU Tigers take on the No. 8 Florida State Seminoles on Sunday.

LSU is strong on their ground game and will probably focus on that to win. Their quarterback, Jayden Daniels, is already part of the Heisman Trophy discussion. He’ll need a No. 1 wide receiver to replace Kayshon Boutte if he also wants to make gains in the air. The Tiger defense will miss their star defensive lineman, Maason Smith, who is suspended for this game.

Florida State’s quarterback Jordan Travis could use that suspension to his advantage, especially with 6′ 7″ receiver Johnny Wilson and Michigan State transfer Keon Coleman as part of his weapons.

LSU is favored by 2.5 points, but Florida State may win if they can capitalize on Smith leaving a hole in the defense.

Florida is Gaining on the Utes

Utah was an easy favorite in this Thursday’s game with an opening line of -9. That has since changed to -6.5. Their star quarterback, Cameron Rising, is recovering from a torn ACL and is expected to be ready for the opening game, but the change in odds could indicate otherwise.

Most of their defense is returning, and tight end Brant Kuithe is back after a season-ending injury early last year.

Florida will start quarterback Graham Mertz, who was a Wisconsin transfer. He is replacing Anthony Richardson.

Look to see if Rising starts the game.

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