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2018 Week One College Football Previews

With the NFL season on the horizon, MLB playoffs around the corner, and basketball about to come into focus, the college football season, which opened last weekend with a few games, gets into full swing starting tonight and going through into Labor Day. We’ll be offering a lot of NCAAF picks throughout this weekend and, hopefully, continuing on from our first pick of this young season where we nailed the spread and over/under. That was the Wyoming at New Mexico State contest. Here are some quick 2018 Week One college football previews: for the avid sports bettor.

Thursday, Aug 30

There are a dozen games on Thursday, with one top 25 team on the schedule. That team is the UCF Knights (#21). Here’s our 2018 Week One college football previews of some of the select games.

  • #21 UCF at UConn 7:00 PM– Knights ruin Huskies’ opener
  • New Mexico State at Minnesota 7:00 PM- Aggies lose second of season
  • Central Connecticut at Ball State 7:00 PM- Ball State beats this FBC club
  • Kennesaw State at Georgia State 7:00 PM- Take the home team all the way
  • Southeastern Louisiana at UL Monroe 8:00 PM- Home wins it
  • Northwestern at Purdue 8:00 PM – Big Ten West contest take NW
  • Wake Forest at Tulane 8:00 PM- ACC vs AAC, take ACC Demon Deacons
  • Savannah State at UAB 8:00 PM- UAB Blazers wins opener
  • Missouri State at Oklahoma State 8:00 PM- Big 12 Cowboys win
  • Weber State at Utah 8:00 PM – Home team takes it
  • Northwestern State at Texas A&M 8:30 PM- T A&M Aggies are victorious
  • UC Davis at San Jose State 10 PM- SJS Aztecs takes down visitors

Friday, Aug 31

Eight games are available on Friday. From the top 25, you’ve got three teams, #11 Michigan State, #4 Wisconsin, and #13 Stanford, starting their seasons.

Each one is playing an unranked team. Here’s a quick look at some of those games.

  • Utah State at #11 Michigan 7:00 PM– Wolverines win
  • Army at Duke 7:00 PM— Bet Black Knights
  • Western Kentucky at #4 Wisconsin 9:00 PM— Badgers win
  • San Diego State at #13 Stanford 9:00 PM— Cardinal team takes it

Saturday, Sep 1

This is the motherlode of games. There are 64 contests, which include 17 from the top 25. There’s one game that includes two teams from that list. That’s #11 Michigan State at #12 Notre Dame. #1 Alabama plays Louisville, while #2 Clemson opens their season against Furman. Both of these ranked teams are at home. See our pick pages for our 2018 Week One college football previews and picks.

Sunday, Sep 2 and Monday, Sep 3

There is one game scheduled for Sunday. That contest features #25 LSU and #8 Miami (FL). On Labor Day, there is one more game. That game offers #20 Virginia Tech at #19 Florida State. Those two games make Sunday and Monday huge in college football. We’ll be doing picks extended picks on both games.

2018 Week One College Football Previews: Final Word

Be sure to check daily the rest of this week throughout the weekend for our extended and detailed 2018 Week One college football previews: the best around. We’ll be offering picks on select games throughout the long holiday weekend.


Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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