Predicting top 25 college football team games in Week 1

While college football fans got a taste of the action in Week 0, Thursday gives us the first slate of games in the five-day opening weekend of college football in 2023.

Week 1 is officially here in earnest, and all top 25 teams will be in action, with top-ranked squads in action on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. 

There are a lot of questions, including starting quarterbacks, how new coaches will fare, and more. 

There is one ranked-on-ranked matchup (on Sunday) and a few opportunities for unranked teams to pull upsets on ranked teams.

With that in mind, here are our predictions for every top 25 team in college football in Week 1.

Florida Gators at 14 Utah Utes (Thu.) Line: Utah -4.5 Prediction: Utah 28, Florida 17 Utah State Aggies at 25 Iowa Hawkeyes Line: Iowa -23.5 Prediction: Iowa 24, Utah State 9

South Alabama Jaguars at 24 Tulane Green Wave Line: Tulane -6.5 Prediction: Tulane 35South Alabama 10 New Mexico Lobos at 23 Texas A&M Aggies Line: Texas A&M -38.5 Prediction: Texas A&M 45, New Mexico 6

Mercer Bears at 22 Ole Miss Rebels Line: N/A Quick thoughts: Ranked SEC school vs. an FCS school. Enough said. Prediction: Ole Miss 62, Mercer 10

21 North Carolina Tar Heels at South Carolina Gamecocks Line: North Carolina -2.5 Prediction: South Carolina 28, North Carolina 24 Arkansas State Red Wolves at Oklahoma Sooners Line: Oklahoma -35.5 Prediction: Oklahoma 42, Arkansas State 13

Buffalo Bulls at 19 Wisconsin Badgers Line: Wisconsin -27.5 Quick thoughts: Luke Fickell is going to look to make a statement in his first game and he has the talent to do it. Prediction: Wisconsin 40, Buffalo 10

Colorado Buffaloes at 17 TCU Horned Frogs Line: TCU -20.5 Prediction: Colorado 21, TCU 20

Southeast Missouri State at 16 Kansas State Wildcats Line: N/A Quick thoughts: FCS school has no chance against the reigning Big 12 champion. Prediction: Kansas State 55, SMSU 6


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