Top 5 Games to Watch in Week 1 of the College Football Season
The NCAA football season is upon us again. For most teams, a single win can vault them to new heights and for others a single loss can derail their season. With so much on the line, even the season’s earliest games are huge. Nitrogen Sports Blog lists down five can’t miss college football Week 1 games this 2019.
Miami Hurricanes vs Florida Gators
The Gators and the Hurricanes are both on a resurgent course. These in-state rivals will be facing off in a neutral site match up at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.
The rivalry extends off the field where Florida beat out Miami for a few key recruits this offseason. But the difference in this one could come down to quarterback play. The Gators are confident that junior Felipe Franks will take his game to the next level. For Miami, the QB situation is not as clear.
N’Kosi Perry and Tate Martell are battling it out to be Miami’s starting signal-caller gig. Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz says that the two could split the workload under center. In any case, “Canes vs. Gators is one of the best college football Week 1 games in 2019.
Auburn Tigers vs Oregon Ducks
The Tigers lost their starting QB Jarret Stidham to the NFL. Auburn has to decide between a couple of freshmen as to who will be under center on opening day. Some have even suggested that Joey Gatewood and Bo Nix May split the quarterback duties for Auburn.
Meanwhile in Eugene, Ducks QB Justin Herbert has decided to put off the chance to play in the NFL for one more year. He’ll be back with the Ducks for a shot at the Heisman trophy and a trip to the College Football Playoff.
How he’ll fare against Auburn’s stop unit is one reason why Tigers vs. Ducks is among the most interesting college football Week 1 games this 2019. This will only be the second time these teams have ever faced off. They famously met in the 2010 National Championship, when the Tigers defeated the Ducks 22-19.
Utah Utes vs BYU Cougars
File this game under best Pac-12 Week 1 games of the 2019 season. One of the oldest rivalries in college football will write another chapter when the Utes and the Cougars meet in Week 1. The rivalry is so storied and heated that it has been dubbed the “Holy War” by college football fans.
The Utes have taken 8 straight matchups against the Cougars. But BYU’s defense gives them a chance against almost anyone. Last year BYU finished 18th in the nation in total defense, and most of the stingy defensive corps will be back in 2019.
Northwestern Wildcats vs Stanford Cardinal
Both of these teams have their eyes on a Top 25 ranking this season. Northwestern lost a bunch of starters on offense, but the Wildcats are not worried because they think they landed a top QB. Hunter Johnson will make his debut for the Wildcats in a sea of college football Week 1 games this 2019.
As a former five-star recruit by Clemson, Johnson brings an exciting level of talent to Northwestern. Stanford’s QB, KJ Costello is an NFL prospect with a big arm. After leading the Pac-12’s most efficient passing game, Costello is looking to up the ante in 2019. He could leap into national prominence starting Week 1 against Northwestern.
Clemson Tigers vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
This will be the first chance to catch the defending champs in action. Trevor Lawrence is back for one more year to help Dabo Swinney’s team attempt to go back to back and also to boost further his NFL stock.
Everyone is expecting him to put up gaudy numbers. Georgia Tech is a team in transition. They will be experimenting with a new defensive scheme and will be saddled with tough task in Clemson.
If the Yellow Jackets wins this game, it’s going to be one of the biggest stories from the bunch of college football Week 1 games.
The new NCAAF season is just several days away from kicking off with a healthy slate of college football Week 1 games this 2019.
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