It’s always tough for college football fans around this time of year. The season has finished and fans are left waiting for games to get going once again. Naturally, you can still keep track of the latest news and developments across the college football scene and various training camps will be going on as the weeks go by, but what fans really care about are the games themselves. To help you get through this difficult time of year and to fuel some excitement for the new season, we’ll be taking a look today at the best week 1 games that are set to arrive when the season finally begins.
- Alabama Crimson Tide vs Wisconsin Badgers, September 5th, Arlington, Texas
The first game on our list pits the Crimson Tide against the Badgers. Both of these teams have lost some star players. Alabama will have to cope without Amari Cooper and Blake Sims while Wisconsin could struggle without Heisman finalist running back Melvin Gordon. It’ll be interesting to see the beginning of a new season for these teams as fresh players arrive to fill the vacant spaces. Fans should keep an eye on players like Jake Coker and Corey Clement and both squads are full of potential.
- Texas Longhorns vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish, September 5th, South Bend, Indiana
It’s fair to say that the Longhorns struggled offensively last season and will want to put things right going into the first week of games. Their preseason training will undoubtedly be focused around improving their offensive output. Meanwhile the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are in dire need of a reliable quarterback and will be looking to some young players to make an impact.
- Auburn Tigers vs Louisville Cardinals, September 5th, Atlanta, Georgia
This will be an emotional matchup for Bobby Petrino. Having previously worked as the offensive coordinator for the Auburn Tigers, Petrino will now be up against them as head coach of the Louisville Cardinals. Expect to see a very strong offensive game from Auburn coming up against some strict defensive tactics from the Cardinals. Only time will tell which side will prevail.
- Ohio State Buckeyes vs Virginia Tech Hokies, September 7th, Blacksburg, Virginia
The Ohio State Buckeyes will be heading into this season with a lot of confidence, being seen in many people’s eyes as one of, if not the best college football team around right now. The Buckeyes lost just one game last season and it was against the Virginia Tech Hokies. Ohio State will be looking for revenge and will want to start their season off with a good win while Virginia Tech will be hoping to replicate the form that saw them stop the Buckeyes in 2014.
- Arizona State Sun Devils vs Texas A&M Aggies, September 5th, Houston, Texas
Here we have two teams with recognizable quarterbacks. A lot of college football squads still don’t seem decided on their signal callers for 2015, but the Sun Devils’ Mike Bercovici and the Aggies’ Kyle Allen have already proven themselves at this level. This game could therefore be decided by one of these two players and we’ll have to see which of Allen and Bercovici turns up on the day.
- TCU Horned Frogs vs Minnesota Golden Gophers, September 5th, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The TCU Horned Frogs had a good season last year and will be hoping to maintain their quality of play heading into 2015. They’re certainly one of the top ranked teams in preseason and fans of TCU will be expecting great things. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Golden Gophers trailed away towards the end of last year and would like to kick 2015 off with a respectable performance and hopefully a good victory.
- Michigan Wolverines vs Utah Utes, September 3rd, Salt Lake City
The Michigan Wolverines’ new head coach Jim Harbaugh will be desperate to start his team’s season off with a good win against the Utah Utes. Previous Michigan coaches have tried and failed in this matchup, but maybe Harbaugh will have the strategy to succeed in 2015.
- Washington Huskies vs Boise State Broncos, September 3rd, Boise, Idaho
Chris Petersen against Bryan Harsin will be an interesting battle to observe in this matchup. Harsin’s Broncos had a fantastic 2014 season, with highlights like their Fiesta Bowl win and Mountain West title. Petersen will feel he can do better with the Huskies in 2015 than last season and will hope for a victory against his former team.
- BYU Cougars vs Nebraska Cornhuskers, September 5th, Lincoln, Nebraska
Mike Riley will make his Cornhuskers’ debut in a difficult matchup against the BYU Cougars, who will be pinning plenty of hopes on signal caller Taysom Hill. It’ll be a challenge for the Cornhuskers but Riley should have a plan up his sleeve to counter the Cougars’ offense.
- North Carolina Tar Heels vs South Carolina Gamecocks, September 3rd, Charlotte, North Carolina
These two teams certainly struggled in 2014 and both will be desperate to kick off the 2015 season with a solid performance. Only one team can walk away as winners but the Gamecocks and Tar Heels should give it their all and this could be a very exciting game to watch.
- Bowling Green Falcons vs Tennessee Volunteers, September 3rd, Nashville, Tennessee
Admittedly, this game finds it’s way on our list because we are eager to get another look at Josh Dobbs and Jalen HurdThe Bowling Green Falcons will certainly need to stay focused in this potentially tricky matchup against a young and dynamic Tennessee Volunteers squad. Tennessee fans are expecting big things from some of their young players and will have a chance to see how good they truly are on September 3rd.