College football predictions have returned! We appreciate the excitement from the rest of you now that the doldrums of the offseason have vanished and Week 1 is here. 247Sports national analyst Chris Hummer and I are going head to head each week for the fifth straight year, highlighting our picks against the spread for 10 games we’ve deemed as the nation’s best on the docket.
We’ll try and notate strong leans, locks of the week and matchups that might be a closer look for the underdogs. This week’s picks begin Thursday night with a pair of contests involving Top 25-level competition and continues every night through Monday, culminating with Clemson’s trip to Georgia Tech to conclude Labor Day Weekend.
Last fall, Hummer won the bowl-season war despite me going 3-0 against the spread in the College Football Playoff as Georgia finished off Alabama in the national title game for the Bulldogs’ first championship in four decades.
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Here are our picks for Week 1’s top games and our explanation on where your money should go.