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Biggest questions heading into Week 1
4:14 | College Football
Biggest questions heading into Week 1
SI Staff
Thursday September 1st, 2016

After months of expectations and speculation, it's time to finally settle some things on the field. And while Week 1 used to mean tuneups against cupcake opponents, the 2016 college football season's opening weekend is full of exciting showdowns. Can Group of Five darling Houston start a run to the College Football Playoff with a win over Oklahoma? Can USC spoil another possible championship run from Alabama before it even gets started? Does Charlie Strong finally have Texas in position to compete again with powerhouse programs like Notre Dame? And can redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois pick up on the legacy of the last Florida State redshirt freshman QB to start (Jameis Winston) and lead the Seminoles to a pivotal season-opening win against Ole Miss?

There are plenty of storylines to watch in these marquee showdowns and other Week 1 matchups. SI's college football experts Andy Staples, Pete Thamel, Lindsay Schnell, Brian Hamilton, Joan Niesen, Colin Becht and Gabriel Baumgaertner pick the winners of all of the opening weekend's top games.

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Week 1 picks

  Staples Thamel Schnell Hamilton Niesen Becht Baum-
gaertner
S. Car. at Vandy
K-State at Stanford
Ga. Tech vs. BC
Okla. vs. Houston
BGSU at Ohio St.
W. Mich. at N'western
Hawaii at Michigan
Missouri at W. Vir.
UCLA at Tex. A&M
LSU vs. Wisc.
Georgia vs. UNC
USC vs. Alabama
Clemson at Auburn
BYU vs. Arizona
Notre Dame at Texas
Ole Miss vs. Fla. St.

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