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The SI College Football Podcast breaks down the biggest games of Week 1 and picks some winners.

By Zac Ellis
September 02, 2015

The college football season is finally here, and we have actual games to preview on this week’s episode of the SI College Football Podcast. SI’s Brian Hamilton and Colin Becht join Zac Ellis to get you ready for Week 1 with some matchup previews and picks.

Here are the games Zac, Brian and Colin discuss:

• Michigan at Utah: How will Jim Harbaugh’s highly anticipated debut with the Wolverines go? Are they overmatched against a talented Utes front seven?

• Louisville vs. Auburn: Is Will Muschamp’s revamped Tigers defense ready for its first test against Bobby Petrino’s Cardinals offense? How will a Louisville defense featuring many new names in the secondary fare against Jeremy Johnson?

Arizona State vs. Texas A&M: Is either of these squads a sleeper to win a conference title? How will the Aggies’ defense look in its first game under new defensive coordinator John Chavis?

Texas at Notre Dame: Can the Fighting Irish back up their preseason hype with a dominant performance in their season opener? Have the Longhorns improved on offense enough to rise back into contention in the Big 12?

• Wisconsin vs. Alabama: How will the Crimson Tide’s offense look and who will be under center for them? Can Corey Clement and the Badgers move the ball on the ground against Alabama’s stout front seven?

• Ohio State at Virginia Tech: After stunning the Buckeyes last year, can the Hokies pull the upset again? How much will Ohio State’s suspensions hurt it? Will Virginia Tech show enough progress on offense to be a threat in the ACC?

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