Week 1 college football picks: Utah vs. Michigan, Texas vs. Notre Dame, more

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2015 College football season: The great unknown
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Wednesday September 2nd, 2015

The college football off-season is always a slow time, but it was especially brutal in 2015. Just think: We spent months discussing satellite camps, speculating about possible conference expansion (that never really seemed close to happening) and debating who would start at quarterback for Ohio State. All of those storylines will finally give way to real results from actual games.

While many squads scheduled cupcakes to open their respective 2015 campaigns, the opening weekend includes a handful of intriguing matchups. Will Michigan stumble at Utah in Jim Harbaugh’s debut? Can Wisconsin push Alabama in Jerry World? And could the Buckeyes' title defense get off to a inauspicious start against Virginia Tech? SI.com's team of college football writers—Andy Staples, Pete Thamel, Thayer Evans, Zac Ellis, Colin Becht, Lindsay Schnell, Brian Hamilton and Ben Glicksman—offer their predictions for those games and more.​

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Staples

Thamel

Evans

Ellis

Becht

Schnell

Hamilton

Glicksman

Michigan at Utah

TCU at Minnesota

North Carolina at South Carolina

Michigan State at Western Michigan

Washington at Boise State

Stanford at Northwestern

Virginia at UCLA

Louisville vs. Auburn

Bowling Green at Tennessee

BYU at Nebraska

Arizona State vs. Texas A&M

Texas at Notre Dame

Wisconsin vs. Alabama

Arkansas State at USC

Ohio State at Virginia Tech

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