College Football Expert Picks: ACC, Group of Five in Spotlight

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As college football awaits the start of Big 12 and SEC conference play on Sept. 26—and, now, the Big Ten a month later—there are still some appetizers to tide fans over this weekend. The ACC will continue after last week's openers, including a Saturday-night prime-time clash between Louisville and Miami in Kentucky. Elsewhere, several Group of Five teams will get a chance to shine, including Houston taking on Baylor in Waco just a week after the two sides scrambled to schedule the game, and multiple other AAC teams—UCF (vs. Georgia Tech), Tulsa vs. (Oklahoma State) and South Florida vs. (Notre Dame)—taking on Power 5 opponents.

Sports Illustrated has picked out the top nine most intriguing games of the weekend and asked its panel of college football staff (Pat Forde, Ross Dellenger, Michael Shapiro and Molly Geary) to predict the winners. Their picks are in the table below:

[Editor's Note: On Friday afternoon, The Athletic reported that Baylor-Houston has been postponed.]

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