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College Football picks in early 2024 for newly scheduled games

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Several of the most interesting games on the 2024 college football schedule will come early in the season, including notable non-conference games that could have an impact on the playoff race. Now that we know the official start times and TV channels for some matches, the 2024 season comes into sharper focus. A perfect time for some early predictions.

Week 1 promises to give us some key matchups that will immediately destroy the top 25 rankings to set the mood for an already historic season with radical conference realignment and an expanded playoff to look forward to.

College Football HQ makes some early predictions about how the newly scheduled games could play out on the field early this season. Always Oriental

August 29, 8 p.m., ESPN. All eyes are on Deion Sanders in his second season with the Buffaloes, in a home match against the team that has collected FCS title trophies for the past decade. Colorado’s offense should be fine with Shedeur Sanders under center, accompanied by some acquisitions from the transfer portal. Pick: Colorado 34-23

August 31, 12pm, ABC. Cade Klubnik could be Clemson’s next star quarterback if Garrett Riley’s offense can find its preferred receiver. Incoming freshman Bryant Wesco may fit the bill, but he will be tested by another stout Georgia defense playing with virtual home field advantage in Atlanta. Clemson’s front seven has the pieces to challenge a Georgia offense that returns quarterback Carson Beck but lacks his Bowers/McConkey connections. Pick: Georgia 34-24

August 31, 3:30 PM, ABC. Florida plays perhaps the toughest schedule in college football this season and needs every non-conference win it can get. Billy Napier is already under pressure and can ill-afford defeat in a rivalry match of this magnitude on his own field. Miami brings in key transfers such as quarterback Cam Ward, wideout Sam Brown and tailback Damien Martinez in what appears to be an improved offense. Pick: Florida 31-27

August 31, 7:30 PM, ABC. Mike Elko and Riley Leonard reunite, from opposite ends, as the former Duke coach and quarterback meet in Week 1. Leonard is a potential dual-threat star, but he’s coming off two injuries and losing the top two blockers and tailback of ND, while the Aggies project to be strong in the front seven. But the Irish secondary also has the pieces to challenge A&M’s deep game. Pick: Texas A&M 28-24

September 1, 7:30 PM, ABC. Now that it’s an SEC vs. Big Ten matchup is after realignment, both teams need to overhaul their defenses and bring in talented coordinators to bring these projects to fruition. Both will be tested on quality passing attacks: LSU’s led by Garrett Nussmeier and USC’s by Miller Moss, both replacing mega-productive quarterbacks. Pick: LSU 38-30

September 7, 12pm, Fox. Marquee programs face off in one of college football’s premier venues as the defending national champions debut a whole new team and coaching staff against an SEC-bound Longhorns team that returns key personnel and notable transfer add-ons. Pick: Texas 34-23

September 7, 7:30 pm, ABC. The addition of veteran quarterback Grayson McCall immediately improves the Wolfpack offense, as do tailback Jordan Waters and receiver Noah Rogers. They will test out the Vols’ new look as Nico Iamaleava gets to work with Tennessee’s capable receivers. Pick: Tennessee 31-26

September 14, 12pm, Fox. Wisconsin always plays strong at the line of scrimmage, especially on offense, but Luke Fickell wants to open things up more. That didn’t go exactly as planned a year ago, but QB injuries played a role. Adding transfer Tyler Van Dyke is important, but the Badgers still aren’t quite up to SEC pace, even with a strong home court lead. Pick: Alabama 35-20

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