Week 1 of the 2014 college football season is here. Who ya got?
After months of looking ahead to these games, they're finally upon us. Beginning Wednesday night and going all the way through Labor Day Monday, a total of 85 games featuring 123 of the 128 FBS schools are spread out for our viewing pleasure.
It's a six-day weekend welcoming us back to campus and the gridiron, marking the start of a 139-day journey before the first-ever FBS national champion is crowned through an actual playoff tournament.
Between now and the College Football Playoff's title game on Jan. 12, 2015, there will be nearly 1,000 games contested all over the country—and even in Ireland and the Bahamas!—and we'll be picking the winner of each and every one.
Our predictions are based on analysis of the matchup, the venue it's being played in and the circumstances surrounding each game, taking into account the uncertainty of this game that both infuriates and endears us to it. I took on this responsibility prior to Week 8 of the 2013 season, and from there through the bowls my picks were 69 percent accurate.
Take a look at the predictions for Week 1, a hodgepodge lineup that features three matchups between preseason Associated Press Top 25 teams but also 47 contests pitting FBS schools against FCS opponents. If you disagree with the picks, don't hesitate to speak out in the comments section, and check back each night (and several times Saturday) as we update this story with the final results of every game.