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Creating the Ultimate College Football Fantasy Team for Week 1
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Have you set your college fantasy football team yet for Week 1?

Odds are you don't actually have such a team, since fantasy sports at the college level isn't nearly as prevalent as the pro football version. But there are leagues available for those interested in adding even more excitement to their college football-viewing experience, so it's time to get your players locked in for the opening week of play.

Unlike the NFL, where there is a fixed amount of games each week pitting a finite number of teams, in college you have 128 teams to choose players from. And that's just the FBS level. To look even further down the line and set an FCS- or Division II-based team involves real passion.

Another way college football fantasy differs from the NFL version is in how star players get used. Blowouts and lopsided results are a much more common occurrence in college because of the prevalence of mismatches scheduled between power-conference teams and lower-division opponents, and that often leads to standouts getting pulled late in the first half or early in the second half of games.

While Peyton Manning isn't likely to still be slinging passes in the fourth quarter of a 56-0 game in the NFL, he's also not going to sit out the entire second half if that's the halftime margin.

With all that in mind, here are our choices for the players who would make the ultimate Week 1 fantasy lineup in college football, taking into account their opponents and the potential stats they're likely to put up.

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