Georgia vs. Oregon, Ohio State vs. Notre Dame, Utah vs. Florida and more

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While the college football season technically started a week ago, today the real chaos and excitement kicks off with the first full Saturday game. It’s Week 1, which as usual features some massive non-conference matchups that could have huge implications over time.

We’re keeping an eye on everything, but here’s a rundown of the best games of the day to watch.

No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 3 Georgia
Time: 3:30 PM ET | TV: ABC | Line: UGA -17.5 | Total: 52.5
Georgia begins its national title defense against a familiar face. Dan Lanning, the defensive coordinator for the first Bulldogs team to win the national title since 1980, is now in Oregon and will make his debut as head coach in a Week 1 game in Atlanta.

No. 23 Cincinnati at No. 19 Arkansas
Time: 3:30 PM | TV: ESPN | Line: Arkansas -6 | Total: 52.5
Cincinnati made history last season by becoming the first team from a Group of Five conference to reach the College Football Playoff. But with stars like Sauce Gardner, Desmond Ridder, Alec Pierce, Coby Bryant and Jerome Ford now in the NFL, the 2022 Bearcats will look a little different as they kick off the season in SEC land. Last year, the Bearcats took a road win from Notre Dame, providing a significant early season resume boost. Can they do it again in Fayetteville?

No. 7 Utah in Florida
Time: 7 p.m. | TV: ESPN | Line: Utah -3 | Total: 50.5
Utah eventually broke through, winning the Pac-12 title last year. A significant part of that squad is back in 2022 and many are projecting the Utes as a team capable of running for the CFP. That run starts with a big challenge in Gainesville against Florida. UF will play its first game under Billy Napier after it deteriorated last fall under Dan Mullen. Having Anthony Richardson, one of the most electric playmakers in the country, as a quarterback will definitely be a plus for Napier.

no. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Ohio State
Time: 19:30 | TV: ABC | Line: OSU -17 | Total: 59.5
The Marcus Freeman era at Notre Dame begins with a huge challenge. The Irish have consistently been in the national championship for the past few years, but have failed to get over the hump. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes won 11 games last year, but lost to Michigan for the first time since 2011, and failed to win the Big Ten for the first time since 2016. The OSU strike was one of the best in the country and QB CJ Stroud, WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba and RB TreVeyon Henderson are all back in 2022.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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