Gould Headshot squareHow nice. Lots of marquee matchups in college football’s Week 1—for two reasons. Television money. And with the four-team playoff format, teams are encouraged to schedule quality nonconference opponents—a point I have been making for 20-plus years. Now you can lose a game without torpedo-ing the entire season. But that’s a rant for another day.

Let the games begin. My Pick Three openers are Notre Dame-Texas, LSU-Wisconsin and Northern Illinois-Wyoming. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.