PSF College Football Weekly Pick’Em: Week 1 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

We’re backkkk! The PSF College Football pick’em crew is back for season two, but with a few different faces this time around. With Jon Butler, Dustin Beard, and Jack Geary III moving on, we are ecstatic to welcome back our veteran pickers as well as a few new guys. Our first rookie is Travis Calvin, a father, a Cubs fan, and a baseball podcast host @GrandSlamPod, who claims he knows very little about college football, but that’s for this pick’em to determine. Our second rookie is Ian Cusick, a college student, a Boston sports fan, and an all-around podcast host @IWHPodcast. The returning veterans of the crew are guys like myself, Brian Willis, Eric “Upset” Jensen, Heath Kyser, and Chris Chastain. Oh yeah, Eric hosts his own great podcast too, @EndZonePod. Be sure to check all of these guys out, as they’re all fantastic people.

The college football season is finally almost here and when the games commence on Thursday, a long offseason will end, and an exciting season will begin. Each week of the season, the crew will pick a select group of games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. If you need a reminder of how this format works, I’ll discuss that here. Points will be rewarded each week based on the weekly standings (based on everybody’s weekly record). One note of importance is that one point is still rewarded for each correct pick (excluding Game of the Week picks, which are worth three points).

And don’t forget to check out all of our writers and experts on Twitter:

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Travis Calvin (@GSPTCal)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@Eric18utah)
  • Heath Kyser (@RollCubsRoll)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)

Now let’s get the ball rolling with the game picks that everyone agreed on for some of the week one games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Duke over Army.

(Fri., 7:00 p.m. EST, ESPNU, DUKE -14.0)

#23 Texas over Maryland.

(Sat., 12:00 p.m. EST, FS1, TEX -13.5)

California over North Carolina.

(Sat., 4:00 p.m. EST, FOX, CAL -7.0)

UCLA over Cincinnati.

(Sat., 7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, UCLA -15.0)

#1 Alabama over Louisville.

(Sat., 8:00 p.m. EST, ABC, ALA -24.5)

Now let’s take a look at some of the games in which a majority of our staff agreed on the pick but one or two staff writers had other plans. (The predicted winners are noted in bold).

#7 Oklahoma over FAU. Eric Jensen and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked FAU to win.

(Sat., 12:00 p.m. EST, FOX, OKLA -21.0)

#17 West Virginia over Tennessee. Travis Calvin was the only writer who picked Tennessee to win.

(Sat., 3:30 p.m. EST, CBS, WVU -10.0)

Washington State over Wyoming. Ian Cusick and Eric Jensen were the only writers who picked Wyoming to win.

(Sat., 3:30 p.m. EST, CBSSN, WSU -1.5)

#22 Boise State over Troy. Heath Kyser was the only writer who picked Troy to win.

(Sat., 6:00 p.m. EST, ESPNews, BSU -10.5)

Arizona over BYU. Ian Cusick was the only writer who picked BYU to win.

(Sat., 10:45 p.m. EST, ESPN, ARIZ -11.5)

#25 LSU over #8 Miami (FL). Tristan Beckmann and Heath Kyser were the only writers who picked #8 Miami (FL) to win.

(Sun., 7:30 p.m. EST, ABC, MIA -3.5)

#19 Florida State over #20 Virginia Tech. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked #20 Virginia Tech to win.

(Mon., 8:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, FSU -7.5)

Only a fraction of the Week 1 games are mixed in terms of predictions from our staff, but let’s see what our staff thinks about those very few games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

#14 Michigan over #12 Notre Dame. Tristan Beckmann, Eric Jensen, and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked #12 Notre Dame to win.

(Sat., 7:30 p.m. EST, NBC, ND -1.0)

Colorado over Colorado State. Ian Cusick, Heath Kyser, and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked Colorado State to win.

(Fri., 9:30 p.m. EST, CBSSN, CSU -7.5)

Northwestern over Purdue. Tristan Beckmann, Ian Cusick, and Eric Jensen were the only writers who picked Purdue to win.

(Thu., 8:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, PUR -1.0)

With all of that said, it is time for us to dive right into the picks and analysis for this week’s PSF Game of the Week.

The PSF Game of the Week:

#6 Washington vs. #9 Auburn

“Chick-Fil-A Kickoff”

(Sat. 9/1, 3:30 p.m. EST, ABC, AUB -1.5)

In the most exciting game of the opening week and perhaps the entire season, fans will get to sit down and watch the sixth ranked Washington Huskies take on the ninth ranked Auburn Tigers. It will be a premier matchup for two quarterbacks who are projected to be at the top of the 2019 NFL Draft class of quarterbacks.

Jake Browning has a lot to prove on the big stage and will have a lot of new receivers this season with Dante Pettis gone. Jarrett Stidham will look to finish off a run that the Tigers were unable to complete last year, winning the SEC Championship and the National Championship. If Washington wants to make the CFP, they may have to just run the table, considering how the committee has viewed the PAC-12 in recent years compared to the SEC. Auburn may be able to recover from a loss, but they have a brutal schedule ahead after this one.

Auburn has the edge on defense by a nose, but Washington returns everyone who started in their secondary in 2017, while losing first round pick Vita Vea and fellow draft pick in Keishawn Bierria. Jarrett Stidham must be ready to lead the Tigers to a strong run this season, but he will have to do so under an inconsistent offensive line. Stidham has experience around him, but will their experience match up with that of the Huskies?

Washington will be attempting to restore the PAC-12’s reputation as a power five conference after their consistent struggles in the past few seasons. Browning will be leading an offense that still has prolific running back Myles Gaskin in the backfield and there’s a good chance the Huskies could cause some trouble with this dynamic duo. As said earlier, Washington is loaded with experience at most positions except the wide receiver one, and we will have to see whether this is a big issue for Browning.

Look for this game to be the most back and forth battle in the opening week, as Stidham and Browning take turns in an exciting battle of two very talented programs. Look for Browning to shine a little brighter down the stretch though, as Washington kicks off their 2018 campaign with a big win over a fellow top ten program.

The Pick: #6 Washington 34, #9 Auburn 30.

The other writers all picked #9 Auburn besides Eric Jensen, so it seems as if our guys believe the Tigers are the favorite in this one.

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed! Let us know what you think about our picks and give us your picks on Twitter! Peace out!


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