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The offseason is over — college football is finally here!
The return of CFB follows a rampant offseason of conference reshuffling, groundbreaking NIL changes and new faces in new places, giving this new year a luxury of storylines to follow.
But the best part of college football is truly back: fans and their traditions.
The most refreshing sight in this weekend’s fresh set of college football action has spotting waves of fanatics going crazy and living their best life post COVID … unlike the sad coronabros cooped up at home.
We’ve already been treated to a several incredible scenes of pure, unapologetic fandom: From the return of VT’s “Enter Sandman” singalong in Lane Stadium, to Camp Randall quaking from students grooving to “Jump Around.”
The fans are loving it; the players are thrilled to see it; and we’re all treated to the return of college football action.
The events have been exactly what college football fans were waiting for after 2020 robbed them of the full experience.
But we’re back, baby! And bigger than ever.
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Here are the Week 1 picks, according to CT:
“I like Penn State to cover here and potentially steal this game late as I think Penn State found something down the stretch run of their season.”
“So what’s the play? You always take a Nick Saban team in Week One contests. They win and they cover.”
“I think that continues in Gainesville and, while the Gators get a win, the Owls notch a cover.”
“Give me Georgia not just to cover, but to win outright 31-28 over Clemson. Yep, take Georgia and the over.”
“This may be the most fascinating game of opening weekend. Not the best, mind you, but the most fascinating.”
“Take the over and enjoy the ride.”
“The Fighting Irish under Brian Kelly, on the other hand, have been on an absolute roll posting four straight seasons of double-digit wins. But the talent is declining a bit, and this Notre Dame schedule is really, really tough.”
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