How to watch Colorado State vs Michigan, Week 1 best matches
College football is back! For the first time since late November last year, every conference at the FBS level will have games, and there’s plenty of action to kick us off in 2022. The Michigan Wolverines will face the Colorado State Rams of the West Mountain Season launch conference at the Grande Maison. But there are plenty of other intriguing matchups across the board. Here’s the perfect viewing guide for all the action on Saturday.
Also, don’t forget to go to Draft Kings Sports Book to make all your bets for this weekend!
No. 8 Michigan Wolverines vs. Colorado State Rams
- TV: ABC
- Time: Noon ET
- Location: Ann Arbour, Mich.
- Time: 77 degrees, partly cloudy
- DraftKings Odds: MICH-30.5, WHERE : 61.5, ML: MICH -8000, CSU +2000
- Best bet: Over 61.5
It should be a great day for football on Saturday when the Rams come to Ann Arbor to take on the Wolverines. Quarterback Cade McNamara will start this week and JJ McCarthy, who starts Week 2 against Hawaii, should also get some playing time. Both quarterbacks battling for stats in a positional battle means they won’t probably won’t let go.
Michigan’s offense this season could be even more talented than last season with a revamped offensive line and wide receiver Ronnie Bell back on offense. In 2021, the Wolverines have scored 47 points against Western Michigan and 63 against Northern Illinois in two of their first three games. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw similar totals in this contest.
If that were the case, the players would only need the Rams to get 14-17 points to get the upper hand, and the Rams have a new head coach who loves passing. Jay Norvell, who was at Nevada last season, had Carson Strong at quarterback, who finished eighth in the nation in passing yards last year with 4,175. He will bring the same logic to CSU with Clay Millen getting the go-ahead, a big-armed redshirt freshman who moved with his head coach from Nevada to CSU. Even if it’s in garbage time, it would be realistic to think that Colorado State could rack up enough points to help get to the top.
Michigan should win this game by a landslide and with a ton of offense on both sides, I think the most hits here with a big win for Michigan.
- TV: ABC
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia
- Time: 85 degrees and sunny (but the game is in a dome)
- DraftKings Odds: UGA-17, WHERE : 52.5, ML: UGA -850, DUCKS +600
- Best bet: Less than 52.5
Former Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning took over from Mario Cristobal in Eugene, and his goal will be to revamp that side of the ball. Playing against his old team in week 1 will be one of the scenarios to start the season.
Former Auburn quarterback Bo Nix is likely to be Oregon’s starter. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart I called him one of the best athletes he had ever seen. The Ducks will likely try to move the ball on the ground in a pro-style offense with new offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, who is averaging around 37.5 rushing attempts per game at state of florida last season.
It’s going to be a recipe for disaster against a Georgia defense that allowed just 2.6 yards per carry last season. Even though the Bulldogs have lost eight starters from their championship-winning defense in 2021, they still have quite a bit of firepower on this side of the ball. Jalen Carter, one of the best defensive linemen in the country, will be a big help in the transition of this defense.
Offensively, Georgia returns Stetson Bennett to quarterback, who is good, but not great. They lost both starters on the NFL return to Zamir White and James Cook. And George Pickens, their best receiver, and the left side of the offensive line, have also moved on. I expect them to come out and not be as explosive on that side of the ball to start the season. Plus, Lanning is going to know exactly how to attack Bennett and that offense.
A defensive battle should be underway, but Georgia should be expected to pull away, fairly easily, for a win mostly at home. However, that 52.5 rating seems reasonably high for two good defenses and a few offenses with some question marks.
- TV: ABC
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Columbus, Ohio
- Time: 79 degrees and sunny
- DraftKings Odds: OSU-17, WHERE : 59.5, ML: OSU -800, ND +575
- Best bet: ND +17 (and possibly higher as game time approaches)
Believe it or not, the Buckeyes have a history of close games or losses to top-ranked opponents early in the season. Ohio State lost to Oklahoma in a similar No. 5 vs. No. 2 game in 2017. No. 15 TOS hooked up with the Buckeyes a year later, before Ohio State pulled out late for a 40-28 win at Columbus. Last season they lost to a mediocre Oregon team at home.
Everyone wonders what that Ohio State defense will look like in 2022. If they’re among the best in the country, the Buckeyes could be favorites for a national championship with their overpowered offense. However, that was their downfall against Oregon and Michigan last season, especially in the running game. Defensive replacements this year will likely be several young players.
Notre Dame will focus on football management under new offensive coordinator Tommy Rees. The team has one of the biggest offensive lines in the country that also boasts experience. They should be much improved in 2022 with a few running backs battling for the No. 1 gig. Leading should be Chris Tyree, who averaged 6.8 yards per carry behind a strong offensive line in 2020. He was injured last year and his numbers went down for it, but if he’s healthy and the line improves as it should, he and others could be in for a big season.
Defensively, the Irish seem solid. One of the nation’s top safeties, Brandon Joseph, has been traded from Northwestern to add to an already impressive secondary that should go up against CJ Stroud and his top receivers, like Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Under new head coach Marcus Freeman, the defense has a chance to shine right away in Week 1.
I like Ohio State winning the game, partly because it’s in Columbus and Notre Dame hasn’t beaten Ohio State since 1936. But I expect that that the Fighting Irish cover the spread, especially because it could be the second-highest gap between the best -5 opponents in college football history. The first one? No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Notre Dame in the 2020 Rose Bowl with Bama -18.5. The final score was 31-14, with the Irish narrowly covering.
All ratings courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.