BlackJack’s Week 1 College Football Plays: Huge Opening Weekend For Harbaugh, Michigan

Sep 01, 2018 5:50 AM EDT

Rich Ostenski-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Chase Winovich

  • BlackJack Fletcher has four plays for the weekend, including Michigan on the road in South Bend to face Notre Dame (-1) on Saturday night.
  • BlackJack is also eyeing two matchups down South: Miami (-3.5) vs LSU and Washington vs Auburn (-2).

We’ve made it, baby!

We suffered through the long summer slog, and now football is back in our lives. It’s a beautiful thing. This weekend is the first full weekend of college football, and brother, we have some FANTASTIC games.

It’s time to start this season on the right foot and grab some wins. Let’s do this thing and take care of business. These are the weekend games I’ve got my eye on.


Michigan at Notre Dame (-1)

A huge matchup on the slate for Week 1 will occur in South Bend as this rivalry is renewed one more time. This is an enormous game for Brian Kelly and Jim Harbaugh, as they look to make their way to the College Football Playoff for the first time.

These are also two pretty evenly matched teams so, for me, this comes down to a few main factors.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jim Harbaugh

First, Michigan returns 10 starters on defense for a unit that was very good last year and should be even better this year.

Second, the Wolverines now have Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson at quarterback. While we aren’t quite sure what to expect out of Patterson, he has to be better than what the Wolverines had at the position last year. I think those factors are enough to give the edge to Michigan here.

THE PICK: Michigan +1



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