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The Spun 2017 College Football Staff Picks: Week 1

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College football is back, y'all!

The 2017 season kicks off on Saturday, when Colorado State hosts Oregon State in Fort Collins at 2:30 ET. That day features four games, including Stanford vs. Rice in Sydney, Australia, a nice appetizer before things really get going the following week.

Thursday, August 31 features 14 games, the following night has another eight, and on Saturday, September 2, things really get going. Three more Power Five vs. Power Five games will be played Sunday and Monday as well.

Last season, Matt Lombardi won our staff picks contest, finishing with a season record of 382-116, five games clear of second place finisher Andrew McCarty.

This year, we have two new competitors in the field: Aaron Nanavaty and Jen X. Williams. We'll be updating the standings every week. With the extended "Week 1," we have 57 total games for the week.

Here are our staff picks for every Power Five and Top 25 game for College Football Week 1.

(*On mobile, our College Football Week 1 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)

Game

Lombardi

Holleran

Lyons

Hladik

Driscoll

McCarty

Nanavaty

Williams

Colorado State vs. Oregon State

San Jose State vs. 19 USF

Rice vs. 14 Stanford

Wake Forest vs. Presbyterian

Minnesota vs. Buffalo

10 Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa

Utah vs. North Dakota State 

Indiana vs. 2 Ohio State

Arkansas vs. Florida A&M

Arizona State vs. New Mexico State

Syracuse vs. Central Connecticut

Rutgers vs. 8 Washington

Colorado vs. Colorado State 

9 Wisconsin vs. Utah State 

Northern Illinois vs. Boston College

5 Clemson vs. Kent State

6 Penn State vs. Akron

23 Texas vs. Maryland

Illinois vs. Ball State

Iowa vs. Wyoming

Michigan State vs. Bowling Green

Missouri vs. Missouri State

North Carolina vs. Cal

18 Miami vs. Bethune-Cookman

Pitt vs. Youngstown State

Oregon State vs. Portland State

South Carolina vs. NC State

7 Oklahoma vs. UTEP

17 Florida vs. 11 Michigan

Notre Dame vs. Temple

Northwestern vs. Nevada

Virginia vs. William & Mary

19 USF vs. Stony Brook

Texas Tech vs. Eastern Washington

Southern Miss vs. Kentucky

Mississippi State vs. Charleston Southern

4 USC vs. Western Michigan

Duke vs. North Carolina Central

15 Georgia vs. Appalachian State

Baylor vs. Liberty

Kansas vs. Southeast Missouri State 

20 Kansas State vs. Central Arkansas

12 Auburn vs. Georgia Southern

Purdue vs. 16 Louisville

Ole Miss vs. South Alabama

1 Alabama vs. 3 Florida State 

Nebraska vs. Arkansas State

TCU vs. Jackson State

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

Middle Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

Oregon vs. Southern Utah

13 LSU vs. BYU

24 Washington State vs. Montana State

Arizona vs. Northern Arizona

21 Virginia Tech vs. 22 West Virginia

UCLA vs. Texas A&M

Georgia Tech vs. 25 Tennessee

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