MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks on prior to the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Here are some of the best opening weekend games in 2019…

Auburn vs. Oregon, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas | Saturday, August 31

Last season’s top-10 matchup in Week 1 between No. 6 Washington and No. 9 Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game taught us that it can be dangerous to react too strongly to one result in the first week of the season. The Tigers won the game 21-16, peaked at No. 7 in the AP Top 25 and finished fifth in the SEC West, while the Huskies won the Pac-12 Championship.

Clemson vs. Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina | Thursday, August 29

The defending national champions will open the 2019 season at home against Georgia Tech in Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins’ first game as head coach. Temple’s defense under Collins ranked 75 spots better than Georgia Tech in terms of efficiency in 2018, and if Collins can spark a defensive improvement in Year 1, then maybe the Yellow Jackets can keep the game closer than their 28-point loss to the Tigers last fall.

Other Games You May Be Interested In Watching:

  • Fresno State at USC
  • Ole Miss at Memphis
  • Utah at BYU
  • Boise State vs. Florida State (Jacksonville, Florida)
  • UCLA at Cincinnati
  • Wisconsin at South Florida
  • Alabama vs. Duke (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Florida Atlantic at Ohio State
  • Notre Dame at Louisville