College football is back … in more ways than one. After a five-game slate last weekend gave us an appetizer, Week 1 is upon us with some great games to start out. We have a matchup of two national championship contenders in Charlotte, as well as some key conference matchups right out of the gate.
Unlike last year’s pandemic-ravaged season, every conference is starting from the jump. Fans will be back at games, making the unmatched experience of college football gameday a part of our Saturdays again. Sure, the usual suspects are expected to contend for the College Football Playoff spots, but there are newcomers in Cincinnati, College Station, Ames, and Chapel Hill ready to make a leap onto the big stage.
As we settle in for a new season of football, here are 15 players to watch in Week 1.