Week 1: TCU @ Minnesota
Honorable Mentions — Georgia Southern @ West Virginia; South Dakota State @ Kansas
Why: Starting with the second honorable mention, the Kansas-SDSU game is tempting to place first consider it’s the first we get to see David Beaty’s new team in action. But there’s no more intriguing a matchup than the Gophers taking on the Horned Frogs in Minnesota to start things off. Their meeting last season in Fort Worth was arguably what set TCU above Baylor in the rankings for a majority last year. Minnesota looks to have improved in recent years but TCU are heavy favorites heading into this ESPN primetime game. But if the mighty Gophers can pull off the upset with ‘Dilly Bar Dan’ on the sidelines again, the College Football Playoff race in the Big 12 would end before it even started. Wouldn’t that be something?
When: Thur, Sept 3 at 8:00 PM CST on ESPN (buy tickets)