2018 College Football Week 1 Sure Losers

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 21, 2018 in

The 2018 College Football Week 1 sees some great games. But, every year, we look at the teams we do not expect to win in Week 1. Let’s look at some NCAAF Week 1 Sure Losers.

2018 College Football Week 1 Sure Losers

Maryland to fall to Texas at Home

I expect Maryland’s dysfunction to carry over into the season, and to start with a tough Texas team is a tall order for any team, let alone one with so much going on that is simply more important than football. Texas performed well last year under coach Herman and I expect them to be even better this year. Sam Ehlinger was the Longhorns top producer on offense last season as a true freshman. He’ll again captain the offense and lead the huddle.

He will look to avoid concussions this year as last year he sustained two that kept him on the sidelines more than the Longhorn fan base would like to form their potential all-star quarterback. Look for him to cement his place on the depth chart week one. I also expect the hiring of Co-offensive coordinator Herb Hand will keep him upright more often. Hand specializes in offensive line play, something that the Longhorns lacked outside of now gone tackle Connor Williams, now in the NFL.

Western Kentucky to Lose to Wisconsin

This one is a no-brainer for me. Alex Hornibrook and Jonathan Taylor will dominate this game in time of possession and ball control. I expect the Badger defense to get a few turnovers also when the game gets too far out of reach for the Hilltoppers. Wisconsin plays great mistake-free football and I’d bet that we see that same brand of football here. This game has little to do with Western Kentucky and all to do with Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is the favorite to win in the 2018 College Football Week 1.

The team plays a style of football that can just flat out wear a team down. Focusing on a brutal zone running attack and play action passes, the opposing defensive backfield must be extremely disciplined and trusting in their linebackers. The offense returns nine starters including all five starting linemen. Losing a weapon and safety blanket in Troy Fumagalli does hurt, but Wisconsin seems to have a revolving door of NFL talent at the tight end position. I don’t expect the 2018 College Football Week 1 loss to keep them down for long.

Utah State Can’t Compete with Michigan State

All the talk about Michigan and Ohio State leaves Michigan State the one in the dark. Look for a statement win to start the season. They want the national media’s attention. They have a great quarterback returning and a coach that typically has his teams ready to play tough each week. Brian Lewerke will pass and run for more yards in this game than the opposing team will put up in total yards. This game will be entertaining for that reason only, to size up just how good the Spartans are in 2018 under coach Mark Dantonio.

This program was shaken a bit by the Larry Nasser sexual assault story, but the leadership here is strong under Dantonio and the team brings back more talent than most FBS schools. In fact, the team brings back a remarkable 21 starters, with the only starter not returning coming from the defensive line, a unit that Dantonio has had recent success with. I expect loads of offensive production due to continuity and a traditionally stout defensive unit prone to initiate turnovers and capitalize on opponents’ mistakes.