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College football picks, schedule: Predictions against the spread, odds for Week 0 games

The wait college football fans have endured since Alabama’s shellacking of Ohio State way back on Jan. 11 in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Hard Rock Stadium is over. College football will finally be returning with five games on the schedule Saturday in a Week 0 slate that will serve as an appetizer for what’s to come this season. While Nebraska vs. Illinois is the headliner, there will be action going on throughout most of the day and late into the evening for fans yearning to get their football fix.

Nebraska and Illinois are not necessarily expected to challenge for the Big Ten West title this season, but there are serious implications for both squads and their coaches as Nebraska’s Scott Frost navigates the hot seat while Illinois’ Bret Bielema makes his return to the Big Ten. The other game Saturday involving a Power Five conference team is UCLA battling Hawaii, which should give us an early read on whether the Bruins are ready for a breakthrough under fourth-year coach Chip Kelly.

Jonathan Coachman is joined by Mike McClure and Allan Bell to dish out Saturday’s best bets. Download and follow the Early Edge on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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