The College Football First Four

by Matt Fischer

Debate in college football never stops.  With so many teams and so few games, it gives you a lot to debate as to who’s best and who deserves a spot in the playoff.

College Football has the most high stakes regular season in all of sports.  One game can propel you further toward your team goal or crush it in a second.

Let’s up the ante right off the bat, have impact games right from the start to shape the season with the Formulator First Four.

Formulator First Four – College Football Edition

These are season openers that will set the tone for the season and help fuel debates for the season.

8 teams will be chosen to play in one of four games at a neutral site.  These games will rotate teams annually and give teams the opportunity to make their claim as a College Football Playoff contender from week 1.

With my plan to expand to an 8 team college football playoff, these games will help the committee gauge performance.  It’ll help see how conferences measure up to one another.

With debate in recent years of whether or not UCF should make the playoff or Boise State in years previous, the group of 5 will get their shot in the Formulator First Four.  One spot will be reserved each season for a Group of 5 team to get their shot at a Power 5 team.

We’ll give one spot to each of the Power 5 Conferences.  Teams considered to be contenders entering the season will faceoff.  Eight teams you need to wipe out your 2019 week 1 schedule because you’ve got a new high profile game to kickoff your season.

2019 Formulator First Four

We go big with the Formulator First Four and put them in NFL Stadiums. These rotate each season throughout the country.

With the dominance of Alabama and Clemson over the past few seasons, they’re a definite in the college football first four of 2019.

Without further ado, here are the match-ups for week 1 of the 2019 college football season:

Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina (Saturday, August 31, 2019)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. UCF Golden Knights

At University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Saturday, August 31, 2019)

Michigan Wolverines vs. Oregon Ducks

At Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas (Sunday, September 1, 2019)

Clemson Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs

At Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri (Monday, September 2, 2019)

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Texas Longhorns

This would be an awesome start to the 2019 college football season.  Imagine if Alabama loses to Texas and has to play from behind all season to get back to the playoff?  Is UCF a contender with a win over Notre Dame?

Let’s make week 1 of college football more meaningful every year with four games that’ll shape the rest of the season.  The Formulator First Four will do it.

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