2022 Week 0-1: Ranking the top 40 most intriguing college football games

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The 2022 college football season will kick off Aug. 27 with Week 0.

Week 1 is set to kick off Sept. 1 and will conclude Sept. 5.

Tennessee will kick off its 2022 season Sept. 1 against Ball State at Neyland Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. EDT and SEC Network will televise the season-opening matchup.

The Vols finished 7-6 in Josh Heupel’s first season as head coach at Tennessee. Tennessee appeared in the Music City Bowl against Purdue.

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Ahead of the 2022 season, Vols Wire ranks the top 40 games for Week 0 and Week 1 contests.

Rankings are based on intriguing matchups, play-callers and various player-personnel. An honorable mention matchup is Alabama A&M at UAB on Sept. 1 due to the Blazers’ first game following the sudden retirement of head coach Bill Clark.

Texas State at Nevada (Sept. 3)

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Tulsa at Wyoming (Sept. 3)

Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona at San Diego State (Sept. 3)

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Miami-Ohio at Kentucky (Sept. 3)

Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

Ball State at Tennessee (Sept. 1)

Photo by Dan Harralson, Vols Wire

Buffalo at Maryland (Sept. 3)

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

SMU at North Texas (Sept. 3)

(Rebecca Slezak/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Georgia State at South Carolina (Sept. 3)

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech at Old Dominion (Sept. 2)

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Memphis at Mississippi State (Sept. 3)

Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Bowling Green at UCLA (Sept. 3)

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Boise State at Oregon State (Sept. 3)

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

TCU at Colorado (Sept. 2)

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Rice at USC (Sept. 3)

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Murray State at Texas Tech (Sept. 3)

John Gutierrez-USA TODAY Sports

New Mexico State at Minnesota (Sept. 1)

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Western Kentucky at Hawaii (Sept. 1)

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Western Michigan at Michigan State (Sept. 2)

Syndication: Detroit Free Press

Houston at UTSA (Sept. 3)

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North Carolina State at East Carolina (Sept. 3)

Syndication: Tallahassee Democrat

North Carolina at Appalachian State (Sept. 3)

(AP Photo/Chris Seward)

Colorado State at Michigan (Sept. 3)

Syndication: The Coloradoan

Nebraska versus Northwestern (Aug. 27)

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Vanderbilt at Hawaii (Aug. 27)

(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

UTEP at Oklahoma (Sept. 3)

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois at Indiana (Sept. 2)

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

UConn at Utah State (Aug. 27)

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Louisiana Tech at Missouri (Sept. 1)

(Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

Clemson at Georgia Tech (Sept. 5)

Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

Kent State at Washington (Sept. 3)

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Louisville at Syracuse (Sept. 3)

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers at Boston College (Sept. 3)

Syndication: The Record

Army at Coastal Carolina (Sept. 3)

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State at Purdue (Sept. 1)

Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State versus LSU (Sept. 4)

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon versus Georgia (Sept. 3)

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati at Arkansas (Sept. 3)

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Utah at Florida (Sept. 3)

(Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Notre Dame at Ohio State (Sept. 3)

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

West Virginia at Pittsburgh (Sept. 1)

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