Any of this is debatle, of course, so I'd love to hear your takes. My rooting interests are outlined with the following criteria in mind:
Strength of TCU's schedule
Strength of Big 12
Elimination of Notre Dame and Pac-12 from CFP contention
Decrease odds of two teams from SEC, Big Ten, or ACC making the CFP
TCU's position within the CFP rankings
TCU's position within the Big 12 standings
That said, here's a look at Week 1 games that could matter in the long run:
Michigan @ Notre Dame: Pull for Michigan, as Notre Dame's schedule is setting up softer than usual and they'll certainly make the CFP with only 1 loss. Notre Dame's schedule is tougher than most with tests from Stanford, @ Virginia Tech, Florida State, and @ USC. But all of those are winnable if they have a solid team. Meanwhile Michigan's season includes Wisconsin, @ Michigan State, Penn State, and @ Ohio State. I like their chances to lose 2-3 of those.
Washington vs. Auburn (Atlanta): This one is tough. A Washington win almost certainly sets them up to make the CFP if they win the Pac-12. Auburn has to play @ Georgia and @ Alabama, but they're a real threat to be a 2nd SEC team even if they drop one of those. As much as it pains me to say, pull for Auburn because I have a strong feeling we could be looking at an end-of-season comparison of the Pac-12 and Big 12 champions for the 4th spot in the CFP.
LSU vs. Miami (Arlington): This one is also tough. Miami's ACC schedule sets up nicely, as they'll only face Florida State and @ Virginia Tech. Meanwhile LSU draws Georgia from the East this season, plus the usual West challenges of Alabama and @ Auburn. In the end, pull for Miami in order to weaken the SEC narrative. Though this is the one I'm most torn about.
Alabama vs. Louisville (Orlando): I believe they have 0% chance to win, but pull for Louisville because if Alabama doesn't win the SEC, the CFP will certainly find a way to justify them getting in as a 2nd SEC team given they just won the CFP under the same circumstance.
Virginia Tech @ Florida State: Pull for Virginia Tech because Florida State is a contender to be a second ACC team if their only loss is a close one to Clemson and they have a late season win @ Notre Dame on their resume.
San Diego State @ Stanford: Pull for San Diego State, as Stanford has a shot at winning the Pac-12 and a G5 loss on their resume could mean the Pac-12 is left out of the CFP.
Oregon State @ Ohio State: Pull for Ohio State, chaos, and injuries. I'd love to see their young QB struggle, getting the fanbase anxious and perhaps have them rotating or trotting out someone new out come JerryWorld time.
SMU @ North Texas: Pull for SMU to keep them from weighing down our SOS.
Pull for Big 12 teams to win all of their OOC games, improve our strength of schedule, and prime the Big 12 CCG winner to get a CFP bid:
Texas @ Maryland
FAU @ Oklahoma
South Dakota State @ Iowa State
Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss (Houston)
West Virginia vs. Tennessee (Charlotte)