Auburn vs. Washington is likely going to be a great matchup, as the No. 6 Huskies play the No. 9 Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday.

FOX sports analyst Joel Klatt is willing to take it one step further. During an appearance on “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd on Tuesday, Klatt said the Auburn-Washington matchup is the most important Week 1 game in the country.

“I think it’s the most meaningful game in Week 1,” Klatt said. “I don’t believe that Washington can make the Playoff if they lose on Saturday. And you might be thinking to yourself, ‘What are you talking about? They would still have Oregon and Stanford. Joel, you’re crazy.’ No, no, no, no, hear me out.

“Auburn’s likely not going to win their own division and likely not going to win the SEC. They’ll likely be a very clear third-place team in their conference this season with the quality of Georgia and Alabama going on in the SEC. Which means, even if Washington were to run the table after a loss to Auburn in this scenario, you would have them being defeated by this third-place team in the SEC, and Georgia and Alabama might be in a position to get in. You could clearly state the case that those two teams would deserve inclusion, based on this best metric, over Washington. So, I’m just telling you right now, college football fans, this is the most meaningful game in Week 1 because the entire season depends on it for Washington.”

This will be the first game played between Auburn and Washington.

The Tigers and Huskies are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

For the full segment featuring Klatt and Cowherd, watch below: