25 Games To Look Out For Week 3 College Foootball
Best Matchups for Week 3
- 1. Ole Miss (2-0) at Alabama (2-0) - The race for the SEC West will begins Saturday night between these two teams. Last season the Rebels made a statement in week 5 when they upset Bama in Oxford 23-17. Now they will have to travel to Tuscaloosa where they have only are 1-26 all time with the only win coming in 1988 when they defeated Bama 22-12. Ole Miss has scored a total of 149 points in its first two games beating UT-Martin 76-3 and last week destroying Fresno State 73-21. While Alabama cruise past Middle Tennessee State last week 37-10 and whipped Wisconsin in their season opener. This will be a tall task for the Ole Miss offense as they will be facing a top notch defense. Nick Saban is 9-1 in revenge games with his only loss coming in back to back losses to LSU in 2010 in Baton Rouge and the game of the century in Tuscaloosa in 2011 where they lost 9-6. But we all know what happen that 2011 season when the two teams met in the bcs title game when Bama whipped them 21-0 to win Saban’s second title at Alabama.
- 2. Georgia Tech (2-0) at Notre Dame (2-0) – Georgia Tech has destroyed it first two opponents by a combine score of 134-16. Now the Yellowjackets will take their triple option offense to South Bend where they last met in 2007 where they blowed the Fighting Irish out 33-3. Notre Dame will be without starting sophomore quarterback Malik Zaire as he will be out for the rest of the season with a broken ankle. In steps redshirt freshmen DeShone Kizer who hit wideout Will Fuller with a game winning touchdown pass to beat Virginia 34-27 last week. But now he will take over the quarterbacking duties to lead Notre Dame against a Georgia Tech defense that is returning 8 starters on defense.
- 3. Auburn (2-0) at LSU (1-0) – Auburn is 2-0 but they do not look like a top ten team as they had to go into overtime last week to beat in state rival fcs Jacksonville State 27-20. They were very fortunate to win that game and in their season opener against Louisville after going up 24-0 they only won 31-24. Also quarterback Jeremy Johnson, who has gotten a lot of hype, has look terrible. The junior quarterback has 5 interceptions in two games and the defense doesn’t look any better than last season. Now they have to travel to Baton Rouge where they haven’t won since 1999 and LSU will be looking for revenge from a 41-7 beating they took in Auburn last year. LSU is also coming of a near loss after having the season opener cancelled against McNeese State they had to go to Starkville for their first game and pulled out a 21-19 win as Miss. State missed a 52 yard field goal that would have won the game. Also Auburn win against Louisville has lost credibility as Louisville has started off to a 0-2 start losing to Houston last week.
- 4. South Carolina (1-1) at Georgia (2-0) – Since 2010 this game has played an important part for who will win the SEC East. But South Carolina will have their backs against the wall as they are coming off a home loss to Kentucky and they also lost starting quarterback to a separated shoulder. In steps in Perry Orth who was thrown in the game last week in a 26-22 loss to Kentucky. The Gamecocks are very fortunate to be (1-1) as they should have lost to bordering state rival North Carolina two weeks ago but they had three interceptions to seal the victory 17-13. They only good thing that the Gamecocks have going is that they are 4-1 in their last 5 meeting against Georgia. Georgia seems like they are unsettle at quarterback as they played both quarterbacks (Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey) last week against Vanderbilt in a 31-14 victory in Nashville.
- 5. Stanford (1-1) at USC (2-0) – The Trojans have won the last two in this in state rivalry both were 3 point victories. Before winning the last two they dropped four in a row to Stanford. The Cardinal’s got a win last week with a victory over Central Florida 31-7 after losing their season opener to Northwestern in Chicago 16-6. USC has destroyed its first to opponents by a combined score of 114-15. Now they begin Pac 12 play looking to start a their college football campaign as they are nearly at full strength from there scholarship reductions due to NCAA sanctions.
- 6. BYU (2-0) at UCLA (2-0) – BYU has won back to back emotional games first winning on a hail mary at Nebraska 33-28 and then beating Boise State at home last week 35-24. Will they have what it take to beat another tough opponent. The Cougars to this point have faced three legit teams, so if they could pull this one out as well they should be ranked at least in the top 15 in my opinion. Meanwhile UCLA has looked good in it two victories as they beat Virginia in there season opener 34-16 and whipped up on UNLV in Las Vegas 37-3. True freshmen quarterback Josh Rosen has look like a seasoned veteran going a combined 50 of 77 for 574 yards and 4 touchdowns and 1 interception in his first two games.
- 7. Florida (2-0) at Kentucky (2-0) – This is the ultimate trap game for Florida in my opinion. Kentucky is chumping at the bits to beat the Gators as Kentucky hasn’t beat Florida since 1986. Last season it took triple overtime for Florida to pull out a 36-30 win. The Wildcats are very confident as they are coming off a road win at South Carolina last week 26-22. Florida still looks like it haven’t settle if offensive woes either as they can’t settle on a quarterback between sophomore Treon Harris and redshirt freshmen Will Grier.
- 8. Nebraska (1-1) at Miami(FL) (2-0) – These two storied programs have fallen down of lately. But this still should be a good game as the Canes will be looking to get some get back from a 41-31 loss to the Cornhuskers last year in Lincoln. Nebraska got a win last week as they beat up on South Alabama 48-9 and Miami beat a pesky Florida Atlantic team 44-20 on Friday night of last week.
- 9. (Fri.) Florida State (2-0) at Boston College (2-0) – Boston College steps up their competition as their first to opponents were fcs teams which they beat by combine score of 100-3. The Eagles have lost five straight to the Noles but they did play them extremely tough the last time Florida State had to travel to Chestnut Hill. In 2013 the Eagles had a 14-point lead before the Noles finally pulled away in the second half to win 48-34.
- 10. Texas Tech (2-0) at Arkansas (1-1) – The Hogs will be looking for redemption as they lost at home last week to Toledo 16-12 in which they were unable to establish a running game. Now they will face passing attack of Texas Tech which returns 9 starters on offense.
Here are 15 other to look out for this week
- 11. California (2-0) at Texas (1-1)
- 12. Virginia Tech (1-1) at Purdue (1-1)
- 13. Northwestern (2-0) at Duke (2-0)
- 14. (Thurs.) Clemson (2-0) at Louisville (0-2)
- 15. Pittsburgh (2-0) at Iowa (2-0)
- 16. Illinois (2-0) at North Carolina (1-1)
- 17. Iowa State (1-1) at Toledo (1-0)
- 18. Western Kentucky (2-0) at Indiana (2-0)
- 19. Air Force (2-0) at Michigan State (2-0)
- 20. Rutgers (1-1) at Penn State (1-1)
- 21. Memphis (2-0) at Bowling Green (1-1)
- 22. Colorado (1-1) vs Colorado State (1-1) – (Denver)
- 23. East Carolina (1-1) at Navy (1-0)
- 24. SMU (1-1) at TCU (2-0)
- 25. Northern Illinois (2-0) at Ohio State (2-0)
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