Week two of college football was a week of big upsets, but week three looks a little lackluster. There are some big marquee games, but most teams are still playing soft non-conference games.
Locally it’s a big week of college football: Auburn vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Alabama at Arkansas, UAB at South Carolina, South Alabama at North Carolina State and Troy vs. Mississippi State. Although I don’t see UAB, USA or Troy pulling an upset, I do think they can beat the Las Vegas betting line.
Here are my Top Ten Games of Week 3:
All times are shown in Central Standard Time.
10. #25 BYU @ Utah – Saturday - 9 p.m.
It’s the “Holy War,” a rivalry that dates back to the 1800s. BYU enters the game nationally ranked and Utah is coming off of a loss to Utah State, but you can throw the rankings and the record books out the window in this game.
9. UConn @ Maryland – Saturday – 11:30 a.m.
This might not be an eye-popping matchup on your channel guide, but there is a deep story line and it will be interesting to see how it plays out. Randy Edsall was the long time head coach of UConn, but left in the night for Maryland without even saying goodbye to his team. Edsall claims he regrets the way he left, but will the UConn players care about his regrets on Saturday?
8. #14 Texas @ Ole Miss – Saturday – 8:15 p.m.
The Texas Longhorns will roll in to Oxford, Miss. to deliver new Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze his first real test. So far the Rebels have look pretty good, but they haven’t faced a team as talented as Texas. I think Texas will win the game by a couple of scores, but I think it could be closer than the Longhorns want it to be heading into the fourth quarter.
7. Missouri vs. Arizona State – Saturday – 6 p.m.
Missouri has to bounce back fast after losing their SEC opener last week vs. Georgia. The Arizona State Sun Devils have looked much improved under new head coach Todd Graham. I always enjoy seeing the SEC and the PAC-12 go head to head.
6. Northwestern vs. Boston College – Saturday – 2:30 p.m.
Kudos to Northwestern for playing a very competitive non-conference that includes Syracuse, Vanderbilt and now the Eagles of Boston College. After outshooting Syracuse and slugging it out with Vandy the Wildcats are 2-0. Boston College isn’t a great team, but they will give Northwestern an entertaining game.
5. Auburn vs. Louisiana-Monroe – Saturday – 11:21 a.m.
Usually this wouldn’t be a top 10 game, but with Auburn starting 0-2 and Louisiana-Monroe upsetting Arkansas, this becomes a must-watch. I don’t think Louisiana-Monroe would have been able to beat a healthy Arkansas, but injuries are part of football. This is a must-win for Auburn and I think they will get it done, but it doesn’t look like it will be as easy as they once thought.
4. #1 Alabama @ Arkansas – Saturday – 2:30 p.m.
A week ago, this looked like one of the marquee games of the season, but Arkansas stumbled out of the gate with a not-so-dominating performance over Jacksonville State and then the upset loss to Louisiana-Monroe. The odds-makers have Alabama as a 21-point favorite, but I think at least in the first half the Razorbacks will rally and play Alabama close.
3. #2 USC @ #21 Stanford – Saturday – 6:30 p.m.
The USC Trojans got exposed a little last week vs. Syracuse, but I don’t think Stanford has the athletes from top to bottom to keep up with USC. The only way Stanford has a chance is if they can keep this a low scoring game, and I can’t see that happening.
2. #20 Notre Dame @ #8 Michigan State – Saturday -7 p.m.
Notre Dame needed saving last week as they just got past Purdue, and it will only get harder as they travel in to East Lansing to face Michigan State. I just don’t think Notre Dame will have an answer for the physical pounding of Le’Veon Bell.
1. #18 Florida @ #23 Tennessee – Saturday – 5 p.m.
Florida has dominated Tennessee for years, but this could be the year the Vols finally take back control. We know Florida can come from behind and pull out a win on the road, but what do we really know about Tennessee? They got it done versus North Carolina State, but I don’t think we really know what they have up in Knoxville just yet. This is the top game because if either team wants to make a push for the wide open SEC east, then this game is a must-win.
Alabama Tonight Sports Blogger - Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13