Best Week 3 College Football Games
In the fall, one day of the week matters a whole lot more than the others: Saturday. Monday is nary a blip on the radar. Wednesday is like the subject of a fuzzy recollection. Friday is the news from an uninhabited island. But on Saturday, there is college football. We love Saturday.
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This past Saturday, we watched the college football landscape shift. The Ohio State–Oklahoma game shook things up. It was never supposed to be an easy victory for Ohio State. But it definitely wasn’t supposed to be an easy victory for Oklahoma. And yet they strolled to a 31-10 win. Ohio State’s offense was generally missing in action, and Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield was basically untroubled by the Ohio State defense. The Sooners are now ranked #2 in the country. The Buckeyes move from #2 to #8, which puts them behind Big 10 rivals Penn State and Michigan.
Everything’s Coming Up Rosen
Coming up into the top 25 is UCLA, on the strength of a 56-23 win over Hawaii. The Bruins picked up where they left off in their 34-point comeback win against Texas A&M in week one. Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen is just on fire. He threw for 329 yards with an 88% completion rate, 22/25. Ridiculous. Keep an eye on UCLA. They play Memphis and then Stanford in the coming weeks.
Roller Coaster Rides
There were some wild games, too. Washington State beat Boise State 47-44 in triple overtime. This after Washington State erased a 21-point deficit in a little over six minutes in the fourth quarter. Elsewhere, the Iowa Hawkeyes came back twice in the fourth quarter against Iowa State to force overtime and eventually won 44-41. And Georgia beat Notre Dame 20-19. The Bulldogs forced a fumble in the final minutes to prevent the Irish from scoring, just 36 yards from the end zone.
Who knows which games will feel like a roller coaster this week? Plenty have the potential to shake things up. Here’s what we’ll be watching on Saturday.
Tennessee v Florida
Clemson v Louisville
Coming off their 14-6 defeat of Auburn, in which Clemson boasted a truly top-notch defense, the Tigers head to Louisville. Last year, Clemson won in a rollicking game featuring two Heisman contending quarterbacks. But Deshaun Watson left Clemson for the NFL this year while Louisville’s Lamar Jackson remains. Jackson just torched North Carolina. So a lot will come down to whether the Clemson defense can stop him.
SMU – TCU
For the Iron Skillet! Now, TCU is #23 in the country. They just beat Arkansas in thoroughly impressive fashion. But SMU is having a moment. They’ve scored 112 points in their first two games, a program record. And there is talk of the Mustangs’ WR Courtland Sutton contending for the Biletnikoff Award.
Notre Dame – Boston College
It’s Holy War! The expectation here is for a pretty lopsided game in Notre Dame’s favor. But things have not gone entirely swimmingly for Notre Dame. So we’ll see.
Kentucky – South Carolina
7:30pm, SEC Network
Don’t look now, but South Carolina is 2-0, and there is talk (from SEC Network analyst Tim Tebow, no less!) that the Gamecocks could find themselves in contention for the SEC East title. Meanwhile, Kentucky struggled last week against Eastern Kentucky. Yikes.
Ole Miss – Cal
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