College football: Alabama vs. Ole Miss, other games to watch in Week 3
Week 2, while many complained its match ups were not as interesting as Week 1’s, provided football fans with a few interesting upsets and “bad wins” that shook up Week 2’s AP poll.
Clemson and Georgia scraped by with small-margin wins against Troy and Nicholls, and Oklahoma State walked away with a devastating loss to Central Michigan.
However, many SEC teams made a small step in the right direction for a comeback surge in the polls, but with questions of how talented each team truly is still flying around, Week 3 looks to provide some serious answers for fans.
Now, which games should take precedence when deciding what to watch in Week 3? While your favorite team may or may not be featured in the best of Week 3 matchups, these are the games you should tune into:
No. 2 Florida State at No. 10 Louisville
Saturday, Sept. 17 at noon E.T. on ABC
This Saturday game looks to be one of the top matchups of the weekend. This game could go either way, and it looks to end in a close, dramatic fashion.
Florida State, coming off a high-scoring game against Charleston Southern, brings Dalvin Cook to attempt to break through Louisville’s defense and rack up some points for the Seminoles. However, it will be FSU’s defense in the spotlight on Saturday as they make an effort to stop Louisville’s Lamar Jackson from hurdling into the end zone.
The Cardinals look to prove a point on the field. Some football fans may doubt that Jackson holds as much talent as his hype leads him to be, so a win against the No. 2 team in the nation should quiet some of the doubters. Of course, eyes will be on Jackson and his performance that night, but if Louisville’s defense can hold FSU to field goals, the Cardinals have a greater chance of tallying a win on their home field.
Either way, this should be an interesting game, so tuning in is a must.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 Mississippi
Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on CBS
This SEC battle could easily shake up the Week 3 AP poll. Alabama is 0-2 against Ole Miss the past two years, and with dynamic quarterback Chad Kelly leading the Ole Miss offense, the Crimson Tide could find itself with a 2-1 record Saturday evening. However, Nick Saban has never been defeated by the same team three years in a row while at Alabama.
The Crimson tide steps on to the pitch with a powerful defense as well as a special teams unit that looks ready to make some game-changing plays.
However, Ole Miss isn’t without power on the defensive side. Alabama’s freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts may have a tough time against the Rebels front seven.
Still, if Ole Miss can play like it did in the first quarter against FSU, the Rebels’ win streak is likely to continue, but the game will likely be a close one.
No. 3 Ohio State at No. 14 Oklahoma
Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on FOX
The fourth and fifth most winningest college football programs in history meet in Norman, Okla., for their third ever matchup. Right now, the series is tied, and both teams look to improve their Playoff hopes with a win.
If Ohio State can get past Oklahoma’s defense in the run game, it may be in good shape to pull out a win. So far, even in the loss against Houston, the Sooners shut down the run games of their opponents, so while the Buckeyes run a fairly balanced offense, it may be difficult to move the ball on the ground. Still, the Buckeyes’ defense remains one of the top in forcing turnovers, potentially keeping Oklahoma’s offense from spending much time on the field.
However, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and the rest of the Sooners’ offense comes on with a 1-1 record ready to prove that they are better than what fans saw against Houston. This game may be one of the deciding factors in OU’s Playoff dreams, and a big win here could propel the Sooners into a much better position regarding the CFP.
It looks to be a game filled with history, rivalry and major motivation, so missing this game may be unwise.
No. 12 Michigan State at No. 18 Notre Dame
Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on NBC
In only its second game of the season, Michigan State travels to take on the 1-1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Notre Dame, still rebounding off of a double-overtime loss to Texas, looks to nab a signature win Saturday night to stay in the CFP conversation. It’s the first time the two teams meet since 2013, and the Fighting Irish lead the series 48-28.
However, if Notre Dame wants to continue its three-win streak against the Spartans, Fighting Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer and his receivers need to get past the Spartans’ defense. Michigan State looks to force deep throws from Kizer, testing his limits as Notre Dame’s new starting quarterback. Also, defensively, Notre Dame struggled in the red zone, so to tally a win, the Fighting Irish will have to stop Michigan State’s offense.
If Kizer can command the offense and build an early lead in the game, the Spartans may leave empty handed.
With these key matchups in mind, this looks to be a Week 3 game you do not want to miss.
Each of these games look to have interesting matchups that may lead an upset in Week 3.
No. 6 Houston vs. Cincinnati on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech vs. Vanderbilt on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12:30 p.m.
No. 4 Michigan vs. Colorado on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m.
No. 22 Oregon vs. Nebraska on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m.
No. 17 Texas A&M vs Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m.