Saturday is here and that means it's time to pop some popcorn, turn on the TV (or maybe 2 or 3 TVs so you can catch everything good at once) and watch some college football. Last week didn't have any really great match ups in the college football world, but week 3 looks like it'll make up for that. Here are some of the games I'm looking forward to today:
- FSU (2) vs. Louisville (10): this game is on ABC and just hit halftime. Currently Louisville is WAY up on FSU, which was not the expectation, but don't count FSU out - they have a history of 2nd half comebacks. Tune in and catch the explosive Lamar Jackson, QB for Louisville, who will likely be a Heisman contender this year.
- Alabama (1) vs. Ole Miss (19): For the last few years, this match up has always been crazy exciting. Ole Miss has won two years in a row, can they make it three? I personally doubt they have much of a chance - Alabama has looked pretty solid and Nick Saban just doesn't lose three years in a row to anyone. Catch this game on CBS at 2:30pm CT
- Oregon (22) vs. Nebraska: While Nebraska is not ranked, they usually have a pretty solid, decent team. I'll be interested to see if Oregon is actually any good this year or if they just have their ranking because of expectations after recent years. This one airs at 2:30pm CT on ABC.
- Mississippi St. vs. LSU (20): After starting the year with high expectations, LSU hasn't looked all that strong. Their star running back Leonard Fournette (who started last year as a Heisman contender) needs a breakout game to get his name in the Heisman race this year. I'll be curious to see how LSU looks against a Mississippi State that recently lost some of its big weapons (e.g. QB Dak Prescott). You can watch this match up on ESPN2 at 6:00pm CT
- Texas A&M (17) vs. Auburn: After starting the season without a whole lot of positive buzz (they had some weird off-season recruiting issues, 2 QBs transferred away, etc), A&M has established themselves as a strong contender this year. OU transfer QB Trevor Knight seems to have slipped right into A&M's offense. Auburn hasn't been great in recent years, but they always upset someone - will it be A&M? Catch the game on ESPN at 6:00pm CT.
- Ohio State (3) vs. Oklahoma (14): After losing to Houston in Week 1, Oklahoma is looking to re-establish themselves as a playoff team. Ohio State is assumed to be a playoff shoe-in, but at least from what I've seen so far, they don't look strong enough to be the #3 program in the country. This one should be pretty interesting - I really don't like either team (I'm a Texas fan after all), but I think I'm actually leaning towards OU upsetting Ohio State in this one. This will be airing on Fox at 6:30pm CT.
- Michigan St. (12) vs. Notre Dame (18): Neither of these teams has started the season looking as strong as they were supposed to be. Hopefully this one will be an exciting midwest-style match up. Michigan St. usually has a pretty legit defense, so we'll have to see if Notre Dame can pull its offense together and get anything going (they didn't look so hot against Texas in Week 1). Watch it at 6:30pm CT on NBC.
- USC vs. Stanford (7): USC got flat out embarrassed Week 1 by Alabama. They're trying to restore pride and keep their Pac 12 championship hopes alive as they take on Stanford. Stanford, on the other hand, has been building each week and has the extremely dynamic (should've won the Heisman last year, hopefully will win it this year) Christian McCaffrey. Stanford had a long history of upsetting USC when USC was undefeated and highly ranked in previous seasons - will USC be able to turn the tables on playoff hopeful Stanford? The game will air at 7:00pm CT on ABC (and I'll be personally vested in this one as my dad and brother are attending in support of Stanford).
- Texas (11) vs. Cal: This will be a big test for Texas. Cal doesn't look too great this year (in their opener they had pretty much zero defense), but they do have a lot of potential offensive firepower. Will Texas' defense be able to hold the Cal offense back and will Texas' offense continue coming together as they have in the first 2 games of the season? I have high hopes that Texas is legitimately good this year, but I'm not quite sold yet. If they can go on the road and look strong, that would be a step in the right direction. I'm looking forward to this one (even though it's super late for us central time zoners)! Don't miss it: 9:30pm CT on ESPN.
What games will you be watching? Hope you all enjoy this college football Saturday as much as I know I will!