College Football Games of the Week (#3)

In week three of the college football season there are several Top 25 matchups. As teams across the country begin conference play and start playing more adept opponents, the college football playoff contenders will finally begin to arise. Listed below are staff writer, Chris Sharp’s, top five must see games for this weekend.

  1. #15 Ole Miss at #2 Alabama (ESPN 9:15 PM)
    • Last season in Oxford, Ole Miss upset Alabama in a thrilling matchup. This season the Rebels will look to continue their newfound success, while the Tide will look to avenge last year’s defeat. New Ole Miss starting quarterback Chad Kelly has jump started the offense and the Rebels have thrown up a lot of points, although against inferior competition. Robert Nkemdiche and the Rebel defense will look to contain Alabama running back Derrick Henry and force quarterback Jacob Coker to make throws down the field. Look for Alabama to ride the energy from their home crowd and pull out a close one late.
  2. #18 Auburn at #13 LSU (CBS 3:30 PM)
    • LSU starting quarterback Brandon Harris made his first start for the Tigers last season against Auburn, and the results were disastrous. With a year under his belt, Harris will look for redemption on Saturday. Having Leonard Fournette and a stingy defense to back Harris up also helps. Auburn escaped an all time upset last week against Jacksonville State and will look to get quarterback Jeremy Johnson going after the new signal caller has struggled early, throwing five interceptions on the season. If Auburn can steal a victory on the road in Death Valley that would certainly redeem them from last week’s embarrassing performance.
  3. #14 Georgia Tech at #8 Notre Dame (NBC 3:30 PM)
    • If Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire were healthy, this may have been my number one game to watch. Due to a season-ending ankle injury, Zaire is out, and now sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer is starting. Zaire was yet another player that has gotten injured for the Fighting Irish, so their depth will be tested. For Georgia Tech, Paul Johnson and his star quarterback Justin Thomas have executed their potent triple option attack to near perfection so far, but Notre Dame features a front seven full of future NFL players that will look to stop their running game. If the Yellow Jackets have one weakness it’s on defense, but with an inexperienced quarterback opposite of them, look for Georgia Tech to send apply a lot of pressure with different blitz packages. Despite the home field advantage, Georgia Tech should still be able to win this game.
  4. #19 BYU at #10 UCLA (Fox Sports One 10:30 PM)
    • BYU’s season so far could only be compared to an episode of the hit TV show Friday Night Lights. Losing quarterback Taysum Hill to a season ending injury was rough, but new starter Tanner Mangum has helped the BYU Cougars pull out back-to-back dramatic wins against Nebraska and Boise State. However, the Cougars will face their biggest test tonight as they will have to face freshmen phenom quarterback Josh Rosen and the UCLA Bruins. Linebacker Myles Jack and the Bruin defense will look to pressure Tanner Mangum in this game and it will also be intriguing to see if Josh Rosen can continue his hot streak. If Cougars can win tonight at the Rose Bowl, then this may indeed be a miracle season for them.
  5. Stanford at #6 USC (ABC 8 PM)
    • In each of the last five meetings between USC and Stanford, the game has been decided by eight points or fewer. This a critical moment for the Stanford Cardinals as a win against USC would revive the momentum that was lost after being defeated by Northwestern. Quarterback Cody Kessler for the USC Trojans leads a potent offense that will look for big plays against the stingy Cardinal defense. If Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan become a threat in the passing game, then that will help open things up for the Cardinals on the ground. Stanford is not as bad as they have looked this season, and they should improve. However, they will not be able to score at the same pace, as USC and the Trojans should win tonight in the Coliseum.

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