Last week’s slate of college football games ended up being way better than anyone (including myself) anticipated. We had plenty of awesome games, including two that established themselves as the frontrunners for the craziest ending of the season and the wildest game of the year, and this was all despite a bunch of people saying that Week 2 was going to be lame as all heck.
So what should we expect in Week 3? Well for one, we have three of the biggest games of the year, all with major national title implications: Florida State at Louisville, Alabama at Ole Miss, and Ohio State at Oklahoma. Even the “undercard” this week is littered with match-ups worth checking out.
Settle into your couches, order some wings, and get ready for one heck of a college football Saturday. Here’s everything you need to watch this weekend.
FRONT AND CENTER
Noon: Florida State at Louisville (ABC)
Things get off to an awesome start on Saturday with what should be the best game of the weekend. Clemson is (in all likelihood) the best team in the ACC after returning a bunch of key contributors including DeShaun Watson from last year’s team that reached the National Championship. However, the winner of this game has a legitimate argument for why they should be the top team in the conference.
Florida State goes into this game without one of its two best players on either side of the ball in star safety Derwin James. The good news is the guy who holds that title with James is Dalvin Cook, and as long as the running back plays, the Seminoles have a chance. Plus FSU’s defensive defensive front – led by DE DeMarcus Walker and LB Matthew Thomas – is still really, really good (even though freak of nature defensive end Josh Sweat is a question mark). Not to mention redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois has been fantastic at throwing the football so far.
On the other side, all eyes are on Lamar Jackson. The sophomore quarterback has 13 (!!!) touchdowns in two games this year. While those games have been against Charlotte and Syracuse, he has still looked like a total superstar, to the point that he may be the runaway winner of this year’s Kenny Hill September Heisman Award. If he wants to be a competitor for the actual Heisman, tearing up Florida State would be a really good start.
This game is going to rule. If Louisville can win and beat Clemson in two weeks, it has a legitimate case for being the No. 1 team in America (well, the No. 1 team not named Alabama assuming the Crimson Tide keep winning, but we’ll get to that later). If FSU wins, it passes its second big early-season test and gets to focus on the de facto ACC Championship game against Clemson in a month and a half. The only safe prediction is that either Cook or Jackson will walk out of this game as one of the frontrunners for the Heisman. Clear your schedule and watch this one.
On that note…
SECOND SCREEN SPECIAL
The FSU/Louisville game has serious national title implications and the rest of the early slate isn’t all that great. Miami has to travel to Appalachian State, which could be fun if only because why on earth would Miami agree to travel to Boone, N.C. for a game, but other than that, make sure you keep your eyes locked on ABC, because ‘Noles/Cardinals is going to be a war.