The first “full” Saturday of college football was one for the books. Week 3 gets only bigger with 11 ranked teams in action, two of which go head-to-head as No. 18 Louisville and No. 17 Miami square off in a contest that opens the road for the winner into contending status in the ACC.
College Football Week 3 Must Watch Games
No. 11 Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa:
Tulsa has some decent players, but Oklahoma State is loaded. The Cowboys boast one of the top offenses in college football. Led by legit Heisman Trophy candidate running back Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State should score at will. This will get ugly in a hurry.
Houston at Baylor
The Cougars were scheduled to take on the Memphis Tigers on Friday, Sep. 18. They canceled that game because Memphis has a coronavirus issue. No problem. Baylor is ready to welcome Houston to Waco for their opener. The Bears have turned into a solid Power 5 Conference squad. There’s an emphasis on defense at Baylor. The Bears allowed just 19.3 points per last season. That should work in their favor on Saturday.
Boston College at Duke
Duke hung with Notre Dame for a long time on Sep. 12. Eventually, the better team got the victory. Make no mistake, though, the Duke Blue Devils are a decent football team. Boston College’s usually stout defense fell off a cliff last season. The Eagles allow 31.7 points per. That’s not good heading into a game versus a team with a solid offense.
Navy at Tulane
In Week 2, Tulane barely escaped South Alabama in a 27-24 win. Brigham Young blasted Navy 55-3 in Week 1, though. We must assume Navy plays better on Saturday. The Midshipmen beat the Green Wave 41-38 last season. Navy should turn it around. They’re much better than the BYU pasting implies.
South Florida at No. 7 Notre Dame
The Bulls hired Clemson’s wide receivers and co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott. South Florida’s offensive line returns three starters while the defense will be okay. Notre Dame was overvalued in Week 2. They figure to be overvalued in Week 3. South Florida looks like the play while Brian Kelly’s defense takes time to gel.
No. 14 UCF at Georgia Tech
If the Big Ten and Pac 12 don’t decide to play football in October, this could be the season where the Central Florida Knights notch a spot in the College Football Playoff. Central Florida is strong across the board. They bring back three players along the offensive line, four of five starters in the secondary, and a proven defensive line. Georgia Tech’s 16-13 win over Florida State impressed, but it didn’t impress enough to consider backing them against the Knights.
No. 17 Miami at No. 18 Louisville
After a strange first half, the Hurricanes broke the game open in a 31-14 win over UAB in Week 2. The Cardinals are a decent team on both sides of the football. Louisville beat Western Kentucky 35-21 in their first game. The Canes beat the Cards 52-27 last season. Louisville can turn the tables on Sep. 18.
Wake Forest at NC State
Yes, Clemson dominated Wake Forest 37-13 in the Demon Deacons’ first game of the season. But Wake Forest entered that game a -33 ½ underdog. Wake dominated NC State 44-10 last season. There’s no reason to believe the Deacons don’t perform another beat down and cover on Saturday.