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Watch Guide: Week 3

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Another solid weekend of college football.

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Note: All times listed are in Eastern Time

Thursday, September 15th

Only Option

#6 Houston at Cincinnati, 7:30PM, ESPN

These teams are battling for AAC supremacy in addition to trying to prove their worth to the Big 12. Houston’s the favorite on the road, but Greg Ward Jr. - their star QB - sat out last week with injury, as well as starting running back Duke Catalon. Both will surely start tonight, but it’s something to keep an eye on if they end up sitting out at all. This should be an offensive slugfest with the Cougars holding the edge on defense.

Friday, September 16th

Not much. There are three football games - #21 Baylor at Rice, Arkansas State at Utah State, Arizona State at UTSA - but none that are appetizing. I suggest watching a good horror movie or two, Halloween is just around the corner.

Saturday, September 17th

Midday Options

#2 FSU at #10 Louisville, Noon, ABC

A top-10 matchup between ACC Atlantic foes provides a strong start to Saturday. Louisville’s success (or failure) will probably be dependent on Lamar Jackson, who has as many touchdowns as Michigan’s entire offense so far this season. If FSU can contain him, they take this one; if not, the Cardinals become the ACC favorite since Clemson has stumbled out of the gate.

NDSU at #13 Iowa, Noon, ESPN2

Worth tuning in to see if the Hawkeyes are struggling against the five-time defending NCAA Division-I FCS Champions, the North Dakota State University Bison football team. History points to an NDSU upset.

Temple at Penn State, Noon, BTN

Will this happen again?

Afternoon Picks

#1 Alabama at #19 Ole Miss, 3:30PM, CBS

The Rebels have upset the Crimson Tide in each of the last two seasons. Alabama wants revenge but won’t admit it. Regardless of the outcome, let’s hope it stays close throughout so we get some more hilarious Saban-Kiffin interactions (e.g. “ass-chewings”).

Colorado at #4 Michigan, 3:30PM, BTN

The Buffaloes have been all jokes in the lead up to this game. They’re also choosing to remind everyone of their 1994 Hail Mary victory over Michigan. We’ll see how that goes for them on Saturday.

#22 Oregon at Nebraska, 3:30PM, ABC

Brady Hoke returns to B1G country to face a team he held a 1-2 record against as Michigan’s head coach. Drew thinks you should take the Ducks, but I think the Cornhuskers wake up on time for this one and end up ranked next week.

Western Michigan at Illinois, 3:30PM, ESPNews

Can the Broncos row their boat through the state of Illinois for the second victory over a B1G team this season? Probably.

Evening Choices

#3 Ohio State at #14 Oklahoma, 7:30PM, Fox

I don’t know what to expect out of this game, other than an absolute battle. At home, the Sooners will be looking to bounce back from their Week 1 loss to Houston. Their backup QB is also talking smack, saying that starter Baker Mayfield will “light up” OSU’s “basic” defense. As for the Buckeyes, we’ll find out if their offense can maintain its hellacious 2016 pace against a tougher opponent. Oh, and if their “basic” defense can handle Baker Mayfield. For more on this one, see Bill Connelly’s breakdown.

#12 Michigan State at #18 Notre Dame, 7:30PM, NBC

I’m on Team RootForAnyoneButNotreDame, so go Green B1G team on Saturday night. Even though Sparty struggled in their season opener, they had a bye week to sort it out, and I expect them to come out looking much better.

USC at #7 Stanford, 8PM, ABC

Does USC have a pulse this year? Probably not, but flipping to this one to see if it’s close won’t hurt.

#11 Texas at Cal, 10:30PM, ESPN

I don’t know about you, but I’m enjoying the resurgence of the Longhorns under Charlie Strong (beating the Irish helps). Texas doesn’t seem to have a strong defense in 2016, and Cal is all offense, all the time. This should be a fun way to end your weekend of college football.

B1G Leftovers

New Mexico at Rutgers, Noon, ESPNews

Watch if every other noon option is boring (they won’t be).

Georgia State at Wisconsin, Noon, BTN

Watch if you like blowouts.

Maryland at UCF, 7PM, CBSSN

Watch if you are curious how Maryland looks against a common opponent.

Duke at Northwestern, 8PM, BTN

Watch if you have a report to write on bad football.