Week 3 of the college football season is here and after Saturday we will be a quarter of the way through the regular season. After a huge win against Washington in Week 2, the Michigan Wolverines move on to another MAC opponent on their schedule, the Northern Illinois Huskies.
Here is where you can watch the game and some other big games on the Big Ten slate.
No. 25 Michigan Wolverines vs Northern Illinois Huskies
- Date & Time: Saturday, Sept. 18, 12:00 p.m. ET
- Channel: Big Ten Network
- Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Weather: 82 degrees and partly cloudy
- Betting Line: Michigan -27.5, O/U: 54.5
Hot off the statement win over the Huskies, Michigan will be fighting for another win to improve their record to 3-0. The Wolverines are now in the conversation coming into the AP Top-25 at No. 25 overall. This is only the second time that these two programs have met with the first coming in 2005 in a 33-17 win for Michigan.
Former Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi is now at the helm for the Huskies. Last season, Lombardi threw for 323 yards and 3 touchdowns against this same Michigan secondary. However, now Mike Macdonald is calling the plays for the defense and the new scheme will hopefully cause Lombardi fits with what will likely be far inferior talent at Northern Illinois.
Blake Corum has been an absolute star for Michigan in the first two weeks. He’ll want to keep rolling against the No. 121 rush defense in the country coming from Northern Illinois. Expect a big game for him and Hassan Haskins for the third week in a row in what will likely be another blowout win for the Wolverines.
Nebraska Cornhuskers at No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners
- Date & Time: Saturday, September 11th, 12:00 PM ET
- Channel: FOX
- Location: Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma
- Weather: 91 degrees and sunny
- Betting Line: Oklahoma -22.5, O/U: 61.5
One of the most historic rivalries in all of college football is revisited after a full decade of its absence. In 86 total games in the rivalry, Oklahoma has been victorious in 45 of them. The No. 3 Sooners are the obvious favorites in this one. Spencer Rattler is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country and a Heisman Trophy candidate. Adrian Martinez lines up on the other side as an incredible explosive quarterback who can get the job done through the air or on the ground.
Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost is desperate for a big win to start redeeming his tenure at Nebraska. A win in Norman would certainly be a significant one to add to their slate. A loss would just continue to pile on the narrative that his time should be up at his alma mater.
No. 22 Auburn Tigers vs No. 10 Penn State
- Date & Time: Saturday, September 11th, 7:30 PM ET
- Channel: ABC
- Location: Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania
- Weather: 79 degrees and partly cloudy
- Betting Line: Penn State -5, O/U: 53
The Big Ten conference needs a College Football Playoff-shaping win and the Nittany Lions may be their best shot at providing it. The top contenders from the Big Ten this season have already fallen. Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio State have all taken a loss just two weeks into the season. Iowa has the biggest intraconference win with their victory over the Iowa State Cyclones last week. That has shot them up to No. 5 in the country in the AP Poll.
Still, the SEC looks to be the biggest monster in college football yet again. Georgia took down Clemson, Arkansas demolished Texas, Alabama toppled Miami, and a win for Auburn over what some consider to be the second-best team in the Big Ten right now in the form of the Nittany Lions would only strengthen the conference’s stance.
Auburn will enter a white-out night game in Happy Valley; one of the most fearsome home-field advantage situations in all of college football. A win for Penn State here is a win for the Big Ten. A loss would mean the 5th or 6th best team in the SEC is better than one of the Big Ten’s best.