Week 3 matchups could shape college football season
No. 2 Florida State at No. 10 Louisville
This is the biggest matchup of the weekend. Florida State is the best team in the country not named Alabama.
The Seminoles are stacked on both sides of the ball. Jimbo Fisher may have found his next star quarterback in Deondre Francois.
All signs point to Florida State being the better team and the easy pick in this game.
But Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is a special player. Jackson has scored 13 total touchdowns (seven passing, six rushing) and only thrown one interception. Yes, that production came against Charlotte and Syracuse. But those are video game number regardless of how you look at them.
Florida State may have the better team, but Louisville may have the best player on the field this Saturday. Jackson gives Louisville a chance in this one.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 Ole Miss
Back-to-back losses to Ole Miss. Back-to-back trips to the College Football Playoff for Alabama.
But Alabama won’t have the luxury of LSU being undefeated and ranked inside the top 5 to help it jump back up the standings like it did last season.
Alabama could still be fine if they drop this one in Oxford, Mississippi, but the national perception would take a hit.
Ole Miss would be completely done from a national standpoint if they lose this game. The loss to Ole Miss put the Rebels in a tough spot here. Ole Miss has a ton of talent. It would be a shame if they group didn’t have much to play for after Week 3.
No. 12 Michigan State at No. 18 Notre Dame
Looking at Notre Dame’s schedule, the Fighting Irish don’t have a ton of games left to make a national splash. There’s Stanford, who is currently ranked seventh in the nation. Beyond that, Miami (No. 25) is the only other ranked team left on Notre Dame’s schedule.
Brian Kelly and his squad need this game in the worst way.
Michigan State still has Wisconsin (No. 9), Michigan (No. 4) and Ohio State (No. 3) left on its schedules so there’ll be opportunities for the Spartans to climb back up the rankings if they slip in this game.
Even Touchdown Jesus won’t be enough to save the Irish if they have two losses.
No. 3 Ohio State at No. 14 Oklahoma
This would be a much bigger game if Oklahoma hadn’t gotten curb stomped in its season opener by Houston.
Many expected Oklahoma to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff. A few analysts even picked the Sooners to win the national championship.
That won’t happen this year. Ohio State is a better team than Oklahoma.
The Buckeyes have more talent, and better athletes. Urban Meyer is a better coach than Bob Stoops. Speaking of Stoops, at what point do fans and the media start calling for his job? What makes Stoops any better than say, Les Miles at this point? Both have one national championship, but neither have been able to get over the hump since. Miles is on the hot seat. Stoops isn’t. Something doesn’t add up.
Anyway, back to the game. If Oklahoma loses, they’ll be out of the playoff hunt. No team is getting in with two losses.
Having Baker Mayfield and getting this game at home gives Oklahoma an outside shot. But that won’t be enough for the Sooners to overcome the Buckeyes.
Sorry, Oklahoma fans. Your season ends in Week 3.