Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler
Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) during an NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Norman, Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

HOW TO WATCH WEEK 3 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Kyle Barrette

As usually happens in Week Two of the NCAA football season, many games featured powerhouse schools beating up on non-conference schools that were just happy to be there: #1 ranked Alabama crushing Mercer, #2 Georgia hammering UAB, #4 Oklahoma blowing out Western Carolina, #8 Notre Dame…well…just barely beating Toledo on a late TD pass and #15 Texas…oh, Texas…


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Games that were expected to be more competitive actually were so – #10 Iowa edged #9 Iowa State, #12 Oregon upset #3 Ohio State in Columbus, BYU won this year’s “Holy War”, edging out in-state rivals #21 Utah and #14 USC was upset at home by Pac 12 Conference rivals Stanford, a disheartening loss that cost Trojans Head Coach Clay Helton his job just two games into the season.

A few schools make their debut in the AP Top 25 this week including Arkansas, Arizona State, Michigan and BYU. Of course, just as many schools have fallen out of the rankings as well including Utah, the aforementioned USC and Texas…oh, Texas. Somewhere in a remote desert locale, Ricky Williams is sitting in his yurt with a single tear spilling onto his rolling papers as he ruminates on the state of his college team.

The schedule features more than a few games for bettors to pay attention to. A classic SEC rivalry is renewed as Alabama travels to The Swamp to face #13 Florida (+14.5), and an interesting inter-conference powerhouse clash happens when #22 Auburn goes on the road to face #10 Penn State (-5) at the second-largest stadium in the Western Hemisphere, Beaver Stadium.  This may also be the first time in history that Wake Forest had an undefeated record (just 2-0, but still…) and were favored against a Florida State team that was still without a win.

All games featuring Top 25 ranked schools are listed below. All games EST.

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Nebraska#3 Oklahoma12 pmFOX
New Mexico#7 Texas A&M12 pmSEC Network
#8 CincinnatiIndiana12 pmESPN
#15 Virginia TechWest Virginia12 pmFS1
#16 Coastal CarolinaBuffalo12 pmESPN2
Michigan State#24 Miami12 pmABC
Northern Illinois#25 Michigan12 pmBig 10 Network
Purdue#12 Notre Dame2:30 pmNBC
#1 Alabama#11 Florida3:30 pmCBS
Kent State#5 Iowa3:30 pmBig 10 Network
Georgia Tech#6 Clemson3:30 pmCBS
Tulsa#9 Ohio State3:30 pmFS1
Georgia Southern#20 Arkansas4 pmSEC Network
South Carolina#2 Georgia7 pmESPN
Stony Brook#4 Oregon7:30 pmPAC 12 Network
#22 Auburn#10 Penn State7:30 pmABC
Virginia#21 North Carolina7:30 pmACC Network
Tulane#17 Ole Miss8:00 pmESPN2
#19 Arizona State#23 BYU10:15 pmESPN
#14 Iowa StateUNLV10:30 pmCBS SN
Fresno State#13 UCLA10:45 pmPAC 12 Network

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