College football is back in full swing. Week 1 was one of the best weekends in college football history. Week 2 was not as good, but was still better than anticipated. Week 3 promises to be better than Week 2 and it could be even better than Week 1. All games will be listed chronologically and all times listed are Central Time. All rankings reflect the AP Poll.
Thursday, September 15
#6 Houston @ Cincinnati
Nippert Stadium – Cincinnati, OH
Why you should watch: First true road game of the season for Houston. Cincinnati was unimpressive in week 1 but beat Purdue last week. Both teams are 2-0.
Friday, September 16
Arkansas State @ Utah State
Romney Stadium – Logan, UT
Why you should watch: These are two of the better Group of 5 teams. Both teams have gone to five straight bowl games. Arkansas State is desperate for a win after falling to Auburn last week.
Saturday, September 17
#2 Florida State @ #10 Louisville
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium – Louisville, KY
Why you should watch: A pair of exceptional QBs will be on display: DeAndre Francois at FSU and Lamar Jackson at Louisville. The Cardinals are now in their third year in the ACC and may finally be ready to challenge Florida State and Clemson for the Atlantic Division title. College GameDay makes its first trip to Louisville.
#22 Oregon @ Nebraska
Memorial Stadium – Lincoln, NE
Why you should watch: Oregon looks to bounce back after a down 2015. Nebraska looks to be heading back in the right direction under Mike Riley. Vegas does not appear to be sold on the 2-0 Ducks as Nebraska is a slight favorite.
#1 Alabama @ #19 Ole Miss
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, MS
Why you should watch: Ole Miss has managed to win two in a row against the Crimson Tide. It’s also the first really big home game for the Rebels since the expansion and renovations to the stadium. Nick Saban is not happy about Bama’s win last week against Western Kentucky. The Verne Lundquist farewell tour hits its third week.
Pitt @ Oklahoma State
Boone Pickens Stadium – Stillwater, OK
Why you should watch: Pitt running back James Conner is one of the best stories in college football, having come back from lymphoma to play football again. For Oklahoma State, Mike Gundy’s seat may be getting warm with a prominent booster expressing his displeasure about Gundy’s record against Oklahoma.
#12 Michigan State @ #18 Notre Dame
Notre Dame Stadium – South Bend, IN
Why you should watch: It’s the Battle for the Megaphone a classic old college football rivalry. It’s also the 60 year anniversary of one of the greatest and most controversial games in college football history and the 10 year anniversary of Mike Valenti’s famous “MAKE PLAYS” rant. Weirdly, Mark Dantonio is the one really good coach in football that Brian Kelly has a winning record against.
#3 Ohio State @ #14 Oklahoma
Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium – Norman, OK
Why you should watch: It’s a game with massive College Football Playoff implications. It’s also two of the heavyweights of the sport and two of the greatest coaches in the game. Bob Stoops has not lost a nonconference game at home since 2012, when they lost to Notre Dame.
USC @ #7 Stanford
Stanford Stadium – Palo Alto, CA
Why you should watch: A California rivalry. Oddly, it’s been the road team and underdog that has won each of the last two meetings. Stanford had a bye week to prep for the Trojans.
UCLA @ BYU
LaVell Edwards Stadium – Provo, UT
Why you should watch: BYU has been better than expected under new coach Kilani Sitake. UCLA has one of the top quarterbacks in college football with Josh Rosen. Last year’s game between these teams went down to the wire.
#11 Texas @ Cal
California Memorial Stadium – Berkley, CA
Why you should watch: Charlie Strong may have Texas in the thick of the College Football Playoff hunt this year. Davis Webb has been impressive so far this year for the Golden Bears.