Last week was a loaded schedule that didn’t quite live up to its billing as Oklahoma got smoked by Ohio State, Brian Kelly once again failed to have Notre Dame ready to play in a big game and Stanford/USC did not benefit from the full Joe Tessitore Effect. While this week does not appear to be quite as good as last week, it’s still college football and anything can happen. All games will be listed chronologically and all times listed are Central Time. All rankings reflect the AP Poll.
Thursday September 22
#5 Clemson @ Georgia Tech
Bobby Dodd Stadium – Atlanta, GA
Why you should watch: Clemson has not performed well to this point in the season, but there is still a ton of talent on that team. Georgia Tech is something of a surprise package at 3-0 after going just 3-9 last year. How will Clemson cope with Georgia Tech’s triple option offense?
Friday September 23
USC @ #24 Utah
Rice-Eccles Stadium – Salt Lake City, UT
Why you should watch: USC is looking to improve after a poor 1-2 start. Utah is quietly undefeated and Kyle Whittingham is one of the more underrated coaches in the country.
Saturday September 24
#12 Georgia @ #23 Ole Miss
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, MS
Why you should watch: Georgia is off to a 3-0 start under new head coach Kirby Smart, but they have not been overly impressive in any of those three games. Ole Miss is just 1-2 after blowing massive leads in two of their first three games.
#11 Wisconsin @ #8 Michigan State
Spartan Stadium – East Lansing, MI
TV: Big Ten Network
Why you should watch: Two highly ranked teams. Wisconsin beat LSU to start the season but was pushed to the limit last week by Georgia State. Michigan State was unimpressive against Furman in Week 1, but ran out to a big lead and thoroughly outplayed a totally unprepared Notre Dame team last week.
West Virginia vs. BYU*
FedEx Field – Landover, MD
Why you should watch: BYU has not been as poor as their 1-2 record would indicate (losing by 1 at Utah and by 3 to UCLA). West Virginia is one of only two undefeated teams left in the Big XII.
#19 Florida @ #14 Tennessee
Neyland Stadium – Knoxville, TN
Why you should watch: College GameDay will be in Knoxville. Florida has won 11 in a row against Tennessee. This game could be an ugly one as Florida will be without QB Luke Del Rio and Tennessee will be without star defender/dangerous return man Cam Sutton. The Verne Lundquist Farewell Tour enters its fourth week.
#7 Stanford @ UCLA
Rose Bowl – Pasadena, CA
Why you should watch: Stanford looks to be a major player for the College Football Playoff and Christian McCaffery looks to be a major player for the Heisman Trophy. UCLA QB Josh Rosen could be a first round pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
#10 Texas A&M vs. #17 Arkansas*
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX
Why you should watch: One of the few games in college football that is better at a neutral site. Texas A&M has won the last two meetings against Arkansas at Jerry World in OT. Arkansas’ problem under Brett Bielema has been the start of the season, but this year the Hogs are 3-0.
Air Force @ Utah State
Romney Stadium – Logan UT
Why you should watch: Air Force is undefeated and Troy Calhoun is another one of the most underrated coaches in college football. Utah State is 2-1 with their only loss coming at USC.
*denotes game being played at neutral site