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Week 3 Football: What to Watch

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A look at games that might pique your interest

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 16 Furman at NC State Photo by William Howard/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Hey, there! Welcome back for another week of football! Hopefully your soul wasn’t crushed last weekend. And if it was, hopefully you’ve rebounded quickly and are ready to get hurt again!

Thursday night... meh. Don’t forget to set your fantasy football lineups, and then go about your evening.

Louisville is probably going to get their tails handed to them by Gus Malzahn’s UCF squad on Friday night, but who knows, maybe Scott Satterfield’s group aren’t as bad as they’ve seemed. And Go Fighting Berts!

There are actually a lot of really good games throughout Saturday, so the tailgate should be fantastic.

Nebraska and Oklahoma is a great matchup, had this game been played 20 years ago. Cincy-Indy and VT-WVU are the two games I have circled in that noon slot. Michigan State vs Miami just sounds boring.

Of course in that mid-day slot of games, everyone’s going to want to watch Alabama-Florida. The line has Bama as a 14.5-point favorite, but SP+ projects at 33-26 game. We’ll have to see.

Georgia Tech vs Clemson and FSU vs Wake is also in that 3:30pm slate. FSU-Wake is very intriguing to me. SP+ says it’s going to be a nail-biter, while Sagarin says Wake should crush Florida State. Clemson’s going to kill GT.

Mississippi State plays Memphis, too, if you didn’t get your fill of cowbells and cows*** last week.

In case you’re looking for a second game to track in the evening, look no further than Auburn at Penn State. That one should be an awesome game.

Go UVA!

Later on Saturday night, OK State vs Boise is about as close of a match-up as you can get by both advanced metrics. It’s another one that should be fun. And speaking of fun, we get a bevy of late night games this week, including the San Jose State at Hawaii game that doesn’t technically kickoff until Sunday morning.

FOOTBAW!

Rankings for SP+ Ratings and Sagarin Ratings listed, respectively, ahead of each team’s name.

Thursday

96/111 Ohio @ 62/81 Louisiana - 8:00pm - ESPN

[NFL] Giants @ Football Team - 8:20pm - NFLN

Friday

25/26 UCF @ 58/78 Louisville - 7:30pm - ESPN

26/57 Maryland @ 85/103 Illinois - 9:00pm - FS1

Saturday

31/51 Nebraska @ 3/3 Oklahoma - 12:00pm - FOX

10/14 Cincinnati @ 46/33 Indiana - 12:00pm - ESPN

22/30 Virginia Tech @ 43/32 West Virginia - 12:00pm - FS1

28/56 Coastal Carolina @ 86/79 Buffalo - 12:00pm - ESPN2

33/74 Michigan State @ 21/39 Miami - 12:00pm - ABC

77/69 Western Michigan @ 36/37 Pittsburgh - 12:00pm - ESPN3

FCS/192 Albany @ 89/94 Syracuse - 12:00pm - ACCN

60/58 Boston College @ 114/119 Temple - 12:00pm - ESPNU

49/55 Minnesota @ 67/42 Colorado - 1:00pm - PAC12N

63/49 Nevada @ 52/21 Kansas State - 2:00pm - ESPN+

42/54 Purdue @ 23/34 Notre Dame - 2:30pm - NBC

1/1 Alabama @ 9/10 Florida - 3:30pm - CBS

66/84 Georgia Tech @ 4/4 Clemson - 3:30pm - ABC

40/47 SMU @ 115/104 Louisiana Tech - 3:30pm - CBSSN

64/96 Florida State @ 68/52 Wake Forest - 3:30pm - ESPN

24/27 USC @ 61/75 Washington State - 3:30pm - FOX

50/38 Mississippi State @ 55/59 Memphis - 4:00pm - ESPN2

87/77 Northwestern @ 92/98 Duke - 4:00pm - ACCN

95/107 East Carolina @ 54/61 Marshall - 6:00pm - CBSSN

81/66 South Carolina @ 2/2 Georgia - 7:00pm - ESPN

FCS/219 Florida A&M @ 116/133 South Florida - 7:00pm - ESPN+

FCS/149 Furman @ 47/35 NC State - 7:30pm - ESPN3

11/12 Auburn @ 7/8 Penn State - 7:30pm - ABC

32/40 Virginia @ 12/23 North Carolina - 7:30pm - ACCN

38/29 Oklahoma State @ 39/28 Boise State - 9:00pm - FS1

20/24 Arizona State @ 35/73 BYU - 10:15pm - ESPN

75/67 Fresno State @ 17/19 UCLA - 10:45pm - PAC12N

83/82 San Jose State @ 107/113 Hawaii - 12:30am - FS1