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2013 NCAA Football Week 3 – Must See Games!

I say this every season but it is true every season! It seems like yesterday that I’m talking about the beginning of the college football season and now we are getting ready for Week 3 which is effectively 20% of the college season! That’s amazing! Week 2 seemed to be a bit down, but some interesting events transpired that caused some shifts in the college football landscape. This week looks to be no different as there are some heavy hitting games that could have big time implications.

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This one is interesting because I think a win by Texas Tech would shake up the Big 12 just a bit. The Red Raiders have a new HC in Kliff Kingsbury who spent time on Kevin Sumlin’s staff at both Houston & Texas A&M. QB Baker Mayfield is 64/90 (71.1%) for 780yards & 7TD without an interception. Oh yeah, he’s a walk on QB! The 6’2/220lbs true frosh also leads the team in rushing! TCU’s defense was uncharacteristically bad against LSU giving up 37 in a 37-27 loss but rebounded to beat Southwestern Louisiana 38-17 last week. QB Casey Pachall is done for the most part & won’t play. The Red Raiders haven’t played anyone either outside of SMU, but the current line is TCU by 3 points so it’s not like Texas Tech can’t win. If the Red Raiders do pull off the victory, it is likely they’ll start the season 7-0 before traveling to Norman to play Oklahoma! A win here by Texas Tech definitely changes things.
In the preseason UCLA was ranked #21 in the AP Poll. The Bruins went out and beat Nevada 58-20 in the first week led by QB Brett Hundley & RB Jordan James. That win propelled UCLA up to #18 in the AP Poll. Last week UCLA had the week off but moved up to #16 in the AP Poll. Nebraska has won their first 2 games but ranks a little lower at #23. It’s a great momentum game for UCLA because it will most certainly catapult them to Top-10 status. They get Arizona State at home & with the way USC played, you have to think the Bruins have the inside track to the Pac 12 South. Unfortunately, UCLA has 4 road games in the Pac 12 against Stanford, Oregon, USC & Arizona. The game is important for Nebraska too. Nebraska wants to be nationally relevant & that means wins. The 9-10 wins seasons are getting old. QB Taylor Martinez is playing his best football. If the blackshirts can D up, the Huskers should win. The current line is Nebraska by 4.5, but this could be a statement game for the Pac 12.
Revenge baby! The current line is Alabama by 7 points even with the game being in College Station. Keep in mind that Texas A&M has been an offensive powerhouse so far this season scoring 117 points in their first 2 games & the Aggies are ranked #6 in the nation! If this game was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama would be 13-point favorites over arguably one of the 5 best teams in college football! Is Alabama that far ahead of everyone else? I think so. Alabama put the smack down on Virginia Tech & they didn’t play that well. Texas A&M defense is allowing 30PPG to Sam Houston St. & Rice! The Tide will put things together offensively against a suspect Aggies defense & you can be sure the defense isn’t going to give up 60! This is it for Alabama. They get Ole Miss & LSU at home. Their toughest road game is at Mississippi State! A win here & it’s 12-0. A win by Texas A&M and the Aggies have to be the #1 team in the nation! They have road games against LSU & Ole Miss but beating Alabama has to put them at #1.
I don’t think this will be much of a game and neither does Vegas as the current line has Oregon as 27.5 point favorites! I still think it’ll be an interesting test for the Volunteers. Tennessee has been in the wilderness for a long time. Phil Fulmer never really got things going at the end of his tenure. Tennessee got it wrong with both Derek Dooley & Lane Kiffin, but I think Butch Jones could be the right man for the job. UT hasn’t played anyone so far, but last week they did beat Western Kentucky 52-20 which I didn’t expect. Tennessee has some talent on defense along with some experience. Offensively they are running the ball at will against lesser opponents. Oregon should win the game but this is more about growth. If the Vols can stop the Oregon rushing attack just a bit and control the clock, then they can maybe cover the spread.
Washington has climbed to #19 in the nation but I still think they are being a bit underrated in the polls. Thew blew out Boise St. 38-6 to open up the season which looks good now, but Boise St. has to show they are a good team or that win won’t look so hot in retrospect. Before the season started I would have thought a road game against Illinois in Chicago would have been an easy win, but I didn’t expect Illini QB Nathan Scheelhaase to start playing like Jeff George. It could still be an easy win for the Huskies given how well they played to start the season. Washington hasn’t been the best road team in recent years. They are 1-10 in their last 11 road openers and are 1-11 in their last 12 non-conference road games! The current line is Washington by 9.5 which I think is reasonable, but can you imagine an Illinois win? Tim Beckman did a helluva job at Toledo. A win here could catapult Illinois to a great season.
Don’t sleep on this one. The current line has South Carolina by 13.5 points and they might blow Vanderbilt out, but Ole Miss is a solid team that could wind up in the final Top-10 and Vanderbilt took them to the wire in an eventual 38-35 loss. South Carolina is coming off a very disappointing loss to Georgia and there seems to be some dissension in the ranks. Star DE Jadeveon Clowney isn’t happy. They have assistant coaches fighting on the sidelines. Maybe it doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it means the Gamecocks are cracking early. Keep in mind that South Carolina beat Vanderbilt last year by just a 17-13 score! If Ole Miss scored 38 on Vanderbilt, the Gamecocks should find the endzone easily as well so if Vandy were to win it might be a high scoring affair like the Ole Miss game. What we do know is that SC has to regroup and take care of business. They should be 10-1 when they play Clemson in the season finale. They can’t throw up a doughnut against Vandy.
Purdue is terrible and the current line has Notre Dame by 20.5 points! I’m an Irish Homer so Notre Dame games are always going to find their way onto my “must see” list but this should be interesting to see how Notre Dame reacts after losing to Michigan 41-30. There are things to work on, but the Irish really need a game where they run the ball exceedingly well and their defense puts on a clinic. Purdue could be just what the doctor ordered considering how weak they seem to be. I don’t think losing to Michigan in Ann Arbor is a bad thing, but the Irish now have to prove they can punish lesser opponents. The Michigan loss is only avenged if ND can go ahead and beat teams like Michigan St., Oklahoma, USC & Arizona State. Lose those games and the program almost seemingly takes a step backwards.
Potentially a game that means everything. I’ve been pimping Ole Miss since the beginning of the season. They have a ton of starters returning from a solid 8-5 team in Hugh Freeze’s first season in Oxford. Now the players are in their 2nd season under Freeze and he recruited a tremendous class of freshman that has Rebel Nation salivating at the future possibilities. They’ve opened up 2-0 but aren’t getting a ton of respect in the polls. Texas is coming off a BRUTAL BEATING at the hands of BYU, a team that lost to Virginia a week prior. DC Manny Diaz was fired the next day! The Longhorns have opened up as 3.5 point favorites! A win here by Ole Miss shows that they are for real. A win here by Texas could mean the BYU game was a major blip. An Ole Miss win has more potential storylines as Mack Brown would be on the HOT SEAT and Ole Miss’ schedule sets up for them to potentially got 10-2/11-1. I’m pulling for Johnny Reb but Texas could rebound. Great great game to watch.
It is interesting that Arizona St. opens up as 5.5 point favorites because it means that ASU would be about 2.5 point favorites in a neutral site. Arizona St. played their first game of the season last week, beating Sacramento St. 55-0! Not much competition but QB Taylor Kelly threw for 300yds & 5TD while RB Marion Grice rushed for 59yds & a TD. Neither one of these teams have allowed a point so far this season & this is the first true test for either squad. Some interesting developments have also helped these teams out. Braxton Miller’s injury status might prove that Wisconsin is the team to beat in the Big 10 Leaders division. USC’s poor play last week might prove that Arizona St. is the team to beat in the Pac 12 South. A big part of this game will be the Sun Devils ability to prevent Wisconsin from running the football. If Wisconsin can run then they’ll control the clock & keep Kelly & Grice off the field. If ASU can shut the run down then I don’t think Wisconsin can pass enough to win. Should be a good one.
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September 9, 2013 - Posted by | Alabama, Arizona St., Illinois, Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Purdue, South Carolina, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas AM, Texas Tech, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Washington, Week 3, Wisconsin

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