College Football Week 3 Preview

Writer: Joseph Ralston

We’ve made it to Week 3, and while the weather may be cooling down in some areas, the season is heating up with big matchups and conference play. After an exciting week last week that saw LSU get a big win in Austin, Washington get their hearts broken by Cal, Michigan escape a potential upset from Army, and Stanford get beat by a USC team led by a backup quarterback, we’ll hope for Week 3 to be just as thrilling. 

Games to Watch:

Stanford @ #17 UCF: Stanford heads to UCF and hope to bounce back after a tough loss to PAC-12 rival USC. UCF looks to continue to prove themselves in college football as they are led by Freshman QB Dillon Gabriel. It will be interesting to see how Stanford bounces back, and assuming the PAC-12 North is still wide open, a win here could be a good way for them to get back on track and make a run at the PAC-12 Championship game. With UCF favored by eight and a half points and an over/under set at 62.5, this will be an interesting game to watch. 

Game time: 2:30 PM on ESPN. Stanford-27 UCF-35

#24 USC @ BYU: Freshman QB Kedon Slovis takes the Trojans to BYU. With BYU fresh off a big upset over Tennessee, they could be in line for another over USC. USC is going to be put on upset alert. I’m not sure how successful the Freshman QB for USC will be in his first collegiate road game, but they’re going to need to be successful if they want to keep up with Utah in the PAC-12 South. USC is favored by 4 points and an over/under of 56 has been set. In the end, I think BYU gets another big win against a Power 5 team.

Game time: 2:30 PM on ABC. USC-24 BYU-27

#9 Florida @ Kentucky: Florida travels to Kentucky in a big SEC East Matchup. Florida needs to continue their winning streak after coming off a 45-0 win over UT Martin last week. A win on the road can help them compete in their conference, which is shaping up to be a two horse race between them and reigning champs Georgia. Kentucky looks to challenge that idea and can make a statement with a big win over Florida. This will be Kentucky’s first challenge of the season, and it will be interesting to see how they match up against a top ten team. The difference maker in this game could be the quarterback play between promising Florida QB Feleipe Franks, and second year starter, Terry Wilson, for Kentucky.

Game Time: 6:00 PM on ESPN. Florida-28 Kentucky-21

Florida State @ #25 UVA: Florida State takes on UVA in an ACC Atlantic vs. Coastal matchup. Florida State looks to right the ship after a disastrous season last year and getting by with a win last week by a thread. A win over UVA could be a game that gets their program back on track. UVA on the other hand, has a legitimate shot to win the Coastal division and have a shot at Clemson in the ACC Championship game (yes, we can lock Clemson in as winners of the Atlantic Conference). The goal for FSU this year is a Bowl Game, the goal for UVA is the ACC Championship game, and a win for either team could be a boost for them to achieve that goal. 

Game Time: 6:30 PM on ACC Network. Florida State-21 UVA-33

#20 Washington State @ Houston: Washington State takes its high powered offense led by Senior QB Anthony Gordon to NRG Stadium in Houston to face off against Houston and QB D’Eriq King in the Advocare Texas Kickoff. Houston looks to get back to back wins after a lopsided lose to Oklahoma in the season opener. Washington State looks to continue winning and proving themselves as a respected and feared team in the loaded PAC-12 North. An over/under of 73.5 has been set, and while Washington State should get the victory, we could have a shootout and a Friday Night Thriller in Houston. 

Game Time: 8:15 PM Friday on ESPN. Washington State-56 Houston-46

Marquee Matchup 

#19 Iowa @ Iowa State: Iowa takes on Iowa State in a Week 3 Rivalry Game that’ll be sure to be a good one. Iowa State comes off a bye and have only played one game, a triple OT win over Northern Iowa, while Iowa comes off two beat downs against Miami (OH) and Rutgers. It will be interesting to see how these Big Ten and Big 12 rivals battle. Iowa State needs a big win to gain momentum for conference play in two weeks in a top heavy Big 12, while Iowa looks to prove themselves in the Big 10 this season. Iowa is favored by 2 points and I think they will come away with the victory. With Iowa State losing their star running back from last year, I’m not sure they have an offense to outscore Iowa, but they are going to make it interesting due to home field advantage. 

Game Time: 3:00 PM on FS1. Iowa-24 Iowa State-20.