Fans’ guide through the Week 3 slate


College football fans will have plenty of games to watch heading into Week 3.

While it might be hard to top last week’s all-encompassing shenanigans, you still have a few college football games to watch in Week 3.

Chances are we won’t see three Top 12-ranked teams all go down at home like Notre Dame did at Marshall, Texas A&M at Appalachia State, and Florida at Kentucky. Then again, we’re pretty early in the season where it’s still a bit of a feeling process among the teams in play. Thankfully, we have the luxury of watching it all unfold right from our couch.

There’s a good way to watch as many great games as possible this weekend, and I’ll show you.

College Football Coverage Map: How to Watch All the Best Week 3 Games

Here is an overview of all the matches that will be played on Saturday. The card is from 506 Sports.

Friday evening (September 16)

Two games will be played on Friday evening. The first will be a critical meeting between the ACC Atlantic rivals, as the Louisville Cardinals host the Florida State Seminoles. Had U of L lost to UCF in Orlando last Friday, it would have been a must win for Scott Satterfield. If Florida State wins, Mike Norvell could start the year 3-0. Air Force at Wyoming will also be there.

Most Important Games

  1. Florida State at Louisville: 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  2. Air Force at Wyoming: 8 p.m. ET (CBSSN)

Saturday early afternoon (Sept. 17)

There are a trio of games you’ll want to pay attention to in the first window of the Saturday afternoon slate. Former Big Eight rivals Oklahoma and Nebraska will face off in Lincoln as part of Midday kick-off. Even though the Sooners have a first-time head coach in Brent Venables, this will be Nebraska’s first game after the firing of Scott Frost. Mickey Joseph serves as interim.

If Old Big Eight football doesn’t float your boat, head to ESPN to watch a pair of SEC East rivals go head-to-head at Williams-Brice. Yes, unranked South Carolina hosts the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs in Colombia. Georgia should comfortably win this rivalry game, but Shane Beamer is a former assistant to Kirby Smart and former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler now manages the Gamecocks.

With Oklahoma-Nebraska on the big TV and Georgia-South Carolina likely on the other, the game you’ll want to stream on the laptop or tablet is UConn at Michigan. This will be the last of three non-conference cupcake games for the Wolverines. While Jim Mora is entertaining, this game is about how Jim Harbaugh handles his quarterbacks and who will start in the Big Ten game.

Most Important Games

  1. No. 6 Oklahoma at Nebraska: 12:00 p.m. ET (FOX)
  2. Georgia No. 1 at South Carolina: 12:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  3. UConn at No. 4 Michigan: 12:00 p.m. ET (ABC)

Late Saturday afternoon (Sept. 17)

There are two games to watch seriously in the late afternoon, as well as two to watch closely. No. 22 Penn State at Auburn is the featured game of the week on CBS. With last year’s game being spectacular in Happy Valley, we shouldn’t expect less in this one on The Plains. The loser of this big game will see their fanbase turn to Bryan Harsin or James Franklin.

The other game of note takes place on FOX with No. 12 BYU taking on No. 25 Oregon in Eugene. It’s an unmissable game for Dan Lanning’s Ducks. Even though BYU and Georgia are two incredible non-conference opponents, it’s Oregon. Understand it. As for the Kalani Sitake Cougars, if they win after beating Baylor last week, BYU is the heavy favorite to win the Group of Five.

As for the other two games to watch, keep an eye out for Cal at Notre Dame, as well as Ole Miss at Georgia Tech. Wins for the Golden Bears and Rebels will be good, but it’s more about how bad things can get for Marcus Freeman in South Bend and Geoff Collins in Atlanta. Freeman doesn’t get fired in his first year on the job, but Collins is a dead man walking for the Ramblin’ Wreck.

Most Important Games

  1. No. 22 Penn State at Auburn: 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
  2. No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon: 3:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
  3. California at Notre Dame: 2:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
  4. No. 20 Ole Miss at Georgia Tech: 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Saturday evening (Sept. 17)

While there are no must-play games in the Saturday night window, one of these four will surely tickle your fancy. The best is probably Michigan State’s No. 11 in Washington. Mel Tucker might come, but Kalen DeBoer might be the answer to all of Washington’s prayers. Expect the Spartans to get more than they bargained for when they face the Huskies in Seattle on Saturday.

If you want a game that screams why college football is great this week, Texas Tech at No. 16 in North Carolina State might be the one for you. It’s a rare battle between interesting Power Five teams. Joey McGuire is yet to lose in Lubbock, while Dave Doeren may have his best team in Raleigh yet. Something has to give, right? Either way, we’re all winners with this ball game.

Finally, you might want to keep an eye out for weird things happening in Baton Rouge on a Saturday night as Mike Leach plans to air raid Brian Kelly’s family. This is an underrated SEC West rivalry and one that has spiced it up a bit with Kelly going down the SEC. And if you want to see an elite football team do what they do, you can watch Ohio State beat Toledo on FOX.

Most Important Games

  1. Michigan State No. 11 at Washington: 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  2. Texas Tech at North Carolina State No. 16: 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
  3. Mississippi State at LSU: 6 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  4. Toledo at No. 3 Ohio State: 7:00 p.m. ET (FOX)

Late Saturday night (September 17)

Let’s be realistic. Late night games this week are awesome. While it’s technically not an absurdly late start time, No. 13 Miami at No. 24 Texas A&M could be something special. It’s a desperate Aggies team that could change quarterbacks. As for Miami, the Hurricanes can make a big statement by defeating an overrated Aggies team at Kyle Field under Mario Cristobal.

We also have a pair of interesting Pac-12 vs. Mountain West games available for your enjoyment. Fresno State could have No. 7 USC on upset alert, while No. 14 Utah tries to build positive momentum by beating San Diego State at Rice-Eccles. Either way, it wouldn’t be shocking if either of these West Coast cases went down the drain. Don’t wake up and be totally blown away.

Most Important Games

  1. No. 13 Miami at No. 24 Texas A&M: 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  2. Fresno State at No. 7 USC: 10:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
  3. San Diego State at No. 14 Utah: 10:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

The only thing left to say is that you have some college football games to watch this weekend!

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