Best College Football Games: Week 3

Miami-Texas A&M leads off our picks for the best college football games this week.

Upsets were the theme of Week 2’s games, whether they were near upsets (hi, Texas), actual upsets (sorry, Nebraska and Texas A&M), or games that made us feel upset in general (good lord, Iowa-Iowa State). For this week’s edition of the College Football Watch Guide, let’s break down Week 3’s best games. Sports logo featuring animated athlete with raised hands.

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#13 Miami at #24 Texas A&M

Miami heads into its first big game of the season under new head coach Mario Cristobal and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, who’s coming off a Broyles Award–winning stint at Michigan. On Texas A&M’s side, the Aggies will try to rebound after last week’s upset loss versus Appalachian State.

On top of paying App State $1.5 million to hold the game, their win caused ESPN’s College GameDay to reschedule this week’s show from College Station to App State’s hometown of Boone, North Carolina. For the Mountaineers, we’d call last weekend a pretty good deal.

When is Miami at Texas A&M?

Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Date: Sept. 17
Channel: ESPN

#12 BYU at #25 Oregon

Georgia inherited Alabama’s traditional role as “SEC Team That Throttles A Decent Team In Week 1” during their 49-3 beatdown of Oregon. (To add insult to injury, Oregon-Georgia was the third most-watched college football game during opening weekend, and Oregon’s massive margin of defeat caused them to drop from #11 to unranked in last week’s AP Top 25 rankings. Talk about a bad weekend.)

We’ll likely have a better idea of Oregon’s true ceiling after this week’s game. BYU’s played well above its weight in recent years, and coming off a great win against Baylor, Cougars QB Jaren Hall will be willing to test the Ducks’ secondary.

When is BYU at Oregon?

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Date: Sept. 17
Channel: FOX

#11 Michigan State at Washington

Washington is one of the Pac-12’s more interesting rebuilds, as coach Kalen DeBoer tries to get the Huskies back on track after Jimmy Lake’s disastrously short coaching tenure.

As for Michigan State, the Spartans once again used the transfer portal to reload their roster this offseason. Coming off an 11-2 season, MSU will try to land a big nonconference win against the Huskies.

When is Michigan State at Washington?

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Date: Sept. 17
Channel: ABC

#6 Oklahoma vs Nebraska

Last season’s Oklahoma-Nebraska game was part of an astounding streak for the Cornhuskers. Since hiring now-former coach Scott Frost in 2018, they’ve lost the most one-score games among Power 5 teams.

Sheer probability means Nebraska has to regress towards the mean eventually. But even if Scott Frost will be watching this weekend from his couch, we’re excited to see how Nebraska continues innovating in “surrender-cobra-inducing ennui.”

When is Oklahoma at Nebraska?

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Date: Sept. 17
Channel: ESPN

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