Fan Guide through the Week 3 Board

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

While it may be tough to top last week’s shenanigans, Week 3 still has some college football games to watch.

Chances are we won’t see three teams in the top 12 all fall at home, like Notre Dame vs. Marshall, Texas A&M vs. Appalachian State, and Florida vs. Kentucky. On the other hand, we are early enough in the season where there is still a bit of a process of sounding out between the participating teams. Fortunately, we have the special luxury of being able to watch everything right from our couch.

There’s a right way to catch as many good games as possible this weekend and I’m going to show you how.

College Football Coverage Card: How to Watch the Best Games in Week 3

Here is an overview of all the games 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 an important meeting between ACC Atlantic’s rivals as the Louisville Cardinals will host the Florida State Seminoles. Had U of L lost to UCF in Orlando last Friday, it would have been a must for Scott Satterfield. If Florida State wins, Mike Norvell could start the year 3-0. The Air Force in Wyoming will also be there.

The most important games

  1. State of Florida in Louisville: 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  2. Wyoming Air Force: 8:00 p.m. ET (CBSSN)

Saturday early afternoon (Sep 17)

There are a trio of games to look out for in the first window of the Saturday afternoon board. Old Big Eight rivals Oklahoma and Nebraska will meet at Lincoln in Lincoln Big lunchtime starter. Although the Sooners have their first head coach in Brent Venables, this will be the first game Nebraska will play after Scott Frost was fired. Mickey Joseph serves in the meantime.

If Old Big Eight football doesn’t get your boat swimming, head over to ESPN to watch two SEC East rivals square off in Williams-Brice. Yes, unranked South Carolina hosts the #1 Georgia Bulldogs in Colombia. Georgia should easily win this rivalry game, but Shane Beamer is a former assistant to Kirby Smart and former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler now leads the Gamecocks.

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

The most important games

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

Saturday late afternoon (Sep 17)

There are two games worth watching seriously in the late afternoon window, as well as two to keep a close eye on. No. 22 Penn State at Auburn is the featured CBS Game of the Week. Since last year’s Happy Valley game was spectacular, we shouldn’t expect anything less in this one down on The Plains. The loser of this big game will turn their fanbase against Bryan Harsin or James Franklin.

The other notable game is on FOX, where No. 12 BYU takes on No. 25 Oregon in Eugene. This is a competitive game for Dan Lanning’s Ducks. Although BYU and Georgia are two incredible non-conference opponents, this is Oregon. Find out. As for Kalani Sitake’s Cougars, if they win that after beating Baylor last week, BYU will be the runaway favorite to win the Group of Five.

As for the other two games to monitor, keep an eye on Cal at Notre Dame and Ole Miss at Georgia Tech. Wins for the Golden Bears and Rebels will be good, but this is 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 going to the wreck of the Ramblins.

The most important games

  1. #22 Penn State at Auburn: 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
  2. #12 BYU at #25 Oregon: 3:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
  3. California at Notre Dame: 2:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
  4. Ole Miss #20 at Georgia Tech: 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Saturday evening (Sep 17)

While there’s no must-see game in the Saturday night window, one of these four is sure to capture your imagination. The best is probably No. 11 Michigan State in Washington. Mel Tucker could be coming, but Kalen DeBoer could be the answer to all of Washington’s prayers. Watch out for the Spartans getting more than they bargained for when they take on the Huskies in Seattle on Saturday.

If you want a game that screams why college football is great this week, Texas Tech in state #16 North Carolina could be for you. It’s a rare match between interesting Power Five teams. Joey McGuire is yet to lose in Lubbock, while Dave Doeren could have his best team yet in Raleigh. Something has to happen, doesn’t it? Either way, we’re all winners with this ball game.

Finally, you might want to keep an eye out for strange things happening in Baton Rouge on a Saturday night when Mike Leach plans to vent Brian Kelly’s family. This is an underrated SEC-West rivalry, and one that got a little spice when Kelly joined the SEC. And if you want to see an elite football team do what they do, you can watch Ohio State defeat Toledo on FOX.

The most important games

  1. #11 Michigan State in Washington: 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  2. Texas Tech in State #16 North Carolina: 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
  3. State of Mississippi at LSU: 6:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  4. Toledo, in State #3 Ohio: 7:00 p.m. ET (FOX)

Saturday late evening (17 Sept)

let’s be real The late night games this week are great. While not technically an absurdly late start time, No. 13 Miami at No. 24 Texas A&M could be something special. This is a desperate Aggies team who may be making a quarterback change. As for Miami, the Hurricanes can make a big statement by beating an overrated Aggies team at Kyle Field under Mario Cristobal.

We also have some interesting Pac 12 vs. Mountain West games for you. Fresno State could have No. 7 USC on alert while No. 14 Utah is trying to gain some positive momentum by beating San Diego State at Rice-Eccles. Anyway, it wouldn’t be shocking to see any of these West Coast affairs come to an end. Don’t wake up and be totally blown away.

The most important games

  1. #13 Miami at #24 Texas A&M: 9:00 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)

Suffice it to say that you can catch some college football games this weekend!

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John Verrall

John Verrall is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. John Verrall joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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