After two big games in Week 2 between nationally-ranked teams, we don’t have a single game between teams ranked in the coaches poll this week. However, there are some really interesting games to watch including a massive in-state brawl that will bring ESPN’s College Gameday to witness it.
These are the weeks where chaos can happen. Let’s see if it does.
Week 3 CFB odds
7 Notre Dame
22 Boise St.
Week 3 schedule and analysis
Friday, Sept. 13
No. 23 Washington State (-9.5) at Houston — 9:15 p.m. ET
This game is being played on Friday night at NRG Stadium. Houston will have the chance to make up for its season-opening loss at Oklahoma if it can beat the Cougars in this game. WSU has scored 117 points so far this season but Houston has put up 86. Expect a lot of point.
Saturday, Sept. 14
Arkansas State at No. 3 Georgia (-32.5) — 12 p.m. ET
Arkansas State was very impressive last week on the road at UNLV. The Red Wolves were slight underdogs to the Rebels but won 43-17. Unfortunately for Arkansas State, Georgia is light years better than UNLV. The Bulldogs have won both games this season by a combined score of 93-23. Georgia is 14-1 in non-conference under head coach Kirby Smart.
No. 6 Ohio State (-18) at Indiana — 12 p.m. ET
In 2017, Indiana led at home against the Buckeyes 21-20 in the third quarter before giving up 29 straight. Last year, Indiana was only down by eight at the half but lost its 24th straight to Ohio State.
The Buckeyes offense under new head coach Ryan Day and QB Justin Fields is explosive. Last week, OSU shut out Cincinnati 42-0. Indiana also is off a shutout, blanking Eastern Illinois 52-0.
Pittsburgh at No. 13 Penn State (-14) — 12 p.m. ET
Penn State has scored 79 and 45 points in their first two games. The Panthers better be ready to deal with their in-state rival’s new firepower on offense. Pitt lost to UVa already this year in their only Power 5 game, so this might be a tough afternoon.
No. 21 Maryland (-7) at Temple — 12 p.m. ET
The most prolific offense in college football is currently living in College Park. The Terps have scored 142 points and just crushed then-22nd-ranked Syracuse 63-20. Can QB Josh Jackson keep it rolling on the road? Temple is going to have its hands full for sure.
New Mexico at No. 7 Notre Dame (-35) — 2:30 p.m. ET
In Week 3, having a game featuring two teams off bye weeks is pretty unusual. Notre Dame won on the road at Louisville 35-17 in impressive fashion and should not have much trouble here with the Lobos.
No. 2 Alabama (-25.5) at South Carolina — 3:30 p.m. ET
The Crimson Tide have not been tested yet this year. Alabama has crushed its first two opponents by a combined score of 104-13. This might not even be the first true road game of the year for ‘Bama given that South Carolina lost its opener at North Carolina. It would be shocking to see USC pull off the upset as ‘Bama has won its last 15 when opening its conference slate on the road.
Stanford at No. 17 Central Florida (-9) — 3:30 p.m. ET
Central Florida went to Florida Atlantic last week as 12-point favorites and destroyed the Owls 48-14. The Golden Knights have a huge opportunity to put up a big score against a Power 5 school coming to their stadium this week. Stanford is coming off a poor showing at USC and now has to travel across the country for this game.
No. 24 USC (-4) at BYU — 3:30 p.m. ET
This is going to be a really fun game. The injury to J.T. Daniels had Trojan fans worried about their offense but Kedon Slovis was outstanding last week against Stanford. BYU won on the road in overtime to drop Tennessee to 0-2. We will learn a lot about both teams in this one.
Arizona State at No. 18 Michigan State (-14.5) — 4 p.m. ET
The Spartans offense looked much better in Week 2 than it did in the first game of the season. Arizona State has a chance to get a big win for the Pac-12 in this one.
No. 19 Iowa (-1.5) at Iowa State — 4 p.m. ET
ESPN College Gameday will make its first-ever appearance in Ames for this one. To say that Cyclone fans are going to be fired up is an understatement.
For most of this summer, ISU was favored in this game but the Cyclones nearly lost their opener to FCS power Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes won this game in overtime last year and beat up Rutgers last week 30-0. This is the game of the weekend.
Idaho State at No. 11 Utah — 4:15 p.m. ET
After winning at BYU, Utah turned around to spank Northern Illinois last week. The Utes are the highest-ranked team in the Pac-12 and will have a chance to make some noise nationally if they continue to play as well as they have this season.
Kent State at No. 8 Auburn (-35) — 7 p.m. ET
Is Auburn really a top 10 team? Many still don’t know what to make of the Tigers, even after their win over Oregon in the first game of the season. We won’t learn much about them here against the Flashes.
No. 9 Florida (-8) at Kentucky — 7 p.m. ET
The Wildcats ended their 31-year losing streak the Gators last year and you better believe Florida is out for revenge. Kentucky has played two Group of 5 teams to start the season while Florida has beaten Miami and an FCS opponent. This should be one of the better games of the weekend.
Lamar at No. 16 Texas A&M — 7 p.m. ET
Lamar is an FCS program which has won their first two games. However, the last time Lamar played A&M, they lost 73-3. The Aggies got beat up at Clemson last week but did manage to cover the 16-point line.
No. 1 Clemson (-28) at Syracuse — 7:30 p.m. ET
The Orange headed into their Week 2 matchup against Maryland feeling good after shutting out Liberty on the road. They left those at College Park shaking their heads after giving up 63 points. ESPN’s College Gameday was supposed to be at this game but they won’t be after the blowout defeat to Maryland.
Clemson got a hard-fought win over then-No. 11 Texas A&M at home to improve to 2-0. These two teams have played some amazing games recently with ‘Cuse winning in 2017 at home and the Orange nearly doing it again last year on the road.
Northwestern State at No. 4 LSU — 7:30 p.m. ET
Is LSU the best team in the country? The Tigers are now in the conversation after winning at Texas last week. QB Joe Burrow has thrown for 749 yards and nine touchdowns so far this season and all of a sudden LSU’s new offense is a monster. Northwestern State will be lucky to keep the Tigers under 60 in this one. The SEC has three teams in the top 5 this week.
Hawaii at No. 23 Washington (-21) — 7:30 p.m. ET
Can the Warriors win their third straight game against a Pac-12 school? Hawaii beat Arizona and Oregon State at home but can the Rainbows do it on the road against a top 25 team in Washington? The Huskies could be ripe here as they lost 20-19 to Cal last week.
No. 5 Oklahoma (-21.5) at UCLA — 8 p.m. ET
So far this season, it’s been the Jalen Hurts show. The new QB for Oklahoma has thrown for 591 yards and six touchdowns in the first two games and has run wild on opposing defenses. That’s really bad news for UCLA which has lost games at Cincy and at home against San Diego State already this season.
No. 12 Texas (-30.5) vs. Rice — 8 p.m. ET
The Longhorns are licking their wounds after a tough loss at home to LSU last week. Lucky for them, they get to play a bad Rice team in Houston on a neutral field. This is just what the doctor ordered to get Tom Herman’s team back on track.
Portland State at No. 22 Boise State — 10:15 p.m ET
What a start to the season for the Broncos. They win at Florida State and then followed it up with a home win against Marshall. An FCS opponent is a great way for Boise to get ready for conference play starting next week.
Montana at No. 15 Oregon — 10:45 p.m. ET
The Ducks were a popular pick to make the playoffs this year but the opening game loss to Auburn poured cold water on that thought. The loss clearly angered Oregon, which beat Nevada last week 77-6. Poor Montana here. The FCS power is walking into a hostile environment, against a team needs to put up big numbers the rest of the way.