Top Week 3 College Football Games and Viewing Guide

Last weekend was supposed to be a dud and proved us wrong a few times. This weekend looks to be packed to the gills with great games; let’s hope it produces.

The games are ranked using a zero- to five-star scale. Five stars meaning that you should make every human effort possible aside from committing a crime to watch this game (it’s time your children learned to feed themselves) and zero stars meaning watch it if you can (or feel obligated to), but if not, don’t worry about it.

See the second half of the post for this week’s viewing guide.

Games are ranked using a super-scientific system comparing the overall quality of the two teams and the closeness of the match-up. The quality of each team is found using Brian Fremeau’s, Bill Connelly’s, ESPN’s, and Ed Feng’s advanced stats ranking systems.

PICK RESULTS

All Games Pct. Upset Picks Pct.
Last Week 7-1 .875 1-1 .500
Overall 15-3 .833 3-1 .750

Without further ado: the games. All times AZ. Picks in CAPS.

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GAME OF THE WEEK 

#3 Ohio St. at #14 OKLAHOMA
Sat., Sep. 17, 4:30 PM, FOX
Upset Alert / Overtime Watch

FOUR-STAR GAMES 

#17 TEXAS A&M*** at Auburn
Sat., Sep. 17, 4:00 PM, ESPN
Upset Alert / Overtime Watch

#2 FLORIDA ST. at #10 Louisville
Sat., Sep. 17, 9:00 AM, ABC

#1 ALABAMA at #19 Ole Miss
Sat., Sep. 17, 12:30 PM, CBS

USC at #7 STANFORD
Sat., Sep. 17, 5:00 PM, ABC

#12 Michigan St. at #18 NOTRE DAME**
Sat., Sep. 17, 4:30 PM, NBC
Upset Alert

#22 OREGON*** at Nebraska
Sat., Sep. 17, 12:30 PM, ABC

Pitt at OKLAHOMA ST.
Sat., Sep. 17, 12:30 PM, ESPN

THREE-STAR GAMES

#12 Michigan St. at #18 NOTRE DAME**
Sat., Sep. 17, 4:30 PM, NBC
Upset Alert

#22 OREGON*** at Nebraska
Sat., Sep. 17, 12:30 PM, ABC

Pitt at OKLAHOMA ST.
Sat., Sep. 17, 12:30 PM, ESPN

USC at #7 STANFORD
Sat., Sep. 17, 5:00 PM, ABC

UCLA at BYU
Sat., Sep. 17, 7:15 PM, ESPN2
P5 vs. G5 Showdown

#1 ALABAMA at #19 Ole Miss
Sat., Sep. 17, 12:30 PM, CBS

Boston College at VIRGINIA TECH
Sat., Sep. 17, 12:30 PM, ESPNU

#25 MIAMI at Appalachian St.
Sat., Sep. 17, 9:00 AM, ESPN

Temple at PENN ST.
Sat., Sep. 17, 9:00 PM, BTN

SOUTH FLORIDA at Syracuse
Sat., Sep. 17, 12:30 PM, ESPN3 (streaming)

#11 TEXAS at Cal
Sat., Sep. 17, 7:30 PM, ESPN

Mississippi St. at #20 LSU
Sat., Sep. 17, 4:00 PM, ESPN2

*Upset picks
**Vegas favorite despite lower ranking
***Vegas underdog despite higher ranking


VIEWING GUIDE

The top three games during each time slot are listed below starting with the highest projected “watchability.” All times AZ.

THURSDAY

#6 Houston at Cincinnati 
4:30 PM, ESPN

FRIDAY

Arkansas St. at Utah St.
6:00 PM, CBSSN

Arizona St. at UTSA
6:30 PM, ESPN2

#21 Baylor at Rice
5:00 PM, ESPN

SATURDAY MORNING

#2 Florida St. at #10 Louisville 
9:00 AM, ABC

#25 Miami at Appalachian St.
9:00 AM, ESPN

Temple at Penn St.
9:00 AM, BTN

SATURDAY MIDDAY

#22 Oregon at Nebraska
12:30 PM, ABC

Pitt at Oklahoma St.
12:30 PM, ESPN

#1 Alabama at #19 Ole Miss
12:30 PM, CBS

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

(I had to include four games here. Too many good ones this week.)

#3 Ohio St. at #14 Oklahoma St. 
4:30 PM, FOX
Game of the Week / Upset Alert / Overtime Watch

#17 Texas A&M at Auburn 
4:00 PM, ESPN
Upset Alert / Overtime Watch

USC at #7 Stanford 
5:00 PM, ABC

#12 Michigan St. at #18 Notre Dame
4:30 PM, NBC
Upset Alert

SATURDAY NIGHT

UCLA at BYU 
7:15 PM, ESPN2

#11 Texas at Cal
7:30 PM, ESPN

Utah at San José St.
7:30 PM, CBSSN

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