After a very underwhelming slate of games from week two, week three of the college football season looks to be heating back up with a handful of intriguing match ups.
Lets take a look at what’s to come for this Saturday’s slate of games.
Florida State Seminoles (2) vs. Louisville Cardinals (10)
Both Florida State and Louisville head into week three at 2-0 on the season.
The Seminoles struggled in week one against the Ole Miss Rebels. After trailing 28-6 at half time, true freshman quarterback Deondre Francois rallied the Noles to their biggest comeback in school history, winning the game 45-34 in Orlando.
Florida State took it to Charleston Southern in week two, winning 52-8 in Tallahassee. The talk of the week had to do with Charleston Southern suspending 14 starters for breaking NCAA rules.
The country was very skeptical on the Noles after their dismal first half play, but Francois showed Jameis Winston-esque play and gave the garnet and gold faithful something to look forward to as the season unravels.
The Louisville Cardinals are one team that have been under the radar so far this season.
Louisville completely destroyed Charlotte in week one 70-14, putting the Cards on the map. Quarterback Lamar Jackson accumulated for eight touchdowns, six passing and two rushing, with only six incompletions.
Jackson had a repeat performance against the Syracuse Orange, more so on the ground as he rushed for four touchdowns and over 209 yards, as they dominated the Orange 62-28.
Lets take a look at what Twitter is saying prior to the top ten show down.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 14, 2016
Louisville plans to honor legendary boxer Muhammed Ali this weekend.
— Melissa Knowles (@Knowlesitall) September 15, 2016
Hype? What hype? Louisville RB Brandon Radcliff on hype and the big game vs Florida State this weekend… pic.twitter.com/FaxTTlTNXV
— Michael McCammon (@mcmichael20) September 13, 2016
Ohio State Buckeyes (3) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (14)
After taking a brutal loss to underdog Houston in week one, the Oklahoma Sooners are looking to regain momentum as the season progresses.
Oklahoma has been in the college football playoffs since the beginning of the season, and with a monumental opponent like the Buckeyes coming to town, they have a chance to redeem themselves and get back in the conversation as one of the top four teams in the country.
The Buckeyes, on the other hand, have dominated their opponents since the seasons start. There was a lot of talk at the beginning of the season that the Buckeyes wouldn’t be as good as last year’s squad, due to losing multiple players to the NFL Draft back in April.
Head Coach Urban Meyer has his team focused, as they are about travel to Norman, Oklahoma, a hostile environment and one of the hardest venues for away teams to win at in college football.
Ohio State could be without one of their starters on defense, which could give the Buckeyes a lot of problems down the stretch.
Ohio State LB Dante Booker questionable again vs. Oklahoma: 3 things to know from Urban Meyer https://t.co/421lXDBFj5
— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) September 14, 2016
Oddly enough, the Sooners are a two-point underdog at home this weekend.
Oklahoma is a home underdog (+2) vs Ohio State. It has been 16 years since the Sooners were a home dog, vs Nebraska in 2000. OU won by 17.
— BeatinTheBookie™ (@BeatinTheBookie) September 13, 2016
Michigan State Spartans (12) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18)
The Spartans head into this match up against the Irish as one of the most underrated teams in the country. Spartans Head Coach Mike Dantonio is one coach that keeps his team under the radar year in and year out, and have potential to beat the Irish in South Bend this weekend.
Michigan State is known for going into hostile environments and pulling out last second wins against rivals.
In the 2015 season, the Spartans beat hated rivals Michigan Wolverines on one of the wackiest plays in college football history.
Not only did they break the hearts of Michigan fans, but the Spartans also spoiled Senior Day for the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in 2015.
The Irish come into this match up after losing on the road to the Texas Longhorns in week one in double overtime. With quarterback Deshon Kizer at the helm for the navy and gold, anything is possibly for the Irish to pull the upset at home.
Lets take a look at some of the hot-takes from Twitter during the Irish’s match up against the Longhorns to show how much excitement the quarterback brings to the Irish and college football in general.
Apparently, some college football fans believe Kizer has what it takes to win the Heisman Trophy this season.
— Cameron (@killer_cam_) September 5, 2016
— Steve Kim (@steveucnlive) September 5, 2016
All in all, Notre Dame is a real young team, especially on defense.. but DeShon Kizer will keep them in every game, kids a stud
— Megatron (@Matty_Ice_024) September 5, 2016
Alabama Crimson Tide (1) vs. Ole Miss Rebels (19)
This might be the most intriguing match up of the entire weekend.
As of the last two seasons, the Rebels have had the Crimson Tide’s number, beating them back-to-back years for the first time in school history.
Rebels’ quarterback Chad Kelly threw for 341 yards on the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa last year, winning a thriller.
The Crimson Tide have been a rolling freight train so far this season, defeating the USC Trojans in week one 52-6 and beating Western Kentucky 38-10 at home.
Can Alabama get over the Ole Miss hump?
Alabama fans aren’t amused.
Ole Miss fans: “Bama is one of our biggest rivalries”
Alabama fans: pic.twitter.com/aSNUcr79Hp
— Sarah Henderson (@_hendersonsarah) September 14, 2016
Fans are also making awesome hype up videos to promote the match up.
Video: Fan releases awesome Alabama-Ole Miss hype video https://t.co/bPAiZRTKlL
— SEC Football (@SECfootball) September 15, 2016
Week three looks as appealing as week one, and hopefully, the final scores will show after this weekend.