After a troubled week, Saturday’s lineup offers plenty of opportunities for the highly-rated teams to tackle problems. Will we see more chaos in the third week?
This is what we will be watching closely today.
Time: 3:30 PM | TV: Fox | Font: Oregon -3.5 | Total: 58
Last week, BYU secured a massive home win in double overtime over Baylor, the 12th title holders. After this tough win, BYU has to travel to Eugene to play in another rowdy environment – this time as a road team. Oregon will have its second shot in the national spotlight after losing 49-3 to National Champion Georgia in Week 1. The Ducks rebounded last week by blasting East Washington at home 70-14. Could that go on in the face of a much better opponent?
Time: 3:30 PM | Television: CBS | Font: PSU -3 | Total: 48.5
Sending off the Big Ten seeded team – especially the team that beat you last year – will be very beneficial to coach Bryan Harsin and the Auburn team that finished 2021 poorly. But to beat Penn State, Auburn’s attack needs to play much better than it did a week ago in a 24-16 win over San Jose State. On the flip side, Nittany Lions scored a dramatic first-week win over Purdue before knocking out Ohioans last week at home. Now, the PSU offense will take on the challenge of taking on the SEC’s defense in a hostile environment.
Time: 7:30 PM | TV: ABC | Font: UW -3.5 | Total: 56.5
Michigan State 2-0 to start the season, but they haven’t been very sharp in attack in victories over two Mac opponents – Western Michigan and Akron. Now the Spartans travel across the country to take on Washington, a team in its first season under new coach Calin Debore. Husky went 4-8 in 2021, but they got off to a good start with Michael Benicks Jr.’s move to Indiana for the quarterback. He played well in two games, albeit against weak competition (Kent State and Portland State). We’ll learn a lot about how much better the Husky family has already made with MSU on a trip to Seattle.
Time: 9 pm | TV: ESPN | Font: A&M -5.5 | Total: 44.5
In the wake of an embarrassing loss to Appalachian State, Texas A&M has to quickly turn the page with the arrival of Miami on Kyle Field. Will coach Jimbo Fischer be able to get the attack back on track? For Miami, this is a huge chance to beat an SEC opponent on the national stage early in Mario Cristóbal’s tenure. Expectations are high for hurricanes with Cristobal now in charge of his alma mater. Miami’s 2-0 record against a poor opponent hasn’t told us much so far.
Time: 10:30 PM | TV: Fox | Font: USC -12.5 | Total: 73.5
USC got off to a fast start under Lincoln Riley. The Trojans crushed Rice in the first week as she tackled Stanford 41-28 in the second week after a sterling onslaught from Caleb Williams, Jordan Addison and Travis Day. All three were high-profile transfers for USC. While USC’s attack was excellent, the defense was a bit leaky and would have his hands full against Fresno State. The Bulldogs, who lost a heart-broken home to Oregon last weekend, have played well against big-name programs before, so quarterback Jake Hainer and Bulldogs will never be intimidated against the Trojans.