Top storylines for college football Week 3

Top storylines for college football Week 3 Fans clamoring for more top matchups such as the ones we saw last Saturday will have to wait another week, as college football Week 3 features nary a single ranked versus ranked matchup on the schedule. Weve got our eye on some key storylines, however, that should lead to some interesting events this weekend. Friday night fireworks in Houston Dana Holgorsen and his Houston Cougars are hosting Mike Leachs Washington State Cougars Friday night in a nationally televised game on ESPN. Both coaches are known as offensive gurus, and they both have some talented quarterbacks at their disposal. The Cougars have lit up their first two opponents as Anthony Gordon has picked up right where Gardner Minshew left off. Hes passed for 884 yards with nine touchdowns as Washington State racked up 58 and 59 points, respectively, the first two weeks of the season. DEriq King hasnt gotten off to the red hot start many expected, but this dual threat dynamo is still . This game should be a lot of fun to watch Friday night. Can Indiana pull off an upset over Ohio State? Statistically, its fascinating that Ohio State and Indiana look almost identical to one another. Both have won convincingly. They share similar scoring averages and yardage statistics on both offense and defense. Of course, these two teams arent identical. Ohio State features one of the most talent loaded rosters in college football, has , and is coached by one of the best offensive minds in football. Yet its going to be very intriguing to see how Fields performs in his first road game with the Buckeyes. If the Hoosiers can somehow play the game of their lives, they can pull off the biggest upset of the year and significantly hurt their Big Ten rivals playoff chances. What will the Terps do for an encore? No team in college football has come close to matching the point totals Maryland has put up the first two weeks of the season. Averaging 71 points per game, the Terps enter Week 3 on fire with a chance to make another statement on the road against Temple. Virginia Tech transfer Josh Jackson has been superb executing Scottie Montgomerys dynamic offense. The teams deep running back group has helped Maryland pile up an astonishing 11 touchdowns on the ground. Its been a joy to watch this offense so far, and were looking forward to seeing if Jackson and Co. can keep up this torrid pace in Week 3. First SEC test for Bama The Crimson Tide have chewed up their first two opponents, as youd expect. Now theyll hit the road for their first SEC battle of the season against South Carolina. Realistically, its not likely that the Gamecocks will pull off a stunner and upset Nick Saban and Co. The spread for this game is indicative of that, as Bama is favored by 24.5 points. Still, it will be nice to see Tua Tagovailoa and the rest of Alabamas stars go against . And if you need another reason to watch this game, South Carolinas Ryan Hilinski — brother of the late Tyler Hilinski — had a rock solid game last weekend. This true freshman will now get a baptism by fire and have a chance to etch his name in history books if he leads an upset win. Can Stanford slow down UCF? Picking up where he left off last year, Josh Heupel has the Knights playing exceptionally well on offense. UCF has averaged north of 300 yards per game both on the ground and through the air, scoring 110 points the first two games. Stanford is known for its defense but is coming off a horrible performance on the road against USC. Now traveling across the country for a date with the Knights, David Shaws squad faces its biggest test of the young season. Thankfully, quarterback . Yet he leads an offense that isnt overly explosive, meaning the Cardinal needs a strong game defensively to avoid falling to 1 2 on the season with games against Oregon and Washington coming up. Gators out for revenge Last September, with a convincing 27 16 win in Week 2. The Gators went on to lose to Georgia and Missouri, yet still finished the season ranked No. 7 in the nation and earned a Peach Bowl berth against Michigan, where they squashed the Wolverines. One wonders if they may have squeezed into the playoff without that loss to the Wildcats. Now, the Gators have a shot at revenge with a road game against Kentucky. On paper, they should get it. The Wildcats lost their two top stars from a year ago — Josh Allen and Benny Snell — to the NFL. Their defense is nowhere near as stout up front, and that could lead to a big game for Lamical Perine, Feleipe Franks and the Gators offense. On the other side, Kentucky will have to play a flawless game offensively to avoid getting swallowed whole by the ferocious Gators defense. Hated rivals square off in Ames For the first time, Ames will be the center of the college football world for the weekend as ESPN College GameDay takes root for the coming rivalry game between Iowa and Iowa State. These two programs legitimately hate one another, and theyll stop at nothing to bring home the Cy Hawk Trophy. The line for this game is as tight as youll see, with Iowa being favored by a single point. Considering the history between these two teams, and because its being played on Iowa States home turf, were leaning toward an upset that stays close until the bitter end. No matter the outcome, this game should be a ton of fun to watch as these bitter in state rivals fight for supremacy. Will Syracuse bounce back, or be eaten alive by Tigers? Syracuse went into Week 2 ranked 21st in the nation with the distinction of being labeled as Clemsons top competition in the ACC. Then, the Orange were gobbled up by Maryland , losing 63 20. Now, its out of the frying pan and into the fryer as the nations top team comes to Syracuse. Needless to say, its going to take a masterful motivational effort from Dino Babers to get his team into the kind of mental state it needs to pull off an upset. Clemson is incredibly dangerous on both sides of the ball. The Tigers flexed their muscles last weekend with an impressive 24 10 win over Texas A andM. They also have bad memories about the last visit to Syracuse in 2017. There will be no letdown. There will be no quarter given. There will be no upset. Chip Kellys Bruins in the national spotlight Remember when everyone in Los Angeles was excited about Chip Kellys arrival? The Bruins were going to be explosive. They were going to be a team you couldnt take your eyes off. Well, the shimmer is long gone. In fact, UCLA is having a brutal time . Saturday night should be a different story in terms of attendance, however, as Oklahoma is coming to town. The Sooners are incredibly good on offense once again this year with Jalen Hurts running the show, and their . We expect Hurts and Co. to get an early lead and extend it quickly. This game could be among the more lopsided matchups we see this weekend. Dont be surprised if Kelly ends up getting booed right off the field. Hot seat watch Chip Kelly is near the top of this list, and its likely his seat gets only hotter in Week 3. Hes far from the only coach of a top program who is feeling the heat right now. In particular, Willie Taggart of Florida State and Jeremy Pruitt of Tennessee find themselves in hot water with their programs and their fans. Another coach who is feeling a bit of heat is Nebraskas Scott Frost. If he ends up losing or struggles against Northern Illinois, there will be plenty of hand wringing in Lincoln. Related slideshow: The highest paid coaches in college football Provided by Yardbarker NCAA FB See Full Schedule

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