Roar Lions Roar College Football Viewer's Guide: Week 3

By Kevin Fay on September 13, 2019 at 8:00 am
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Having three parlays in Atlantic City on a college football Saturday made a great day of college football even better. This was literally the first time I ever bet on sports and had Texas covered and had Army not fumbled, I would have hit all 3 and been up $600 on $75 worth of bets. Thanks to boredom and a Germany-Netherlands friendly on Friday, I still ended up +$250 so hit me up for betting advice, I am clearly the best at it. Degenerate things aside, I doubt we will see that level of excitement this weekend with a very sub-par slate of games, but sometimes those weekends turn in to the weirdest ones. Fear not though, the bye week next week has a bunch of big-time games to enjoy.

Friday

  • North Carolina @ Wake Forest (6 p.m. ESPN) – Yes, those are your 2-0 North Carolina Tar Heels, who we never doubted, not even for a second. After taking down South Carolina in the opener and Miami last week, Wake should provide a decent challenge for Mack Brown's boys. Their offense has put up nearly 80 points through the first two weeks.
  • Kansas @ Boston College (7:30 p.m. ACCN) – I feel bad laughing at Kansas, who just seems to be in a hell pit of despair when it comes to football, but Coastal Carolina? Really? This should be a blood bath.
  • Washington State @ Houston (9:15 p.m. ESPN) – This is a big early test for both teams. Uncle Dana has an opportunity to pick up a big ranked win and solidify his standing a little bit since Houston apparently fires coaches for going 8-4. There should be a lot of points scored, if you are into that sort of thing.

Saturday

  • Ohio State @ Indiana (Noon FOX) – I don’t know what it is, but Ohio State always seems to have trouble with Indiana for at least one half of the game. Last year it was 28-20 at halftime, and in 2017 it was 14-13 at the half because Simmie Cobbs was goin’ buck wild making one-handed catches. They usually pull away in the second half, but that hope at halftime is always fun to keep an eye on.
  • Maryland @ Temple (Noon CBSSN) – OK, now that the weird, early-season upset happened, it’s time for Maryland to come back to earth. Though based on the first two weeks, it's becoming more likely that Maryland might actually go okay. They have recruited well in recent years, with their 2017 class finishing 18th overall and fourth in the Big Ten. This game is worth keeping an eye on though, with Temple upsetting the Terps just two weeks after a big win against Texas last year.
  • Kansas State @ Mississippi State (Noon ESPN) – The good news is that Tommy Stevens says he is feeling good after a minor injury scare kept him out of the second half last week. They will need him against a Kansas State defense that is allowing 208 total yards per game through the first two weeks.
  • Air Force @ Colorado (1 p.m. PAC12N) – There just seems to be something about Colorado where they need to rip Nebraska’s hearts out on a late-game dime every year. I took Colorado at +4 so that was truly wonderful to watch for me, as I also won $100 in Atlantic City. We will see how the hangover is against a solid Air Force squad.
  • Alabama @ South Carolina (3:30 p.m. CBS) – Sadly, this is the co-game of the week. South Carolina got back on track last week by torching Charleston Southern 72-10. Alabama, I learned from a nice random man at a casino (did I mention I was in a casino in Atlantic City last weekend?), has never covered a 50+ point spread while under Nick Saban. Several of my friends did not believe him. Several of my friends lost. One storyline worth following in this game is true freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Ryan is the younger brother of former Washington State backup quarterback Tyler Hilinski, who tragically took his life in 2017 just 19 days after playing in the Holiday Bowl for the Cougars. He will start in place of Jake Bentley this week, who is out for the season with a foot injury that will require surgery.
  • Stanford @ UCF (3:30 p.m. ESPN) – So, uh, maybe K.J. Costello was a bigger piece of Stanford’s offense than I had anticipated. One week after getting stomped by USC, they get rewarded with a trip across the country to get stomped by National Champion UCF. Of note for UCF, freshman Dillon Gabriel got the start over Brandon Wimbush and looks to be the guy going forward. Wimbush’s lack of development in college makes you wonder what Penn State would look like if Wimbush would have stayed committed after all.
  • USC @ BYU (3:30 p.m. ABC) – So, USC huh? I was certain they would take a significant step back after losing J.T. Daniels for the season, but Kedon Slovis completed an insane 28 of 33 for 377 yards in his debut, making some throws that upperclassmen struggle with. He will get a chance to prove it wasn’t a fluke against a BYU defense that is always stout.
  • Arizona State @ Michigan State (4 p.m. FOX) – Michigan State heads into this game looking for revenge after being upset by the Sun Devils in this game a year ago. The problem then was that the Spartans couldn't run the ball. Some of those concerns and new ones from week one against Tulsa were alleviated last week against Western Michigan where they racked up 582 total yards, including 251 on the ground in a very balanced attack. Arizona State may try the same blueprint and sell out to stop the run and make Lewerke beat them with his arm.
  • Iowa @ Iowa State (4 p.m. FS1) – A week off may have been just what the doctor ordered for Iowa State after needing three (!!!) overtimes against Northern Iowa in week one. Iowa has been impressive on both sides of the ball through two weeks, but their run defense, allowing only 68 rushing yards per contest, has been outstanding. Long live ¡El Assico!
  • Florida @ Kentucky (7 p.m. ESPN) – Kentucky finally got the gator off their back last year in Gainesville, but this year Florida returns to being the favorite. After turning the ball over approximately 40 times against Miami, Feleipe Franks bounced back with an extremely impressive 25 for 27 performance against UT Martin last week. Kentucky’s defense should provide a tougher test. Though the Wildcats will be without starting quarterback Terry Wilson, who was lost for the season last week.
  • Clemson @ Syracuse (7:30 p.m. ABC) – Syracuse, I both love you for taking the upset bullet and hate you because I want you to be fun. Despite an efficient day passing from Tommy DeVito, Syracuse just never was able to get it going and got rolled by a Maryland offense that has been hot the first two weeks. The worse news is, if they think Maryland’s offense is scary, they have Trevor Lawrence coming and Clemson coming to town this weekend. If Syracuse is able to pull off the impossible, it will be one of the best bounce-back stories in quite some time.
  • Florida State @ Virginia (7:30 p.m. ACCN) – I think it’s time to accept that Florida State is just legitimately bad. They surrendered a big lead against a Boise State team that looked very beatable still in week two, and nearly lost to a Louisiana Monroe team that looked to be on level footing for most of the game against a team that won a national championship just six years ago. Virginia can remain the favorites in the ACC Coastal with a win.
  • TCU @ Purdue (7:30 p.m. BTN) – This game is here solely because I never thought these two teams would play and I love that. I am part of the Penn State fan base that thinks it is actually fun to play teams that aren’t Pitt and Temple every year in order to experience new traditions and different fan bases. As for the game itself, the two teams should be fairly evenly matched. Purdue bounced back nicely after inexplicably losing week one in hilarious fashion to Nevada, and TCU rolled in their matchup.
  • Oklahoma @ UCLA (8 p.m. FOX) – There was a time where this game would have been the marquee game of the week. That time is not 2019. UCLA stinks. They have opened up with back to back group-of-five losses. Solid teams or not, that’s just not acceptable for UCLA. They have fallen a long way.
  • Texas Tech @ Arizona (10:30 p.m. ESPN) – There is potential for #PAC12AfterDark shenanigans, but in order for that to happen, Arizona will need to be really good on offense and just able to, like, maybe force this thing called a punt every once in a while. Their defense is giving up an astonishing 404 yards per game through the air through two games and now faces off with Texas Tech, who is known for slingin’ the ball around. I like the potential, but odds are Tech runs away with it.

THE GUIDE

start time first tv second tv projected on the ceiling
nooner? I hardly know 'er! Pitt @ Penn State (12:00 ABC) Ohio State @ Indiana (12:00 FOX) Maryland @ Temple (12:00 CBSSN)
i need about 3:30 Alabama @ South Carolina (3:30 CBS) Iowa @ Iowa State (4:00 FS1) Arizona State @ Michigan State (4:00 FOX)
WHOOAAAAOOOOOOAAAOOOO IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT Florida @ Kentucky (7:00 ESPN) Clemson @ Syracuse (7:30 ABC) Florida State @ Virginia (7:30 ACCN)
#pac12afterdark Texas Tech @ Arizona (10:30 ESPN) Pick up Gardner Minshew on waivers Convince yourself he's the next Brady taking over for Bledsoe
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