OKLAHOMA, Sporting Alert – NCAA college football Week 3 coverage continues on Saturday with another appealing schedule.
Including on the list are a handful of games between teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25, with the attention expected to circle around those ranked v ranked matchups.
ESPN, ABC, FOX, CBS, ESPN3 and WatchESPN will provide live coverage of this game.
Headlining the list is the clash between No. 3 Ohio State and No. 14 Oklahoma at Memorial Stadium in Norman, as the battle for College Football Playoff places heats up early.
The Buckeyes (2-0) have won their opening two games to start the season, including a 48-3 rout of Tulsa in the last outing, while the Sooners (1-1) rebounded from their Week 1 defeat to Houston with a 59-17 victory over Louisiana Monroe last weekend.
On Saturday, it should be a very interesting battle between two of the country’s top quarterbacks in Ohio State starter J.T. Barrett and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, but Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer thinks his team will need more than just a standout performance from his ball distributor.
Barrett is off to an impressive start to the new college football season, but Meyer warns that his team must balance the way they play against Oklahoma this weekend.
“We have to be balanced,” Meyer said. “You have no chance in this game if you think you’re going to go just pound the ball.
“Their defense is systematized not to allow inside run. Their base defense they want to install is to negate the run, and so we’re going to have to be very balanced.”
Ohio State starts as a 3-point favourite, according to several oddsmakers, but many pundits are giving the Sooners a 1.5-point advantage because they are playing in Norman.
Ahead of the game this weekend, Oklahoma QB Austin Kendall said the Buckeyes’ defense is “very basic” and was confident that Mayfield will “light them up” in Saturday’s game.
“I think they really have a very basic defense, Kendall said. Baker…He’ll light them up.”
Mayfield was more realistic with his choice of words.
“They’re obviously a good program,” he said of the Buckeyes. “Everybody knows that.
“I feel confident in what we’re doing right now, and I think we’re going to keep progressing. I think it’ll be a good matchup.”
Meanwhile, the clash between No. 2 Florida State and No. 10 Louisville Cardinals is also expected to be quite entertaining.
National focus will be on Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson to see how he will handle the Seminoles’ defense, which should be much stronger than those of Charlotte and Syracuse.
Jackson has accumulated 1,015 yards of total offense and accounted for 13 touchdowns in two games and the Louisville QB will hope to extend that form against Florida State.
Elsewhere, on the college football Week 3 schedule, No. 1 Alabama travels to Oxford to take on No. 19 Ole Miss, hoping to stop a two-game skid in this series.
At the Notre Dame Stadium, No. 18 Notre Dame will host No. 12 Michigan State in the fourth AP top 25 ranked v ranked head-to-head battles.
In other games, No. 5 Clemson will play South Carolina State, looking to deliver a better performance from the opening two weeks, No. 4 Michigan will host Colorado, No. 17 Texas A&M and Auburn will battle in a must-see encounter, while No. 11 Texas goes on the road to play California.
College Football Week 3 Schedule, Live TV, Streaming
Saturday, September 17
Ohio at No. 15 Tennessee 12:00 PM SECN, WatchESPN
Iowa State at TCU 12:00 PM FS1
Akron at Marshall 12:00 PM CBSSN
New Mexico at Rutgers 12:00 PM ESPNN, WatchESPN
Middle Tennessee at Bowling Green 12:00 PM ESPN3
South Carolina State at No. 5 Clemson 12:00 PM ACCN, WatchESPN
No. 2 Florida State at No. 10 Louisville 12:00 PM ABC, WatchESPN
Temple at Penn State 12:00 PM BTN
Kansas at Memphis 12:00 PM ESPNU, WatchESPN
North Dakota State at No. 13 Iowa 12:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Georgia State at No. 9 Wisconsin 12:00 PM BTN
No. 25 Miami at Appalachian State 12:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech 12:30 PM ACCN, WatchESPN
Virginia at Connecticut 1:30 PM ESPN3
North Carolina A&T at Tulsa 2:00 PM ESPN3
Idaho at Washington State 2:00 PM PAC12
Eastern Kentucky at Ball State 3:00 PM ESPN3
UNLV at Central Michigan 3:00 PM ESPN3
Fresno State at Toledo 3:00 PM ESPN3
San Diego State at Northern Illinois 3:30 PM CBSSN
Colorado at No. 4 Michigan 3:30 PM BTN
No. 22 Oregon at Nebraska 3:30 PM ABC, WatchESPN
No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 Ole Miss 3:30 PM CBS
Florida Intl at Massachusetts 3:30 PM ESPN3
Monmouth at Kent State 3:30 PM ESPN3
Western Kentucky at Miami (OH) 3:30 PM ESPN3
James Madison at North Carolina 3:30 PM ACCN, WatchESPN
Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State 3:30 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
South Florida at Syracuse 3:30 PM ACCN, WatchESPN
Boston College at Virginia Tech 3:30 PM ESPNU, WatchESPN
Western Michigan at Illinois 4:00 PM ESPNN, WatchESPN
New Mexico State at Kentucky 4:00 PM SECN, WatchESPN
East Carolina at South Carolina 4:00 PM SECN, WatchESPN
Idaho State at Oregon State 5:00 PM PAC12
Old Dominion at NC State 6:00 PM ACCN, WatchESPN
Louisiana Monroe at Georgia Southern 6:00 PM ESPN3
Delaware at Wake Forest 6:30 PM ACCN, WatchESPN
Maryland at UCF 7:00 PM CBSSN
Navy at Tulane 7:00 PM ESPN3
Liberty at SMU 7:00 PM ESPN3
South Alabama at Louisiana Lafayette 7:00 PM ESPN3
Mississippi State at No. 20 LSU 7:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
No. 17 Texas A&M at Auburn 7:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Texas State at No. 24 Arkansas 7:30 PM SECN, WatchESPN
North Texas at No. 23 Florida 7:30 PM ESPNU, WatchESPN
No. 12 Michigan State at No. 18 Notre Dame 7:30 PM NBC
No. 16 Georgia at Missouri 7:30 PM SECN, WatchESPN
No. 3 Ohio State at No. 14 Oklahoma 7:30 PM FOX
Duke at Northwestern 8:00 PM BTN
USC at No. 7 Stanford 8:00 PM ABC, WatchESPN
Portland State at No. 8 Washington 8:00 PM PAC12
UCLA at BYU 10:15 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Utah at San José State 10:30 PM CBSSN
No. 11 Texas California 10:30 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Hawai’i at Arizona 10:45 PM PAC12