AUSTIN, Tex., Sporting Alert – Week 3 on the College Football schedule will feature some appetizing clashes, including four fixtures that pits ranked v ranked teams.
After running through Week 2 without a single ranked matchup, college football fans are in for a treat in the third week, as it is loaded, just as it was in Week 1.
Defending College Football Playoff champion Alabama will travel to battle with fellow Southeastern Conference (SEC) rivals No. 19 Ole Miss in a clash the No. 1 team in the country must pay very close attention to.
The Crimson Tide (2-0) have made a flying start to open up the new season and should start the clash at Mississippi as the favourites to win three straight this campaign.
However, the Rebels (1-1) have won two in a row against Alabama and they promised to make life very uncomfortable for the travellers this weekend at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Last year the Crimson Tide opened up with a 2-0 record until the run was halted by Ole Miss at home.
In the 2014 season, it was a 4-0 starting record the Rebels snapped and Nick Saban has warned his troops that it will take a very good effort to see off their SEC foes.
At the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Kentucky, the clash that everyone wanted to see since the conclusion of Week 1, is about to happen, as Lamar Jackson gets the chance to test himself against a powerful Florida State defense.
The No. 2 Seminoles will travel to No. 10 Louisville for the first AP top 10 matchups of the season and we are expecting a classic.
Cardinals quarterback Jackson has been one of the highlighted players during the early fixtures and it will be interesting to see how he will handle himself against a Florida State defense that will undoubtedly be well drilled and organised by Jimbo Fisher to slow him down.
The sophomore has so far thrown for 697 yards with seven touchdowns and rushed for 318 yards and six scores for Louisville, which has 66 points per game that is ranked No. 1 in the nation.
If Jackson can continue to deliver his early season numbers – especially this coming weekend – he has to be regarded as a legitimate contend for the Heisman.
At the other end, redshirt freshman Deondre Francois has shown that he too is ready for the big games after two impressive performances to start the term.
The Seminoles will be without safety Derwin James, who has torn cartilage in his knee and is OUT of Saturday’s game.
Last year Florida State tallied 510 total yards in a 41-21 victory over the Cardinals.
Another delicious clash on the schedule for Week 3, sees No. 3 Ohio State taking on No. 14 Oklahoma at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.
The Buckeyes and the Sooners have no previous head-to-head meetings, so this should be quite a matchup between Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer.
It should also be a very good clash between two of the nation’s aggressive and exciting QBs – J.T. Barrett and Baker Mayfield, who have combined for over 1,000 passing yards so far this campaign.
The fourth all-ranked matchup on the college football schedule in Week 3 sees No. 12 Michigan State and No. 18 Notre Dame battling at Notre Dame Stadium.
After losing to Texas in Week 1, the Fighting Irish (1-1) bounced back with a comfortable victory over Nevada, but will need to answer lots of questions on Saturday night against better opponents.
The Spartans were idle this past weekend so they should be well-rested and ready for the matchup with Notre Dame.
Last time these two sides met, was in 2013 when the Fighting Irish won the game 17-13.
WEEK 3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
RANKED VS. RANKED MATCHUPS
No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 Ole Miss.
No. 2 Florida State at No. 10 Louisville.
No. 3 Ohio State at No. 14 Oklahoma.
No. 12 Michigan State at No. 18 Notre Dame.