We have a HUGE weekend of College Football.
With a total of 6 ranked vs ranked matchups (and that does not include #4 Florida State @ Clemson) this is the most exciting weekend of the season so far.
Below is a preview of the 5 biggest games of the weekend.
#6 Ohio State (3-0) @ #9 Notre Dame (4-0) 7:30 PM EST
For all the yearly talk about Texas being “back” it is interesting that the topic is never talked about with Notre Dame.
Perhaps it is because the Irish have not fallen to the lows that the Longhorns have (Notre Dame has had double digit wins in 5 out of the last 6 years).
And yet, when has Notre Dame truly been respected in the national picture?
Sure, they have made the Playoff a couple times but each appearance ended in a blowout loss in the Semifinals.
Heck, the last time they were in the National Championship back in 2012 they were blown out by Alabama to the tune of 42-12.
So why do I bring this up?
Because this weekend there seems to be real buzz that Notre Dame has what it takes to beat one of the big boys in College Football.
Notre Dame is only a +3 underdog at home vs Ohio State so there is some belief that Notre Dame can keep this not only competitive but even win.
The Irish are lead by their second year head coach Marcus Freeman and their transfer QB Sam Hartman.
Freeman seems to be guiding Notre Dame in the right direction, but this weekend will be the biggest test of them all.
Hartman is here to help – he is likely the best QB Notre Dame has had in years.
On the other side is big bad Ohio State.
The Buckeyes had a slowish start to the season when they struggled to put Indiana away in the opener.
Since then Ohio State has improved with their new QB Kyle McCord, but we will learn far more about McCord and the Buckeyes Saturday than we have in the first 3 games.
This will be an awesome game with CFP implications….. hopefully it comes down to the wire.
#19 Colorado (3-0) @ #10 Oregon (3-0) 3:30 PM EST
I think it is very likely that the Colorado dream slowly starts to drift away this week.
The Buffaloes will still be big news, but they won’t be AS big of news following this week.
Why is that?
Because Colorado is currently a +21 underdog and they are down one of their best players in Travis Hunter.
Yes Colorado beat TCU as a +21 underdog in week one, but Oregon is no TCU.
The Ducks have legitimate CFP aspirations which the same cannot be said for Colorado – whether the national media want to admit that or not.
Colorado’s goal this season needs to be making a bowl – a goal that I think they will achieve.
But beating Oregon on the road?
Well, good luck.
#15 Ole Miss (3-0) @ #13 Alabama (2-1) 3:30 PM EST
Can we imagine what will happen if Alabama loses here?
Two losses at home, in the opening month of the season, and to two former Alabama assistants!?!?!
The volcano is currently boiling, but that would cause an eruption.
Alabama’s home loss to Texas was bad enough, but then last week as a -33.5 favorite against USF the Tide won 17-3….
Not exactly a confidence booster.
Now Jalen Milroe is back at quarterback following a one game benching and he will look to use his athleticism against Ole Miss.
Speaking of the Rebels, Lane Kiffin brings in another dynamite offense which is lead by Jaxson Dart and Quinshon Judkins.
They will look to attack an Alabama defense that was torched by Texas just two weeks ago.
Ultimately, this game will come down to who can control the line of scrimmage.
Getting to the QB and stopping the run are the two most important factors for both teams.
With Alabama only being a -6.5 favorite at home this should be another great game to look forward to.
#4 Florida State (3-0) @ Clemson (2-1) 12:00 PM EST
When was the last time Clemson was an underdog at home?
The answer is October 1st, 2016.
That streak is about the broken with Clemson currently a +2 underdog at home vs the Seminoles.
To make matter worse for the Tigers this is a noon game, which will not help for the game day atmosphere.
So can Clemson overcome the odds and pull off the upset?
That likely depends on which version of Florida State we see.
The one that stomped LSU or almost lost to Boston College?
If the Noles are closer to the team that beat LSU then Clemson will not be able to hang in this game.
However, if we see the FSU that almost lost to Boston College, then look for the Tigers to pull off the upset.
#24 Iowa (3-0) @ #7 Penn State (3-0) 8:00 PM EST
If there was a DO NOT DISTURB sign that I could put up for a game not to bet it would be this one.
Yes, it’s a white out, night game, for a Penn State team that people really believe could knock down the big two of Michigan and Ohio State this year.
The team they are playing is Iowa.
Iowa has been in a billion of these games under head coach Kirk Ferentz.
They have a staunch defense and a better offense than last year.
So, when I see that Iowa is a +14 underdog I sprint away.
I think it is just as likely that this is close as it is a blowout, so I would recommend proceeding with caution if you choose to bet this one.