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Previewing the Five Best College Football Games of Week 3

Huston Mason

Huston Mason

The third week of the season will either be a good chance to finish some chores or a chance to see some major upsets.

After the excitement of Week 1 and the overload of primetime games in Week 2, the third week of the season brings lighter fare.

For most teams, conference seasons have yet to start, and for others the major non-conference tests are in the rearview mirror, for better or worse.

Thankfully, Georgia and South Carolina lead the way in a classic SEC showdown, provided the Gamecocks look nothing like the team that opened against Texas A&M.

The Week Ahead: Sept. 13
All times Eastern. All games Saturday.

Georgia at South Carolina
When and where: 3:30 p.m., CBS
We’re watching because... this game always seems like it determines the SEC East, even though it really doesn’t. Seriously, the last time the winner of Georgia-South Carolina played in the SEC championship game was 2010. Twice in the last three years the loser won the East. South Carolina bounced back from its embarrassing loss to Texas A&M to beat East Carolina, but the Gamecocks are settling for field goals. Georgia had a week to rest Todd Gurley. Be afraid.
Vegas says: Georgia by 2 1/2

UCF at Missouri
When and where: Noon, SEC Network
We’re watching because... a Fiesta Bowl winner against the defending SEC East champ should be compelling, right? Missouri again two things well, no matter the changing personnel — pass the ball and rush the passer. UCF is starting Justin Holman, who quarterbacked the Knights to a 21-16 edge in the second half against Penn State in the opener.
Vegas says: Missouri by 9

Tennessee at Oklahoma
When and where: 8 p.m., ABC
We’re watching because... we want to see just how improved Tennessee actually is. The Volunteers have taken care of Utah State and Arkansas State. Faring well in Norman is a different story. Oklahoma hasn’t been tested much, either, but Trevor Knight has been solid in routs of Louisiana Tech and Tulsa.
Vegas says: Oklahoma by 21

UCLA vs. Texas (Arlington)
When and where: 8 p.m., FOX
We’re watching because... we have no idea what to make of this game. In an ideal world, this would be a matchup between ascendant powers in the Pac-12 and Big 12. Instead, both are searching for answers. UCLA’s defense went dormant in a close call against Memphis only a week after the D had to bail out Brett Hundley and Co. at Virginia. Charlie Strong is trying to clean house in Year 1 at Texas, but results like a 41-7 loss to BYU will rankle fans.
Vegas says: UCLA by 6

West Virginia at Maryland
When and where: Noon, Big Ten Network
We’re watching because... one of these teams is on the way up, but we’re not sure which one. Clint Trickett is looking the part of a Big 12 gunslinger, completing 64-of-85 passes for 713 yards with three touchdowns in two games this season. Maryland could have one of the better passing attacks in the Big Ten with its two star receivers, but quarterback C.J. Brown has yet to deliver a complete game, even against the likes of James Madison and USF.
Vegas says: Maryland by 4 1/2

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