It was another wild weekend in college football for Week 3. Many of the highly ranked teams like Alabama, Oklahoma, and Cincinnati were lucky to escape with victories. The Week 4 slate is somewhat light as far as marquee games go, but here are three of the best games to watch on Saturday (ESPN).
#12 Notre Dame @ #18 Wisconsin: 12PM Eastern Time
Possibly the biggest game of the week takes place in Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish come into this game with a perfect 3-0 record after taking care of business against Purdue 27-13 last week. The Wisconsin Badgers have started the year off 1-1 and are coming off a bye week.
The most intriguing matchup of this game should be the potent Notre Dame offense (33.3 points per game) against the stingy Wisconsin defense (11.5 points per game allowed). The big storyline is Irish QB Jack Coan facing all of his former teammates as he played for the Badgers for three seasons. Everyone is curious to see how Coan fares against his former team and coach.
Tennessee @ #11 Florida: 7PM Eastern Time
Both teams come into this heated rivalry with a 2-1 record. Tennessee dismantled Tennessee Tech to the tune of 56-0 last week. Florida lost a heartbreaker at home to #1 Alabama by only two points in what was a hard-fought battle.
The major surprise for the Vols has been their much-improved offense under new head coach Josh Heupel. QB Hendon Hooker, a transfer from Virginia Tech, has thrown for 392 yards and five touchdowns on the young season. The Gators’ defense may have their hands full trying to stop Hooker and star running back Tiyon Evans, who has rushed for 161 yards and two scores.
Though Gator fans have booed starting QB Emory Jones at times this season because of his turnovers, the 6-2 211 pound junior played a solid game against Alabama last week. Jones needs work as a passer but is dangerous with his legs. A key question will be whether or not backup QB Anthony Richardson is available for this game as he’s been sidelined with a strained hamstring.
Colorado @ Arizona State: 10:30 PM Eastern Time
The late-night game pits two PAC12 foes against each other. Colorado is off to a disappointing 1-2 start after getting shut out by Minnesota last weekend 30-0. Arizona State is 2-1 but was beaten by the BYU Cougars last Saturday night by ten points.
The Buffs have been flat-out abysmal on offense to start the season, as they’ve only averaged 14 points and 235.3 total yards of offense per game. Keep in mind though that Colorado has played two stiff defenses in Texas A&M and Minnesota. The Buffs have to get more consistent play out of QB Brendon Lewis if they are going to have a shot to pull off the huge road upset.
Arizona State is looking to get back on track after a lackluster performance against BYU. The Sun Devils have plenty of talent but have looked undisciplined at times this season. QB Jayden Daniels has thrown for 572 yards and two scores but he also has three interceptions.