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College Gameday 2013: Week 3 Schedule, Location, Predictions and More

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 26:  ESPN College GameDay announcer Lee Corso dons an FSU headress as co-announcers (l to r) Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit comment during the NCAA football game between Notre Dame and Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 26, 2002 in Tallahassee, Florida.  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Florida State Seminoles 34-24.  (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2013

As if there was another option in Week 3 for ESPN’s College GameDay, the cast and crew will be in College Station, Texas for the battle between the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies.

Texas A&M beat the defending BCS National Champions last season with the help of elusive quarterback Johnny Manziel, so Alabama will be looking for redemption.

Manziel is coming off a Heisman Trophy win in his freshman season and plenty of offseason controversy, and all eyes are on College Station in Week 3.

Not only is the Crimson Tide looking for redemption, but the team is also trying to prove it is still the juggernaut it has been over the last four seasons.

The implications of this matchup are off the charts, and watching Lee Corso and the cast of College GameDay break it down will be the perfect start to another football Saturday.

 

 

Game Day Predictions

Johnny Manziel Will Struggle

The Alabama Crimson Tide were beaten last year by the elite play of now-sophomore Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel. The program will not let that happen again, and it will have a game plan in place to stop him.

Manziel completed an impressive 24 of 31 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns (with another 92 yards rushing) in last year’s upset victory over Alabama, but the Crimson Tide will have a better idea of what they're up against this time around.

Texas A&M hasn’t needed Manziel to run so far this season (only has 55 yards rushing total in 2013), and Alabama wants to keep it that way Saturday.

With a focused front seven and a strong secondary that allowed Hokies dual-threat QB Logan Thomas to throw for only 59 yards and rush for only two yards, Manziel will have a hard time mounting the kind of offense needed to make up for his own team’s defensive inefficiencies.

Predicted Stat Line: 18-of-30 for 225 yards and two passing touchdowns; nine rush attempts for 41 yards and zero touchdowns

 

T.J. Yeldon Will Break Out

While many fans are down on sophomore T.J. Yeldon after he managed only 75 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Tech, the star running back will have a monster statistical game as head coach Nick Saban recommits to the running game.

With Rice and Sam Houston State amassing 306 and 240 rushing yards, respectively, against Texas A&M, this matchup will provide Yeldon the chance to shine. Not only will he have huge numbers, but he will also help Alabama control the clock and keep Johnny Football off the field.

If Yeldon gets hot early and the Crimson Tide continue to feed him the ball, the Aggies will lose this matchup in front of a national audience in blowout fashion.

Predicted Stat Line: 25 carries for 175 yards and two touchdowns

 

Alabama Will Win

The Crimson Tide come into this matchup as the No. 1 team in the nation, and the program will leave with the same distinction. While the Aggies have a strong team, they will not be able to solve the Alabama riddle two seasons in a row.

The biggest issue for Texas A&M will be the team’s inability to mount any kind of stiff defense (ranked 84th in the nation) against the Crimson Tide offensive unit.

Led by Yeldon and the rushing attack, Alabama will get back to basics and pound the Aggies with a steady dosage of running plays.

Final Prediction: Alabama 31, Texas A&M 24

 

Complete Week 3 College Football Schedule
MatchupTimeTelevision / Live Stream
Thursday, Sept. 12  
TCU at Texas Tech7:30 p.m.ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN
Tulane at Louisiana Tech7:30 p.m.FS1 (HD)
Troy at Arkansas State7:30 p.m.ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN
DII: Mars Hill at Shorter7:30 p.m.(CSS / CST) (cable) / espn3
DII: Chadron State at West Texas A&M8 p.m.CBSSN (HD) / ALT (HD)
Friday, Sept. 13  
Air Force at Boise State8 p.m.ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN
Saturday, Sept. 14  
Akron at Michigan12 p.m.BTN (HD) / BTN2Go
Bowling Green at Indiana12 p.m.ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN
Georgia State at West Virginia12 p.m.RSPI
Louisville at Kentucky12 p.m.ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN
Stanford at Army12 p.m.CBSSN (HD)
Tulsa at Oklahoma12 p.m.ESPN2 (HD) / WatchESPN
UCLA at Nebraska12 p.m.ABC (HD) / WatchABC
Virginia Tech at East Carolina12 p.m.FS1 (HD)
Western Illinois at Minnesota12 p.m.BTN (HD) / BTN2Go
Southern Miss at Arkansas12:21 p.m.SEC TV / ESPN-GP / espn3
Louisiana Monroe at Wake Forest12:30 p.m.FSN Affiliates (HD) / ESPN-GP / espn3
New Mexico at Pittsburgh12:30 p.m.ESPN-GP / ACC Network (HD) / espn3
Fresno State at Colorado2 p.m.PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video
Youngstown State at Michigan State2 p.m.BTN (HD) / BTN2Go
Boston College at USC3 p.m.PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video
Colorado Mesa at Montana State3 p.m.ALT (HD) / Max Media (cable) / Big Sky Video
Texas Southern at Sam Houston State3 p.m.CSCA / (CSN Houston / CSS) (cable)
Alabama at Texas A&M3:30 p.m.CBS (HD) / CBS Video
Delaware at Navy3:30 p.m.CBSSN (HD) / Video
Georgia Tech at Duke3:30 p.m.ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN
Nevada at Florida State3:30 p.m.ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN
Tennessee at Oregon3:30 p.m.ABC (HD) / WatchABC
Ball State at North Texas4 p.m.FSN Affiliates (HD)
Illinois vs. Washington (Soldier Field)6 p.m.BTN (HD) / BTN2Go
Iowa at Iowa State6 p.m.FS1 (HD)
UCF at Penn State6 p.m.BTN (HD) / BTN2Go
Southern Utah at Washington State6:30 p.m.PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video
Eastern Washington at Toledo7 p.m.ESPN-GP / espn3
Kent State at LSU7 p.m.ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN
Mississippi State at Auburn7 p.m.ESPN2 (HD) / WatchESPN
Ohio State at California7 p.m.FOX (HD)
Morgan State at Liberty7 p.m.ESPN-GP? / espn3 / Video / Flames Sports (cable)
Rhode Island at Albany7 p.m.(CSMA / CSCA) / (NBC Regional / TWC) (cable)
Vanderbilt at South Carolina7 p.m.ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN
Kansas at Rice7:30 p.m.CBSSN (HD)
Lamar at Oklahoma State7:30 p.m.FSN Affiliates (HD) / FCSC (cable)
Marshall at Ohio8 p.m.ESPN News / WatchESPN
Notre Dame at Purdue8 p.m.ABC (HD) / WatchABC
Ole Miss at Texas8 p.m.LHN / Mississippi cable
UTEP at New Mexico State8 p.m.ESPN-GP / espn3
Western Michigan at Northwestern9 p.m.BTN (HD) / BTN2Go
Oregon State at Utah9 p.m.FS1 (HD)
UTSA at Arizona10:30 p.mPAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video
Wisconsin at Arizona State10:30 p.m.ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN
Live Stream Only  
Alabama State at Arkansas Pine Bluff5 p.m.espn3
Bethune Cookman at Florida International6 p.m.TBA
Cal Poly at Colorado State3 p.m.MWC Video
Central Arkansas at UT Martin7 p.m.OVC Video
Central Michigan at UNLV10 p.m.MWC Video
Charleston Southern at Campbell6 p.m.Big South Video
Charleston (WV) at Southern Illinois3 p.m.$ULive Video
Citadel at Western Carolina3:30 p.m.$ULive Video
Coastal Carolina at Eastern Kentucky6 p.m.OVC Video
Dayton at Robert Morris12 p.m.NEC Front Row
Eastern Michigan at Rutgers1 p.m.espn3
Florida Atlantic at South Florida7 p.m.espn3
Fordham at Temple1 p.m.espn3
Fort Valley State at Savannah State6 p.m.WGSA (cable)
Holy Cross at CCSU5:45 p.m.NEC Front Row
Howard at Old Dominion6 p.m.TBA
Humboldt State at Portland State4 p.m.Big Sky Video
Illinois State at Eastern Illinois7 p.m.OVC Video
Lincoln at Sacred Heart6 p.m.NEC Front Row
Marist at Georgetown6 p.m.$ULive
Maryland at UConn7:30 p.m.espn3
Memphis at Middle Tennessee7 p.m.CSS (cable)
Missouri State at Murray State7 p.m.OVC Video

 

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