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

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

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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.

 

College Gameday Week 3 Viewing Info
When Where Watch
Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. ET College Station, Texas ESPN

ESPN

 

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
Matchup Time Television / Live Stream
Thursday, Sept. 12    
TCU at Texas Tech 7:30 p.m. ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN
Tulane at Louisiana Tech 7:30 p.m. FS1 (HD)
Troy at Arkansas State 7:30 p.m. ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN
DII: Mars Hill at Shorter 7:30 p.m. (CSS / CST) (cable) / espn3
DII: Chadron State at West Texas A&M 8 p.m. CBSSN (HD) / ALT (HD)
Friday, Sept. 13    
Air Force at Boise State 8 p.m. ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN
Saturday, Sept. 14    
Akron at Michigan 12 p.m. BTN (HD) / BTN2Go
Bowling Green at Indiana 12 p.m. ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN
Georgia State at West Virginia 12 p.m. RSPI
Louisville at Kentucky 12 p.m. ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN
Stanford at Army 12 p.m. CBSSN (HD)
Tulsa at Oklahoma 12 p.m. ESPN2 (HD) / WatchESPN
UCLA at Nebraska 12 p.m. ABC (HD) / WatchABC
Virginia Tech at East Carolina 12 p.m. FS1 (HD)
Western Illinois at Minnesota 12 p.m. BTN (HD) / BTN2Go
Southern Miss at Arkansas 12:21 p.m. SEC TV / ESPN-GP / espn3
Louisiana Monroe at Wake Forest 12:30 p.m. FSN Affiliates (HD) / ESPN-GP / espn3
New Mexico at Pittsburgh 12:30 p.m. ESPN-GP / ACC Network (HD) / espn3
Fresno State at Colorado 2 p.m. PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video
Youngstown State at Michigan State 2 p.m. BTN (HD) / BTN2Go
Boston College at USC 3 p.m. PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video
Colorado Mesa at Montana State 3 p.m. ALT (HD) / Max Media (cable) / Big Sky Video
Texas Southern at Sam Houston State 3 p.m. CSCA / (CSN Houston / CSS) (cable)
Alabama at Texas A&M 3:30 p.m. CBS (HD) / CBS Video
Delaware at Navy 3:30 p.m. CBSSN (HD) / Video
Georgia Tech at Duke 3:30 p.m. ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN
Nevada at Florida State 3:30 p.m. ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN
Tennessee at Oregon 3:30 p.m. ABC (HD) / WatchABC
Ball State at North Texas 4 p.m. FSN Affiliates (HD)
Illinois vs. Washington (Soldier Field) 6 p.m. BTN (HD) / BTN2Go
Iowa at Iowa State 6 p.m. FS1 (HD)
UCF at Penn State 6 p.m. BTN (HD) / BTN2Go
Southern Utah at Washington State 6:30 p.m. PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video
Eastern Washington at Toledo 7 p.m. ESPN-GP / espn3
Kent State at LSU 7 p.m. ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN
Mississippi State at Auburn 7 p.m. ESPN2 (HD) / WatchESPN
Ohio State at California 7 p.m. FOX (HD)
Morgan State at Liberty 7 p.m. ESPN-GP? / espn3 / Video / Flames Sports (cable)
Rhode Island at Albany 7 p.m. (CSMA / CSCA) / (NBC Regional / TWC) (cable)
Vanderbilt at South Carolina 7 p.m. ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN
Kansas at Rice 7:30 p.m. CBSSN (HD)
Lamar at Oklahoma State 7:30 p.m. FSN Affiliates (HD) / FCSC (cable)
Marshall at Ohio 8 p.m. ESPN News / WatchESPN
Notre Dame at Purdue 8 p.m. ABC (HD) / WatchABC
Ole Miss at Texas 8 p.m. LHN / Mississippi cable
UTEP at New Mexico State 8 p.m. ESPN-GP / espn3
Western Michigan at Northwestern 9 p.m. BTN (HD) / BTN2Go
Oregon State at Utah 9 p.m. FS1 (HD)
UTSA at Arizona 10:30 p.m PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video
Wisconsin at Arizona State 10:30 p.m. ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN
Live Stream Only    
Alabama State at Arkansas Pine Bluff 5 p.m. espn3
Bethune Cookman at Florida International 6 p.m. TBA
Cal Poly at Colorado State 3 p.m. MWC Video
Central Arkansas at UT Martin 7 p.m. OVC Video
Central Michigan at UNLV 10 p.m. MWC Video
Charleston Southern at Campbell 6 p.m. Big South Video
Charleston (WV) at Southern Illinois 3 p.m. $ULive Video
Citadel at Western Carolina 3:30 p.m. $ULive Video
Coastal Carolina at Eastern Kentucky 6 p.m. OVC Video
Dayton at Robert Morris 12 p.m. NEC Front Row
Eastern Michigan at Rutgers 1 p.m. espn3
Florida Atlantic at South Florida 7 p.m. espn3
Fordham at Temple 1 p.m. espn3
Fort Valley State at Savannah State 6 p.m. WGSA (cable)
Holy Cross at CCSU 5:45 p.m. NEC Front Row
Howard at Old Dominion 6 p.m. TBA
Humboldt State at Portland State 4 p.m. Big Sky Video
Illinois State at Eastern Illinois 7 p.m. OVC Video
Lincoln at Sacred Heart 6 p.m. NEC Front Row
Marist at Georgetown 6 p.m. $ULive
Maryland at UConn 7:30 p.m. espn3
Memphis at Middle Tennessee 7 p.m. CSS (cable)
Missouri State at Murray State 7 p.m. OVC Video

 

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