College Football Week 3 Primer: Iowa @ Arizona Only Ranked Teams Facing Off

David HedlindAnalyst IISeptember 16, 2010

Week three is already here.  We have already had big games and blowouts, upsets and overtimes.  Expect more of the same all year long. 


Thursday Sept 16

Cincinnati at North Carolina State

Both the ACC and the Big East have been taking hits all season and are being considered the two weakest BCS conferences.  The upside, one of them will get a win. 


Friday Sept 17

Kansas at Southern Miss

Both recovered from opening week losses to pick up week two wins. 

California at Nevada

Both teams are 2-0 and are averaging 50 points a game.  Could be a shoot out. 


Saturday Sept 18

Arkansas at Georgia

Georgia is already down a game in the SEC.  Arkansas is riding their highest ranking since 2006.

Georgia Tech at North Carolina

Georgia Tech is looking to recover from the upset loss at Kansas while North Carolina is only taking the field for the second time this season and the first since they nearly had a comeback win against LSU.

Connecticut at Temple

Temple is hoping to have a huge season and lots of people think they can.  Connecticut was an early contender for the Big East but some doubt them after being blown out by Michigan.

Maryland at West Virginia

If you would have asked me at the start of the season who I would have picked to win, I wouldn't hesitate for a second in picking West Virginia.  After watching Maryland and Navy, I don't know who I would pick in this. 

North Texas at Army

I really thought North Texas had a strong running game but so far the passing has been the strength.  Army needs this as it is still early and they hold hope for a bowl game. 

Iowa State at Kansas State

An early lead in in the Big XII North is on the line here.  Kansas State has been impressive thus far and could be a dark horse contender.

East Carolina at Virginia Tech

Two years ago it was East Carolina that upset Virginia Tech, now Virginia Tech is coming off an even bigger upset and is hoping not to start off 0-3.

Hawaii at Colorado

I don't really know what it is about this one that makes me want to watch it but there is something.

BYU at Florida State

Last year this was a very hyped up game that turned out to be a blow out. This year I am not sure what to expect but I am not as hyped for it so maybe it will be good. 

USC at Minnesota

USC has not been living up to the expectations that many had for them heading into the season.  They have been winning but not looking very good at it.  Minnesota might be looking for a new head coach soon. 

Air Force at Oklahoma

Would you be surprised if I told you that Air Force has overall better stats than Oklahoma.  Air Force is actually the top rushing team in the country.  Their defense isn't too bad either. 

Nebraska at Washington

After last seasons closer than expected game with LSU in Seattle, this game has a lot of people calling for an upset win by the home team Huskies.  In my opinion it depends on which Washington squad shows up.  The week one loss to BYU team will lose this but the week two win over Syracuse team could win.

Arizona State at Wisconsin

This could be part of a make or break season for both squads.  Not to mention it could also be serious for Dennis Erickson and him retaining a job. 

Washington State at SMU

Washington State won last week but barely.  They won this game last season, but barely.  Going in the biggest surprise is that June Jones and SMU are more of a running team this season.

Baylor at TCU

They both used to be in the Southwest Conference and played every year.  Since going to different conferences, they have only met twice. TCU has won both. 

Louisville at Oregon State

Last time these two played, Louisville blew out Oregon State 63-27.  In all honesty, I could see it happening again, but the other way. 

Clemson at Auburn

It's weird that at 2-0 each, I don't feel like I have been hearing much about this game. 

Mississippi State at LSU

Mississippi State didn't look too bad even though they lost last week.  Could score an upset along the way, this could be it. 

San Diego State at Missouri

San Diego State has been dominant this season although they haven't really played anyone of significance.  This one could be closer than some think, or San Diego State will be exposed as pretenders who killed two cupcakes.

Notre Dame at Michigan State

Michigan State has come on strong behind the running of a couple of young backs.  Notre Dame fell victim not only to Michigan but also the injury bug. Is Crist back?

Fresno State at Utah State

Fresno State is pretty well respected as a competitive team out of the WAC.  Utah State has long been a lower tier team but gave Oklahoma a scare in week one. 

Texas at Texas Tech

Has had some impact on the Big XII south race in recent years and the last time Lubbock, Tech upset number one Texas in the final seconds. 

Iowa at Arizona

Oddly enough this is the only game all weekend that features two ranked teams. Honestly don't know what to make of this one.  Arizona has looked good so far but that Holiday Bowl is still lingering. 

Houston at UCLA

Keenum being out kind of changes this whole game in my opinion. I would have gone with Houston big but now, not so sure. 

Wake Forest at Stanford

Both teams are 2-0 and gave us quite the game last year. 


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