Tune Ups For The Top Teams: Week 3 College Football Preview

Allen SmithContributor ISeptember 16, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Darius Hanks #15 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against D'Anton Lynn #8 of the Penn State Nittany Lions at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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What a week that was in college football, the "big" matches were more interesting by name than their actual games themselves.  But all in all everyone that was seriously in the national title race, survived and thrived.

3 Things I learned

1.  That Alabama’s offense will be the most challenging thing that any defense will have this year.  The sheer mass that Alabama has on offense is nearly unstoppable.  As of right now, the only way I see someone beating Alabama is catching them on a off night offensively, and coupling that with a offense that is able to expose the youth and inexperience of the defense.  Fair warning to Alabama’s opponents, you better get them early, I have never seen a Saban defense regress during the year, this group will only get better.

2.  That the ACC is a joke, swinging and missing on the two marquee games of the week (Miami and Florida State), and just plain getting embarrassed by Kansas and James Madison.  The conference will continue its tradition of not showing up in the big games, and producing a lack luster title game followed by a mediocre appearance in the Orange Bowl.

3.  Boise State’s title hopes are done.  There are two sides to a one game season.  One you win it, and two the team you beat is a pretty good team.  Even with the Hokies winning out, and winning the ACC, the performance of the conference this week, will not do any favors for Boise State.  Bronco fans, just root for your team to go undefeated and win another BCS game (probably the Rose Bowl).  You really want to make the establishment “choke on it”, make the Rose Bowl Committee hand you their trophy on their turf.  The Rose Bowl suits will need Pepto for that.

3 Games to Watch for Week 3

Biggest Game of the Week - #12 Arkansas at Georgia - Saturday, September 18 - 12:00 pm EST - ESPN

This game is “the game” for both of these teams.   The winner could fly into a terrific season, while the loser will mire in mediocrity.  Georgia will be the hungrier team, but I don’t know if their defense will be able to handle Ryan Mallett's big arm.  Though the game is at home, I’m going with the overall better coach in this one and saying that Arkansas wins by two scores.


Most Intriguing Game - Clemson at #16 Auburn - Saturday, September 18 - 7:00 pm EST - ESPN

Clemson finds itself now in the middle of the ACC’s bad reputation.  A win against an SEC team will go a long ways in repairing the conference’s image.  The problem is that this core of Clemson players have yet to win a big game.  Couple that with the game on the road in probably one of the more hostile environments (when they fill the stadium) in the southeast.  Cameron Newton, I think will have another big game running and I don’t see Clemson stopping him.  Even though Auburn’s defense is suspect, I still think Auburn gets a solid W.


Upset Alert - Mississippi State at #15 LSU - Saturday, September 18 - 7:00 pm EST - ESPNU

First and foremost I don’t think the Bulldogs have a chance to win if we are comparing talent.  Their quarterback and receiver play was atrocious last week, and really blew a golden opportunity to beat Auburn.  With that said, LSU is a puzzle, a game that they had well at hand, they nearly let go in Atlanta.  So LSU against any SEC opponent they could lose, due to the questionable coaching decisions of Les Miles. I do think that Dan Mullen is a better coach, and thus I do give them a chance in this game.  LSU needs to watch out, if they keep giving teams chances, they will lose games.  Thus I put LSU on upset alert.

So far, my record isn't that impressive (3-1, and 0 Upset Alerts that have panned out), hopefully it will improve.