College Football Schedule Week 3: 3 Overlooked Games with Top 25 Implications

Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2011

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Arizona State Sun Devils throws a pass against the Missouri Tigers during the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on September 9, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Tigers 37-30 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The biggest games in the Top 25 are easy to spot. They include No. 1 Oklahoma taking on No. 5 Florida State and No. 16 Florida taking on hated rival Tennessee.

When you dig a little deeper, though, you will find some huge games that aren't getting the attention of those top games. The best of which are the following three games.


No. 21 Auburn at Clemson

The Clemson Tigers came as close as anyone to beating Auburn last season. This year, Auburn isn't quite the same team, but the game still has plenty of luster.

Auburn is still trying to prove that they are for real in 2011. They have barely survived their first two games and there are plenty of people that are just waiting for them to fall apart with Cam Newton and Nick Fairley gone to the NFL.

Clemson is knocking on the door of the Top 25 themselves. Dabo Swinney's Tigers came into the season with little fanfare, but a win over Auburn and a 3-0 start will force people to sit up and take notice.


No. 22 Arizona State at Illinois

Like Auburn, Arizona State has more than their fair share of skeptics. They have a ton of talent on the roster, but injuries and a lack of experience as a favorite might be a concern. They also have a real problem with committing penalties.

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 20: Nathan Scheelhaase #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini runs pursued by Brian Arnfelt #91 of the Northwestern Wilcats during a game played at Wrigley Field on November 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Illinois defeated Northwestern 48-2
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Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is the perfect representation of the Sun Devils. He very well might be the best in the nation at his position, but he commits too many penalties and has maturity issues.

On the other side, Ron Zook might quietly have the the most talent he's ever had. For starters, he seems to finally have a quarterback he can trust in Nathan Scheelhaase. A win for Illinois in this game will take them to 3-0 and likely on the cusp of breaking through into the Top 25.


Central Florida at Florida International

The Golden Knights of UCF have made a great case so far this season that they are the best non-BCS team in the nation. They have quality talent up and down the roster and quarterback Jeff Godfrey has the look of a superstar.

FIU, led by head coach Mario Cristobal, is headed in the right direction as a program. Last season, they made it to the program's first bowl game and this season, they are looking to announce their arrival on the national scene.

This game means much more than just which team will find themselves 3-0 at the end of the week. This will go a long way towards determining which of these teams is the premier non-BCS team in the state. UCF is the incumbent, but FIU is doing all they can to unseat them.

UCF will almost certainly be ranked with a win and FIU will have to be in the conversation should they pull the upset.