In an upcoming week filled with upsets, Saturday’s lineup provides several more opportunities for highly ranked teams to run into trouble. Will we see more mayhem in Week 3?
This is what we will pay attention to today.
Time: 15:30 | TV: Fox | Line: Oregon -3.5 | Total: 58
Last week, BYU pulled off a big home win in double overtime over Baylor, the defending Big 12 champions. After such a hard-fought win, BYU must travel all the way to Eugene to play in another raucous environment – this time as the road team. Oregon will get its second shot at the national spotlight after a 49-3 loss to defending national champion Georgia in Week 1. The Ducks rebounded last week by blasting Eastern Washington at home 70-14. Can that carry against a vastly superior opponent?
Time: 15:30 | Television: CBS | Line: PSU -3 | Total: 48.5
Knocking off a ranked Big Ten team — especially one that beat you last year — would be hugely beneficial for coach Bryan Harsin and an Auburn team that ended 2021 on a sour note. But to beat Penn State, the Auburn offense needs to play much better than it did a week ago in a 24-16 win over San Jose State. On the other hand, the Nittany Lions had a dramatic win over Purdue in Week 1 before blowing out Ohio last week at home. Now, the PSU offense will have the challenge of facing an SEC defense in a hostile environment.
Time: 19:30 | Television: ABC | Line: UW -3.5 | Total: 56.5
Michigan State is 2-0 to start this season, but hasn’t been very sharp on offense in wins over two MAC opponents – Western Michigan and Akron. Now the Spartans can travel across the country to face Washington, a team in its first season under new head coach Kalen DeBoer. The Huskies went 4-8 in 2021, but are off to a good start with Indiana transfer Michael Penix Jr. at quarterback. He played well in two games, albeit against lackluster competition (Kent State and Portland State). We’ll learn a lot about how improved the Huskies really are with MSU making the trip to Seattle.
Time: 21 h | Television: ESPN | Line: A&M -5.5 | Total: 44.5
On the heels of an embarrassing loss to Appalachian State, Texas A&M must quickly turn the page with Miami coming to Kyle Field. Will coach Jimbo Fisher be able to get the offense back on track? For Miami, this is a great opportunity to get a win over an SEC opponent on a national stage early in Mario Cristobal’s tenure. Expectations are high for the Hurricanes with Cristobal now in charge at his alma mater. Miami’s 2-0 record against inferior competition still didn’t tell us much.
Time: 22:30 | TV: Fox | Line: USC -12.5 | Total: 73.5
USC is off to a fast start under Lincoln Riley. Trojans crushed Rice in Week 1 handled Stanford 41-28 in Week 2 behind a sterling offensive outing from Caleb Williams, Jordan Addison and Travis Dye. All three were high-profile transfers for USC. While the USC offense has been stellar, the defense has been a bit leaky and will have its hands full against Fresno State. The Bulldogs, who lost a heartbreaker to Oregon State at home last weekend, have played well against big-name programs before, so quarterback Jake Haener and the Bulldogs won’t be intimidated at all against the Trojans.