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Now that two weeks have gone by, here’s the first Top 25 ranking of the season. After an exciting first weekend full of intriguing matchups, Week 2 was mostly full of easily winnable “cupcake” games. Or so these teams thought. Oklahoma State lost to Central Michigan on a Hail Mary. Clemson had trouble early against Troy and only won by a touchdown. Georgia’s offense struggled in quarterback Jacob Eason’s first start and won by two at home to Nicholls State. Still, most of the top teams were able to dominate their lesser opponents.
- Florida State
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame
- Texas A&M
Games to Watch in Week 3:
Florida State at Louisville, 11 AM CST on ABC
Heisman frontrunner quarterback Lamar Jackson has scored 13 total TDs in two games, neither of which he even finished. He faces a tough Florida State defense led by safety Derwin James, who went down with a knee injury against Charleston Southern in Week 2. The winner will become the favorite to win the conference since Clemson’s wins have been largely unimpressive.
Alabama at Ole Miss, 2:30 PM CST on CBS
The Rebels have defeated Alabama the past two seasons, but the Crimson Tide’s offense is more explosive than it has ever been. Freshmen quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Blake Barnett are still competing for the job, though. Ole Miss does not have such a problem, as Chad Kelly leads an offense that lost many of its top receivers last year. Expect a high-scoring game, a rarity in the SEC.
Ohio State at Oklahoma, 6:30 PM CST on FOX
Ohio State looks to get a statement non-conference win before a brutal conference schedule. Oklahoma needs a win to get back on track after losing to Houston and losing the title of the Big 12’s top-ranked team to rival Texas. Oklahoma’s defense had trouble against dual-threat quarterback Greg Ward Jr. of Houston, and they should have the same troubles with Buckeye signal caller J.T. Barrett unless they make some adjustments.
Southern Cal at Stanford, 7 PM CST on ABC
USC desperately wants to start off conference play with a win, but really the Trojans just want to redeem themselves on national television after Alabama embarrassed them in Week 1. Stanford is the front-runner to win the Pac-12, but they need to prove their offense is more dynamic by having players other than running back Christian McCaffery make big plays. Stanford is outside of the top 5 in most polls, including this one, so a win could help boost their resume.