2022 College Football Best Games of the Week: Week 3
Last week was quite a bad week to be a top 10 team in college football. It began with the No. 1 team in the nation, Alabama, barely avoiding disaster on the road against Texas. Notre Dame dropped a third straight game under head coach Marcus Freeman, while Texas A&M and Baylor also suffered losses last week as well. This week, the matchups don’t favor there to be many upsets, but there are still great games out there. We bring you our five best games of the week for week three of the college football season. If you are new to our series and want a preview, here is last week’s list.
Honorable Mention: No. 11 Michigan State at Washington, Texas Tech at No. 16 NC State, California at Notre Dame
5) No. 1 Georgia at South Carolina
- Where to watch: 12 p.m. ET, ESPN
- Line: Georgia -25
It feels like a cop-out to list the defending national champions on our list for the best games of the week, but this matchup, including the line, is very intriguing to me. In their first two games, the Georgia Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 82-3. That’s utter dominance. South Carolina is a team led by transfer QB Spencer Rattler, who is looking for a high-profile win to put on his resume. This Gamecocks team has some nice pieces to it, and we saw the No. 1 team last week almost go down on the road, will this week prove the same?
4) No. 22 Penn State at Auburn
- Where to watch: 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
- Line: Penn State -3
This screams trap game for the Nittany Lions. We all know that Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford stinks, does his head coach? Clifford threw for a mere 217 yards and one TD, posting a QB rating of 65.7, last week in a lopsided win over Ohio. That is a team he should have torn apart if he had talent. Auburn doesn’t have a lot going for them either, outside of star running back Tank Bigsby, but SEC teams always play hard, quick, and are very unwelcoming to out-of-towners. Penn State is on upset alert.
3) No. 6 Oklahoma at Nebraska
- Where to watch: 12 p.m. ET, FOX
- Line: Oklahoma -11
I have a lot of questions. How is the No. 6 team in the country going against a 1-2 team only favored by 11? Not to mention a team who just fired their head coach last week. Does Vegas know something we don’t? Oklahoma should bring the action early and outpace the Cornhuskers, but crazier things have happened so far in this college football season.
2) No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon
- Where to watch: 3:30 p.m. ET, FOX
- Line: Oregon -3.5
The BYU Cougars are looking for their second straight win over a ranked team as they travel to Eugene, Oregon, to face the Oregon Ducks. It won’t be an easy feat, as the Ducks have won 20 straight games at Autzen Stadium. I think Oregon could be in a little trouble, as this should be the premier showcase that starting quarterback Bo Nix is not that guy. They may have pummeled Eastern Washington 70-14 last week, but don’t let that fool you. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Our Best Game of the Week: No. 13 Miami at No. 24 Texas A&M
- Where to watch: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
- Line: Texas A&M -6
The storylines here are why this matchup is atop our college football best games of the week list. The biggest headline here is that this is the first real test for new head coach Mario Cristobal. Questions swirled if Cristobal could bring the Miami Hurricanes out of the depths of poverty and back into prominence. Traveling to Kyle Field to play the Aggies will serve as quite the test. The Aggies were on the wrong end of history last week dropping a buy-game to Appalachian State, 17-14. I do not believe lightning will strike twice, as the Aggies are far too good to drop back-to-back games. They will come out as motivated as ever to prove last week was a fluke. If they drop this game, I believe head coach Jimbo Fisher will find himself on quite the hot seat.
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