Best upcoming college football matchups


Alonzo Adams | Associated Press

The Oklahoma Sooner Schooner makes it way across the field after an Oklahoma touchdown against Tulane during a NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Norman, Okla.

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter

Football is finally all the way back! The NFL season kicked off this past week and now week three of the College football season is about to get underway. Although there may not be a ton of flashy matchups to hoot and holler about, five games stand out above the rest that prove to put on a good show.

#3 Oklahoma vs Nebraska 12 p.m. ET

It’s the 50th Anniversary of the “Game of the Century ” between a defensively stout Nebraska and OU’s speedy wideouts. Not to mention when QB Spencer Rattler has the ball, Oklahoma immediately becomes a threat for any secondary to handle. We will see if the 28th ranked Nebraska Defense is up to the challenge.

Prediction: Oklahoma 38, Nebraska 14

#12 Notre Dame vs Purdue 2:30 p.m. ET

The 3-0 Fighting Irish are home this week looking to bounce back from last week’s win against Toledo. Yeah… bounce back. Notre Dame has looked horrible on both sides of the ball, ranking in the bottom half in total defense, as well as looking questionable on offense. The Boilermakers on the other hand are coming off a 49-point shutout against the Uconn Huskies, and with a possible first round wide receiver in David Bell, the deep ball is always a threat.  

Upset Prediction: Purdue 28, Notre Dame 24

#19 Arizona State at #23 BYU 10:15 p.m. ET

The soon to be Big 12 BYU Cougars defend home turf against the Sun Devils of ASU. The Cougars are off to a sizzling 2-0 start beating the likes of Arizona and Utah, and now set their sights on a State team who ranks fifth in total defense and bolster a frightening running game with all four of their running backs averaging more than 50 yards a game. It’s time for BYU to prove that a conference move was a good choice, but Head Coach Herm Edwards has breathed new life into ASU.

Prediction: Arizona St 38, BYU 24

#1 Alabama at #11 Florida 3:30 p.m. ET

It’s always exciting to watch the Crimson Tide take on the Gators and this matchup shouldn’t be any different. Bama comes in fresh off trouncing on a helpless Mercer team and dismantling a good Miami team, but now has their eye on adding the gators to their win column. Florida has yet to decide who will play QB as Anthony Richardson injured himself on his final play against South Florida. The Tide have beaten the gators in their last seven straight contests and there is no reason to believe that won’t happen again.

Prediction: Alabama 42, Florida 20

#10 Penn State vs #22 Auburn 7:30 p.m. ET

The most exciting game of the week may be the Auburn Tigers traveling to a Big Ten stadium for the first time in 90 years to take on the Nittany Lions of Penn State. Auburn has had a pretty laughable schedule so far, beating the likes of Akron and Alabama State, while Penn State has already discarded Wisconsin and Ball state. The game will come down to QB’s Bo Nix and Sean Clifford. Both are third year single callers with much to still prove, but a raucous white out Beaver Stadium could be the edge off the field.

Prediction: Penn St 24, Auburn 21