With a week full of upsets, Saturday’s lineup provides many more opportunities for highly ranked teams to run into trouble. Will we see more chaos in week 3?
In the first two big games of the day, No. 25 Oregon controlled No. 12 BYU from start to finish in a 41-20 home win, while No. 22 Penn State rolled to an impressive 41 -12 on the road over Auburn.
Here’s what else we’ll be keeping a close eye on today.
Time: 19:30 | TV: ABC | Line: UW -3.5 | Total: 56.5
Michigan State is 2-0 to start this season, but hasn’t been very aggressive 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 coach Kalen DeBoer. The Huskies went 4-8 in 2021, but are off to a good start with Indiana transfer Michael Pennix Jr. at quarterback. He played well in two games, albeit against lousy 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: 9 p.m. | Television: ESPN | Line: A&M -5.5 | Total: 44.5
After an embarrassing loss to Appalachian State, Texas A&M needs to 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 beat 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 the lower division hasn’t told us much yet.
Time: 22:30 | TV: Fox | Line: USC -12.5 | Total: 73.5
USC is off to a fast start under Lincoln Riley. The Trojans crushed Rice in Week 1 and handled Stanford 41-28 in Week 2 behind an outstanding offensive output from Caleb Williams, Jordan Addison and Travis Dye. All three were high-profile transfers for USC. While USC’s offense has been stellar, the defense has been a bit of a leak and will have its hands full against Fresno State. The Bulldogs, coming off an upset loss to Oregon State at home last weekend, have played well against big-time programs in the past, so quarterback Jake Hayner and the Bulldogs won’t shy away from facing the Trojans.