Guide to Week 3 of the NCAA football season

The season of NCAA football is gradually gaining momentum, and very soon representatives of the SEC will enter the game. In addition, the fundamental decision to play in the fall was made in the Big-10. And that's good news! In the meantime, let's see how the third week will please the fans of the game.

NCAA football

Main matches of the week

Georgia State vs Louisiana U19, Saturday 19 September 19:00 UTC

1st November 1943. It was then that Louisiana was last seen among the seeded teams. For college, the past week has literally become a historic one. Now you need to hold on to a small, but still top.

The test for Louisiana will be Georgia State, who will play for the first time this season. The team finished last year with a score of 7-6, but was marked by a resounding victory over Tennessee. They now have new quarterback Cornelious Brown IV and running Destin Coates. At the same time, the Panthers retained sixteen first-line players and represent a significant force.

Louisiana's success in the game against Iowa State was predetermined by the excellent play of special teams and big play performed by Levi Lewis. Will they be able to surprise the opponent again?

Baylor vs Houston, Saturday 19 September 19:00 UTC

This meeting was missing in the original calendar, but the postponement of several matches due to COVID-19 made it real. Baylor and Houston will play for the first time since 1995.

Houston finished last season with a lackluster 4-8 and lost quarterback D'eriq King. In fact, we will see a new team. Baylor, on the other hand, retained his leaders, quarterback Charlie Brewer (3,161 yards, 21 passing touchdowns, 11 extension touchdowns) and linebacker Terrell Bernard (112 grabs and 4.5 sacks). Bears, however, has a new head coach, Dave Aranda, who last year held the position of the YCL Defense Coordinator. For him, this will be the first experience of independent work in almost 25 years of coaching.

Notre Dame (7) vs South Florida, Saturday, September 19, 09:30 UTC

Having made a successful debut at the ACC conference, Notre Dame plans to continue the winning streak in home matches: the Irish have not lost nineteen games at home and this is the second longest streak in the history of their stadium, opened in 1930.

The rival is certainly tough for them. South Florida started the season with a completely revamped coaching staff and so far has played only against the humble Citadel. The Bulls' top 10 team was last won in 2007, but their resume includes a victory at Notre Dame in 2011.

Georgia Tech vs Central Florida U14, Saturday 19 September 10:30 pm EDT

For Georgia Tech, the season started very promisingly: winning back ten points and a victory over Florida State. Team quarterback Jeff Sims scored 277 yards on a touchdown, partially escaping in two interceptions, and the defense was at its best, conceding only 13 points and forcing three ball losses.

Central Florida will be a more serious opponent for the Yellow Jackets. Up-and-coming quarterback Dillon Gabriel has gained experience and should step up after a season with 3,653 passing yards and 29 touchdowns on 7 interceptions. It is important for the team to win and declare that it is ready to compete in the AAC with Memphis and Cincinnati.

Marshall vs Appalachian State (23rd) Saturday, September 19 @ 10:30 pm ET

The Mountaineers started off with a landslide victory over Charlotte and returned to the top 25. In this match, a quarterback shootout can be expected. Appalachian State veteran Zach Thomas scored 204 yards with a touchdown in his first leg. Opponent Grant Wells played his first match for Marshall a week ago, chasing 307 yards with four touchdowns.

Louisville U18 vs Miami U17 Sunday 20 September 02:30 UTC

The only game of the week to feature seeded teams. Last year, the face-to-face meeting of rivals ended in a victory for Miami with an advantage of 28 points. This spoiled an overall good impression of Louisville's eight-win season. Now their match is of particular importance in the context of the struggle for high places in the ACC.

Miami now has a new quarterback from Houston, D'Eric King. He needs to get his mark up in the eyes of NFL scouts before the draft, and while he's doing it. King has played sixteen straight games in a row with at least one pass and one touchdown.

Louisville had a good 343-yard quarterback last week, with Tutu Atwell, Dez Fitzpatrick and Braden Smith. The cardinals' weak point was the special teams.

Top questions of the week

How will the return of football to the Big-10 affect the playoffs?

This week, the Big-10 announced the start of a season of eight matches from October 23rd. Then the final of the conference will be played. The main rivals of the Big-10 teams in the ranking will play more matches: ten in the SEC and Big-12, eleven in the ACC.

It will be interesting to see how the members of the playoff committee deal with this issue. Of course, the Big-10 champion will not be able to ride past the decisive matches of the season without defeat. But if someone wins the conference with a score of 8-1 or 7-2, then an absentee comparison with the winner of any conference other than the SEC, who played 10-1, becomes a big intrigue.

Is Oklahoma Really New Star Quarterback?

There are more than enough very good quarterbacks among the players that Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has worked with. First, when he was the offense coordinator, the star of Baker Mayfield lit up. In 2016, he barely reached the 4,000 yard bar, and a season later stepped over it to win the Heisman Trophy. In 2018, Kyler Murray won the grand prize with 4361 passing yards and 1001 clearance. Last year, one step away from the trophy stopped Jalen Hurts, who also showed excellent productivity.

Will Spencer Rattler become their heir? In his first match as Souners' starting quarterback, he averaged 290 yards with four touchdowns. Most likely, in matches against opponents from the Big-12, his performance will be slightly lower, but this is unlikely to prevent the team from confirming its status as a favorite. Oklahoma is strong, and from this point of view, it will be easier for Rattler to emphasize a certain continuity in the position of quarterback. His height is one of the most interesting storylines of the season.