College Football Preview (Week #3)

Georgia QB, Aaron Murray celebrates victory
Week 2 of the 2013 NCAA Football season had some great games with some great results. The Michigan Wolverines went on to beat rivals Notre Dame Fighting Irish under the lights in a jam packed Michigan Stadium. That game set a NCAA record for attendance at a football game with 115,109 people in the stands!
 
Last weekend the Georgia Bulldogs notched a much needed win against their SEC rivals the South Carolina Bulldogs at home in Sanford Stadium.
 
The Miami Hurricanes earned a massive victory last weekend after dominating the Florida Gators.
 
Here are some great games to watch for this week in the 3rd week of the NCAA Football season.
 
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #6 Texas A&M Aggies
The entire country and the entire college football fan base has been waiting for this SEC re-match for nearly an entire calendar year. If it wasn’t for the reigning Heisman trophy winner, Johnny Manziel and his Aggies marching into Tuscaloosa, Alabama last season and upsetting the #1 Crimson Tide of Alabama, this game would just be another game on the schedule. However, after last season’s enormous Texas A&M win over Alabama has everyone waiting for the re-match.
 
The Aggies will have serious home field advantage this season that should help them out a lot, however, lets not forget they’re still playing the reigning 2 time BCS Champions and it will still be a very tough test. Its going to be exciting to watch the Aggies passing game, which ranks 6th in the nation, go up against Alabama’s pass defense, which ranks 1st in the nation. 

If Texas A&M wants to be successful in this game and stump the Tide, once again, they have to get that amazing passing game going but they also need RB Ben Malena to have a great game on the ground.
 
If Alabama wants to prove that they can beat Manziel and company in Texas, they will need to have a great defensive game as well as having a great day on the ground led by RB T.J. Yeldon.
 
Game details: Kickoff at 3:30pm at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.
#16 UCLA Bruins vs. #23 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Last week the UCLA Bruins opened up their 2013 season with a very impressive 58-20 win over Nevada. Led by sophomore QB Brett Hundley and senior WR Shaquelle Evans, the UCLA Bruins are poised to have a great season in 2013.
 
Nebraska is coming off of a massive 56-13 win over Southern Mississippi last week which they really needed because they had to prove to the critics that they’re still worthy of being in the Top 25, squeaking out a weak win over Wyoming in week 1. Led by Senior QB Taylor Martinez and Junior RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska is hoping to have a solid season and reach a bowl game, which will help elevate the draft stock of Martinez. Offensively, the Bruins are statistically better; however, on the defensive side of the ball, Nebraska has a mild advantage.
 
If Nebraska wants to see any success in this game, they must rely on Taylor Martinez to get that offense going early and often, in order to keep up with the UCLA Offense and they’re great running and passing game.
 
Game details: Kickoff at 12:00pm at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska
Tennessee Volunteers vs. #2 Oregon Ducks
Last weekend Tennessee handed Western Kentucky a major 52-20 loss and they looked good doing it. Led by Junior QB Justin Worley and RB’s Raijon Neal and Marlin Lane, the Vols are looking crisp so far this season, even though they lost former QB Tyler Bray and former WR Cordarrelle Patterson to the NFL.
 
Last Saturday the Oregon Ducks travelled to Virginia and laid down a beating on the Cavaliers by winning, 59-10. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is thriving under the Oregon Ducks system and has emerged as a great leader on that team. The high powered Oregon offence is led by Junior RB De’Anthony Thomas and WR Josh Huff who have led the team at their respective positions. Look for Oregon to come out fast and furious in this game and try to shred the Tennessee defense.
 
If Tennessee wants to see any success in this game they have to try and match Oregon’s tempo on offence and come up big on the defensive side with key stops in big situations.
 
Game details: Kickoff at 3:30pm at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon
#25 Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels vs. Texas Longhorns
Ole Miss is coming off a 31-13 win of South Eastern Missouri State last weekend, as well as a very big win over Vanderbilt 2 weeks ago and are looking to keep the win streak going with a win over the ‘Horns in Texas.
 
The Texas Longhorns are coming off of a nasty loss last weekend to the BYU Cougars and are looking to avenge that loss and silence the numerous critics by pulling off a win this weekend at home against the Rebels.
 
Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace must lead this group of young men to victory by executing a great game plan and prove to the doubters that his team is good enough to ball with the big boys.
 
The Longhorns offence will be led by Junior QB David Ash who will be relied on heavily by the team to provide a much needed win.
 
Look for Texas to distribute the ball to WR’s Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley for some big gains.
 
Game Details: Kickoff at 8:00pm at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas
Here are a handful of other great College Football games to look out for this Saturday, September 14th:
 
#7 Louisville Cardinals vs. Kentucky Wildcats – Kickoff at 12:00pm
#19 Washington Huskies vs. Illinois Fighting Illini – Kickoff at 7:00pm
#4 Ohio State Buckeye vs. California Golden Bears – Kickoff at 7:00pm
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers – Kickoff at 7:00pm
Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Ohio Bobcats – Kickoff at 8:00pm
 
Matthew Kassabian
Twitter: @PassDaKassabian

Author: Matthew Kassabian

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