College football schedule, Week 3: Times, TV channels, what to watch, viewing guide

The college football scheduling gods looked down upon us and smiled through the first two weeks of the season. They knew that after the long, dark offseason we were in dire need of amazing matchups, and we received them through the first two weeks.

When it comes to week three, we may have been forsaken. It’s not that there aren’t any good games to watch this Saturday, but as far as big games between highly-ranked teams, the slate’s a bit thin. The good news is that sometimes it’s the weekends you don’t expect much from that deliver the most, and we should all hope that’s the case this week.

All times Eastern


No. 23
Tennessee Volunteers
at No. 24
Florida Gators
, CBS, 3:30 p.m.
: Odds are that unless you’re a Tennessee fan, you didn’t watch the Vols against Indiana State last week. That means all you’ve seen from either of these teams is Tennessee struggling to get past
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
 and Florida having difficulty grasping the basic concepts of offensive football against
Michigan Wolverines

So, you know, maybe this game isn’t all that exciting to you right now. Even so, this could be a huge game for both teams, as a loss would be a big blow to either. A loss would mean Tennessee starts SEC season behind the 8-ball, and the weight on Butch Jones’ shoulders will only grow heavier. A loss for Florida would mean the Gators are 0-2. So I don’t think this one is going to be pretty, but it is important, and it just might even be exciting.

No. 3
Clemson Tigers
at No. 14
Louisville Cardinals
, ABC, 8 p.m.
: When these two teams met last year it was one of the most exciting games of the season. I’d be thrilled if we could get an encore performance.
Lamar Jackson
has looked like the Lamar Jackson that won a Heisman last season, while Clemson’s defense looks meaner than hell. Also, while young and not yet proven,
Kelly Bryant
looks promising at quarterback. With
Florida State Seminoles
already losing
Deondre Francois
for the season, both Clemson and Louisville become the favorites in the ACC Atlantic. This game will go a long way to deciding it.


No. 25
UCLA Bruins
Memphis Tigers
, ABC, Noon
: Most early Saturday games can be a bit sleepy, but trust this one to be an eye-opener. As I write this, the over/under is set at 69, and I expect it to go up a bit more before kickoff. It has all the makings of a shootout.

No. 12
LSU Tigers
Mississippi State Bulldogs
, ESPN, 7 p.m.
: Both teams are off to 2-0 starts, but neither has had a chance to show us what it’s fully capable of yet. LSU has a new offense with Matt Canada but hasn’t felt much need to go deep into the playbook in its first two games. The Bulldogs have looked great but done so against Charleston Southern and
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
. Nothing like a division game to force teams to show their hands.

Texas Longhorns
at No. 4
Southern California Trojans
, Fox, 8:30 p.m.
: While we know there isn’t a chance this game even comes close to living up to that classic Rose Bowl title game at the end of the 2005 season, but I’m still interested in it. USC looked phenomenal against
Stanford Cardinal
last week, and I refuse to believe Texas is as bad as it looked against
Maryland Terrapins
. If it isn’t, this game could be worth your time.


Air Force Falcons
at No. 7 Michigan, BTN, Noon
No. 9
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Pittsburgh Panthers
, ESPN, Noon

Ole Miss Rebels
California Golden Bears
, ESPN, 10:30 p.m.