Best Upcoming College Football Matches

Alonzo Adams | Associated press

The Oklahoma Sooner Schooner crosses the field after an Oklahoma touchdown against Tulane during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, September 4, 2021, in Norman, Okla.

Football is finally back! The NFL season kicked off last week and now the third week of the college football season is about to begin. While there might not be a ton of flashy matches to boo and shout out, five games stand out from the rest and turn out to be a good show.

# 3 Oklahoma vs Nebraska 12 p.m. ET

It’s the 50th anniversary of the “game of the century” between defensively strong Nebraska and the wide rapids of the OU. Not to mention when QB Spencer Rattler has the ball, Oklahoma immediately becomes a secondary threat to deal with. We’ll see if Nebraska’s 28th-ranked defense is up to the challenge.

Prediction: Oklahoma 38, Nebraska 14

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

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

Shaken Prediction: Purdue 28, Notre Dame 24

# 19 Arizona State at # 23 BYU 10:15 PM ET

The next 12 Big 12 BYU Cougars are defending their turf against the ASU Sun Devils. The Cougars are off to a scorching 2-0 start defeating Arizona and Utah, and now look to a State team that ranks fifth in total defense and bolsters a scary running game with their four running backs in average over 50 yards per game. It’s time for BYU to prove that a conference transfer 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 game shouldn’t be any different. Bama has just beaten a helpless Mercer side and dismantled a good Miami side, but now intends to add the gators to his winning column. Florida have yet to decide who will play the quarterfinal because Anthony Richardson was injured in his last game against South Florida. The Tide have beaten the Gators in their last seven straight games and there’s no reason to believe it won’t happen again.

Prediction: Alabama 42, Florida 20

# 10 Penn State vs # 22 Auburn 7:30 PM ET

Perhaps the most exciting game of the week will be the Auburn Tigers, who travel to a Big Ten stadium for the first time in 90 years to face the Penn State Nittany Lions. Auburn has had a pretty laughable schedule so far, beating Akron and Alabama State, while Penn State has already sidelined Wisconsin and Ball State. The game will go to QB’s Bo Nix and Sean Clifford. The two are third-year singles with a lot to prove, but a noisy White Beaver Stadium could be the sideline.

Prediction: Penn St 24, Auburn 21