1. What It All Means: Week 3
The appetizers were terrific, but now it’s on to the main course.
Week Three was so much fun.
The games involving the top-ranked teams were boring blowouts, but Florida-Kentucky – outside of the horrible injury to Gator QB Feleipe Franks – was a blast.
Maryland might have been frustrating, but Temple had something to with that in the upset win. Iowa’s win over Iowa State took forever, but that was intense, as was the Arizona-Texas Tech game that became a surprising slugfest.
Pitt-Penn State, USC-BYU, and Arizona State-Michigan State might not have been amazing football until the end, but … those endings.
There was a whole lot of entertainment and a whole slew of good games, but …
There wasn’t a killer matchup to get too fired up about – Gameday going to Iowa-Iowa State was the obvious tell – but now is when we pivot. Now is when we dive into the conference schedules along with a few College Football Playoff-level showdowns.
The 2019 college football season is for real now.
Just how good is Utah? It goes to USC on Friday night, and while that doesn’t seem like a problem, there’s history to deal with. The Utes lost 28-2 in 1925, and they haven’t beaten USC in LA – going 0-7 overall – ever since.
Michigan at Wisconsin. The Big Ten season is for real now.
Auburn at Texas A&M. The SEC West season is for real now.
Oklahoma State at Texas. The Big 12 season is for real now.
Oregon at Stanford. The Pac-12 North season started with Cal beating Washington, but the division race is about to kick in full-force.
Colorado at Arizona State. Don’t sleep on this – literally. The Pac-12 South season is about to kick in full-force.
UCF at Pitt. The Group of Five’s top hope has to win by a bajillion.
And then there’s Notre Dame going to Georgia in only the third meeting ever between the two schools.
You want electric? It’s a night game, it’s the first time the Irish have been to Athens, and it’s one of the toughest tickets to get in the history of Georgia football.
It’s Week Four of the college football season. It’s for real now.
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