We have been blessed with such a great start to the college football season. We have witnesses miracles week after week, and some big upsets and close games. With an amazing week two that included another BYU hail mary, a FCS team almost upsetting a Top 10 team, and some prime time matches. The question may be "can we have another great week?" and the answer is yes!
Below are the 5 top games to watch this week in college football.
5) #11 Clemson vs Louisville - (9/17) 7:30pm EST - ESPN
This season has been a rough start for the Louisville Cardinals who have started 0-2, losing both their games by a combined 10 points, against #7 Auburn and Houston. Look for them to fight hard for that first win and upset of the season against #11 Clemson. The Tigers are 2-0 but have yet to play a non FCS opponent, and have started slow in both games. This should be an interesting game to watch if you're not interested in watching NFLs Thursday Night Football.
Prediction: Another heartbreak for Louisville as Clemson wins 31-24
4) #23 Northwestern vs Duke - 12:30pm EST - ESPN3
This game will be flying under the radar for a lot of people. Duke and Northwestern are both 2-0 on the season, and Northwestern has that impressive win over Stanford. Duke has a high powered offense that is averaging over 45 points a game. However, Northwestern has not allowed their opponents to gain over 250 yards offense, which could cause problems for Duke.
Prediction: Duke pulls the upset at home and beats Northwestern 21-17
3) #14 Georgia Tech vs #8 Notre Dame - 3:30pm EST - NBC
This will be Notre Dames first full game without starting Quarterback Malik Zaire. Not only that, but the Fighting Irish have been battling an injury bug all season long. On the other side of the field Georgia Tech has a been looking strong while averaging 67 points a game. Although they won't put up 67 against Notre Dame they have a very good chance to out pace the Fighting Irish at home, and run away with the upset.
Prediction: Georgia Tech upsets on the road 35-21 over Notre Dame
2) #15 Ole Miss vs #2 Alabama - 9:15pm EST - ESPN
What would college football be without a top SEC matchup? Look for Alabama to defend their SEC dominance over a very strong Ole Miss team. Ole Miss put up over 70 points against Fresno State but will have to play a tough Alabama defense. I don't see Ole Miss getting the upset in Tuscaloosa as Nick Saban stays in contention for the playoffs.
Prediction: Alabama shuts down the Ole Miss Offense and wins 31-13
1) #19 BYU vs #10 UCLA - 10:30pm EST - FOXS1
Not too many sources are giving the Cougars much of a chance against UCLA, who are currently 17 point favorites. If BYU wants to win this game they will need to toughen up on defense, and have a solid run game. For a more detailed analysis on this game make sure you check out "What you need to know: BYU vs UCLA". Regardless, you'll need to drink your caffeinated drinks to stay up for this late night game. Will we see another miracle hail mary?
Prediction: Sadly I don't see BYU pulling this one off. UCLA wins at home 27-21