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2018 Week 3: College Football Open Thread

NCAA Football: UCLA at Oklahoma Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into week three of the College Football season, there are many intriguing matchups that college football fans and NFL scouts will have their eyes on. Here’s a preview of the biggest games of the day to get you ready for Saturday football:

No. 5 Oklahoma @ Iowa State (12:00 PM ET)

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Iowa Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma is one of the premier teams in college football led by their skilled signal caller at quarterback Kyler Murray. Oklahoma has already dominated their first two games of the year against skilled teams in UCLA and FAU. Other notable players to watch on Oklahoma are WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, OT Bobby Evans, and WR CeeDee Lamb.

Iowa State is no slouch though. The Cyclones did pull off the upset last season so expect them to put up a good fight today. Notable player to watch on Iowa State is their dominant RB David Montgomery as he looks to continue his strong play.

No. 12 LSU @ No. 7 Auburn (3:30 PM)

NCAA Football: Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game-Auburn at Washington Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

In a game loaded with NFL prospects, LSU heads to Auburn at 3:30 PM. LSU has gotten off to a fast start this season after dominating higher ranked Miami in week one of the season. Led by Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow at quarterback, LSU appears to be a very good team this year. Watch out for Devin White on the defensive side of the ball as well as he appears to be a top tier prospect in the 2019 draft.

Auburn is the likely favorite in this game led by quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Stidham is getting a lot of NFL buzz this season and potentially could be the top quarterback drafted in the 2019 NFL draft.

No. 17 Boise State @ No. 24 Oklahoma State (3:30 PM ET)

NCAA Football: Missouri State at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Boise State travels to Oklahoma State in a battle between top 25 teams. Boise State features a very underrated quarterback prospect in Brett Rypien who many have already touted as the most underrated QB in the 2019 draft class. Keep an eye on him and the Boise offense today.

Oklahoma State features a bunch of NFL caliber guys on the offensive side of the ball. They still have an elite passing offense but their true difference maker is running back Justice Hill. Expect a big game from the running back.

No. 1 Alabama @ Ole Miss (7:00 PM ET)

NCAA Football: Arkansas State at Alabama John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

As always Alabama rolls into Ole Miss with the top team in football. Led by young star Tua Tagovailoa at QB, the Crimson Tide look to repeat as National Champions. Also keep an eye on WR Jerry Jeudy, LB Mack Wilson, and S Deionte Thompson.

Ole Miss is absolutely loaded at WR though and will test this Alabama defense. Damarkus Lodge, DK Metcalf, and AJ Brown all look to be top NFL prospects and will be a handful for the Crimson Tide today.

No. 4 Ohio State @ No. 15 TCU (8:00 PM ET)

NCAA Football: Rutgers at Ohio State Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest game of the day features the No. 4 Buckeyes traveling to TCU. Ohio State features an explosive offense with a stout defense that is hard to score on. Keep an eye on DE Nick Bosa as he looks to be a potential top 3 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

TCU is a good consistent team though that features a very impressive pass rush. DE Ben Banogu is their top prospect on defense as he is a traditional sack artist who will get his tonight for sure.