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Here is the best of the rest for week 3 in college football.  On Wednesday I gave you four very interesting games.  However, there are many others.  Here are a few more games in college football week 3 to keep an eye on.  These games could have an impact on the college football playoff down the road.

Florida State at Louisville 7:30pm Friday ESPN

Florida State is seeking it’s best start since 2015 when they visit Cardinal Stadium on Friday night.  Yes, that’s just three wins, but they will try to make it happen when they face the Cardinals. It’s the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for Florida State; Louisville already has one conference loss.

The Seminoles (2-0, 0-0 ACC) are coming off a bye week, which followed one of their biggest wins in recent memory when they beat LSU, 24-23, in New Orleans on Sept. 4.  Louisville (1-1, 0-1 ACC) will be playing its home opener after recording a 20-14 victory at UCF following a 31-7 season-opening loss at Syracuse. The Cardinals’ defense came up with three clutch stops in the final six minutes to hold off the Knights.

11 Michigan State at Washington, Saturday 7:30 ET on ABC

Washington has lost 3 straight at home against AP Top-15 opponents over the previous 3 seasons. Michigan State
has won 4 straight as an AP Top-15 team since Ohio State handed them a 56-7 loss last November.  The Spartans were particularly stingy in their first 2 games, a pair of wins over Western Michigan and Akron. Michigan State allowed 0.48 points per drive (6th-fewest in FBS), and their opponents scored on just 11% of their drives (6th-best in FBS).

Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. split a pair of meetings against the Spartans as the QB at Indiana.  His last such outing came in 2020, when he threw for over 300 yards and 2 scores in a 24-0 Hoosiers win at East Lansing.

12 BYU at 25 Oregon, Saturday 3:30 ET

These two teams haven’t met since the 2006 Las Vegas Bowl, where BYU romped by a 38-8 count.  The Cougars won their last two games against Pac-12 opponents (at Washington State and USC last year).  Oregon QB Bo Nix rebounded nicely in week 2 against Eastern Washington, throwing for 277  yards and 5 TD’s.

22 Penn State at Auburn, Saturday 3:30 ET

Penn State is the first Big Ten team to visit Auburn. It’s only the 4th time the Tigers have faced a Big Ten team in the regular season, and Auburn has yet to record a win


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