4 Best Games in Week 3 of College Football

John Healy
September 13, 2019 - 11:38 am
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Week 3 of the college football season features no ranked teams playing against each other, but that does not mean a wild Saturday lies ahead.

It last happened two years ago, the weekend of Oct. 13, 2017 and it resulted in seven top-25 falling to unranked opponents, including three teams in the top-10.

So, that should serve as a fair warning to top-25 teams, as well as anyone wagering on games, to tread lightly heading into a weekend designed for upsets.

Here are the key games to watch:

No. 1 Clemson (-28) at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Clemson is living up to expectations thus far as the best team in the country, and Syracuse is coming off an embarrassing 63-20 loss to Maryland, but don’t let any of that fool you. Syracuse has played well against Clemson under head coach Dino Babers. They upset a 6-0 Tigers squad ranked second in the country in 2017 at the Carrier Dome, and last year Clemson required a fourth quarter rally behind backup quarterback Chase Brice to lead them to a 27-23 win over the Orange. Perhaps Syracuse was looking ahead to this matchup during last week’s debacle, so don’t sleep on this game.

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