On paper, the schedule isn’t as exciting as last week. But these overlooked weekends are often when some of the most shocking upsets of the season emerge.
It didn’t take long for that to prove true. Missouri battled back and forth with No. 15 Kansas State before Harrison Mevis drilled a 61-yard game-winner as time expired in a 30-27 thriller. Elsewhere, No. 5 Florida State survived a massive scare at Boston College and LSU shined in a get-right game against Mississippi State.
Here are the other games we’re keeping an eye on Saturday:
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET | TV: CBS | Line: UGA -27.5 | Total: 54.5
On the heels of consecutive national titles, top-ranked Georgia has flown under the radar through two weeks. The Bulldogs predictably blew out UT Martin and Ball State, winning by a combined margin of 93-10. UGA has been dealing with quite a few injuries in the early going. While WR Ladd McConkey’s status is still up in the air, Kirby Smart said RB Daijun Edwards is expected to return for the SEC opener vs. South Carolina. The Gamecocks got off to a rough start to this season with an ugly 31-17 loss to North Carolina. Last week, the Gamecocks trailed Furman 14-7 midway through the second quarter but were able to storm back and win 47-21. This is obviously a far tougher opponent for South Carolina.
Time: 5 p.m. | TV: Peacock | Line: UW -16.5 | Total: 57.5
Last year, a ranked Michigan State team came to Seattle and lost to a then-downtrodden Washington team. The script has basically flipped this season as a top 10 Huskies team is riding high headed to East Lansing to face a Spartans team in turmoil. Michigan State, though off to a 2-0 start, saw head coach Mel Tucker get suspended last weekend after being accused of sexual harassment. With Tucker suspended, MSU secondary coach Harlon Barnett was promoted to interim head coach and Mark Dantonio — MSU’s head coach from 2007 to 2019 — is back on staff. How will the Spartans respond without their head coach?
No. 11 Tennessee at Florida
Time: 7 p.m. | TV: ESPN | Line: UT -6.5 | Total: 58.5
Tennessee is looking to get back into the national conversation after an awesome 11-win 2022 campaign. The Vols are off to a 2-0 start in 2023, but last weekend’s 30-13 win over Austin Peay was a bit underwhelming. Joe Milton has been solid in his first year as UT’s starting QB. How will Milton handle the toughest road SEC environment he’s faced in his career? Tennessee hasn’t won in Gainesville since 2003. Florida is 1-1 after losing at Utah in a mistake-filled mess to open the season. Will the Gators be able to avoid those mistakes at home and pull off a big upset?
Time: 10 p.m. | TV: ESPN | Line: CU -23.5 | Total: 63.5
The Buffaloes didn’t need added motivation in the Rocky Mountain Showdown, but they got it anyways when Colorado State coach Mike Norvell postured about Deion Sanders’ mannerisms and “made it personal.” On paper, Colorado is the far superior team. The Buffaloes upset TCU in the opening week of the season and then backed it up with a home blowout of Nebraska while QB Shedeur Sanders and WR/DB Travis Hunter flashed their Heisman credentials. Meanwhile, the Rams were handled by Washington State in their only game of the season thus far.
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