Overall week two of College Football was pretty uneventful. Clemson survived a road contest in College Station (I vastly underestimated this game), and Florida State escaped a upset against Sanford. Week three, however is packed with great games throughout the day. Oklahoma looks to avenge their loss to Iowa State at noon, Vanderbilt and Notre Damn could be a sneaky good game but those games don’t my list of best, overrated, underrated and most impactful game towards the College Football playoff.
Best Game: #12 LSU at #7 Auburn:
Both of these teams won huge opening week games in week one. LSU dominated a Miami team many predicted to reach the ACC title game, and Auburn rallied to beat Washington in Atlanta. This should be your typical SEC slugfest game of running the ball, field position and winning the turnover battle. These teams have combined to throw the ball only fifty five times in two weeks. Whichever team has better quarterback play on third down will win the game; LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has only completed 47% of his passes so far during the season and in last years game Jarrett Stidham was 9-25. Expect a 17-14 type game.
Overrated Game: #22 USC at Texas:
This game between two traditional powers has more meaning for a Texas program that has struggled to gain traction since Mack Brown retired. Expectations are always sky high in Austin and Tom Herman can find himself in trouble with a loss. Losing to Maryland can be rationalized but starting the season 1-2 with TCU, Kansas State and Oklahoma in the next three games the Longhorns could be 2-4 (Ouch). USC on the other hand is in a rebuilding year with underclassman everywhere on the depth chart
Underrated Game: #17 Boise State at #24 Oklahoma State
If your a fan of offense this is the game to watch. Boise State and Oklahoma State are in the top five in yards per game at over six hundred yards per game and scoring nearly sixty points per game. This game features two of the most underrated college football players in Boise State Quarterback Brett Rypien and Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill. Rypien has over ten thousand yards passing in his career with a 67-22 touchdown to interception ratio; Hill on the other hand is coming off a 1400 yard campaign in 2017. Hill has yet broken out in 2018 (with no fault of Hill has the Cowboys have played Missouri State and South Alabama). A win for the Broncos will set themselves up for a undefeated season while a Cowboy win will solidify themselves as Big 12 contenders.
Game with the biggest playoff impact: #4 Ohio State at #15 TCU
Ian Boyd over at Football Study Hall did a remarkable job outlining the Buckeyes Size vs. the Horned Frogs speed here. The implications on the playoff are enormous as a loss by either team puts them at a disadvantage for the rest of the season. Ohio State still has road games against Penn State and Michigan State then of course the The Game against Michigan to close the season. The East in the Big 12 is loaded and any slip up could cost the Buckeyes a shot at the Big 12 title game. TCU is still looking to get over the hump and go from great program to National Title contender. A victory Saturday night coupled with a very favorable schedule the rest of the way with seven of the last nine games are in the state of Texas.Download the Free GoingFor2 App by Clicking Here...