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Top-5 College Football Games To Watch This Week

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Top Five College Football Games To Watch This Week

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We are entering Week 3 of the College Football Season and we have already seen some upsets and some very intense games. Last week, the University of Miami beat the University of Florida in what may be the last matchup between those two schools for a long time. Michigan beat rival Notre Dame and put quarterback Devin Gardner on the long list of potential Heisman finalists. In what will likely be a weekly occurrence, two highly-ranked SEC teams squared off when No. 11 Georgia defeated No. 6 South Carolina 41-30.

A few powerhouses were knocked out of the Top 25 by unranked teams. USC lost to Washington State at home 10-7. This was a game where USC only threw the ball for 54 yards even though they have the best receiver in the country in Marqise Lee. No. 15 Texas was blown out by BYU by a score of 40-21, and gave up 550 yards rushing and nearly 700 total yards to the Cougars. 

While it is expected that teams will be upset each week, these games show you that anything can happen in college football. The season is going to head into conference play each week, which means you have long-time rivalries and coaches who are very familiar with the opposition. This will also bring the elite teams in college football forward and leaves all the pretenders behind. We won't be able to determine who is playing in the National Championship game this week, but we can definitely see who won't be playing in it. One loss in a season and you have a chance (if you are in the SEC), but for most teams, their hopes to win a title could end today.

These five match ups will be the best games of Week 3 of College Football.

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5. Vanderbilt vs South Carolina

Vandy vs SC
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Both teams have started with a loss in their SEC opener. While Vanderbilt is hoping to just get to a bowl game, South Carolina has their eyes set on the SEC East title and a spot in the SEC Championship game. If they lose this week, they will need Georgia to lose at least three SEC games to get in.

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4. Oregon vs Tennessee

Ducks vs Vols
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The University of Oregon has been dominant in their first two games this season. The University of Tennessee has looked as good as any point in the last five years. This is the only game of the top five that is a win-win for the teams playing. Oregon needs to win this game and as long as Tennessee plays them well and keeps it close, it will prove they are on the right track.

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3. Nebraska vs UCLA

Nebraska vs UCLA
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This is a matchup of two ranked teams that probably don't have a chance at making one of the major bowl games. Both teams are going to end up finishing second or third in their conference, but it will still be one of the most entertaining games of the week.

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2. Ohio State vs California

Ohio State vs California
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The most interesting part of this game is the health of Braxton Miller. If he can't go or is ineffective, the Buckeyes could be on upset alert and find themselves out of the National Title picture in Week 3 of the season.

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1. Alabama vs Texas A&M

Alabama vs Texas A&M
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The winner of this game will represent the SEC West in the SEC Championship game and probably go to the BCS title game. The loser will still have a chance at making the BCS title game and at worst end up playing in the Sugar Bowl. I look for Nick Saban to have adjusted to the Manziel offense and be able to contain him enough for the Crimson Tide to win by two scores.