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College football Week 3 TV schedule, preview, watch notes

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We take a look at the college football schedule of games and things to watch for today.

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Although the schedule of games today features just one between two ranked teams, there are plenty of intriguing matchups and storylines to follow.

Interesting Notes-
  • After being off the field for a year due to a suspension, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has looked even better than he did during Notre Dames National Championship run in 2012. Last week he sliced and diced Michigan up for 226 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 23 of 34 throws. NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks believes Golson should be in the Heisman conversation now. Notre Dame plays a mediocre at best Purdue team. Golson could put up some big numbers today.
  • The ranked game this week is No. 6 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina. Two juggernaut running backs will be squaring off in this one, which could turn out to be an old school game of smashmouth football. Georgia back Todd Gurley could be a Heisman finalist at seasons end and has a good chance of being drafted in the first round in the 2015 draft. The 6'1" 226 lb back rushed for 198 yards and three scores versus Clemson, while also returning a kick for a touchdown. South Carolina also has a solid running back in Mike Davis. Davis is only 5'9", but his 223 lb frame makes him a force to be reckoned with, Davis isn't a finesse back by any means. Last year Davis averaged 5.83 yards per carry and ran for 1,183 yards with 11 scores. If you like running backs, tune into this one.
  • Texas is trying to get back to the days of BCS bowl games and national prominence, and an upset over No. 12 UCLA today would put them on the right track. They'll have their work cut out for them with UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley at the helm for the Bruins. Hundley is a Heisman candidate if the Bruins can keep on winning. Texas Defensive Coordinator Vance Bedford said that Hundley reminds him of Cam Newton.
  • Both Rob Rang and Mel Kiper have Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota number one on their big board for the 2015 draft. Today No. 2 Oregon plays Wyoming.
  • Alabama receiver Amari Cooper leads the FBS in receiving with 319 yards. He will look to add to that total against Southern Miss.
Schedule of games:
TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV
12:00 PM East Carolina at No. 17 Virginia Tech ESPN
12:00 PM UCF at No. 20 Missouri
12:00 PM Kent State at No. 22 Ohio State
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ABC ESPN2
12:00 PM Indiana at Bowling Green ESPNU
12:00 PM Ohio at Marshall CBS Sports Network
12:00 PM Boise State at Connecticut
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ABC ESPN2
12:00 PM Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech ESPN 3
12:00 PM Pittsburgh at Florida International FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM Syracuse at Central Michigan
12:00 PM West Virginia at Maryland BTN
12:00 PM Massachusetts at Vanderbilt ESPN 3
12:30 PM No. 21 Louisville at Virginia ESPN 3
2:00 PM Wyoming at No. 2 Oregon Pac-12 Network
2:00 PM Air Force at Georgia State ESPN 3
3:00 PM UC Davis at Colorado State
3:00 PM Indiana State at Ball State ESPN 3
3:30 PM No. 6 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina CBS
3:30 PM Alabama A&M at UAB
3:30 PM Kansas at Duke ESPN 3
3:30 PM Miami (OH) at Michigan BTN
3:30 PM Arkansas State at Miami (FL) ESPNU
3:30 PM North Carolina State at South Florida CBS Sports Network
3:30 PM Arkansas at Texas Tech ABC
3:30 PM Iowa State at Iowa ESPN
4:00 PM Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 14 Ole Miss
4:00 PM Mississippi State at South Alabama
4:00 PM Minnesota at TCU FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM Illinois at Washington FOX
5:00 PM Army at No. 15 Stanford Pac-12 Network
5:00 PM Western Michigan at Idaho ESPN 3
6:00 PM Southern Miss at No. 3 Alabama ESPN2
6:00 PM Eastern Michigan at Old Dominion
7:00 PM Louisiana-Monroe at No. 10 LSU ESPNU
7:00 PM Northern Illinois at UNLV
7:00 PM Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee
7:00 PM UTSA at Oklahoma State
7:00 PM Wake Forest at Utah State CBS Sports Network
7:00 PM Tulsa at Florida Atlantic
7:00 PM Abilene Christian at Troy ESPN 3
7:30 PM Purdue vs. No. 11 Notre Dame* NBC
7:30 PM Kentucky at Florida
8:00 PM Tennessee at No. 4 Oklahoma ABC
8:00 PM No. 9 USC at Boston College ESPN
8:00 PM No. 12 UCLA vs. Texas* FOX
8:00 PM Penn State at Rutgers BTN
8:00 PM New Mexico State at UTEP
8:00 PM Southeastern Louisiana at Tulane ESPN 3
8:00 PM Navy at Texas State
8:00 PM Portland State at Washington State Pac-12 Network
9:00 PM Rice at No. 7 Texas A&M ESPN2
10:00 PM No. 16 Arizona State at Colorado ESPNU
10:30 PM Nebraska at Fresno State CBS Sports Network
11:00 PM Nevada at Arizona Pac-12 Network