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2023/24 College Football season: Week 3 Games to Watch

The college football season is now entering its third week. We’ve seen upsets already this year, so what are we in store for this week?

Below, we’ve laid out our top CFB Week 3 matchups.

No. 11 Tennessee Volunteers vs. Florida Gators

This SEC showdown in Gainesville is sure to be a good one.

The Volunteers are 2-0 so far this season, but their last performance against Austin Peay at home left a little more to be desired. They led by just seven points at the half.

As for Florida, they were embarrassed by Utah on national television in Week 1 but rebounded nicely with a resounding 42-point win against McNeese State.

In an SEC East that appears to be wide-open for the number two spot behind Georgia, both teams should be plenty motivated to start the conference slate off right.

Tennessee is favored by -6.5 with a 58.5 O/U.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

Although neither team has been stellar up to this point (both squads have already suffered a loss each), the Backyard Brawl is always an extremely entertaining contest.

After the rivalry was halted for more than a decade, it was back on last season and the programs certainly didn’t disappoint. Pittsburgh won by a score of 38-31.

The Panthers were ranked number 17 in the country at that time, but now, they’ll be trying to right the ship after losing at home last week to Cincinnati.

As for the Mountaineers, they beat an inferior Duquesne team in Week 2 after opening the season with a 23-point loss at Penn State.

Regardless of how they’ve performed thus far, this matchup is sure to be one of the best of the weekend slate.

West Virginia is favored by -2.5 with a 47.0 O/U.

No. 14 LSU Tigers vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Much like the Florida team we previously discussed, the LSU Tigers were also throttled on national television in Week 1 by the Florida State Seminoles.

They earned their first win of the season last week in dominating fashion against Grambling State, which sets up this Week 3 matchup at Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs are 2-0 this year but needed overtime at home in Week 2 to escape with a victory against Arizona.

As for MSU, they may not have the talent that LSU has, but with Will Rogers at quarterback, anything is possible. The Tigers may be on upset alert this weekend.

LSU is favored by -9.5 with a 54.5 O/U.

No. 8 Washington Huskies vs. Michigan State Spartans

Another matchup in which a ranked road team is heavily favored against an unranked, notable program is taking place in East Lansing.

Michigan State is in a bit of a state of flux with their football program as a whole, with ex-head coach Mel Tucker no longer on the sidelines.

While this may seem like the nail in the coffin for a squad projected for just 5 wins this season, it may give them the motivation they need, especially here.

On the Washington side of things, they boast one of the top passing attacks in all the nation behind quarterback Michael Penix Jr.

The Huskies defeated the Spartans in their matchup last season by 11 points, and are favored by even more in this one. 

It’ll be interesting to see if MSU has what it takes to put up a fight, or if UW proves they’re the real deal this season.

Washington is favored by -16.5 with a 55.5 O/U.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. No. 20 North Carolina Tar Heels

We’ll finalize our list of top CFB Week 3 matchups with the contest taking place down in Chapel Hill.

Drake Maye came into this campaign as a legitimate Heisman contender for the Tar Heels, but things have started a bit rough for both him and the team. They’re 2-0, but he failed to toss a touchdown pass and they needed OT to defeat App State at home last week.

Minnesota is also an unimpressive 2-0, with sloppy wins over Nebraska and Eastern Michigan to start this season.

Their defense has looked solid, so it’ll be quite the matchup between North Carolina's high-octane offense and the Golden Gophers’ stout defense. This game could wind up being one of the best ones in all of Week 3.

North Carolina is favored by -7.5 with a 51.0 O/U.

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