Week three of the 2017-2018 college football season will give us some big-time matchups with schools from the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC conferences.
No. 23 University of Tennessee vs. No. 24 University of Florida
Tennessee pulled off a nail-biting win in week one, a 42-41 victory in two overtimes against Georgia Tech. The Volunteers were able to relax last week, as they won 42-7 over Indiana State.
Against Georgia Tech, junior running back John Kelly was nothing short of terrific. Kelly had 19 carries for 128 yards on the night, but more importantly crossed the goal line four times. To add to that, Kelly also caught five passes, leading the team. When sophomore wide receiver Marquez Callaway touches the ball, good things happen. He’s only caught five passes this year, but leads the team with 152 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Florida currently sits at 0-1 for the season, with a week one loss to the University of Michigan, 17-33. The Gators’ week two matchup against the University of Northern Colorado was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.
Even though the team scored 17 points, the offense was responsible for none of them. Against the Wolverines, Florida’s offense could only muster 192 yards. Freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks will make the start against Tennessee.
The SEC matchup will kick off this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on CBS.
No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 14 Louisville
Clemson blew Kent State out of the water in its first game, but faced an early season test of strength last week against No. 13 Auburn. The Tigers outlasted Auburn, winning 14-6.
Junior quarterback Kelly Bryant has done a stellar job of filling the gap that Deshaun Watson left. Bryant has been very accurate this year, completing 35 of his 51 passing attempts this season. He also proved to be dangerous on his feet as well, as Bryant is the team’s leading rusher with 136 yards and three touchdowns.
Louisville outlasted Purdue in week one, coming away with a 35-28 victory. In week two on the road against the University of North Carolina, the Cardinals showed their offensive firepower, winning 47-35.
Junior quarterback Lamar Jackson, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, is making a case to win the award another consecutive year. Jackson has thrown for 771 yards in just two games. He has also thrown seven touchdowns, but has yet to throw an interception. Jackson also leads the team in rushing with 239 yards and three scores.
The Tigers and Cardinals will face off at 7 p.m. this Saturday and can be seen on ABC.
University of Texas vs. No. 4 University of Southern California
Texas dropped a high-scoring affair in week one to the University of Maryland, 41-51, but followed that up with a shutout victory over San Jose State, 56-0.
The Longhorns have had a nice start to the season from their wide receivers. The team currently has three receivers with over 100 yards, led by sophomore Collin Johnson with 175. Senior Armanti Foreman leads the team with two touchdowns grabbed.
After a week one win against Western Michigan University, USC proved itself in week two with a dominant 42-24 victory over Stanford.
Junior running back Ronald Jones II has been the star of the Trojan offense so far, as he rushed for a team high 275 yards and five touchdowns. Freshman running back Stephan Carr has been reliable when Jones is off the field, as he has 188 yards on just 18 carries. Carr has also found the end zone twice.
Texas and USC will kick off this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox.