Here we are in the middle of September and the Huskies have yet to post a win against an FBS team. The last time that UW went through the first two weeks of the season without a win against an FBS team was the ill-fated 2008 season. Take that as you will.
Unfortunately, even a big win over Hawaii will do little to restore the faith of Husky fans in the prospects for this team. Despite the fact that - at least on paper - the Dawgs boast their deepest and most talented roster of the Petersen era, the sheer ugliness of the Cal loss has poisoned the well. It’ll take time - and more college football - for the damage to Husky fan confidence to be undone.
Thankfully, more football is exactly what is on tap for today. Before we get to UW / Hawaii tonight, we have a full slate of CFB to wade through today. Unfortunately, and strangely, there are no games of ranked opponents squaring off. The sport has benefited from some great matchups in the first two weeks. Today might be a bit of a let down in that regard. But there are still some good games to watch.
#2 Alabama (-25.5) at South Carolina
You have to go back all the way to 2012 and a road trip to Arkansas to find the last time that the Tide went on the road in the first three weeks of the season and won a game by more than 7 points. Thus, a 25.5 road favorite line seems a bit shocking, no matter what you think of Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy and the rest of that ‘Bama offense.
On the flip side, you have the remarkably uplifting story of Ryan Hilinski, younger brother to the late WSU QB Tyler Hilinski and his ascension to the starting QB role for South Carolina. That plus the fact that the last time these two teams played ... all the way back in 2010 (Esssss-Eeeeeeee-Seeeeeee, y’all) ... the Gamecocks handed Nick Saban his only loss of 14 points or more against an SEC team during his Alabama era.
Take the points and enjoy seeing if the Gamecocks can pull this one off straight up.
Arizona State at #18 Michigan State (-14)
This is another one that is more about the points than the straight up upset. The Spartans bring to the table a great defense. But, you know, what? Herm Edwards brings to East Lansing a decent one of his own. That plus what I would expect to be a very run-heavy offense behind the shoulder pads of Eno Benjamin should have the affect of dramatically slowing down the scoreboard. I could see this one going very much like last year’s game where the Sun Devils upset the Spartans 16-13 in Tempe.
14 points? Get out of here.
#8 Florida (-8) at Kentucky
Look, I know that this iteration of Kentucky is not the same flashing team that we all saw over the last two seasons. It’s lost some great personnel and appears to be sinking back into the mediocrity that this basketball school has traditionally displayed on Saturdays in September.
That said, I think Florida is the biggest fraud in the top 10. Seeing them get 8 points on the road against a team with a good coaching staff seems absurd. In fact, I have a feeling that the Gators are going to be lucky to get out of this road trip with any kind of win. I think that they will not.
I’ll pick the straight up Wildcat win in this one.
Others on Upset Alert
I’m not picking upsets in any other games, but there are a few others that warrant some attention. I think #1 Clemson will struggle on the road against Syracuse (who got their doors blown off by Maryland last weekend). USC is a 4.5 point favorite over a physical BYU team in a game that might not go as planned. Stanford is in a great position to upset #20 UCF. I also think UW may not be as good as the spread against Hawaii. All of those are upset alert games today.
This post will serve as your open thread. Enjoy some football.
Week 3 Schedule
Week 3 CFB Schedule
|Arkansas State at #3 Georgia||9:00 AM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|#6 Ohio State at Indiana||9:00 AM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Pittsburgh at #13 Penn State||9:00 AM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|#21 Maryland at Temple||9:00 AM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Miami (OH) at Cincinnati||9:00 AM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Chattanooga at Tennessee||9:00 AM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Kansas State at Mississippi State||9:00 AM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Furman at Virginia Tech||9:00 AM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|NC State at West Virginia||9:00 AM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Eastern Michigan at Illinois||9:00 AM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|The Citadel at Georgia Tech||9:30 AM||ACCNX||WatchESPN.com|
|Air Force at Colorado||10:00 AM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Florida Atlantic at Ball State||11:00 AM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Norfolk State at Coastal Carolina||11:00 AM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|New Mexico at #7 Notre Dame||11:30 AM||NBC||NBCSports.com|
|Akron at Central Michigan||12:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|#2 Alabama at South Carolina||12:30 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|Stanford at #17 UCF||12:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|#24 USC at BYU||12:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|East Carolina at Navy||12:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Memphis at South Alabama||12:30 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|Army at UTSA||12:30 PM||NFL||None|
|Georgia Southern at Minnesota||12:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|UNLV at Northwestern||12:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Oklahoma State at Tulsa||12:30 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Arizona State at #18 Michigan State||1:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|#19 Iowa at Iowa State||1:00 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Southeastern Louisiana at Ole Miss||1:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Colorado State at Arkansas||1:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Louisville at Western Kentucky||1:00 PM||Stadium||WatchStadium.com|
|Bethune-Cookman at Miami||1:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Idaho State at #11 Utah||1:15 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|North Texas at California||1:15 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Cal Poly at Oregon State||1:15 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Louisiana Tech at Bowling Green||2:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Idaho at Wyoming||2:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Buffalo at Liberty||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|South Carolina State at South Florida||3:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|UMass at Charlotte||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Southern Mississippi at Troy||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Ohio at Marshall||3:30 PM||None|
|Kent State at #8 Auburn||4:00 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|#9Florida at Kentucky||4:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Lamar at #16 Texas A&M||4:00 PM||ESPNU||WatchESPN.com|
|New Hampshire at Florida International||4:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Texas State at SMU||4:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Weber State at Nevada||4:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Georgia State at Western Michigan||4:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Murray State at Toledo||4:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Duke at Middle Tennessee||4:00 PM||None|
|#1 Clemson at Syracuse||4:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Northwestern State at #4 LSU||4:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Hawai'i at #23 Washington||4:30 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Florida State at #25 Virginia||4:30 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|TCU at Purdue||4:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Southeast Missouri State at Missouri||4:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Texas Southern at Louisiana||4:30 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|#5 Oklahoma at UCLA||5:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|#12 Texas at Rice||5:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|San Diego State at New Mexico State||5:00 PM||None||FloSports.com|
|Missouri State at Tulane||5:00 PM||ESPN3||WatchESPN.com|
|Northern Illinois at Nebraska||5:00 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Portland State at #22 Boise State||7:15 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Texas Tech at Arizona||7:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Montana at #15 Oregon||7:45 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|