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College football games of note: Week 3

Yardbarker logo Yardbarker 9/14/2018 Emily Van Buskirk, Yardbarker
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Week 2 of the college football season left us feeling all warm and fuzzy after watching both Kentucky and Kansas snap decades-long streaks. The Jayhawks 31-7 victory over Central Michigan ended a 46-game road losing streak dating back to a September win at UTEP in 2009. Meanwhile, the Kentucky Wildcats defeated Florida 27-16, breaking their 31-game losing cycle against the Gators. 

It was also the weekend of the underdogs, with Duke beating Northwestern, Indiana upsetting Virginia and Arizona State stunning Michigan State, as the Herm Edwards experiment continues to pique the nation's interest and the Sun Devils go 2-0 to start the season. No one saw that coming. Bryce Love ran, Kahlil Tate didn’t and Houston’s Ed Oliver cornered some of the Heisman market with his impressive half of play against the Arizona Wildcats. So many more statements to be made, so let's look ahead to Week 3. 

12 LSU at 7 Auburn – What do Tigers dream of when they take a little tiger snooze? Do they dream of game-winning field goals or Nick Saban in a catwoman suit? One thing is for sure: Both Gus Malzahn and Ed Orgeron will be envisioning the different ways their teams can win this exciting SEC showdown. Will it be at the hands of their respective transfer quarterbacks?Jarrett Stidham’s accuracy (71%) is key, but Joe Burrow has his hands in every part of LSU’s offense. Both teams have issues on the offensive line, but Auburn edges LSU on defense with a front that is quite possibly the best in the country. It’s a home game for Auburn, so it will probably roll. But LSU has been on a roll itself since beating Miami, so we could potentially see a closer game than expected. 

No. 4 Ohio State at 15 TCU – It's the biggest game of the weekend and the last game without Urban Myer. Ohio State’s high-flying offense vs. TCU’s stingy defense. But the Buckeyes also have Nick Bosa, and that advantage will go a long way against a tired TCU offense. Shawn Robinson will definitely be on his toes, something he is good at, being super athletic and all. But the daylight he sees will be minimal, posing a problem when it comes to hitting his intended targets like KaVontae Turpin. Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins will face a similar problem on the Buckeyes side of the ball, but luckily running backs Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins take some of the pressure off, combining for 364 yards and four touchdowns so far this year. Gary Patterson’s team needs to avoid big, explosive plays if it wants to overcome the oddsmakers.

No. 10 Washington at Utah – After Washington’s loss to Auburn, it’s hard to accurately judge just how good the Huskies truly are. But a definitive win over a tough Utah team in Salt Lake would go a long way in the voracious Pac-12. It’s a dog-eat-dog conference, but surviving Salt Lake would help the Huskies assert some dominance over the Pac. The Utes boast the nation's No. 1 statistical defense, surrendering only 144 yards a game. Granted it was against Weber State and Northern Illinois, but still. Washington has won 10 of 11 all-time meetings between the two teams and, more importantly, the Huskies have won four of the last five since 2011. Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin might prove too much for the Utes.

Hall Over the Place

Over the course of the 2018 season, Emily Hall Van Buskirk will be traveling across the country, attending as many college football games as humanly possible. In this sacred section, she will share with you the details of her travels as she embarks on this adventure. Follow along as she makes her way across the country, bringing back tales of glory and memoirs of misfortune.

Week 2 was slightly less hectic than the Week 1 adventure…like three games less hectic. This weekend, I ventured out into the desert to check in on the Herm Edwards Experiment. And the Sun Devils did not disappoint. There were not a lot of points in ASU’s 16-13 victory over then No. 15 Michigan State, but a thrilling last-second, 28-yard field goal sealed the deal for the Sun Devils and categorized the experiment as successful.

I was reunited with an old friend coach Rob Likens from my days covering the California Golden Bears.

a group of people in a park © Photo via Emily Van Buskirk

I experienced punting from a true professional, witnessing four punts inside the 20-yard line by ASU's Michael Sleep-Dalton. 

And I suffered through the 107-degree heat alongside the players on the sideline for a majority of the game. 

a stadium full of people © Photo via Emily Van Buskirk

But no trip would be complete without an added athletic element, so I took in an Arizona Diamondbacks game at the charming and air-conditioned Chase Field. Sadly, I didn’t manage to sneak in the outfield pool despite showing up in my bathing suit (kidding). But I did treat myself to a frozen margarita. Unfortunately, the Dbacks fell to the Atlanta Braves 9-5 when Arizona’s bullpen imploded in the ninth inning. 

Stay tuned next week as I head to Georgia to cover the Bulldogs and finally stand between the infamous hedges to cover one of my favorite teams, Middle Tennessee, as it plays underdawgs in Athens. 

Related slideshow: 2018 college football season (Provided by photo services) 


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