Big non-SEC action this weekend

Published 3:50 pm Friday, September 27, 2019

There are a few college football games this weekend that look like they will provide some good entertainment and shine a little more light on a few teams I want to know more about.

At 3:30 p.m., Notre Dame (10) hosts Virginia (18).

This is likely on of the biggest matchups the Cavaliers have been in recently, considering their big 4-0 start. However, this Notre Dame team will likely put an end to that. The Fighting Irish are just better all-around athletes than anybody on Virginia’s squad, not to mention they will be looking to vent their frustrations from last week’s loss against Georgia.

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I wouldn’t be surprised to see Notre Dame pile on the points in this one. I’m thinking it could get up into the 50s if Notre Dame is mad enough.

I am curious to see how Virginia responds to a big road game like this. They rushed the field when they beat Florida State, so if they are somehow able to pull an upset off here, I bet they’ll build a statue of Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall right outside of their stadium.

Also at 3:30 p.m. is USC (21) and Washington (17).

The Pac 12 has had some strange games so far this season, but these two teams are still who I’d bet on to reach the Pac 12 championship. USC has had yet another quarterback come down and a third one step up to replace him, and he somehow looked better than the first two in the Trojans win over Utah. Washington is led by Jacob Eason under center, whose rocket arm will put up big plays and big points for the Huskies.

In the evening on ABC, Nebraska will host Ohio State (5).

The Cornhuskers are unranked and suffered a disappointing loss to Colorado in Week 2, but I think they are a much better team than their performance so far this season indicates.

I’m just waiting for Nebraska to pop off and click, and that could happen Saturday night under the lights against the Buckeyes. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has looked spectacular this season, but then again, the Buckeyes haven’t really been challenged yet. I look forward to seeing how Field responds under pressure, or possibly how he might lead a team from behind.

Nothing spectacular looks to be happening with the top ranked teams in the SEC. Alabama will clobber Ole Miss, LSU and Georgia are on bye and Auburn should have their way with Mississippi State.