College Football: Week 3's must-watch matchups are all about redemption
New York, New York - The focus of Week 3 in college football is all about redemption and rebuilding the consistency of on-field success that many teams haven't seen since the start of the season.
Except for Georgia who currently leads the nation as the best team in the country, a number of top-ranked teams have made surprising mistakes, or delivered shocking upsets in the first two weeks of action.
Ohio State, who started the season as the second-best team in the nation, now stands at No. 3 after a narrow win against Notre Dame in the season opener.
For the Buckeyes this week, they will want to continue to build on the momentum from last weekend, where they showed out on the field in great shape, sweeping Arkansas State for the win.
As for the Crimson Tide, Alabama will look to improve their performance from last week that dropped them from the top spot in team rankings.
Notre Dame's game against California on Saturday will be a huge test for the Fighting Irish without their starting quarterback Tyler Buchner who is sidelined due to injury. But all eyes will be on the Nebraska Cornhuskers this weekend after their head coach Scott Frost was fired immediately following last week's shocking loss to Georgia Southern.
Just days away from the another weekend of CFB action, here's what you need to look out for in Week 3!
Matchup of the week: Nebraska hosts Oklahoma
One of the most historic rivalries in college sports will return in Week 3 of college football: the Oklahoma Sooners vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Known for their 1971 matchup in what's been referred to as the "Game of the Century," Saturday's showdown will be Oklahoma and Nebraska's second meeting since 2010, and the No. 6 Sooners are the favorites to win it.
However, this game will surely captivate football fans across the nation for reasons other than the infamous rivalry, as they watch to see just how Nebraska will play after the sudden firing of their head coach following the team's Week 2 loss.
On Sunday, former head coach Scott Frost was booted out of Lincoln for one of the worst four-year coaching stints across college football in recent years.
Frost's coaching record at Nebraska was 16-31 overall, 10-26 in the Big Ten Conference, and 0-14 against ranked opponents.
Following Frost's leave, associate head coach Mickey Joseph was named interim head coach for the rest of the 2022 football season, becoming the first Black head coach of any sport at the university.
Though Joseph hasn't done much yet with the program as the new chief, it will be interesting to see what changes will be implemented in Saturday's showdown against Oklahoma.
Player to watch: Notre Dame's Drew Pyne
Junior Drew Pyne’s time as Notre Dame's quarterback is finally here.
After QB1 Tyler Buchner sustained a shoulder injury causing him to sit out for the remainder of the season, Pyne has been elevated to starting quarterback for the Fighting Irish.
Pyne has played in a total of four games over the course of his first two seasons at Notre Dame and finished out the game in relief of Buchner in last Saturday’s loss to Marshall.
Head coach Marcus Freeman likely expects the Connecticut native's veteran status and leadership skills to guide him on the field as he takes the chief offensive position for the Fighting Irish offense.
"He [Pyne] is a natural leader and has a lot of the natural QB traits that you’re looking for," Freeman said about Pynes in a press conference on Monday.
Freeman added: "I don’t see the offense changing in extreme amounts. We’re still going to be able to do some of the QB runs that we did with Tyler and obviously the passing game. We’ll continue to enhance it and figure out ways to be more consistent and put him in a situation to hopefully have more completions."
Pynes will start his first game of the season as the starting quarterback on Saturday against California at 2:45 PM ET.
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