BYU-Oregon, Penn State-Auburn, Miami-Texas A&M and more

Coming off a week full of upsets, Saturday’s lineup provides several more opportunities for highly ranked teams to run into trouble. Will we see more chaos in Week 3?

Here’s what we’ll have a close eye on today.

Time: 3:30 p.m. | TV: Fox | Line: Oregon -3.5 | Total: 58

Last week, BYU pulled out a big home win in double overtime over Baylor, the defending Big 12 champions. After such a hard-fought win, BYU has to travel up to Eugene to play in another raucous environment — this time as the road team. Oregon will get its second shot at the national spotlight after a 49-3 loss to defending national champion Georgia in Week 1. The Ducks rebounded last week by blowing out Eastern Washington at home 70-14. Can that carry over against a far superior opponent?

Time: 3:30 p.m. | TV: CBS | Line: PSU -3 | Total: 48.5

Knocking off a ranked Big Ten team — especially one that beat you last year — would be hugely beneficial for coach Bryan Harsin and Auburn team that finished 2021 on a sour note. But to beat Penn State, the Auburn offense needs to play much better than it did a week ago in a 24-16 win over San Jose State. On the other side, the Nittany Lions had a dramatic win over Purdue in Week 1 before blowing out Ohio last week at home. Now, the PSU offense will have the challenge of facing an SEC defense in a hostile environment.

Time: 7:30 p.m. | TV: ABC | Line: UW -3.5 | Total: 56.5

Michigan State is 2-0 to start this season, but hasn’t been super sharp on offense in wins over two MAC opponents — Western Michigan and Akron. Now the Spartans get to travel across the country to face Washington, a team in its first season under new head coach Kalen DeBoer. The Huskies went 4-8 in 2021, but are off to a good start with Indiana transfer Michael Penix Jr. at quarterback. He’s played well in two games, albeit against lackluster competition (Kent State and Portland State). We’ll learn a lot about how improved the Huskies really are with MSU making the trip to Seattle.

Time: 9 p.m. | TV: ESPN | Line: A&M -5.5 | Total: 44.5

On the heels of an embarrassing loss to Appalachian State, Texas A&M has to quickly turn the page with Miami coming to Kyle Field. Will coach Jimbo Fisher be able to get the offense back on track? For Miami, this is a big chance to get a win over an SEC opponent on a national stage early in Mario Cristobal’s tenure. Expectations are sky-high for the Hurricanes with Cristobal now in charge at his alma mater. Miami’s 2-0 record against inferior competition hasn’t told us much yet.

Time: 10:30 p.m. | TV: Fox | Line: USC -12.5 | Total: 73.5

USC is off to a fast start under Lincoln Riley. Trojans crushed Rice in Week 1 handled Stanford 41-28 in Week 2 behind a sterling offensive outing from Caleb Williams, Jordan Addison and Travis Dye. All three were high-profile transfers for USC. While the USC offense has been stellar, the defense has been a bit leaky and will have its hands full against Fresno State. The Bulldogs, who lost a heartbreaker to Oregon State at home last weekend, has played well against big-name programs before, so quarterback Jake Haener and the Bulldogs will not be intimidated at all going against the Trojans.

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