No. 11 Wisconsin (3-0) at No. 8 Michigan State (2-0), 11 a.m. Saturday, Big Ten Network: The Big Ten appears to be one of the best conferences, with Ohio State beating Oklahoma and the Badgers upsetting LSU. Now the conference battles can begin, with defending champion Michigan State hosting upstart Wisconsin. This game is a toss-up, with both teams boasting nearly identical stat lines. It should be a typical Big Ten matchup won along the offensive and defensive lines in bludgeoning fashion.
No. 19 Florida (3-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 14 Tennessee (3-0), 2:30 p.m. Saturday, KTVT/11: It’s been more than 12 years since Tennessee last beat Florida, a win streak of 11 for the Gators over the Volunteers. It appeared Tennessee would finally break through last year when the Volunteers had a 27-14 lead with 10 minutes left. But Florida staged a dramatic comeback to win by a single point. Tennessee, picked to win the SEC East in the preseason, needs to find a way to beat Florida at home if it wants to take another step forward as a program.
No. 7 Stanford (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) at UCLA (2-1), 7 p.m. Saturday, WFAA/8: The Pac-12 needs a few teams to step up to give the conference a shot at landing a team in the College Football Playoff. Cal, which lost to San Diego State, has the conference’s only Top 25 win (against Texas). Stanford, Washington, Arizona State and Utah are undefeated, but the Sun Devils almost lost to UT San Antonio, and Utah struggled to get past BYU. That leaves Washington and Stanford as the chosen flag bearers. The Cardinal will have a tough test this week on the road against a UCLA team boasting one of the top QBs in the country in Josh Rosen.
No. 2 Ohio State (3-0): The Buckeyes look like the best team in the country with dominant performances on both sides of the ball. They trounced a desperate Oklahoma team on the road and made it look easy.
No. 3 Louisville (3-0, 1-0 ACC): The Cardinals, like Ohio State, made a blowout win look easy last week. With a runaway home win against Florida State, Louisville became a serious playoff contender, although it will have to get past Clemson and Houston.
No. 1 Alabama (3-0, 1-0 SEC): While the Crimson Tide shouldn’t drop out of the College Football Playoff picture, Alabama fans should be slightly worried after their team had to rally from a three-touchdown deficit on the road at Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide are not untouchable.
No. 6 Houston (3-0): While the Cougars are clinging to this spot for now, they could tumble soon. Stanford is making a push to join the conversation, and after Ohio State defeated Oklahoma going away, Houston’s opening win doesn’t look as shiny. Still, the Cougars will get a shot at Louisville late in the season, a chance to prove their mettle.