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Notre Dame Football

What to Watch | 10.3

October 3, 2020

Notre Dame is off for the second week in a row, but last weekend, the Irish moved up two spots without stepping on the field. 

The ACC slate of games isn't very exciting this week, so I'll probably say Virginia at No. 1 Clemson is the headliner at 8pm. It's a rematch of last year's ACC Championship Game, but the Hoos are a much different team than a year ago. 

No. 12 North Carolina travels to Boston College, which could be interesting as the Eagles might be just good enough to catch the Tar Heels on a bad day. 

NC State travels to No. 24 Pitt, but I'm not sure that it will be a game to watch as it could be ugly in many ways. 

At Noon, TCU and No. 9 Texas will kickoff. Can the Longhorns look better than they did last weekend at Texas Tech? It's clear Texas has offense, but can they stop anyone? 

No. 13 Texas A&M will travel to No. 2 Alabama at 3:30pm. There is a good chance the Aggies get run out of the building and it won't be because of Mike Elko. The Texas A&M offense is a work in progress and the Aggies struggled with Vanderbilt at home last week. 

No. 25 Memphis will play SMU at 3:30pm as well. The Tigers have played just one game this season, but the over/under is still set at 74.5, so this could be entertaining at around 6pm when you're getting dinner ready. 

7:30pm presents the game of the week in my mind as No. 7 Auburn heads to No. 4 Georgia. The Dawgs looked less than impressive last weekend at Arkansas due to terrible quarterback play. JT Daniels, a former USC quarterback, has been cleared to play after tearing his ACL last year, but Kirby Smart has announced him as the starter. 

Daniels may seem like a lock to start, but it will still be a tall task to ask him to play one of the best defenses in the county after not being hit for over a year and one week of practice. 

We'll see what happens, but I think Auburn has the firepower to leave Athens with a big win to start 2020. 

The final game I'll mention is No. 18 Oklahoma at Iowa State. Oklahoma is coming off a terrible loss to Kansas State and Iowa State hasn't looked very good in its two games. 

Can Brock Purdy and Matt Campbell scrape together a big win? If Oklahoma falls to 1-2, it'd be a big-time story. 

This has the makings of a classic B12 shootout as you have two good quarterbacks going at it in a conference with no defense. 

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