2007 Football Schedule Planner - Week 3

SEC showdown is the headliner

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    June 7, 2007

    By Adam Caparell



    Adam is CSTV.com's football editor and national football writer.
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    Over the summer, CSTV.com will be taking a look at the college football schedule, highlighting the top matchups, the can't-miss games and the storylines that make certain contests so intriguing. Check in every Thursday for the heads-up on what games are shaping up to be the best each week, the top offensive matchups, Heisman showcases and a few others that have piqued our interest. 


    While it's still early in the college football season, Week 3 sees half the SEC kick off its conference schedule, headlined by a great early-season matchup. But, being that were only in the middle of September, the week is still mostly dominated by non-conference games. And there are some very good ones out there.




    West Virginia and Maryland meet in College Park for another go-round in their series that's been back and forth over the years, with the winner generally clobbering the loser. And if you're all about a tried-and-true rivalry, there's Iowa-Iowa State. The Cyclones have had a ton of success in the series over the past nine seasons, yet the Hawkeyes will be going for their second straight Cy-Hawk Trophy.


    But for the best action of the day, we head to - you guessed it - the SEC.


    Games of the Week

    Sat., Sept. 15 - Tennessee at Florida

    Doesn't get much bigger than the Vols and Gators. It's been a back and forth battle between Florida and Tennessee in recent years even though Phil Fulmer is just 5-10 against the Gators all-time, thanks in large part to Steve Spurrier. Tennessee leads the all-time series 19-17, but Urban Meyer's starting to rack up a very nice record in the division: He's 9-1 in his two years in Gainesville. This matchup generally comes down to who runs the ball better so all eyes should be on the battle in the trenches.


    Sat., Sept. 15 - Arkansas at Alabama

    Nick Saban welcomes his first conference opponent in the defending SEC West champs to Bryant-Denny Stadium. Saban also gets the pleasure of trying to stop Heisman Trophy favorite Darren McFadden with a rushing defense he hopes will improve on its 124 yards allowed per game mark last season. So here's another SEC game that should be decided with the run.


    Sat., Sept. 15 - Boston College at Georgia Tech  

    It's a potential preview of the ACC Championship Game as the Eagles head south to meet the Yellow Jackets. Should be a good offensive contest. The Eagles will be led by Matt Ryan, one of the underrated quarterbacks in the country, and the Yellow Jackets will have Taylor Bennett, who will be a considerable upgrade over the perennially inconsistent Reggie Ball. Just imagine if Tech still had Calvin Johnson.


    Rivalry of the Week

    Sat., Sept. 15 - Louisville at Kentucky

    This was the game that ended Michael Bush's season last year as the Cardinals rolled their way to a blowout win early in the season. But Kentucky's a more experienced team, one with a potent offense that's going to give the Louisville defense some problems. That trio of Andre' Woodson, Rafael Little and Kennan Burton is underrated. This will be new Cards coach Steve Kragthorpe's first game against a legitimate opponent - and it comes on the road.


    Heisman Showcase of the Week 

    Sat., Sept. 15 - USC at Nebraska

    John David Booty steps squarely into the spotlight in this weekend's primetime game. Going up against 85,000 assembled fans at Memorial Stadium won't be easy in what will be Booty's first chance for everyone in the country to see him play under the lights. In USC's win over the Cornhuskers last September, Booty threw for 257 yards on 25-of-36 passing (his highest completion percentage of the season) for 3 touchdowns. A game like that on the road, on national television, would be priceless for Booty's Heisman resume.


    BCS Buster of the Week

    Sat. Sept. 15 - Notre Dame vs. Michigan

    It's a week that doesn't feature much in the way of BCS-busting potential as Boise State and TCU both have very winnable games against Wyoming and Air Force while Hawai'i is on the road to take on a UNLV team that went 2-10 last season. So we'll give the nod to the Irish who face one of their many rivals. Notre Dame isn't going to sniff the BCS, but you have to figure Charlie Weis will have his team up for this game in The Big House, looking to spoil Michigan's BCS dreams. But do the Irish have the defense to hold down the Wolverines' offense? Absolutely not.