2007 Football Schedule Planner - Week 3
SEC showdown is the headliner
June 7, 2007
By Adam Caparell
Adam is CSTV.com's football editor and national football writer.
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
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
Doesn't get much bigger than the Vols and Gators. It's been a back and forth battle between
Sat., Sept. 15 -
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.
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
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
Heisman Showcase of the Week
Sat., Sept. 15 - USC at
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
It's a week that doesn't feature much in the way of BCS-busting potential as