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2015 College Football Betting – NCAA Football Rundown For Saturday, September 19

Posted by Blake Frazier on 9/14/2015 11:42:49 PM

The college football season moves into week three, and the definition of the journey gets a little bit clearer as we move along. Let’s look at the four main television games in store for us this Saturday night:

1 – California at Texas

This is a game which, if you had mentioned the matchup five or six years ago, would have easily been one Texas should win. However, Texas is not in the place it was back then. The Longhorns are struggling, and even though they beat Rice last week, they snapped the ball roughly half as much as the Owls did. The Longhorns’ offense is still greatly unproven, with quarterback Tyrone Swoopes not offering much cause for optimism.

On the other hand, Cal quarterback Jared Goff is continuing to grow and develop in head coach Sonny Dykes’ system. The Golden Bears have played weak teams in their first two games, but they are 2-0 and they are in a reasonably good rhythm on offense. This is a road game for Cal, but with the Golden Bears playing a lot better than the Longhorns, it’s up to Texas to show that it can raise its quality of play and give coach Charlie Strong an important win. This feels like Cal’s game to lose, but Texas – after two games – might be ready to round into shape in week three.

2 – Stanford at USC

This is the first really big Pac-12 Conference game of the year. Last week, Oregon lost the biggest Pac-12 game of the non-conference season when it fell to Michigan State, but now the conference race gets underway with this very pivotal game. Last year, Stanford moved the ball to or inside the USC 40 on a regular basis, from the first quarter through the last. However, the Cardinal simply could not score. They wasted almost all of those promising drives and the good field position that went with them. The 13-10 loss was one of the most difficult setbacks of thee 2014 season, and what’s worse for Stanford is that it set in motion a trend in which the Cardinal didn’t make winning plays in games whose outcomes hung in the balance.

Stanford will try to solve its red zone issues this season, but USC has a defense which is hungry and fast. The big key in this game will be the play of Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan. He knows he let something get away from him last year against USC. Now, he wants to get it back.

3 – Ole Miss at Alabama

The big news attached to this game is that Ole Miss defensive back Tee Shepard will sit out the first half of this game due to a targeting violation in the Rebels’ previous game this past weekend. In order for Ole Miss to win in Alabama, it cannot afford stupid plays and suspensions such as that. Alabama has looked good through two weeks. Ole Miss faces an uphill battle with Shepard missing a half.

4 – BYU at UCLA

The big story here is that BYU is still unbeaten after another Hail Mary. It might not have been a classic Hail Mary, but it was improbable just the same and equally as successful as last week’s Hail Mary against Nebraska. BYU stunned Boise State with a one-in-a-million throw. Now, BYU tries to stay unbeaten this season and win at UCLA. If BYU can get past this game, discussion is going to grow about the possibility the Cougars could be invited to the College Football Playoff.

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