Welcome to week three of the college football season and we get a full day of highly touted quarterback prospects playing.
Who shines, who wilts and all of the in between.
Stealing Justin’s previews from yesterday, all times are Eastern so get up early to see Mason Rudolph and end your evening with a Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, and QB1 Lamar Jackson triple feature (Jackson is QB1 based off what he has done this year and last I reserve the right to change my mind but he is 100% a QB and should not switch positions).
Oklahoma State at Pitt Saturday Noon ET
At one point last week against Penn State, Pitt QB Max Browne got his helmet knocked off and had to leave the game. His backup Ben Dinucci entered and promptly scored the Panthers’ only touchdown. Afterwards, Head Coach Pat Narduzzi acknowledged that DiNucci proved a spark. Narduzzi said early this week that Browne would remain the starter, but the graduate transfer’s hold on the job is tenuous at best.
LSU at Mississippi State Saturday 7:00 PM ET
The hottest take I saw this week was Tony Pauline’s tweet Wednesday that included Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald in a top-five of draft-eligible quarterbacks. Prior to that, I had thought of him as a long shot to declare for the daft after his junior season. Fitzgerald and company have a tough test against the Tigers, who get pass rusher Arden Key back this week. He had been recovering from offseason rotator cuff surgery. Key will face off against highly-touted State offensive lineman Martinas Rankin.
Oregon at Wyoming Saturday 7:00 PM ET
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen licked his wounds from a Week One thrashing at Iowa and carved up FCS Gardner-Webb last weekend. Now he gets his second tough test of the season, facing a hot Oregon team.
Clemson at Louisville Saturday 8:00 PM ET
Lamar Jackson is the Heisman favorite again, and he hosts a Clemson defense led by Wilkins, sophomore pass rusher Clelin Farrell, and junior linebacker Kendall Joseph.