NCAA Football: Ranking Week 3's Best Games

9/12/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

2. #16 UCLA at #23 Nebraska - 12 PM ET, ABC

Aug 31, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins coach Jim Mora throws a pass before the game against the Nevada Wolf Pack at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Bruins enter this game with a heavy heart after the tragic passing of walk-on wide receiver Nick Pasquale. You never know how a team of college kids will respond to this type of situation. It's difficult to look at this game in the same light because of that, even if it is an early-season battle between Top 25 teams.

From a football standpoint, the key to the game will be UCLA's ability to stop Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. But from a purely emotional standpoint, UCLA will have a lot of fans around the country this weekend regardless of the outcome.

1. #1 Alabama at #6 Texas A&M - 3:30 PM ET, CBS

Sep 7, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) looks for an open receiver during the first quarter against the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Not all big games live up to the hype. This one will. Alabama is seeking revenge on Texas A&M from a season ago, and this is going to be one fantastic college football game. Can Alabama's defense contain Johnny Manziel? That's really the biggest question heading into this one, and ultimately, is the one that will decide the outcome in this game.

Beating the Crimson Tide two years in a row would be a monumental accomplishment for Kevin Sumlin's program. But, as we know, teams and coaches are remembered for championships. If Texas A&M can do the unthinkable and knock off Nick Saban and company yet again, not only will they be in prime position for an SEC title, but for a national title as well. Get your popcorn ready. This is going to be a beauty.

 
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