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College Football Saturday Open Thread: Week 3

The Vikings don’t play until tomorrow evening, but you can spend your Saturday watching some of the stars of tomorrow.

NCAA Football: Louisville at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Saturday morning, ladies and gentlemen! We know that the Minnesota Vikings don’t play until Sunday night when they officially open up U.S. Bank Stadium, but Saturdays are for college football, and we’re giving you a spot to talk about what’s happening on the college gridiron today with your fellow Vikings fans. The local team, the Minnesota Golden Gophers, have this week off, but there’s going to be plenty of great action around everywhere you look.

For me, personally, the big game of the week once again involves the five-time, five-time, five-time, five-time, five-time reigning and defending FCS National Champions, the Bison of North Dakota State University. They’re facing a pretty significant challenge today, as they take to the road to travel to Kinnick Stadium for a battle with the 13th-ranked team in the FBS, the Iowa Hawkeyes. Kickoff for that one is set for 11 AM Central time, and it will be shown on ESPN 2.

We also have a first in college football, apparently, as the top three teams in the country will all be playing road games against ranked opponents.

-The #1 team in America, the Alabama Crimson Tide, take to the road to battle an SEC foe in 19th-ranked Rebels of Ole Miss. That game is slated for a 2:30 PM Central kickoff and will be shown on CBS.

-The Florida State Seminoles, the #2 team in the polls, goes on the road to battle with Teddy Bridgewater’s alma mater, the University of Louisville, ranked #10 in the country. That one is set to kick off at 11 AM Central and will be broadcast on ABC.

-The featured game in prime time will feature THE. . .dramatic pause. . .Ohio State University, the #3 ranked team in America, traveling to Norman to battle the 14th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. BAH GAWD! That game will be shown on FOX, and is set for a 6:30 PM Central time kickoff.

There’s one other game matching teams in the Top 25, as the Michigan State Spartans (#12) travel to South Bend to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (#18). That one will kick off on NBC at 6:30 PM Central time.

That’s not nearly all the action that we’ll be seeing in college football today, but those are the highlights. If you’re going to be watching the games this afternoon, feel free to stop on by and share any thoughts and observations you might have.