As Cincinnati prepares to host Miami Ohio in the 124th edition of the Victory Bell rivalry, let’s take a look at what else is happening in college football in week 3.
Victory Bell isn’t the only in-state rivalry game
Iowa State hosts Iowa in a game known as the Cy-Hawk. ESPN’s College Gameday will be rebranded to College Amesday, as they visit the Iowa State campus for the first time.
Cincinnati used to have a rivalry trophy with Pitt (River City Rivalry). Pitt left the old Big East for the ACC. On Saturday, they face Penn State.
Statement Weekend for AAC
Three huge non-conference games for the American and a big chance to make statements about it’s place as a “Power 6” team.
First, on Friday, Houston faces #20 Washington State. Houston coach Dana Holgorsen got his first job from Cougars coach Mike Leach.
At noon on Saturday, Temple hosts #21 Maryland. Owls beat the Terps last season, after starting 0-2. Maryland enters the game having scored an absud 143 points in two games.
And the big one is at 3:30 on ESPN, #17 hosts Stanford in arguably the biggest non-conference home game the Knights have ever played.
Read more on what to expect from the AAC this weekend.
Other Games of Notes
#1 Clemson goes to the Carrier Dome to face Syracuse. Last time Clemson played at Syracuse was 2017 and they lost. It was the Tigers last regular season loss. Syracuse was also the only ACC team to lose to Clemson by single digits in 2018.
UCLA, who Cincinnati beat week 1, is 0-2 and hosts red-hot Oklahoma at the Rose Bowl Stadium.
In 2018, Kentucky beat Florida to snap a ridiculous 31 year losing streak. Now, with the Wildcats at home, can they make it two in a row?
#6 Ohio State goes to Indiana, who has lost 23 games to the Buckeyes. It will be interesting to see if Indiana performs any better than Cincinnati did last week.
Alabama plays South Carolina in SEC action for the first time in 9 years! South Carolina won the last meeting in Columbia, where Saturday’s game takes place.
North Carolina faces Wake Forest on Friday night in a NON-conference game. Yes, that’s right. Two ACC teams play each other and it doesn’t count towards ACC play.