(CBS Miami)– Week 3 of the assemblage shot play rolls connected this weekend, and the Alabama Crimson Tide person proven to beryllium conscionable arsenic ascendant arsenic ever. Nick Saban’s squad has scored implicit 40 points successful each of its archetypal 2 games, and backmost Bryce Young has 7 touchdowns and nary interceptions. The #1 Crimson Tide caput to Gainesville to instrumentality connected #14 Florida connected CBS this Saturday astatine 3:30 p.m. ET.
CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith chatted with CBS Sports College Football expert Brian Jones astir the large SEC matchup connected CBS, what helium likes astir Young and what Florida tin bash to propulsion disconnected the upset. Jones besides previewed the afloat slate of assemblage shot games connected CBS Sports Network. On Saturday, UConn takes connected Army astatine 12 p.m. ET connected CBS Sports Network, SMU travels to Louisiana Tech astatine 3:30 p.m. ET, Utah and San Diego State conflict astatine 7pm ET. And the nighttime ends with a immense roadworthy trial for #14 Iowa State astatine UNLV.
“I’m anxious to spot if these quarterbacks for Florida, who person conscionable been turning up successful the archetypal 2 games,” said Jones. “Florida is averaging 381 yards connected the ground, and they’ve gone from the fig 1 passing discourtesy to the fig 1 rushing discourtesy successful the aboriginal portion of the season. Can those quarterbacks bash that against tougher competition, which Alabama is going to bring to bear. On the flip side, their defence mislaid a batch of luster successful the Swamp. This volition beryllium a large trial for them, going up against Bryce Young, who has been outstanding arsenic a first-year starter and each those wide receivers helium has astatine his beck and call. Can this Gator defence reclaim immoderate of the glory of years past.”
Meanwhile, it’s been a unsmooth commencement to the play for the UConn Huskies. They are 0-3, and Randy Edsall resigned arsenic caput coach. Their hostile connected Saturday is Army, who has not mislaid a crippled this twelvemonth and is coming disconnected an awesome show against Western Kentucky. Jones likes what the Black Knights tin bash connected the crushed successful this game.
“You should look for different beatdown for UConn,” said Jones. “It hasn’t been going bully is an nether statement. They are astir arsenic rotten arsenic an unfastened grave. Army had a fantastic triumph past week against Western Kentucky. Army was really passing connected the Hilltoppers. They opened up the crippled with touchdown passes and that loosened up that beforehand and past they were capable to bash what they bash champion successful tally the rock. They are going to tally done UConn similar moving water.”
At 3:30pm ET connected Saturday, CBS Sports Network volition diagnostic an intriguing matchup betwixt SMU & Louisiana Tech. SMU has a bigtime offense, but Jones thinks Louisiana Tech volition beryllium acceptable to enactment up a bully combat successful this one.
“Louisiana Tech is going to beryllium a pugnacious out, they ever are,” said Jones. “SMU likes to chuck it astir and Sonny Dykes besides wants immoderate balance. He likes to tally the stone and besides beryllium carnal successful the trenches. We’ll spot if they execute that. Skip Holtz has the aforesaid mindset. He teaches a carnal marque of football, truthful it should beryllium beauteous exciting.”
On Saturday night, Utah, retired of the Pac-12, volition look to rebound aft a nonaccomplishment to BYU with a roadworthy crippled against San Diego State. The Aztecs conscionable went to the University of Arizona and took down the Wildcats 38-14, and that proved to Jones that they are not acrophobic of anyone.
“San Diego State is not acrophobic of the Pac-12,” said Jones. “I deliberation they’ve won their past 4 oregon 5 versus Pac-12 schools, including past play against Arizona. Utah has to prime up the pieces aft losing to their rival BYU. They didn’t artifact good upfront, and they weren’t arsenic carnal arsenic Kyle Whittingham teams usually are. They person to find that crippled again arsenic acold arsenic winning successful the trenches. If they tin bash that, I deliberation they win. San Diego State wants to tally the ball. Greg Bell and others successful that backfield tally downhill and consecutive astatine you. I think, if you tin halt them and unit San Diego State to walk the ball, Utah has a bully accidental of winning the shot game. But don’t slumber connected Aztecs.”
The nighttime of assemblage shot connected CBS Sports Network wraps up with a bigtime matchup betwixt #14 Iowa State and UNLV. The Cyclones mislaid by 10 to the rival Iowa Hawkeyes past week and volition beryllium looking to get it unneurotic against a UNLV squad that has yet to triumph a crippled successful 2021. Jones thinks this is conscionable what the doc ordered for Iowa State.
“Iowa State was out-physicaled past week verses their rival Iowa,” said Jones. “Iowa offensively didn’t person a ton of yardage, but they benefited from the turnovers. Interceptions, fumbles and that defence was conscionable unthinkable going up against Breece Hall and Brock Purdy. UNLV has been competitory successful the aboriginal portion of the season, and they’re 0-2. And I judge Matt Campbell volition person his squad acceptable and get that atrocious sensation retired of their rima and get a overmuch needed triumph connected the road.”