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Nevertheless, the winner will collect a key nonconference victory in the marquee showdown for Week 3. This is a chance for TCU to score a victory that might resonate almost as much as a Big 12 championship. That's the highlight of a Week 3 schedule that includes just two other matchups between ranked teams, including No. With that in mind, here is the rest of our Week 3 primer. Alabama and Ohio State are the two most successful programs this decade. The Crimson Tide are , and the Buckeyes are close behind at There is no love lost between the teams since Ohio State beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and now there's another wrinkle to the competition.

Sure, West Virginia's Will Grier is the early clubhouse leader with yards and nine touchdowns. Tagovailoa, however, ranks first among Power 5 quarterbacks in passing efficiency at He's 25 of 35 with six touchdowns and no interceptions and has yet to play a complete game. Haskins ranks third among Power 5 quarterbacks with a South Carolina's Jake Bentley, who passed for yards and four touchdowns to four receivers in a victory against Coastal Carolina on Saturday, has that spotlight against No.

The Gamecocks have shifted to a more up-tempo offense with new offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon. That's part of the reason while we're doing this.

Georgia has won the last three meetings. Bentley, meanwhile, is against ranked teams as a starter, and he averages If he can change that against the Bulldogs and put up good numbers to go with it, he could make some Heisman noise. SN's Week 2 Power Rankings. Five Pac coaches made their debut last week.

UCLA is a long shot to win at No. The Bruins were held to just yards. What about the rest? The latter distinction was the result of a relatively off stretch in February during which they lost three out of six games. First and foremost was the play of point guard Jalen Brunson and wing Mikal Bridges, who averaged a near-identical What might be concerning is its defense, which ranks 22nd nationally but has proven susceptible, allowing 1.

The Shockers have their highest seed since entering the tournament undefeated in , but the matchups are less than comforting thanks to the unusual styles they will encounter. First up is Marshall, a No. And then, as with any No. To get there, Wichita State better prepare to slow down its first opponent, then avoid getting sped up by its likely second.

This might seem like a stretch. More people are griping about them being seeded too highly at No. That draft pick is Collin Sexton, who is averaging Either of their potential opponents, who will play Thursday in Dayton, present potentially difficult matchups. UCLA is an uptempo team that can shoot the three-ball well and is led by a guard, Aaron Holiday, who just put up point games on consecutive nights in the Pac tournament. Bonaventure has its own potential big-game scorer in senior Jaylen Adams Still, the Wildcats are too good in general and playing too well now to see them failing to reach at least the Elite Eight.

In a squeaker, that gives us a No. But frankly, Villanova is the No. A year after another first-weekend flameout, the Wildcats live up to their seeding and head to San Antonio. The Midwest is headlined by a program that knows a thing or two about being a No.

This marks the eighth time in 12 seasons, as well as the third consecutive season, that the Jayhawks earned a spot on the top line. This region has something for everyone: Kansas will cruise into the NCAAs following its second Big 12 tournament title in three years—before that, the Jayhawks won a record-setting 14th consecutive regular season conference title.

In the league tournament, they beat Oklahoma State by 14 points only five days after the Cowboys took down Kansas in Stillwater, then handled in-state rival Kansas State in the semis and West Virginia in the finals. The Sooners got off to a really promising start this season, winning 12 of their first 13 games and rising as high as No. But they had a rough time navigating the rigorous Big Oklahoma posted an record against league competition and at one point dropped six games in a row.

Young is in the closing stretch of an awesome freshman campaign, but Graham was better than him against Big 12 competition. If Kansas is seriously tested before the second weekend, trust that Graham will lead it to safety. In Jared Terrell, the Rams have a first-team all-Atlantic 10 guard who can strain defenses by knocking down three-point shots, getting to the free-throw line and converting his attempts once there at a favorable rate.

And at full strength, fellow senior E. Matthews gives Rhode Island another dangerous perimeter scorer. The Rams are going to have their hands full trying to contain Young, but Oklahoma also has to reckon with a big defensive challenge.

This might be the best team Tigers head coach Brad Brownell has had since he took over the program prior to the season. That said, Clemson could be in danger of being sent home in the first round. The Aggies upended Miami on Dec. The West contains the most vulnerable-looking No. This feels wide open.






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