09/15/2011 09:24 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

College Football Week 3: Best NCAA Games To Watch This Weekend

Last weekend was a college football fan's delight and, perhaps, a defensive coordinator's nightmare.

With several remarkable finishes, and one game in particular that nobody in Ann Arbor or South Bend will soon forget, a clear message was sent: College football is back, and it means business.

This weekend there are plenty of great contests to keep your eyes on, including a Thursday night game that has the potential for upset written over it, a match up between fading empires, and the second contest this season between teams ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll.

Below are previews of what we feel will be the most exciting games of week 3 in college football.