Week three of the college football season offers several traditional rivalries besides a number of outstanding head-to-head match-ups between NFL prospects.  Here are just a few to watch, a list that will be added to all weekend.

Friday Night

Nevada vs Cal

This game will be a measuring stick for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, in fact this can be a statement game for Kaepernick.  The Cal defense is one of the best in the Pac Ten; defensive end Cameron Jordan is zipping up draft boards, Michael Mohamed is a terrific football player and cornerback Darian Hagan is an underrated prospect.

Early Saturday Afternoon

Maryland vs West Virginia

During last weeks weekend watched Brent Sobleski spoke in positive terms about Maryland’s linebackers and their ability to stop the Navy option attack.  There’s no rest for the weary as the Terp trio will be up against it again.  The mission this time is to contain West Virginia’s Noel Devine and Jock Sanders.

Saturday Afternoon

Nebraska vs Washington

In our opinion the game of the day and like the Friday night contest, a potential statement game for a highly rated quarterback.  We’ve been critical of Jake Locker the past two podcasts as we feel he’s reverted to old habits of making plays with his athleticism rather than sound quarterback fundamentals.  If this trend continues on Saturday the Blackshirts of NU will eat him for lunch.  Their secondary goes five deep, as in five NFL prospects, and they offer potential domination on the defensive line.

Saturday Night

Texas vs Texas Tech

The Longhorns usually seem to struggle with the Red Raiders, though we don’t see that happening on Saturday.  TT receiver Detron Lewis has watched his play move up and down the past two seasons.  He was terrific in ’08 yet his game took a step back last season when Michael Crabtree was no longer on the roster.  Thus far Lewis, who’s highly rated by NFL scouts, is off to a slow start this season.  He’ll need to quickly pick up the pace as Lewis faces one of the best secondary’s in the nation.  The Longhorn defensive backfield does not have the star quality just yet when compared to Nebraska’s, yet they could be more talented from top to bottom.