USA TODAY Sports college football staff picks for Week 3 of the season

Sometimes the best weekends are the ones you don't expect to have a lot of drama.

If that's the case, college football fans should be in for a treat in Week 3. There's no games matching ranked opponents and no contests that have obvious College Football Playoff implications. But there's plenty of interesting rivalry and conference showdowns that have potential to make things interesting.

No. 1 Clemson had a hard time dealing with Syracuse the past two seasons, losing once and barely surviving at home last season. The Tigers travel to face the Orange, who will be looking to bounce back after a poor effort against Maryland last week.

Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers carries the ball against Syracuse during their game in 2018. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly, USA TODAY Sports)

Other intriguing conference matchups have No. 6 Ohio State visiting Indiana and No. 8 Florida heading to Kentucky. If in-state rivalries are your thing, there's Iowa State hosting No. 18 Iowa and No. 11 Penn State facing off with Pittsburgh.

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The one game that might be the most interesting sees No. 16 Central Florida clash with Stanford. The Knights have been unbeaten the past two regular seasons and haven't come close to making the playoff. A win against a Pac-12 team could give them an opportunity to have a stronger case this year.


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