Is it really already week 3 of college football? Most teams are still playing non-conference games, but there is a major SEC game this week too. Georgia goes to South Carolina and we will find out what the Gamecocks are really made of. Tennessee and Oklahoma will also face off this weekend. There is some major upset potential in week 3.
Tennessee at 4Oklahoma This has the possibility to be a very good game. Tennessee has looked strong so far even with completely new offensive and defensive lines. Playing the 4th ranked team in the country will show everyone just how good Tennessee is. Oklahoma has played very well against weak competition and has yet to be tested. I think the game will go back in forth to start, but the Sooners will tire out the inexperienced lines of the Volunteers. I don’t think the final score will reflect how close the game actually was. I am picking Oklahoma by less than 2TDs.
6Georgia at 24South Carolina The biggest concern I have for this game is it being in Columbia. I think Georgia is hands down the more talented team, but I don’t know if South Carolina is going to allow two home losses this season. That being said, I think Todd Gurley and the Bulldogs are going to be too much for the Gamecocks. I’m pretty sure UGA is going to hand SCAR their second home SEC loss of the season, but don’t count out the Head Ball Coach until the clocks hit all zeros. This game might be a whole lot closer than some people (including myself) think it will be. I am picking Georgia by 2TDs.
12UCLA at Texas (Arlington) Texas took a beating last weekend at the hands of BYU. UCLA has not been very convincing in their two wins against Virginia and Memphis. They are going to need to do to the Longhorns what BYU did for me to be able to justify them having a spot in the top 15. First-year Texas head coach Charlie Strong also needs to make a statement in this game. He has dismissed 9 players from this team and has nothing to show for it so far. They like to win in Texas, and UT is no longer the top football school in the state. If Strong doesn’t start winning, he might find himself out of a job. I am picking UCLA by at least 10 points.
21Louisville at Virginia This is the second ACC game for Louisville. They handled the first one against Miami and barely broke a sweat. That might once again be the case for the Cardinals. Virginia looked good against UCLA, but UCLA has only looked average against their competition so far. I think Louisville is going to put up some points on the Cavaliers, but there is also the possibility this game will be close for a while, but not for very long. I am picking Louisville by at least 2TDs.
Penn State at Rutgers Rutgers first game in the not-so-great Big Ten, might be a rude awakening, especially in light of what happened earlier this week. The NCAA has lifted Penn State’s bowl ban, effective immediately. The players and coaches on the team are probably going to have new life now that they are really playing for something. Rutgers has plenty of weapons on their roster, but the defense is a question. The Nittany Lions will have to watch out for workhorse RB Paul James and WR Leonte Carroo. The game is in Piscataway, so that will be an advantage to the Scarlet Knights, but I don’t think it will be enough. I am picking Penn State by at least a TD.
Northern Illinois at UNLV This is probably going to be a slaughter. UNLV has looked kind of awful in their two games. They got destroyed by an average Arizona team and only beat FCS Northern Colorado by 1. NIU has had much more success. I don’t think UNLV will get shutout. But they will most likely be blown out. Maybe me writing this will work like reverse psychology, but I don’t think I’m that lucky. The Hogs face the Huskies next weekend, so I will have a close eye on this game (or at least the highlights). I am picking Northern Illinois by more than 2TDs.
Arkansas at Texas Tech Prior to the season I was really worried about this game, especially because it was in Lubbock. But Texas Tech is not as good as I thought they were going to be. While they are 2-0, the wins are close and come against Central Arkansas and UTEP. I think the Hogs have the talent to beat TTU, but they have to play 2 full halves. Thus far they have played great in the first half against Auburn and Nicholls State. Arkansas has scored only 17 2nd half points to 77 points in the first half. The defense also needs to start making the big plays. Whether that is stopping a 3rd down conversion, defending a long pass, or creating a turnover, something needs to happen. The offense has shown they can make plays, but they are going to need some help from the defense this week.
Wyoming at 2Oregon
Southern Miss at 3Alabama
Rice at 7Texas A&M
8Baylor at Buffalo (Fri)
9USC at Boston College
ULM at 10LSU
Purdue at 11Notre Dame (Indianapolis)
Louisiana at 14Ole Miss
Army at 15Stanford
16Arizona State at Colorado
East Carolina at 17Virginia Tech
UCF at 20Missouri
Kent State at 22Ohio State
Houston at 25BYU (Thurs)
Kentucky at Florida
Iowa State at Iowa
Nebraska at Fresno State
Nevada at Arizona