Every college football season, the good old “Is the SEC overrated?” debate will inevitably get trotted out at some point. This year, it only took two weeks for the media to manufacture drama with that very question thanks in large part to the league’s rather lackluster overall showing on the second Saturday of the season.
Arkansas losing 16-12 to Toledo at home, Tennessee falling apart and giving up a 17-3 halftime lead and eventually losing 31-24 to Oklahoma at home and Auburn barely pulling out a victory in overtime against FCS opponent Jacksonville State were the three results that caused many to reevaluate just how strong and deep college football’s so-called most powerful conference truly is this year.
Since the season is just two weeks old, it’s too early to make sweeping judgments about just how good the SEC really is this year. Still, one thing’s for sure — the spotlight is still shining brightly on the Southeastern Conference, no matter what the league’s growing number of critics and detractors might be saying.
The two marquee games of Week 3 are both SEC showdowns: No. 2 Alabama hosting No. 15 Ole Miss and No. 13 LSU hosting No. 18 Auburn.
Sure, other games such as Georgia Tech vs. Notre Dame, BYU vs. UCLA and Stanford vs. USC will draw their fair share of national interest. But there’s no doubt that the battle of the Tigers and the Tide seeking revenge against the Rebels are the two most intriguing battles of Week 3.
The college football world will have its eyes set on Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa on Saturday, but there will be plenty of other great action around the rest of the country that will be worth paying attention to as well.
Here’s a look at the complete list of picks and predictions for every Saturday game.
*Note: All betting lines and totals courtesy of Covers.com
*Only games involving two FBS programs are included.
Saturday’s Super Six Picks
USC Trojans (-9.5)
Ole Miss Rebels (+7)
Florida Atlantic Owls (-1)
Northwestern Wildcats (+4)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (+2.5)
Missouri Tigers (-22.5)
Picks For Every Saturday Game
|Air Force at Michigan State (-24.5)||54||AF (+24.5), OVER|
|Kent State at Minnesota (-24.5)||46||MINN (-24.5), UNDER|
|UNLV at Michigan (-34.5)||48||MICH (-34.5), OVER|
|Illinois at North Carolina (-8)||63.5||UNC (-8), OVER|
|Wake Forest (-6) at Army||50||ARMY (+6), UNDER|
|Buffalo at Florida Atlantic (-1)||63.5||FAU (-1), OVER|
|Tulsa at Oklahoma (-30)||71||TULS (+30), UNDER|
|South Florida at Maryland (-7)||51.5||MARY (-7), UNDER|
|Nevada at Texas A&M (-34)||65||TAMU (-34), OVER|
|Connecticut at Missouri (-22.5)||41||MIZZ (-22.5), UNDER|
|Northwestern at Duke (-4)||48.5||NW (+4), OVER|
|Central Michigan at Syracuse (-8.5)||44.5||CMU (+8.5), UNDER|
|Georgia State at Oregon (-44.5)||72||ORE (-44.5), UNDER|
|Rice (-7.5) at North Texas||55||Rice (-7.5), OVER|
|Louisiana Tech at Kansas State (-10)||50.5||LT (+10), UNDER|
|Temple (-13.5) at Massachusetts||54.5||TEMP (-13.5), UNDER|
|Ball State (-4.5) at Eastern Michigan||63||EMU (+4.5), OVER|
|Memphis (-3) at Bowling Green||78.5||MEMP (-3), OVER|
|Georgia Tech (-2.5) at Notre Dame||55.5||ND (+2.5), UNDER|
|Nebraska at Miami (-3)||59.5||MIA (-3), OVER|
|East Carolina at Navy (-4.5)||57.5||NAVY (-4.5), UNDER|
|Cincinnati (-20) at Miami (Ohio)||60||CINC (-20), OVER|
|Troy at Wisconsin (-34.5)||58.5||WISC (-34.5), UNDER|
|UTSA at Oklahoma State (-26.5)||56||OSU (-26.5), UNDER|
|Northern Illinois at Ohio State (-35)||66.5||OSU (-35), OVER|
|Virginia Tech (-6.5) at Purdue||49||PURD (+6.5), UNDER|
|Auburn at LSU (-6.5)||48.5||LSU (-6.5), OVER|
|Western Kentucky at Indiana (-1)||72.5||IND (-1), OVER|
|Utah State at Washington (-7)||44||WAS (-7), UNDER|
|South Carolina at Georgia (-16.5)||53||GEOR (-16.5), OVER|
|Texas Tech at Arkansas (-11.5)||71||ARK (-11.5), UNDER|
|N.C. State (-17.5) at Old Dominion||58.5||ODU (+17.5), UNDER|
|Colorado (-3) at Colorado State||57||COL (-3), OVER|
|Southern Miss at Texas State (-3)||68||SM (+3), OVER|
|Charlotte at Middle Tennessee (-21)||64||MTU (-21), UNDER|
|California (-6.5) at Texas||58||CAL (-6.5), UNDER|
|Florida (-3.5) at Kentucky||52.5||KENT (+3.5), UNDER|
|Stanford at USC (-9.5)||50||USC (-9.5), UNDER|
|Rutgers at Penn State (-9)||46||PSU (-9), UNDER|
|Pittsburgh at Iowa (-5.5)||47||PITT (+5.5), UNDER|
|South Alabama at San Diego State (-17.5)||46||SDSU (-17.5), OVER|
|UTEP (-3) at New Mexico State||61||UTEP (-3), OVER|
|San Jose State at Oregon State (-7)||49.5||SJSU (+7), UNDER|
|SMU at TCU (-37)||67||TCU (-37), UNDER|
|Iowa State at Toledo (-7)||58||TOL (-7), OVER|
|Wyoming at Washington State (-24.5)||66||WSU (-24.5), OVER|
|Ole Miss at Alabama (-7)||53||MISS (+7), UNDER|
|Utah (-14) at Fresno State||52.5||FRES (+14), UNDER|
|BYU at UCLA (-16.5)||60||UCLA (-16.5), OVER|