College Football Week 3 Picks and Predictions

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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

Matchup Total Picks
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
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