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

College Football Week 3 Picks and Predictions

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Week 3 of the college football season may not offer up many truly marquee matchups besides the Georgia-South Carolina showdown. However, there’s still plenty of  intriguing action on the board for bettors to get excited about.

Here’s a look at the ATS and total picks and complete game predictions for every Saturday game.

College Football Week 2 Picks: Predictions For Saturday’s Games

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The slate for Week 2 of the college football season certainly leaves a bit to be desired, since many of the top-ranked teams in the country have chosen to feast on non-conference cupcakes.

Luckily, there are at least a few marquee matchups such as Oregon-Michigan State, Stanford and USC and Michigan-Notre Dame that are worth getting excited about.

Here’s a look a the picks and predictions for all of today’s games.

College Football Week 1 Picks: Predicting Every Saturday Game

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The first Saturday of the 2014 college football season is filled with plenty of lopsided matchups, as most of the top-ranked teams in the country will be opening their campaigns by chomping on cupcake opponents.

Luckily, though, there are two intriguing big battles— Wisconsin-LSU and Clemson-Georgia—that should satisfy the needs of die-hard fans. There are also a few under-the-radar showdowns that should end up offering up some surprising entertainment as well.

Here’s a look at the complete predictions for every Saturday game of Week 1.

College Football Week 9 Picks: Predictions For Every Saturday Game

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Week 8 of the college football season turned out to be the wildest and most entertaining weekend of the season so far. Big-name contenders like LSU, Texas A&M, Clemson, UCLA and Louisville all tasted defeat in what turned out to be a weekend filled with stunning upsets.

This week, the top three teams in the country—Alabama, Florida State and Oregon—are all heavy favorites. However, other top 10 teams such as Stanford, Missouri and Texas Tech are all facing tough challenges.

So should we expect any more big, standings-shaking upsets this week?

Here’s a look at the predictions and picks for every Saturday game of Week 9.

College Football Week 8 Picks: Predictions For Every Saturday Game

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The much-anticipated ACC showdown between No. 3 Clemson and No. 5 Florida State is clearly the biggest and most hyped game of Week 8 of the college football season. However, the battle between the Seminoles and Tigers in Death Valley isn’t the only intriguing matchup on Saturday’s slate.

Other conference clashes such as UCLA vs. Stanford, Washington vs. Arizona State, Florida vs. Missouri and Auburn vs. Texas A&M should all be worth tuning in for as well. There’s certainly plenty of quality action to please the palates of fans this weekend. The question is, which teams will ultimately prevail?

After going 6-0 on my “super six picks” in Week 6, and 5-1 last week, here’s a look at the six bets I like the most for Week 8, along with predictions for every single Saturday game.

College Football Week 5 Picks and Predictions For Every Saturday Game

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Week 4 of the college football season somehow managed to be even worse than many were predicting. After last week’s abominable slate of games, college football fans should consider themselves lucky, because there are plenty more intriguing matchups such as LSU-Georgia, Wisconsin-Ohio State and Oklahoma-Notre Dame to get excited about this weekend.

Week 5 marks the real beginning of conference play. This weekend should give us some good early indications of which top teams are really ready to compete for a championship.

Here’s a look at full predictions and picks for every Saturday game.

Note: All Lines Courtesy of Covers.com

Marquee Game of the Week (LSU at Georgia) PickLSU Tigers

So far this season, no other player in college football has displayed the type of dramatic improvement as LSU QB Zach Mettenberger has. Following a mediocre debut campaign in 2012, Mettenberger has looked like a completely different quarterback this year in Cam Cameron’s offensive system, as he’s completed 64 percent of his passes, averaged over 11 yards per attempt and thrown 10 touchdowns compared to just one interception.

Now the question is: Can Mettenberger oud-duel one of college football’s top quarterbacks, Georgia’s Aaron Murray, in a hostile road environment?

Personally, I think he can.

Mettenberger and his group of explosive offensive weapons such as RB Jeremy Hill and receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry should do plenty of damage to a Bulldogs defense that is still showing its inexperience early in the season.

Though they’re ranked No. 6 in the current AP Poll, the Tigers have been somewhat flying under the radar so far this season, as the media’s focused mainly on their two SEC West division counterparts: Alabama and Texas A&M.

Make no mistake about it, though, LSU is a team that has the talent to not only compete for an SEC title, but a national championship as well. This tough road test early in the season will give Les Miles’ squad a chance to make a big statement to the nation. The Tigers should make the most of the opportunity.

 


Top “Against the Spread” Pick Of the Day
Washington Huskies (-10)

Like LSU, Washington is another team that has been a bit overshadowed by its conference counterparts like Oregon and Stanford so far this season. Nevertheless, the Huskies have looked like a legitimate conference contender thus far, and they should continue their impressive run with a big win over an undefeated Arizona team that has yet to face a quality defense. 

The Huskies dominant defense, which is allowing just 10 points and 279 yards per game, should be able to keep the Wildcats’ star rusher Ka’Deem Carey properly contained, and force first-year starting quarterback B.J. Denker to try to win the game with his arm.

Unfortunately, Denker simply won’t be able to keep up with Washington’s offensive attack, which is led by one of the top running backs in the nation, Bishop Sankey.

Before the season, Carey was the Pac-12 running back who received most of the recognition and publicity. But in this game, it will be Sankey, who proves who the conference’s top rusher really is.

 


Top “Total” Pick Of the Day: Oklahoma-Notre Dame — Under 50

This is a game that is seemingly shaping up to be a rather low-scoring defensive battle.

Notre Dame’s defense, led by the dangerous defensive line duo of Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix, should cause plenty of problems for Oklahoma QB Blake Bell, who has yet to shed his one-dimensional label.

This is simply not a vintage Sooners offense, as we saw in the poor performance against West Virginia a few weeks ago. The Irish have the pieces in the front-seven to cause plenty of problems for Bell and Oklahoma offense.

On the other side, Oklahoma’s secondary, led by standout CB Aaron Colvin, should be able to neutralize the threat that Notre Dame’s dynamic receiving duo of TJ Jones and Davaris Daniels present.

These two teams combined to score just 43 points in last year’s meeting. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if they scored even less in this year’s game.

 

Upset Special: Wisconsin Badgers Over Ohio State Buckeyes

This matchup represents the case of one team, Ohio State, being overrated coming into the season, while the other, Wisconsin, was undervalued.

The Buckeyes received plenty of hype this season, but what exactly have they proven so far this season to deserve such lofty praise?

The Buckeyes have yet to face a defense the caliber of the Badgers, and they’ve yet to see an offensive playmaker who can do the type of things that Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon can do.

Admittedly, it’s a bit difficult to trust first-year Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen in his first tough conference road game. But I still expect Andersen to have his players ready to compete, and he should have them motivated and ready to avenge last year’s 21-14 loss to the Buckeyes.

 

The 10 Best Bets Of the Day

  • Washington Huskies (-10)
  • LSU Tigers (+3)
  • Rice Owls (-13.5)
  • Wisconsin Badgers (+6)
  • East Carolina Pirates (+12)
  • Buffalo Bulls (+1)
  • Iowa Hawkeyes (-2)
  • USC Trojans (+3.5)
  • Pittsburgh Panthers (-5.5)
  • Missouri Tigers (-21.5)

Full Predictions For Every Saturday Game…

 

Miami Hurricanes at South Florida Bulls

Spread: Miami (-19)

Total: 47

Picks: South Florida (+19), Under

Prediction: Miami 31, USF 17

 

Oklahoma State Cowboys at West Virginia Mountaineers

Spread: Oklahoma State (-19)

Total: 57

Picks: Oklahoma State (-19), Over

Prediction: Oklahoma State 45, West Virginia 21

 

Miami (Ohio) RedHawks at Illinois Fighting Illini

Spread: Illinois (-25)

Total: 50.5

Picks: Illinois (-25), Under

Prediction: Illinois 38, Miami (Ohio) 10

 

South Carolina Gamecocks at UCF Knights

Spread: South Carolina (-7)

Total: 53

Picks: UCF (+7), Under

Prediction: South Carolina 27, UCF 23

 

SMU Mustangs at TCU Horned Frogs

Spread: TCU (-19.5)

Total: 52.5

Picks: SMU (+19.5), Over

Prediction: TCU 35, SMU 24

 

Northern Illinois Huskies at Purdue Boilermakers

Spread: Northern Illinois (-3.5)

Total: 59

Picks: Northern Illinois (-3.5), Over

Prediction: Northern Illinois 38, Purdue 28

 

South Alabama Jaguars at Tennessee Volunteers

Spread: Tennessee (-18.5)

Total: 53.5

Picks: South Alabama (+18.5), Under

Prediction: Tennessee 31, South Alabama 17

 

East Carolina Pirates at North Carolina Tar Heels

Spread: North Carolina (-12)

Total: 60.5

Picks: East Carolina (+12), Over

Prediction: East Carolina 38, North Carolina 35

 

Virginia Cavaliers at Pittsburgh Panthers

Spread: Pittsburgh (-5.5)

Total: 50.5

Picks: Pittsburgh (-5.5), Over

Prediction: Pittsburgh 34, Virginia 24

 

Navy Midshipmen at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Spread: Navy (-3)

Total: 57.5

Picks: Western Kentucky (+3), Over

Prediction: Western Kentucky 35, Navy 28

 

Akron Zips at Bowling Green Falcons

Spread: Bowling Green (-14)

Total: 54.5

Picks: Akron (+14), Under

Prediction: Bowling Green 27, Akron 20

 

Colorado Buffaloes at Oregon State Beavers

Spread: Oregon State (-11)

Total: 59.5

Picks: Oregon State (-11), Over

Prediction: Oregon State 45, Colorado 24

 

Troy Trojans at Duke Blue Devils

Spread: Duke

Total: 68.5

Picks: Troy (+13), Over

Prediction: Duke 49, Troy 38

 

Toledo Rockets at Ball State Cardinals

Spread: Ball State (-2.5)

Total: 67

Picks: Ball State (-2.5), Over

Prediction: Ball State 42, Toledo 34

 

Connecticut Huskies at Buffalo Bulls

Spread: Connecticut (-1)

Total: 48.5

Picks: Buffalo (+1), Under

Prediction: Buffalo 24, Connecticut 17

 

UTEP Miners at Colorado State Rams

Spread: Colorado State (-14)

Total: 53

Picks: UTEP (+14), Under

Prediction: Colorado State 30, UTEP 19

 

Oklahoma Sooners at Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Spread: Oklahoma (-3.5)

Total: 50

Picks: Oklahoma (-3.5), Under

Prediction: Oklahoma 28, Notre Dame 17

 

Iowa Hawkeyes at Minnesota Golden Gophers

Spread: Iowa (-2)

Total: 46

Picks: Iowa (-2), Over

Prediction: Iowa 34, Minnesota 27

 

Central Michigan Chippewas at NC State Wolfpack

Spread: NC State (-23.5)

Total: 52

Picks: NC State (-23.5), Under

Prediction: NC State 38, Central Michigan 13

 

Florida State Seminoles at Boston College Eagles

Spread: Florida State (-23.5)

Total: 53.5

Picks: Boston College (+23.5), Over

Prediction: Florida State 35, Boston College 21

 

Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Clemson Tigers

Spread: Clemson (-28.5)

Total: 58.5

Picks: Clemson (-28.5), Over

Prediction: Clemson 59, Wake Forest 24

 

LSU Tigers at Georgia Bulldogs

Spread: Georgia (-3)

Total: 62

Picks: LSU (+3), Over

Prediction: LSU 37, Georgia 33

 

Army Black Knights at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Spread: Louisiana Tech (-2)

Total: 52.5

Picks: Louisiana Tech (-2), Under

Prediction: Louisiana Tech 24, Army 17

 

Houston Cougars at UTSA RoadRunners

Spread: Houston (-2.5)

Total: 64

Picks: UTSA (+2.5), Over

Prediction: UTSA 38, Houston 35

 

Temple Owls at Idaho Vandals

Spread: Temple (-7)

Total: 55.5

Picks: Temple (-7), Under

Prediction: Temple 31, Idaho 21

 

Ole Miss Rebels at Alabama Crimson Tide

Spread: Alabama (-14.5)

Total: 55

Picks: Alabama (-14.5), Under

Prediction: Alabama 35, Ole Miss 17

 

Arizona Wildcats at Washington Huskies

Spread: Washington (-10)

Total: 62

Picks: Washington (-10), Over

Prediction: Washington 45, Arizona 24

 

Tulane Green Wave at UL-Monroe Warhawks

Spread: UL-Monroe (-13.5)

Total: 55

Picks: UL-Monroe (-13.5) , Over

Prediction: UL-Monroe 38, Tulane 21

 

Kent State Golden Flashes at Western Michigan Broncos

Spread: Western Michigan (-2.5)

Total: 50

Picks: Western Michigan (-2.5), Under

Prediction: Western Michigan 27, Kent State 20

 

Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats

Spread: Florida (-12)

Total: 47

Picks: Kentucky (+12), Under

Prediction: Florida 26, Kentucky 16

 

Texas A&M Aggies at Arkansas Razorbacks

Spread: Texas A&M (-14)

Total: 62

Picks: Arkansas (+14), Under

Prediction: Texas A&M 35, Arkansas 24

 

Florida Atlantic Owls at Rice Owls

Spread: Rice (-13.5)

Total: 52.5

Picks: Rice (-13.5), Over

Prediction: Rice 41, Florida Atlantic 20

 

Wyoming Cowboys at Texas State Bobcats

Spread: Wyoming (-12)

Total: 55.5

Picks: Wyoming (-12), Over

Prediction: Wyoming 38, Texas State 21

 

UAB Blazers at Vanderbilt Commodores

Spread: Vanderbilt (-19.5)

Total: 56.5

Picks: UAB (+19.5), Under

Prediction: Vanderbilt 33, UAB 17

 

Arkansas State Red Wolves at Missouri Tigers

Spread: Missouri (-21.5)

Total: 62.5

Picks: Missouri (-21.5), Over

Prediction: Missouri 49, Arkansas State 14

 

Air Force Falcons at Nevada Wolf Pack

Spread: Nevada (-10)

Total: 59

Picks: Air Force (+10), Under

Prediction: Nevada 31, Air Force 24

 

San Diego State Aztecs at New Mexico State Aggies

Spread: San Diego State (-17.5)

Total: 54

Picks: San Diego State (-17.5), Under

Prediction: San Diego State 35, New Mexico State 10

 

UNLV Rebels at New Mexico Lobos

Spread: UNLV (-2.5)

Total: 54

Picks: UNLV (-2.5), Under

Prediction: UNLV 28, New Mexico 20

 

Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio State Buckeyes

Spread: Ohio State (-6)

Total: 55.5

Picks: Wisconsin(+6), Over

Prediction: Wisconsin 34, Ohio State 30

 

Stanford Cardinal at Washington State Cougars

Spread: Stanford (-9.5)

Total: 47.5

Picks: Stanford (-9.5), Under

Prediction: Stanford 31, Washington State 14

 

Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Boise State Broncos

Spread: Boise State (-27.5)

Total: 56.5

Picks: Boise State (-27.5), Over

Prediction: Boise State 52, Southern Miss 17

 

California Golden Bears at Oregon Ducks

Spread: Oregon (-37)

Total: 82

Picks: Oregon (-37), Over

Prediction: Oregon 66, Cal 21

 

USC Trojans at Arizona State Sun Devils

Spread: Arizona State (-3.5)

Total: 49.5

Picks: USC (+3.5), Under

Prediction: USC 24, Arizona State 21

 

Fresno State Bulldogs at Hawaii Warriors

Spread: Fresno State (-18.5)

Total: 58.5

Picks: Fresno State (-18.5), Over

Prediction: Fresno State 49, Hawaii 21