College football goes to another level in Week 3 as conference play begins to open up across the nation. Things start to get real this weekend and I’m going right along with it.
There are some “circle the wagons” games this weekend and I tend to like the underdog in those matchups. Otherwise, I’m turning to the favorites in the ACC and the biggest game out West.
Last Week: 6-5
Georgia Tech (-2) at Notre Dame
The only thing that concerns me here with Tech is that everyone is taking the Jackets to win in South Bend. But the Irish defense has been gashed by the option lately and this might be Paul Johnson’s best offense... ever. With a backup quarterback, the Irish may struggle to keep up. Prediction: Georgia Tech -2
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Central Michigan (+7) at Syracuse
Cuse got a nice (and surprisingly easy) win over Wake Forest last weekend. Eric Dungey has stepped into the starting role nicely and Central Michigan isn’t setting the world on fire on offense (5.3 yards per play, 372.5 ypg). Take Cuse to go 3-0 easily. Prediction: Syracuse -7
NC State (-18) at Old Dominion
Jacoby Brissett will be able to score in bunches for NC State. He’s completed 84.4 percent of his passes through two games and will put up a big number against Old Dominion. Can the defense slow down the nation’s leading rusher Ray Lawry enough to cover? I say yes. Prediction: NC State -18
BYU (+16) at UCLA
The Cougars are riding some serious magic after two wins on Hail Mary’s against Nebraska and Boise State. UCLA is cruising along with an elite offense led by true freshman phenom Josh Rosen. The number is big but there is something Vegas knows here for the Cougars to be this big of an underdog. Prediction: UCLA -16
East Carolina (+4) at Navy
If you subscribe to the body blow theory, then playing Navy the week after playing in The Swamp against Florida should be extremely difficult. The Gators softened up the Pirates for a Navy team that is coming off a bye weekend. Prediction: Navy -4
"Circle the Wagon" Picks
South Carolina (+16.5) at Georgia
This game’s differential has been more than 16 points once in eight years and is consistently in single digits.
Cal (-7) at Texas
Cal might still win but Texas has had an emotional week and there is some serious pride on the line.
Stanford (+10.5) at USC
Stanford’s defense is really good and Kevin Hogan got on track last weekend. This game is also always close as well.
Auburn (+7) at LSU
The Auburn Tigers have been hearing how bad they are all week. Call this one a gut pick.
Texas Tech (+11) at Arkansas
The Hogs outgained Toledo by roughly 200 yards last weekend and crushed Tech last fall. Circle the wagons.