College Football Picks – Week 3

College Football Picks – Week 3: A blog post on top games this week in college football.

College Football Picks – Week 3: A blog post on top games this week in college football. College Football Picks – Week 3: A blog post on top games this week in college football. College Football Picks – Week 3: A blog post on top games this week in college football.

College Football Picks – Week 3: A blog post on top games this week in college football. College Football Picks – Week 3: A blog post on top games this week in college football. College Football Picks – Week 3: A blog post on top games this week in college football.

College Football Picks – Week 3: A blog post on top games this week in college football. College Football Picks – Week 3: A blog post on top games this week in college football. College Football Picks – Week 3: A blog post on top games this week in college football.

College Football Picks – Week 3

By Rich Crew , Last Updated: September 14, 2018

Even though the college football season is young, it’s never too early to get a head start on the 2018 bowl game season. Check out our latest predictions and projections for every game this week.

College Football Picks – Week 3

Matchup

Prediction

Spread: ATS Pick

Total: O/U Pick

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

Texas at Southern California (-16) – College Football Predictions & Previews

USC (-16)

61½ (O)

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

I’m back with my week 3 edition of college football picks. I’m coming off a strong showing in week 2 and am looking to keep the momentum going. I picked 4 out of 5 ATS games correctly and that included calling the upset in Georgia Tech over Virginia Tech, who had been favored by 8 points. Below are my top picks for week 3 of the college football season.

Georgia Bulldogs at South Carolina Gamecocks (-2) – My pick is South Carolina Gamecocks

In this SEC matchup, I like the home team to come through for me against the spread. The game is being played in Columbia which will give the Gamecocks a huge edge with their fans behind them. The Bulldogs are coming off a bye week but will be without their starting QB Greyson Lambert who was injured against Vanderbilt. When your starting QB can’t go, you have to take a hard look at it before picking that team. I think the home field advantage will be too much for Georgia and they’ll end up losing this game straight up as well as not covering the spread.

LSU Tigers at Auburn Tigers (-7) – My pick is Auburn Tigers

This game features two teams with “tiger” mascots

If you’ve been following along for the last few years, you know I’m a big believer in being able to take at least one loss each season. A loss that is a bad beat. It takes away from your bankroll and makes you wish college football never happened.

This week’s “college football picks” was just such a game. I had Washington State favored by 7 over Boise State and the Cougars won by 6.5 points. Not a good beat considering I would have won if Washington State scored a field goal at the end of the game.

I don’t like bad beats. They’re frustrating, they feel like they throw off your whole season and they make me want to switch to NFL picks instead of college football picks. But I’m not going to let them get me down this year. I will hold my head high, focus on what I learned from that game and move on to this week’s college football picks.

On to this week’s college football picks:

Washington State (-7) at Oregon (4 ET) – This is an interesting game to start the Pac-12 schedule with, as these two teams are both ranked in the top 15 in the AP Poll (No. 14 Oregon, No. 11 WSU).

The college football weekend provides plenty of chances for the top teams in the nation to rise to the top. There are several games that could go a long way in determining how the College Football Playoff turns out this season. Here’s a quick look at predictions for some of these games from around the college football world:

As we get deeper into the season, the games become more important as teams jockey for position in the conference. With that being said, let’s look at which games to watch on Saturday.

Penn State vs. Kent State – The Nittany Lions are a team loaded with talent and are expected to contend for a Big Ten championship while Kent State is coming off a shocking upset of Rutgers last week. Let’s see if they can do it again this week against Penn State who has owned them in the past winning all 5 meetings by an average of 40 points per game.

Indiana vs. Ball State – This is another game where we will get another measuring stick on how good Indiana really is this season. They have already upset Michigan State but do they have enough to beat Ball State who won 10 games last year? The Cardinals are playing for payback after losing to the Hoosiers last year and their coach Mike Neu was an assistant at Indiana from 2011-2014.

Nebraska vs. Illinois – What kind of team are the Huskers this season? They lost to Colorado but then rebounded with a big win over Oregon last week so it’s hard to tell what kind of team we will see this week against Illinois who lost

I thought the most impressive performance of the week was Stanford’s domination of USC. This is a team that for much of the last decade has had trouble competing even with the second-tier teams in the Pac-12, and now it just beat one of the most storied programs in college football on the road by two touchdowns. The Cardinal hosts Arizona State next week, a game it should win but that could decide whether Stanford is going to be a serious contender or not.

The other important development was Michigan’s loss to Utah. The Wolverines looked terrible. This is a team I had pegged as legitimately better than Ohio State—a team that could earn its way into the playoff even if it lost to OSU in November—but after watching them this weekend, I’m not sure they’re even better than Michigan State and Iowa.

The rankings below use my power rating system. For more on how this works, check out my Week 2 rankings and explanation.

1. Ohio State (last week: 1)

2. Oregon (2)

3. TCU (3)

4. Baylor (4)

5. Alabama (5)

6. Florida State (6)

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