Week 3 Game of the Week
#19 Iowa (-2.5) at Iowa State – Saturday 6:30pm
Game Preview: At the start of the year I believed this game was going to be a big Cyclone win. However, a 2OT game close win against Northern Iowa changed my view. I honestly think this game is a toss up and I wouldn’t touch it. BUT ITS THE GAME OF THE WEEK AND I GOTTA PICK IT. I like a close, low scoring Iowa win based on what I’ve seen. Also, what a terrible weekend of football that this is the game of the week.
Pick: Iowa 20-14
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Washington State at Houston OVER 73.5 – Friday 8:15pm
Mike Leach and Dana Holgersen facing off with explosive offenses. Washington State has played two lowly opponents and have scored 50+. Houston put over 30 points in each game including against an improved Oklahoma defense. Expect a lot of points deep into Friday night.
#21 Maryland (-7) at Temple – Saturday 11:00am
This is stealing and an example of Vegas not reacting to early results. Maryland offense is rolling and has been blowing teams out. I truly believe Maryland is in the top part of the Big Ten and therefore should beat Temple by double digits. Call him Coach Mike LOCKsley this week.
#6 Ohio State (-15.5) at Indiana – Saturday 11:00am
I have no idea how this line isn’t in the 20s. Indiana is not very good and Ohio State just got done blowing out a good Cincinnati team. Ohio State wins big.
Oklahoma State (-13.5) at Tulsa – Saturday 2:30pm
Oklahoma State may play on the road, but Tulsa is right down the road. Tulsa is better than last year, but in no way should be under two touchdown underdogs against a dangerous Cowboy team. It is the game after Oklahoma State’s Backbone Booster Boone Pickens death too. They’ll win big in his honor.
#24 USC (-3.5) at BYU – Saturday 2:30pm
USC’s Freshman quarterback didn’t look like a freshman quarterback in their blow out of Stanford. BYU is coming off a comeback Tennessee win, but they’ve been outplayed in both games they’ve played. Easy logic here: USC is better than BYU so I’m betting USC.
Arizona State (+14) at #18 Michigan State – Saturday 3:00pm
Michigan State scored only 28 points against Tulsa. I’m not buying into their improved offense especially against a Power Five team. Arizona State hasn’t looked great, but they’ll keep it within two touchdowns.
#9 Florida (-7.5) at Kentucky UNDER 50 – Saturday 6:00pm
Another offense I’m not buying is Kentucky with a backup quarterback. Florida’s defense is also really good and Felipe Franks showed against Miami he has not evolved as a quarterback. I wouldn’t expect a 40 point performance from Florida. What this all equates to is not a lot of points. Florida wins 27-14.
#1 Clemson at Syracuse (+28) – Saturday 6:30pm
Syracuse has played Clemson close the last two years. So you’re telling me I get them as a four touchdown under dog at home? Yes please. Keep it close Syracuse.
#12 Texas at Rice (+33) – Saturday 7:00pm
Rice has played Army and Wake Forest tough. 33 points, despite Texas’s improved offense, is too much. I think Rice makes this interesting for a quarter or two and ends up losing by 24.
#5 Oklahoma (-22.5) at UCLA – Saturday 7:00pm
UCLA is a terrible football team that will struggle to score on an improved Oklahoma defense. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma offense will put up a ton of points. Oklahoma BY A TON in this game.
Texas Tech (-2) at Arizona – Saturday 9:30pm
This game will last until 1:30am with a lot of points scored between the two. Arizona isn’t good and Texas Tech is average. The Arizona loss to Hawaii is still in my head…. Tech by a field goal or more.