College Football Pick ‘Em Week 3

After a rough week in picks I can’t help but think it’s easy to assume a whole lot out of tradition. So I can’t in good faith make such crummy picks again this week. Still, my sentiments were altogether misguided. The ten games we have to choose from this week are even harder due to the inability to really gauge where certain programs are at this point in the season. Let’s do our best to try to figure out as best we can.

299e7a6689ef550fefd4ba33b45f5b07Penn State at Rutgers. As Rutgers gets their first Big Ten experience under way against the team closest in distance we will get a look at how much they may or may not have to offer the conference going forward. Penn State is off to a good start and Christian Hackenberg is definitely to thank for that. The Scarlet Knights aren’t bad, but they aren’t good either. Penn State 37, Rutgers 14

UCLA at Texas. I was dumb enough to think that Texas had it turned around and in the right direction in Charlie Strong’s first season. Boy was I wrong. The Longhorns got walloped 41-9 by BYU (who isn’t a great team to begin with). What’s more distressing is that Texas’ strength was supposed to be their defense. Fortunately for me, the UCLA Bruins come to town with a highly-rated offense and an NFL prospect directing it. Brett Hundley will likely be a top 5 QB prospect in next year’s draft. I can’t call this a runaway because Texas can’t not show up two weeks in a row AT HOME, can they? UCLA 28, Texas 21

North Carolina State at South Florida. The Wolfpack have gotten off to solid start to the season. With a stout defense and a capable offense, they should be fine. USF played Maryland last week and won the turnover battle 6-1. You’d assume they had rolled in that game. Uh, not so much. It took a late-game big play from Maryland special teams, but they still lost. North Carolina State 24, South Florida 14

UCF at Missouri. Missouri’s offense is flourishing with Maty Mauk as the starting QB and the defense has played well to begin the game. UCF will roll through their conference schedule and we know they made the non-con difficult to give themselves a chance to make the playoff if possible. After the Week 1 lost it just seems a little too much. Still, the game should be close. Missouri 17, UCF 14

Iowa State at Iowa. The Cyclones eventually came to play last week against Kansas State after getting rolled the week before at home by North Dakota State. And yet Iowa State still lost. They will likely get up to play their in-state rival, and while the Hawkeyes aren’t the best team Kirk Ferentz has had they aren’t his worst either. Iowa 24, Iowa State 17

Georgia at South Carolina. Steve Spurrier has really got to be scratching his head with this group. They’ve got talent and are playing at home. It just seems like this may be the year that Georgia wins the big games and is the surprising representative for the SEC in the College Playoff. Oh yeah, Todd Gurley is very manly. Georgia 38, South Carolina 24

West Virginia at Maryland. Two uneven opponents for WVU make it tough to read this team. One takeaway is that they have a very capable offense. With Dana Holgorsen at the helm, it’s not difficult to see why that would be the case. But this is a rivalry game for these regardless of how little the Mountaineers claim that to be. Last year Maryland embarrassed WVU on their home field. On the flip side, Maryland has a 2-0 record but is shaky at best. The talent is there along with experience. So what’s the problem? Turnovers. Turnovers. Turnovers. If the Terps can hold on to the ball then this game will be good from start to finish. If not, it may be over by the end of the first quarter. Maryland 31, West Virginia 28

Arkansas at Texas Tech. Both of these teams have solid offenses and limited defense. That’s just a historic fact that can’t be forgotten. Neither team is primed for a big run in their respective conference, but the Red Raiders have shown the most promise so far. If all else, they’ve got their passing game to keep you entertained. Texas Tech 35, Arkansas 17

Indiana at Bowling Green. For all the talk about how the Big Ten is losing ground with other Big 6 conferences this year, little note is given to the teams at the bottom and the improvements being made on a larger scale. Indiana is one of those teams that is really coming along. Bowling Green may not seem like a scary opponent, but they have plenty of history that says otherwise. Both of these teams have very efficient offenses. Which team will wilt first? Indiana 41, Bowling Green 35

Louisville at Virginia. Say what you want about Bobby Petrino, but the guy knows football. While Charlie Strong is off at Texas after apparently having gotten out at the right time, the Cardinals are thriving and ranked again the Top 25. Virginia meanwhile is a talented team that has done remarkably well recruiting in-state talent (which Virginia has a TON of). Once they are able to translate that talent into wins look out. That’s still probably a year away though. Louisville 28, Virginia 20

(Note: Forgot to add pictures to this thread before publishing, but wanted to update regardless. Next week I won’t be 2 days too late)

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