After a dull Week 2, College Football is coming back at us with an impressive slate of games this weekend. We are going to see plenty of Top-25 teams in action against high-level opponents. For much of Saturday, you will have up to 3 options for great games to watch, so settle in on the couch and get ready for some great competition. It is never to early to start the Playoff conversation, and there are several games with CFP implications, even in Week 3. Also, don’t forget to check in with me on twitter (@hardwiredsports) for I will be tweeting throughout the day my thoughts on each game.
Week 2 Prediction Record: 3-2
Overall Prediction Record: 10-5
All times eastern.
#6 HOUSTON COUGARS (2-0) @ Cincinnati Bearcats (2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Cincinnati has looked good thus far this season, but do they have what it takes to knock off Greg Ward Jr. and the 6th ranked Cougars tonight? I don’t think so, but playing primetime on the road on a Thursday night will certainly put the pressure on Houston to show up and compete against UC and their crowd. Still, I’m sticking by Ward as my Heisman dark horse and taking the Cougars.
Line: Houston -7.5.
#2 Florida State Seminoles (2-0) @ #10 LOUISVILLE CARDINAL (2-0), 12:00 p.m.
The Seminoles are 100% worthy of the #2 ranking headed into this week, but they have a real test in front of them. Lamar Jackson might be the best player in the country and he will have a huge crowd behind his superstar talent. I like both of these teams to be very competitive all season long, but I think the Cardinals will come away with the upset.
Line: Florida State -2.0.
#25 MIAMI HURRICANES (2-0) @ Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-0), 12:00 p.m.
If you’re looking for a game to watch during commercials of the game above, tune into this one. This will have a lot of upset interest, and although I don’t think it happens, the Mountaineers will make Hurricane fans sweat for much of this one. Enjoy.
Line: Miami -3.5.
#22 OREGON DUCKS (2-0) @ Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0), 3:30 p.m.
This game is incredibly interesting and could turn out to be a big-time point producer. The Ducks really struggles with their run defense, which suits the Cornhuskers well, as they are at their best when they can pound the run game. On the other hand, Nebraska has one of the worst defenses in terms of preventing the big play. With the explosive offense that Oregon possesses, both teams can play their strengths against the other’s weaknesses. Overall, I like Oregon more in a shootout.
Line: Nebraska -3.0.
#1 ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (2-0) @ #19 Ole Miss (1-1), 3:30 p.m.
Alabama is the #1 team in the country for a reason, and I think that continues this week. We all know that Ole Miss has hurt the Crimson Tide in the past, but Chad Kelly won’t get any lucky bounces this time. I like Alabama big.
Line: Alabama -10.5
#17 TEXAS A&M AGGIES (2-0) @ Auburn Tigers (1-1), 7:00 p.m.
Auburn has so far struggled against one of the top teams in the country and then romped over Arkansas State, so who are the Tigers really? Texas A&M has a dominate victory over a FCS team, but they do have a win against UCLA, a testament to a strong start to their season. This will be a big game for the sake of the SEC West, but I like the Aggies on the road.
Line: Auburn -3.5.
#12 MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (1-0) @ #18 Notre Dame (1-1), 7:30 p.m.
Although Notre Dame already has a loss, they are not out of the CFP discussion, but adding another loss would really hurt their resume. Both teams would love to have this victory for the sake of their CFP placement along with having the pride of knocking the other off. This is just another great game on Saturday, but I think that MSU just has all the tools to compete on the road and take the W.
Line: Notre Dame -8.0.
#3 Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) @ #14 OKLAHOMA SOONERS (1-1), 7:30 p.m.
To me, this will be the best game of the day. Both the Sooners and the Buckeyes are worthy of being in the CFP talk and I think that will remain that way for the rest of the season. The Sooners would be in trouble after two losses, but I think they can come out on top with the upset playing at home under the lights.
Line: Ohio State -1.5.
USC Trojans (1-1) @ #7 STANFORD CARDINAL (1-0), 8:00 p.m.
Christian McCaffrey. Watch this man. That is all.
Line: Stanford -8.5.
#11 TEXAS LONGHORNS (2-0) @ California Golden Bears (1-1), 10:30 p.m.
It’s not often that you see Texas playing in the late game, but settle in. Sure, it won’t be the shootout we saw between Texas Tech and Arizona State last weekend, but this should still be a good one. I think Cal has just enough talent to put some points up on Texas, but in the end it won’t be enough.
Line: Texas -8.0.
Photo courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel.