College football picks: Week three


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After two weeks of college football some teams are already in trouble while others still are looking to reach the coveted College Football Playoff. Donovan and I will be giving a brief recap of the previous week and our picks on the biggest games of the week to us, and which teams may be on upset alert. Last week the upset of the week had to be Virginia Tech over the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes didn’t beat Navy into submission in week one like most die-hard Buckeye fans thought. JT Barrett struggled early and  let Navy stick around. So going into week two they were a vulnerable team. Virginia Tech showed Ohio State is not a great team without superstar quarterback Braxton Miller. JT Barrett went 9 for 29 and 219 yards. He needs to play better for this team to have a good year because if he plays like that. Ohio State could be in for a rough year.

Now we bring you our top games for the week:

Virginia vs. Louisville:

JG: Louisville is rebuilding at quarterback with the loss of Teddy Bridgewater. They have had a good start to their season though, beating Miami (FL) easily and then thumped Murray State. I like Louisville in this game but not easily. Virginia gave UCLA all they could handle in week one and UCLA is a playoff contender. This game will be a lot closer than most people seem. I like Louisville 31-24 in Virginia, but I easily think Virginia could knock them off.

DH: Early in their first season in the ACC, Louisville has had no problems defeating their opening two opponents by a combined score of 97-34. But this week, the Cardinals face possibly their first challenge traveling to Scott Stadium to face off against the Cavaliers of Virginia. Virginia fought hard in their week one battle against the seventh ranked UCLA, but ultimately came up eight points short. The UC fanatic in me wants Virginia to win 95-0, but that’s a bit excessive. I think Virginia upsets the Cards 24-17.

UCLA vs. Texas

JG: I like UCLA in this one. Brett Hundley had the Bruins on the fast track for a possible college football playoff. Texas has not played stellar in its first two games. A loss to BYU 41-7 in your house? I find it tough that they would do any better with UCLA, and they have a better offense than BYU. I like UCLA big time in primetime.

DH: After looking sluggish in their opener against Virginia, and barely escaping Memphis, UCLA needs a little “pick me up”, and their week three matchup at home against Texas is a perfect time to get settled in this young season. Texas looked appalling in their game against BYU, and Charlie Strong’s coaching career in Austin has not starting off well. I like UCLA by 17+.

Oklahoma vs. Tennessee:

JG: Butch Jones definitely has the Vols going in the right direction. I think in maybe a year or two they could take down an Oklahoma type team. This year though, not likely. Oklahoma is one of those teams who I think will be in the four team playoff come January. I love Trevor Knight in this game, his last time playing against an SEC opponent? The Sugar Bowl against Alabama where he torched Nick Saban’s team throwing for over 300 yards and four Touchdowns. I expect Knight to have a huge game. Sooners roll big time in Normon.

DH: A lot of people have big expectations for Butch Jones’ Tennessee Volunteer team this season. Starting off the season with two victories against two wimpy opponents is what they expected, but this week is when we really see what this team is about. Oklahoma at home, I don’t expect this one to be close. Can Tennessee dance with the Sooners? Sure. Pull off a victory? Doubt it. Oklahoma 38-17.

Georgia vs. South Carolina:

JG: This is probably the best matchup of the week, an SEC showdown down in South Carolina. South Carolina has in my opinion struggled so far this year. They got torched by Kenny Hill who threw for over 500 yards. But what concerns me most about the South Carolina defense is can it stop the run and by run I mean Todd Gurley. Gurley is a Heisman hopeful, ran for almost 200 yards on just 15 carries. Watch for Todd Gurley to carry this Georgia team and Hutson Mason to throw the ball effectively when needed to.

DH: The ole ball coach in South Carolina did not see this start coming for this Gamecock team. Sure, they lost quarterback Connor Shaw and defensive end Clowney, but the Gamecocks performance in week one against Texas A&M was bad, real bad. The Aggies torched the Gamecock’s defense, and made Kenny Hill look like the second coming of the Messiah. The Gamecocks better bring their A-game if they want to contend with Georgia. Heisman hopeful Todd Gurley looks to continue his success, and so does quarterback Hutson Mason, taking the reins after Aaron Murray. A win in South Carolina is no easy task, however. I think this game will be close. In the end, I see Georgia being too strong for Steve Spurrier’s Gamecock team.

Missouri vs. UCF: Upset Alert: Missouri

JG: Missouri has not played very well this year so far. Toledo put up a good amount of points against them this past week and UCF barely lost to Penn State. Missouri struggled to put Toledo away early, and they hung around until the third quarter. I like UCF in this game because they are a tough football team. The key for Missouri I think is the quarterback play in Maty Mauk. He has come out guns-a blazing so far this year throwing for eight TD’s so far. He is the key, if he plays good and doesn’t make stupid mistakes. It changes the outlook of the game. But I think UCF pulls this off and knocks off Mizzou in Missouri.

Cincinnati vs. Toledo

DH: After a debacle that left the Bearcats using their byes the first two weeks of the season, they finally look to kick their season off against in-state opponent Toledo. The game will be played at Paul Brown Stadium, along with the rest of the home games the Bearcats play while Nippert Stadium is under construction. Gunner Kiel finally looks to make his first collegiate start, after transferring from Notre Dame last season. Kiel was a former five start recruit from Columbus, Indiana, and looks to put the Bearcats back on the map.