Sep 11

Week Three Predictions

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags: CFB, Top 25, college football

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After a rough start to the season with a 9-6 record in week one, I bounced back last week to go 9-1, including picking the VT upset of Ohio State and the BYU beat down of Texas. Can I keep things on the up and up this week and stay in the hunt for the ever-so-prestigious Fans25 Pick'em Championship? Only time will tell!


Here are my predictions for the games of week three.....


East Carolina (1-) at #17 Virginia Tech (2-0) - 12:00 - ESPN - Hokies - for the love of all that is holy and scared - do not let ECU ruin a could-be banner season. The Pirates are no slouch, and VT has been hearing about how great they are all week long after beating Ohio State. A football game still must be played, and if they play around, it could be upset central. I am going to obviously pick the Hokies, but they better play and execute as if this was a huge game... Virginia Tech, 30-13.


Boise State (1-1) at UConn (1-1) - 12:00 - ABC - After watching the Broncos play Ole Miss a good game until the 4th quarter, and seeing BYU run all over the Huskies in week one, I am going to go with the visiting Broncos in this one. Hats off to Boise State for stretching their legs to play some good teams. UConn isn't all that, but they are better than most teams in the great Northwest I would imagine, and traveling 3,000 miles twice in the first thee weeks isn't easy. I hope it pays off for them with a W...Boise State, 30-20.


West Virginia (1-1) at Maryland (2-0) - 12:00 - Big Ten Network - Here is an old backyard rivalry that is as mean and as underrated as they come. These two have been playing for 70 years, with West Virginia leading 26-22-2, with several lapses in the series due to this or that over the decades. WVU won 7-straight before Maryland stopped the bleeding last year with style, 37-0 in Baltimore. This year, because I like the Mountaineers better, I would like to take the visitors. But Maryland seems a bit better and has home-field advantage in College Park... Maryland, 35-27.


#21 Louisville (2-0) at Virginia (1-1) - 12:30 - ESPN3 - The Cavaliers have looked a tad bit better than I thought they would, but they still took a home L in week one, and will take their second tomorrow. Louisville is a pretty good football team, and unless something off-the-wall happens, I see the Cardinals taking this one. Running back Michael Dyer (who I love to watch run the ball) is still uncertain. Hopefully he will play... Louisville, 36-24.


#6 Georgia (1-0) at #24 South Carolina (1-1) - 3:30 - CBS - With Georgia playing strong in week one, and South Carolina looking rough in both weeks one and two, it doesn't make much sense for me to pick the Gamecocks here, but I'm going to. Despite losing to Texas A&M, USC can still win the SEC East and they know that. Beating UGA at home would put them in fine position heading into the rest of the year, but obviously it won't be easy. Steve Spurrier will have to call one of his best offensive games in years, and the Gamecock D will have to figure out how to stop the now famous (again) Georgia running attack. Here is my upset of the week...South Carolina, 30-23.


Iowa State (0-2) at Iowa (2-0) - 3:30 - ESPN - I'm hoping our resident Hawkeye can give us a bit more of a preview below when he reads this. I am not certain on either school right now but I do know Iowa State has been steeped in mediocrity ever since I was watching college football in a stroller. This game is at Iowa, meaning lots of wild and rowdy fans cheering for the black and gold. Maybe HerkyOnPot can give us a bit more insight., but either way I am taking the Hawkeyes.... Iowa, 30-10.


Minnesota (2-0) at TCU (1-0) - 4:00 - FOX Sports 1 - The Horned Frogs of the Big 12 kicked the season off with a convincing win over Samford, but, yea, it was Samford, so we still do not know much about TCU. As for Minnesota of the B1G? Well, they beat Eastern Illinois and Middle Tennessee convincingly, but they were, well, Eastern Illinois and Middle Tennessee, so we still do not know much about the Golden Gophers, either. Minnesota gave up 24 and 22 points in those two games, so I am thinking TCU will get a few this weeknd and get the win.... TCU, 35-24.


Purdue (1-1) at #11 Notre Dame (2-0) - 7:30 - NBC - With Everett Golson back and playing really good football at his quarterback position, ND is thinking huge things in 2014. Surely they will not let mediocre Purdue come into their house and ruin a chance at a CFP run. Right? Right. I know college football offers up the wild and crazy in a weekly dosage, but I think Notre Dame wins this one at home in South Bend... Notre Dame, 37-17. 


Kentucky (2-0)  at Florida (1-0) - 7:30 - SEC Network - Alright, don't look now, but after this game UF will have themselves a little winning streak going! Nice job, Gators. With a five-game murderers row up next, it won't last long, so soak it in while you can....But wait. Am I jumping to conclusions with a Gator win over the Wildcats? Maybe I am. Kentucky has won 59-14 (UT Martin) and 20-3 (Ohio), so maybe the Wildcats stop the Gator winning streak at 1 game. We will find out tomorrow night... Florida, 28-23. 


#9 USC (2-0) at Boston College (1-1) - 8:00 - ESPN - The Trojans have a good thing going on but they better be careful in this one. While BC is not going to do anything to set theworld on fire, they usually manage to play the good teams close with ball control and tough defense. If they can lure USC to sleep and into a close game, anything could happen. This is actually a very tough game to pick. On one hand, the Trojans could flex their muscle and win going away. On the other hand, like I said, the Eagles could put on a defensive show and make it a nail-biter. I'm going with the latter.... USC, 20-17. 


#12 UCLA (2-0) at Texas (1-10) - 8:15 - FOX - We all know Charlie Strong will have his team get up off of the floor and bounce back with some emotion this week against a big name opponent. So I am very tempted to take the Longhorns here despite the horror of what happened against BYU a week ago. But I think what the BYU game really showed us is that UT is not very good, and I think the Bruins are due to play a very good game. I am going to stick with UCLA in this one, despite knowing UT will be fired up to right the ship.... UCLA, 33-20. 


Tennessee (2-0) at  #4 Oklahoma (2-0) - 8:00 - ABC - Big Game Bob has backed his team into a corner with all of these SEC comments, let's see if he can power his way back out. I think he can. Stoops - known to talk openly about the SEC not being so far ahead of the rest as made out to be - put pressure on his team behind the microphones lately, but I feel he will have his team ready for a second win over an SEC opponent in as many tries (Alabama in January). Tennessee is improving under Butch Jones, but I don't think they are quite ready to win a game of this magnitude. We'll see.... Oklahoma, 36-21.


#16 Arizona State (2-0) at Colorado (1-1) - 10:00 - ESPNU - You have to believe the Sun Devils win big here. Unfortunately, because I love their uniforms and would love to go to Colorado for some college football, the Buffaloes have fallen off of the gridiron map. If ASU can avoid the pot shop edibles on Saturday morning, they get the road win..... Arizona State, 40-17. 


Nebraska (2-0) at Fresno State (0-2) - 10:30 - CBS Sports Network - I'm sure our Nebraska readers get tired of reading about my dislike for Bo Pelini, but it is really a compliment to Nebraska. Sure, he is ok. But you guys have like 5 national titles - ok isn't good enough....The Cornhuskers had a close call at home with McNeese State, so I am super close to picking the Bulldogs in this one. I don't know what makes me think Nebraska can go on the road and win a game right now, much less against a decent program like Fresno State. Pelini is one embarrassing loss away from being shown the door. This could be the one.... Nebraska, 35-34.



* All rankings AP, all times EST

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