Like we’ve done in years past, every Friday throughout the division we’ll highlight the bristles best amateur of the advancing weekend. This year, we’ll aces those amateur adjoin the spread, additional some added matchups that bent our eye from a action perspective.
On paper, Anniversary 2 didn’t attending great, but academy football finds means to accompany action from abrupt places. There were a assembly of upsets, including Arizona State’s appraisal of Michigan State and Kentucky, afterwards 31 years, assuredly assault Florida. There was the blood-tingling Texas A&M vs. Clemson game, too.
As our Pat Forde abundant in this week’s Forde-Yard Dash, Anniversary 3’s slate is abundant deeper, and offers a adventitious to abstracted some contenders from pretenders.
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(Games on Saturday unless contrarily noted, all times ET)
Time: 8 p.m. | TV: FOX | Line: Texas -3
In a d FOX has dubbed allotment three of a leash — with the 2005 civic appellation d and aftermost year’s 27-24 double-overtime abstruseness as genitalia one and two — USC campaign to Texas with both teams attractive to cull themselves out of an early-season rut.
After addition offseason of hype, Texas alone its opener to Maryland (again) afore cutting out a 28-21 win over Tulsa in Anniversary 2. On the added side, USC, with heralded accurate apprentice J.T. Daniels at quarterback, opened with an underwhelming win over UNLV afore mustering alone a acreage ambition in aftermost week’s 17-3 alley accident to battling Stanford.
Both fanbases are activity uneasy, but those worries could be scaled aback — to an admeasurement — with a victory.
Picks: Sam Cooper: Texas -3, Nick Bromberg: USC 3
Time: 10 p.m. | TV: ESPN | Line: Washington -6
Washington has a big claiming advanced of it. Afterwards accident a covering Anniversary 1 d to Auburn, the Huskies rebounded with a 45-3 win over FCS North Dakota. Washington QB Jake Browning had an active achievement adjoin Auburn, and again tossed two picks adjoin North Dakota. On top of that, RB Myles Gaskin struggled to get activity abaft an abhorrent lineman missing All-American Trey Adams.
On the added side, Utah has accustomed up aloof 16 credibility through two weeks, admitting adjoin Weber State and Northern Illinois. The Utes bare a backward pick-six to cull abroad from NIU, 17-6, on the alley in DeKalb aftermost weekend. NIU has a acceptable defense, but it has to affair Utes admirers that their aggregation could aggregation alone 68 yards hasty all game. Speedy receiver Britain Covey has looked acceptable in his acknowledgment from his LDS mission, and will be a point of accent for the UW defense.
With the Pac-12 South advanced open, this is a big one for the Utes. Meanwhile, UW needs to abstain a blooper with Stanford and Oregon still to appear on the schedule.
Picks: Sam: UW -6, Nick: UW -6
Time: 3:30 p.m. | TV: ESPN | Line: Oklahoma State -2.5
This is a big d for Boise State. Any time a Group of Bristles aggregation gets the adventitious to booty bottomward a Power Bristles counterpart, abnormally on the road, it needs to do so to alike get a detect of application for the Academy Football Playoff. UCF was panned by the CFP board for its agenda aftermost fall. Boise had a favorable preseason baronial and already destroyed Troy, a top Sun Belt team, on the road. A win over Oklahoma State in Stillwater could go a continued way afore the Broncos access Mountain West play.
With chief Brett Rypien at QB, Boise, with 118 credibility through two games, boasts the fourth-best breach in the country. The Cowboys are No. 1 in absolute breach but accept faced two cupcakes: Missouri State and South Alabama. Boise will be a absolutely altered beastly and the aboriginal accurate ysis for Taylor Cornelius, a fifth-year chief and above walk-on who has taken over at QB for Mason Rudolph, now in the NFL. Cornelius has 728 yards and six touchdowns through two games, but is tossed two picks aftermost weekend. He can’t do that adjoin Boise.
Picks: Sam: Boise State 2.5, Nick: Boise State 2.5
Time: 3:30 p.m. | TV: CBS | Line: Auburn -10
LSU QB Joe Burrow anesthetized his aboriginal ysis in Anniversary 1 adjoin Miami. But that’s annihilation compared to what he will face Saturday afternoon in an SEC West action at Jordan-Hare Stadium, area Auburn has won 13 straight.
LSU brought in Burrow as a alum alteration from Ohio State to run its offense, and he has been solid so far. His numbers absolutely won’t wow you at all, but he hasn’t been in a position area he has had to bandy downfield all that much. That will acceptable be a altered adventure adjoin Auburn’s barbaric advanced seven. Expect Auburn to assemblage the box to stop Nick Brossette to force third-and-long situations area Burrow has to throw.
But LSU has an accomplished aegis of its own. Expect burden in the face of Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham. The Auburn abhorrent band is activity to be activated aboriginal and often.
Picks: Sam: Auburn -10, Nick: Auburn -10
Time: 8 p.m. | TV: ABC | Line: Ohio State -12.5
Ohio State has a claiming in its final d afterwards Urban Meyer. Afore Meyer comes aback from suspension, the Buckeyes biking to Texas for a not-so-neutral armpit d adjoin TCU at Jerry World. OSU has 129 credibility beneath its belt in its aboriginal two wins over juggernauts Oregon State and Rutgers. Dwayne Haskins has been arch in his aboriginal two starts at QB while Nick Bosa highlights OSU’s talent-rich aegis that swarms its opponents.
But TCU is a altered animal. The perennially underrated Horned Frogs are commonly stout on aegis beneath Gary Patterson. That’s no altered this year, and first-year starting quarterback Shawn Robinson is a activating playmaker who can accord the Buckeyes some trouble. He’ll accept to accomplish some plays with his legs to accumulate TCU in it, but will accept to abstain turnovers. He has aloof one, an interception, through two games.
Whoever comes out with the win has an accomplished resume builder. Ohio State, arena in the Big Ten East, may charge it in the continued run.
Picks: Sam: Ohio State -12.5, Nick: Ohio State -12.5
Nick Bromberg (Last week: 2-1, Overall: 4-2)
Alabama (-22) at Ole Miss: I anticipate Alabama wins this d actual easily. And it ends up actuality a shootout agnate to Ole Miss’ amateur amid Texas Tech and Southern Illinois. But accustomed this d is in Oxford, the Tide won’t draft out Ole Miss annihilation like it did aftermost year in a 66-3 walloping. The Rebel breach is for absolute and they could put up the best credibility Alabama gives up all season. Pick: Ole Miss 22
Arizona State (-6) at San Diego State: Aztecs QB Christian Chapman is out for the aing few weeks because of a knee injury. So I’m boarding the Herm Edwards train. Arizona State is a for a anticlimax afterwards assault Michigan State, but it doesn’t appear Saturday. Pick: Arizona State -6
Duke at Baylor (-6.5): Things accept absolutely afflicted for the Blue Devils over the aftermost week. Duke went to 2-0 with a win at Northwestern but it’s a pyrrhic achievement accustomed that QB Daniel Jones is out for the accountable approaching with a burst larboard clavicle. But while I called Baylor to be one of the best bigger teams in the Big 12, I still anticipate Duke keeps this aing with QB Quentin Harris at the helm. The Blue Devils are for real, alike if Jones’ absence decidedly lowers their ceiling. Pick: Duke 6.5
Sam Cooper (Last week: 1-2, Overall: 3-3)
Georgia Tech (-4) at Pittsburgh: Prior to a additional bisected avalanche, Pitt was able to run the brawl on Penn State and should be able to do the aforementioned adjoin Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are ambidextrous with absolutely a few injuries, including top active aback KirVonte Benson, who is out for the season. I like Pitt to animation aback at home. Pick: Pitt 4
BYU at Wisconsin (-22): BYU is absolutely improved, but it feels like it is accepting a little too abundant acclaim for assault Arizona, a complete mess, in the opener. The Cougars absent to Cal at home in Anniversary 2, and mainly kept it aing because Cal kept axis the brawl over. Tanner Mangum threw two bad INTs aftermost week, too. Expect the Wisconsin aegis to barbecue and Jonathan Taylor to run wild. Pick: Wisconsin -22
North Texas at Arkansas (-7): Arkansas blew a 27-9 advance aftermost anniversary in a accident to Colorado State, a aggregation that was absolute out by Hawaii and Colorado beforehand this year. CSU torched the Arkansas accessory for 389 yards. The Razorbacks accept a abundant tougher ysis this anniversary with North Texas QB Mason Fine, who has 862 yards and 7 TDs through two games. North Texas looks like the best aggregation in Conference USA. Pick: North Texas 7
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