College Football Week 3 Picks: Teams That Will Avenge Disappointing Defeats

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2012

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Quarterback Taylor Martinez #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers throws a pass against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on September 8, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  UCLA won 36-30.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Three teams fell from the college football rankings after disappointing losses in Week 2, and they will have revenge on their minds this coming week.

Some victories are easy to predict. Oklahoma State will dismantle Louisiana-Lafayette, and Wisconsin will handle Utah State. Arkansas won't be that lucky against No. 1 Alabama, but other teams are also looking to get back on the right path on Saturday.

Let's take a look at three teams that will avoid two, or in one case three, consecutive defeats in Week 3.


Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska's defense couldn't contain UCLA in Week 2, and the Cornhuskers fell to 1-1 on the season. Their job won't be any easier in Week 3, but Arkansas State's defense will allow too many points to hang in the game.

Gus Malzahn's hurry-up, spread attack makes the Red Wolves tough to defend. Ryan Aplin is a capable quarterback, and David Oku is a former SEC player. They have talent on the offensive side of the ball, but Nebraska can score as well.

Taylor Martinez will lead the Cornhuskers to victory with his dual-threat ability. The Red Wolves' defensive front doesn't have enough strength to hang in the trenches, and the Memorial Stadium crowd won't make their jobs any easier.

Expect this to stay close for awhile, but Bo Pelini's crew won't want to lose two straight. That emotion, plus their talent, pushes them over the top.


Penn State Nittany Lions

This will be the week for Bill O'Brien and the Nittany Lions. They've played well enough to win at least one of their first two contests, but they sit at 0-2 instead.

The Nittany Lions will finally earn their first win against Navy in Week 3. Sam Ficken may miss a few more field goal tries, but Penn State is the more talented team.

Ted Roof's defense struggled to close out the game against Virginia, but they won't have any trouble against the Midshipmen's option attack. Penn State's front seven is stout, and their linebackers are extremely smart in pursuit of the ball.

Penn State's offense hasn't been dynamic, but Matt McGloin has played better defenses than Navy so far. He looks more comfortable in O'Brien's scheme than he did in his previous three years, and he shouldn't be a problem here.

Beaver Stadium will be rocking, eagerly awaiting the team's first win. O'Brien wants to get the first victory off his back, and it will happen this week.


Missouri Tigers

Missouri lost to Georgia in Week 2, but the 41-20 score was closer than it looked. Until the fourth quarter, and Jarvis Jones, arrived, this game was close.

The Tigers will receive another interesting test in Week 3. Arizona State is 2-0 after demolishing their first two opponents, including Illinois last week.

This is going to be a close game, but the Sun Devils haven't been tested yet this year. Missouri's loss to Georgia will benefit them in this one, and they will have the home crowd at their backs once again.

Arizona State is twelfth in the nation in scoring defense, but they haven't faced James Franklin and Missouri's spread attack yet. They attack you from all angles, and Arizona State will struggle to slow them down.

This is an interesting game on Saturday's slate. Expect Missouri to make some defensive adjustments and come ready to deliver a win.