College Football Week 3 Picks: Teams That Are Locks to Cover Spread This Weekend

Pete SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2012

Sept 8, 2012;  Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Ej Manuel (3) prepares to take the snap during the game against the Savannah State Tigers at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE
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What surprises will Week 3 of the college football season bring us?

Well, if you're looking for shocking upsets, you're in the wrong place.

No matchup is ever definite, but these three games are the closest you'll come to seeing a lock in college football.


Wake Forest at No. 5 Florida State (Saturday, September 15 at 12 p.m. ET)

Florida State will host Wake Forest as 28-point favorites (Bovada) and I fully expect them to cover the large spread.

The Seminoles have been rolling over opponents so far this season, defeating Murray State 69-3 in Week 1 and shutting out Savannah State in Week 2, 55-0.

Led by quarterback E.J. Manuel and running backs James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman, Florida St. has been a flammable offense ranking second in points for in the FBS.

The defense has been outstanding as well, as they also rank No. 2 in the FBS in terms of points against.

This should be an easy one for the Seminoles.


California at No. 12 Ohio State (Saturday, September 15 at 12 p.m. ET)

Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller has been getting it done with both his arm and his feet this season, which is why his Ohio State Buckeyes are 17-point favorites (Bovada) this Saturday.

Miller has thrown for 362 yards and three scores while running for 302 yards and four touchdowns and has looked unstoppable against opposing defenses.

The Buckeyes' defense has been a big reason for the 2-0 start, as they've forced six turnovers in two games and are allowing an average of just 13 points per game, which ranks No. 25 in the FBS.

California has turned the ball over twice in each of its first two games and I expect a lot more of that this Saturday in the Buckeyes' rout of the California Golden Bears.


No. 14 Texas at Ole Miss (Saturday, September 15 at 9:15 p.m. ET)

This will be the closest of the three games, but I like the Texas Longhorns to cover the 10-point spread (Bovada) on the road this Saturday against the Ole Miss Rebels.

Ole Miss has started the season off nicely, going 2-0, led by the passing attack of sophomore QB Bo Wallace, but its going to run into a tough Texas defense this weekend.

The Texas D has allowed an average of just 8.5 PPG (No. 8 in FBS) in two games this season while the offense has been steady with Sophomore QB David Ash under center and Sophomore RB Joe Bergeron in the backfield.

Look for the Longhorn defense to force Wallace into some tough throws, create turnovers, and win this football game by at least two touchdowns.


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