College Football Locks for Week 3

Randy ChambersAnalyst ISeptember 15, 2012

College Football Locks for Week 3

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    They say there are no locks in sports regardless of how big of an underdog a team may be.

    After last week’s upsets, maybe that saying is true, as many top-ranked teams got a hard dose of reality from teams many weren't even paying attention to.

    Still, as we enter Week 3 of the college football season, we are beginning to develop a good idea of who the serious contenders are.

    And while we are still in the beginning stages of this season, there are many programs that are still getting some of those cupcake opponents out of the way.

    Here are some matchups that will result in a blowout, as these are as close to a lock as you are ever going to get in Week 3.

TCU at Kansas

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    TCU is one of the better teams in the Big 12 and is actually an underrated team that can compete with the best teams in the country.

    Led by a loaded defense, an experienced quarterback in Casey Pachall and one of the best wide receiver corps, the Horned Frogs will surprise people this season.

    Kansas, on the other hand, has a long way to go.

    Head coach Charlie Weis is doing what he can with the Jayhawks, but this is a program that will take much more than a year to turn around. A team that remains shaky on defense and has no passing game whatsoever won't last with TCU very long.

Tennessee Tech at Oregon

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    An Oregon team against an FCS Eugene. 

    The Ducks will easily win this game by at least 40 points, and the Golden Eagles will go home with a nice, hefty check.

    The recent injuries to Oregon players John Boyett and Carson York may affect the team in the long run, but they certainly won't in this matchup.

Furman at Clemson

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    Maybe we should give Furman a break, because this is a team that was only trailing the Florida Gators by five points at the half last season (Florida ended up winning by 22).

    Clemson is an offensive scoring machine that should have no problem in this matchup.

    The Tigers get wide receiver Sammy Watkins back from suspension, so things could get even uglier for the Paladins, who are already 0-2 to begin the season.

Massachusetts at Michigan

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    Before Michigan begins the tough part of its schedule, the Wolverines will beat up on poor Massachusetts.

    The Minutemen one of the worst teams in the country, struggling to do anything right on either side of the ball.

    Quarterback Denard Robinson had to do everything offensively for Michigan to beat Air Force last week. Well, he doesn't even have to play this week for his team to win.

    I'm hearing that the Wolverines are allowing Massachusetts to bring back wide receiver Victor Cruz to even the playing field a little bit. 

James Madison vs. West Virginia

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    James Madison is one of the better FCS programs in the country, but that is really not saying much, especially against a team that dropped 69 points on Marshall to open the season.

    Led by quarterback Geno Smith, West Virginia's offense is potent.

    The Dukes may earn some respect with their showing later today, but with this game taking place in Morgantown, there is no chance you see the Mountaineers get upset here.

UAB at South Carolina

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    Dylan Thompson or Connor Shaw?

    Who cares?

    The South Carolina Gamecocks may be without their starting quarterback for this one, but it really won't matter. UAB is a program that hasn't reached a bowl game since 2004, and it opened the 2012 season with a 10-point loss to Troy.

    Running back Marcus Lattimore will run wild in this game, while the South Carolina home crowd and defense will finish the job.

North Texas at Kansas State

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    If you are not a believer in Kansas State yet, I don't know what else to tell you.

    Quarterback Collin Klein has quickly emerged as one of the better players at his position, while the run defense is second best in the Big 12 at the moment.

    It is amazing what head coach Bill Snyder has done with this team, as they are dark-horse contenders for a shot at a BCS bowl this season.

    Although North Texas did some good things against LSU in Week 1, the Wildcats are on a mission this season to prove last season was no fluke.

Florida Atlantic at Georgia

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    Does this game need any explanation?

    Florida Atlantic is still a baby as far as college football is concerned, while Georgia is an SEC contender this season.

    The Owls needed all four quarters to knock off Wagner in Week 1, and they lost to Middle Tennessee last week.

    The Bulldogs schedule is without question the easiest in the SEC this season, and this is one of the easier matchups out of them all.

Idaho at LSU

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    LSU passed one of its early tests with flying colors, as the Tigers handled the Washington Huskies fairly easily.

    While we saw a few upsets last week, Idaho will not stand any chance in this game whatsoever against Les Miles and Co.

    The Vandals are 0-2 to begin the season and average only eight points per game.

    We will likely see a shutout in this game, with LSU resting its starters in the second half in preparation for a trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium next week.