College Football Week 3 Predictions: Blowouts You'll Never See Coming

Ethan GrantAnalyst ISeptember 14, 2012

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 8: David Ash #14 of the Texas Longhorns calls a play at the line of scrimmage against the University of New Mexico Lobos on September 8, 2012 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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It's hard to predict blowouts. It might be harder than predicting upsets, because so many factors are involved in beating a team to the point of no return.

Oklahoma State's first game was a great example. 84-0 was a trouncing for the books, but they were supposed to win big and did it with third and fourth stringers.

I have a feeling some of the games this weekend will have a blowout feel to them, though they aren't on the national radar and don't pit Division I powerhouses against FCS foes. These are legitimate FBS schools that are supposed to be competitive, but the end result won't end up in a friendly manner on either side of the field.


No. 2 USC vs. No. 21 Stanford

(Note: all rankings from the Associated Press Top 25, teams in bold are favored)

USC opened up a -6.5 favorite on the road, but that number quickly jumped up. Now, the Trojans are favored close to double digits. 

I think it will be closer to 20 or 30 by the end of the night in what looks to be a long one for the Cardinal. USC has so many weapons to try to stop. Both outside receivers are active in the return, receiving and run game, and running back Silas Redd is just getting comfortable.

Oh, and Matt Barkley is still the QB.

Stanford doesn't have enough to outlast the Trojans and this one gets out of hand in the third quarter. USC should walk away with a 25-30 point victory and Barkley's first college win against the Cardinal.


Navy vs. Penn State

It's been a frustrating two weeks for Penn State. Heck, it's been a frustrating six months. But it's time to take out that frustration on Navy, who might turn out to be the collegiate punching bag for the next couple of weeks.

Navy got spanked in Ireland by Notre Dame, and their talent doesn't match up with the depleted Penn State squad. I think Matt McGloin puts together a turnover-free day at home, and the Penn State defense plays disciplined against the triple-option attack.

Bill O'Brien gets a huge win for the Nittany Lions, and ESPN explodes in the process with so much coverage. Penn State wins by 30 at home.


No. 14 Texas vs. Ole Miss

Texas is favored on the road, but they haven't faced anyone with SEC talent, even if that talent is at Ole Miss. Wins against New Mexico and Wyoming have given David Ash some confidence, hopefully enough to get Case McCoy out of his rear view.

I think Bryan Harsin has a field day here with his play-calling, and Texas runs wild on the ground. With four running backs and a QB that can go for a touchdown at any moment, the Longhorns have big play potential without risking Ash throwing it 30 times a game.

Texas runs away with this one as they prepare for their Big 12 slate, winning by 25 and wrapping this one up early in the third quarter with over 250 yards on the ground.