College Football Week Three Predictions: Spread and Straight Up

Kevin Thomas@K_Mart10Contributor IISeptember 12, 2008

In Week Two, I went 4-8 against the spread and 9-3 straight up. Not bad straight up, but I was pretty bad against the spread last week, I guess I just had a down week. My ECU upset pick over WVU makes me feel a little better though and should make up for some of my misses. So, now I am 4-8 against the spread and 17-6 straight up for the season.


Kansas at South Florida (-3.5)

Last week, USF sneaked by UCF in overtime while Kansas won comfortably over LA. Tech. This is a game of high powered offenses, and the fact that USF let a weak UCF team take them into overtime last week disturbs me a little. Todd Reesing and the rest of the Jayhawks offense will be too much for the Bulls.

Winner: (Spread) Kansas; (Straight Up) Kansas

Washington St at Baylor (-1.5)

Washington St. was absolutely torched last week by Cal 66-3. The Bears are a team led by a freshman quarterback I really like named Robert Griffin. He is very athletic and was rated as the No. 5 dual-threat QB last season. Griffin will lead the Bears to victory.

Winner: (Spread) Baylor; (Straight Up) Baylor


Rice at Vanderbilt (-8.5)

Rice and Vandy have both had two good weeks to start off the season. The Commodores are coming off a big win over then ranked Steve Spurrier's South Carolina team. The Owls have a solid offense with big time receiver Jarrett Dillard, and Vanderbilt is led by QB Chris Nickson. Nickson will be too much for the Owls defense, but they will cover.

Winner: (Spread) Rice; (Straight Up) Vanderbilt

Auburn at Mississippi St (+10)

The Bulldogs had a disappointing loss in Week One to La Tech. The Tigers are still working on their QB situation and are going with Chris Todd this week. Miss St. will come out pumped up, but Auburn will be too much in the end.

Winner: (Spread) Mississippi St; (Straight Up) Auburn

Nevada at Missouri (-26.5)

Nevada played well last week against Texas Tech, while Missouri has had two nice wins to open the season, including a win over Illinois. The Wolfpack will put up enough points to cover, but Chase Daniel and the Tigers offense will be too much for Nevada.

Winner: (Spread) Nevada; (Straight Up) Missouri

SMU at Texas Tech (-36.5)

The Mustangs, coached by June Jones, will score at least a couple of TD's against the Tech defense. This point spread is huge and the Red Raiders will have to score in the 50's to cover this spread.

Winner: (Spread) SMU; (Straight Up) Texas Tech

UCLA at BYU (-8)

BYU was able to sneak out of Washington last week with a win. The Bruins looked really good in the second half of their Week One game against Tennessee. Kevin Craft will keep UCLA close, but Max Hall and BYU will be too much.

Winner: (Spread) UCLA; (Straight Up) BYU

Georgia at South Carolina (+7)

The Gamecocks came out of Athens last season with a win over Georgia. In the first two games of this season, Spurrier's offense has looked terrible. The Dawgs will come in with revenge on their mind and beat the Gamecocks.

Winner: (Spread) Georgia; (Straight Up) Georgia

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (-6.5)

Georgia Tech has looked really good running Paul Johnson's offense so far this season and are coming off an upset of Boston College. Va. Tech lost a heart breaker to open the season against ECU, but bounced back last week behind Tyrod Taylor. The Jackets offense will keep the Hokies off balance, and they will move to 3-0 with an upset special.

Winner: (Spread) Georgia Tech; (Straight Up) Georgia Tech

N.C. State at Clemson (-18.5)

The Wolfpack's offense has been anemic so far this season, but they have QB Russell Wilson coming back this week. Clemson is coming off a win over The Citadel. The Tigers have this game at home, and they are tired of everyone saying they are not good.

Winner: (Spread) Clemson; (Straight Up) Clemson

Ohio St at USC (-10)

Nobody's really sure if Beanie Wells will play for OSU, but I don't think it will make a difference. The Trojans offense is too explosive, especially with their plethora of RB's, and their defense is arguably the fastest and best in the country. The Buckeyes don't have enough of a passing game to bother USC.

Winner: (Spread) USC; (Straight Up) USC


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