College Football Picks, Week 3: 5 Ranked Teams That Will Waltz to Wins
The college football schedule is getting better and better. We are inching toward conference play and the games against cream puffs are starting to go away.
That's not to say that blowout wins for ranked teams are completely gone, though. Plenty of top teams are still looking to pad their win totals before they hit conference play.
These five ranked teams will have no problems adding another win.
No. 2 Alabama (vs. North Texas)
Even with continuing struggles finding a consistent quarterback, the Crimson Tide will have no trouble rolling past the Mean Green of North Texas. UNT is hoping to improve under new head coach Dan McCarney, but they have a long way to go to get back to respectability.
They have given up a combined 89 points in their two losses so far and this game promises to be more of the same. Alabama is still trying to get star running back Trent Richardson going and this seems like a good place to do that.
No. 9 Texas A&M (vs. Idaho)
After years of struggling to rise above mediocrity, the Aggies look like the real deal in 2011. They are clicking on all cylinders on both sides of the ball and this game against the Vandals of Idaho will do nothing to change that.
Last season, I might have given Idaho a chance to at least put some points on the board, as they had a solid veteran quarterback in Nathan Enderle. Now he's gone, though, Idaho is back to the drawing board on offense. The Aggies won't be tested here.
Which team will struggle most with their seemingly easy opponent?
No. 12 Oregon (vs. Missouri State)
I will refrain from criticizing the Ducks for scheduling an FCS opponent here because they had the guts to schedule LSU out of conference. Any kinks Oregon still feels like they have in their offense will be worked out in this contest.
I fully expect this game to be all but over within the first 10 minutes of game time. Oregon will score early and often and won't let the Bears even sniff the end zone.
No. 19 Baylor (vs. Stephen F. Austin)
It seems like it has been a few months since Baylor pulled off that big upset against TCU in the opening week of the season. Against a weak opponent in SFA, the Bears won't show any signs of rust.
Robert Griffin III will have a good chance to continue has Heisman campaign and I expect him to take full advantage of it.
No. 23 TCU (vs. Louisiana-Monroe)
The Horned Frogs' win last week against a solid Air Force team went a long way toward making us forget that tough loss to Baylor on the first Friday of the season.
After two tough games to start the season, TCU will get a relative breather here against ULM. Look for the Frogs to get running back Ed Wesley involved early and often. They will need him to get hot so that they can build offensive game plans around him later in the season.
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