Week 3 College Football Outlook: Road Test Saturday or Bloody Saturday

Allen SmithContributor IApril 1, 2017

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 04:  EJ Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles against the Virginia Tech Hokies during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Here we go, I’m very late in putting up this article, so it will be fast and to the point.  I will say however this “Road Test Saturday” could quickly become “Bloody Saturday,” with many ranked teams going on the road, upsets are a high probability.  Without further haste I will give my picks for Week 3 of the 2011 College Football Season.

Biggest Game of the Week

No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 5 Florida State–Saturday, September 17, 8:00 PM EST ABC

I think the crowd will keep the Seminoles in this game, but in the end I believe Landry Jones and the highly-potent offense will pull away late in the game.  Florida State is for real, but Oklahoma is really for real.

Oklahoma 27  Florida State 17

Most Intriguing Game of the Week

Tennessee at No. 16 Florida–Saturday, September 17, 3:30 PM EST CBS

Very interesting game this week, because Florida is somewhat in rebuilding mode, some have given the Volunteers a chance.  I’m not so sure though.  Tennessee hasn’t shown yet in the Derek Dooley Era to beat a big opponent.  They’ve come close, but haven’t sealed the deal.  This game will hinge upon the quarterback play of Bray and Brantley, I will assume they will play similarly and thus I give the nod to the Gators.

Florida 28  Tennessee 20

Upset Alert

No. 23 Texas at UCLA–Saturday, September 17, 3:30 PM EST ABC/ESPN (Depending on your area)

Neuheisel needs, I mean REALLY needs a big victory to help his case to retain his job in Los Angeles.  Texas I think is highly-overrated, they are still trying to find themselves since the departure of Colt McCoy. 

There are a slew of road ranked teams that could upset, and Texas (in my view) is most likely to do so.  Doesn’t mean it will happen, but the opportunity is there for the Bruins to make a big step forward in their program.