College Football Picks: Week 3 Predictions for Every Game

Kerry Miller@@kerrancejamesFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 14, 2022

College Football Picks: Week 3 Predictions for Every Game

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    PROVO, UT- SEPTEMBER 10:  Jaren Hall #3 of the Brigham Young Cougars rolls out of the pocket to pass during the second overtime period against the Baylor Bears at LaVell Edwards Stadium on September 10, 2022 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
    BYU's Jaren Hall (Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

    Week 2 of the 2022 college football season was about as chaotic as it can get without impacting the omnipresent College Football Playoff forecast. No one in the Associated Press Top Five bit the dust, but three Top 10 teams lost and five Top 20 teams lost at home.

    Will Week 3 bring more of the same, or will it be the calm before a later storm?

    We're leaning toward the latter with nary a Top 10 team expected to even play a close game, but we should never be surprised when things go off the rails.

    Our predictions for each game are broken into four sections: Top 25 teams, best games between unranked teams, FCS teams against unranked FBS team and the rest of the slate. In the FCS vs. FBS section, instead of forecasting scores, we ranked which games are most likely to result in a loss for the FBS squad.

    The Top 25 games are listed in ascending order of ranking. Each other section is presented in chronological order of kickoff time. Unless otherwise noted, games are scheduled for Saturday. All times Eastern.

AP Nos. 25-21

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    STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 10: Sean Clifford #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts before the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Beaver Stadium on September 10, 2022 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
    Penn State's Sean Clifford (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

    No. 25 Oregon vs. No. 12 BYU, 3:30 p.m. on Fox

    See No. 12 BYU for prediction.


    No. 24 Texas A&M vs. No. 13 Miami, 9 p.m. on ESPN

    See No. 13 Miami for prediction.


    No. 23 Pittsburgh at Western Michigan, 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU

    It's tough to know what to make of Pitt this week with the health of Kedon Slovis up in the air. The Panthers quarterback suffered an injury late in the first half against Tennessee and did not return. Neither did the Pitt offense.

    If he's out for this trip to Kalamazoo, maybe Western Michigan will pull off the upset.

    The Broncos knocked off the Panthers 44-41 in Pittsburgh just last season, so it certainly wouldn't be unprecedented. With the quarterback-wide receiver duo of Kaleb Eleby and Skyy Moore no longer at their disposal, the Broncos haven't looked as potent on offense. Then again, the Panthers haven't exactly been unstoppable thus far.

    Sean Tyler and La'darius Jefferson have a big day on the ground, and WMU gets it done.

    Prediction: Western Michigan 31, Pittsburgh 27


    No. 22 Penn State at Auburn, 3:30 p.m. on CBS

    One year ago in State College, this game was awesome. The Auburn ground game asserted its will against a solid Penn State front seven, but Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford was darn near perfect in orchestrating a 28-20 victory.

    Lather, rinse, repeat?

    The change in venue is maybe worth a few points in the Tigers' favor, but it won't alter the fact that they are in dire straits at quarterback. T.J. Finley and Robby Ashford have combined to throw for one touchdown with four interceptions. And without much fear of getting beat over the top, Penn State can focus on stopping Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter and escaping with a W.

    Prediction: Penn State 24, Auburn 21


    No. 21 Texas vs. UTSA, 8 p.m. on Longhorn Network

    Before I pick Texas to win comfortably, it's necessary to point out that UTSA quarterback Frank Harris is off to a remarkable start. He accounted for at least 389 yards as well as three touchdowns against Houston and Army.

    But if the Texas defense could limit Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young to 77 passing yards and two rushing yards through the first 48 minutes of last week's near upset of Alabama, surely it can slow down Harris, right?

    Even if he has a decent night, the Longhorns offense (even with Hudson Card replacing the injured Quinn Ewers at quarterback) should have a field day against a defense that just allowed Army to rack up at least 215 passing yards (304, actually) for the first time since 2007.

    Prediction: Texas 41, UTSA 23

AP Nos. 20-16

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    NASHVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 10: Wake Forest Demon Deacons quarterback Sam Hartman (10) reacts to throwing a long touchdown pass during the game between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Vanderbilt Commodores on September 10, 2022 at FirstBank Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Wake Forest's Sam Hartman (Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    No. 20 Ole Miss at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m. on ABC

    While everyone marveled at USC's transfer portal all-star team, Lane Kiffin built another one of his own at Ole Miss. Former Trojans quarterback Jaxson Dart and tight end Michael Trigg have forged quite the connection in Oxford, while former TCU running back Zach Evans and former SMU running back Ulysses Bentley IV are also making their presences felt.

    And, well, Georgia Tech has looked like a team that's understandably struggling to replace its three biggest playmakers (Jahmyr Gibbs, Jordan Mason and Kyric McGowan). That doesn't bode well since the Ole Miss defense has allowed just one touchdown.

    Prediction: Ole Miss 38, Georgia Tech 13


    No. 19 Wake Forest vs. Liberty, 5 p.m. on ACC Network

    The return of Sam Hartman was real, and it was spectacular.

    The Demon Deacons quarterback missed Week 1 after having a blood clot surgically removed in early August, but he lit up Vanderbilt for 300 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-25 victory. We had to temper expectations for Wake Forest when it was announced in the preseason that he would be out indefinitely, but it seems like it's time to start thinking about this as one of the nation's top offenses again.

    To Liberty's credit, it moved the ball against Southern Mississippi and UAB in its first two games of life after Malik Willis. But the Flames won't be able to keep pace.

    Prediction: Wake Forest 45, Liberty 27


    No. 18 Florida vs. South Florida, 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network

    Will Florida get the version of Anthony Richardson who ran all over Utah or the one who threw two back-breaking interceptions and was limited to just four rushing yards against Kentucky?

    Well, considering Richardson went 3-for-3 for 152 yards and two touchdowns with four carries for 115 yards and another score last year against USF, and considering the Bulls allowed 50 points and more than 300 rushing yards in their season opener against BYU, I am inclined to assume the former.

    If you haven't already ripped up your Richardson Heisman ticket, you will enjoy this game.

    Prediction: Florida 45, South Florida 14


    No. 17 Baylor vs. Texas State, Noon on FS1

    After coming up just short in double overtime at BYU, Baylor shouldn't need to work too hard to get this victory.

    Texas State had 25 carries for one yard in its season opener against Nevada, and it is already evident that the Bears have a solid front seven. Maybe the Layne Hatcher-to-Ashtyn Hawkins connection will burn Baylor once or twice, but the Bobcats won't score enough to make this interesting.

    Prediction: Baylor 38, Texas State 10


    No. 16 NC State vs. Texas Tech, 7 p.m. on ESPN2

    I didn't think before the season that this would be in the running for game of the week, but after NC State barely survived its opener against East Carolina and Texas Tech pulled off an impressive double-overtime victory over Houston, here we are.

    Under first-year head coach Joey McGuire, the Red Raiders have gotten back to what they used to do best: throw, throw and throw some more. With 411.5 passing yards per game, they lead the nation—despite having lost starting quarterback Tyler Shough to a shoulder injury in the second quarter of Week 1.

    Against a mighty fine Wolfpack secondary, though, Texas Tech could run into some trouble. And while NC State quarterback Devin Leary had an uncharacteristically poor performance against ECU, he accounted for six touchdowns last week against Charleston Southern and may have found the mojo necessary to make this a comfortable victory.

    Prediction: NC State 35, Texas Tech 23

AP Nos. 15-11

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 10: Henry Parrish Jr. #21 of the Miami Hurricanes rushes the football during the first quarter against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Hard Rock Stadium on September 10, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
    Miami's Henry Parrish Jr. (Eric Espada/Getty Images)

    No. 15 Tennessee vs. Akron, 7 p.m. on ESPN+

    Even in a week wherein Michigan will host lowly Connecticut and Louisiana-Monroe has to face frustrated Alabama, this figures to be the most merciless blowout on the docket.

    Akron just lost 52-0 to Michigan State. Last year against Power Five opponents, the Zips lost by 52 to Ohio State and by 50 to Auburn. They are 0-27 all-time against ranked opponents and have lost each of the last seven of those games by at least 38 points. And Tennessee can score in bunches.

    Prediction: Tennessee 59, Akron 3


    No. 14 Utah vs. San Diego State, 10 p.m. on ESPN2

    One year ago, this was a triple-overtime showdown won by the Aztecs, who finished with just 248 yards. But that was the game in which Charlie Brewer lost Utah's quarterback job to Cameron Rising, as well as a game in which Tavion Thomas had just one carry.

    The Utes are much better now than they were in the first three quarters of that game, and a season-opening loss to Arizona suggests San Diego State may have gotten considerably worse. Unless Braxton Burmeister has been saving the game of his life for just this moment, Utah should cruise.

    Prediction: Utah 35, San Diego State 14


    No. 13 Miami at No. 24 Texas A&M, 9 p.m. on ESPN

    Over the final six games last season, Miami's Tyler Van Dyke averaged 365.7 passing yards and 3.3 passing touchdowns. But I suspect the big question for most people heading into this game in College Station is whether the second-year starter is ready for this moment against this secondary.

    I'm more curious to find out if Texas A&M can solve its rushing woes against what has been an excellent front seven.

    Devon Achane was great over the past two seasons as sort of the lightning to Isaiah Spiller's thunder, but can the sprinter handle the workload of a lead back? Will he find holes against the Hurricanes that he couldn't find against Sam Houston State? And will the offense fall flat on its face for a second straight week if he doesn't?

    Prediction: Miami 24, Texas A&M 20


    No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon, 3:30 p.m. on Fox

    Oregon didn't do so well in its last game against a ranked opponent, as it was blown out of the water by Georgia in Week 1.

    Struggling on offense against the Bulldogs was to be expected, but giving up 439 passing yards and seven touchdowns on defense was not part of the plan when Dan Lanning was hired. The Ducks did bounce back with a 70-14 win over Eastern Washington, but that didn't erase the troubles of the first game.

    BYU has looked mighty good, even beating Baylor last week without key receivers Puka Nacua and Gunner Romney. It's unclear whether either will be available, but I'd feel much more confident in my Cougars pick if they do suit up.

    Prediction: BYU 34, Oregon 27


    No. 11 Michigan State at Washington, 7:30 p.m. on ABC

    Under new head coach Kalen DeBoer and with transfer quarterback Michael Penix Jr., Washington has gotten out to an impressive start, averaging 571 yards and 48.5 points per game. Granted, it played Kent State and Portland State, but for an offense that eclipsed 31 points just once in 2021, not too shabby.

    Michigan State has also looked solid against the MAC's Western Michigan and Akron with the transfer tandem of Jalen Berger (Wisconsin) and Jarek Broussard (Colorado) filling Kenneth Walker III's shoes.

    Is the Spartans secondary actually better than it was last season, though, or do its early numbers just look good because of the competition?

    While at Indiana, Penix made two starts against MSU, throwing for 606 yards with one interception and accounting for six touchdowns. If he has a similar performance and Payton Thorne tries to keep pace against the Huskies secondary, advantage Washington.

    Prediction: Washington 31, Michigan State 27

AP Nos. 10-6

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    STANFORD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Jordan Addison #3 of the USC Trojans warms up before their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 10, 2022 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    USC's Jordan Addison (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    No. 10 Arkansas vs. Missouri State, 7 p.m. on ESPN+

    Arkansas is probably going to destroy this FCS foe. But after it allowed Cincinnati and South Carolina to throw for a combined 702 yards, I will say: Watch out for Jason Shelley.

    The mobile quarterback never made much of an impact with Utah or Utah State, but he has thrown for at least 225 yards in 14 consecutive games since landing at Missouri State while also rushing for 11 touchdowns.

    The Hogs should score pretty much at will, though, and their pass rush figures to cause all sorts of problems for the Bears offensive line.

    Prediction: Arkansas 52, Missouri State 17


    No. 9 Kentucky vs. Youngstown State, Noon on SEC Network

    Kentucky got quite the scare from FCS program Chattanooga one year ago, eking out a 28-23 victory. In the past decade, however, the Wildcats have six wins against FCS opponents by 31 points or more. And this one might fall into that category.

    If it doesn't, it'll be because the running game was awful yet again. Kentucky rushed 64 times for 120 yards against Miami (Ohio) and Florida and ranks 127th in the nation in yards per carry.

    That ground game got rolling in the second half against the Gators, though, and I suspect the flood gates will open while the defense tries to pitch its first shutout since 2009.

    Prediction: Kentucky 38, Youngstown State 7


    No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 7 p.m. on ESPN+/Big 12 Network

    Arkansas-Pine Bluff has played seven games against FBS opponents in the past decade. The cumulative score was 366-36. And not one of those games was against a Top 25 opponent.

    Translation: The margin of victory here is whatever Oklahoma State wants it to be. My guess is Mike Gundy will wait until the eighth touchdown to pump the brakes.

    Prediction: Oklahoma State 59, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6


    No. 7 USC vs. Fresno State, 10:30 p.m. on Fox

    After a brief run of FCS opponents, what a breath of fresh air this one is.

    Fresno State couldn't quite knock off Oregon State in a 35-32 thriller, but the Bulldogs did rack up nearly 500 yards against a respectable opponent. They should move the ball against a USC defense that allowed 33 first downs to a not-offensively-elite Stanford.

    Can they avoid the turnovers that ruined the Cardinal's bid for an upset, though?

    Or, more importantly, can Fresno State do anything to slow down the runaway freight train that is the USC offense?

    The Bulldogs had solid defensive numbers last season, but above-average offenses more or less had their way with them. Oregon scored 31. UCLA put up 37. Boise State got 40. Nevada scored 32, threw for 476 yards and recorded 30 first downs. And after Fresno State allowed just under 400 yards to the Beavers, this looks like business as usual. Caleb Williams and Jordan Addison will continue their joint quest for the Heisman.

    Prediction: USC 45, Fresno State 31


    No. 6 Oklahoma at Nebraska, Noon on Fox

    Remember when Nebraska fired Bo Pelini because it was tired of going 9-4 every season, and then things immediately got so much worse?

    Well, expect a similar version of that.

    The Cornhuskers fired Scott Frost because they were fed up with watching him lose close games. He was 0-11 in contests decided by single digits since the start of last season, and a home loss to Georgia Southern was the final straw.

    And at least in the first game of the post-Frost era, Nebraska won't lose by single digits.

    Rather, Oklahoma is going to put a hurtin' on this terrible defense. It won't quite match the 56-14 drubbings the Huskers took at home from Ohio State and Iowa in 2017, but it won't be a nail-biter, either.

    Prediction: Oklahoma 49, Nebraska 24

AP Nos. 5-1

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    ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 03: Christopher Smith #29 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts on the sidelines during the first half against the Oregon Ducks at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 3, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
    Georgia's Christopher Smith (Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

    No. 5 Clemson vs. Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. on ACC Network

    In its season opener against Missouri, Louisiana Tech rushed for eight yards while giving up 52 points and 558 yards.

    And Missouri isn't even good. It got smoked by Kansas State and probably won't even be a bowl team. So Year 1 under Sonny Cumbie could be one of the worst in Bulldogs history.

    That should mean we see a fair amount of freshman Cade Klubnik at quarterback for Clemson as he tries to do to DJ Uiagalelei what Trevor Lawrence did to Kelly Bryant in 2018.

    Prediction: Clemson 56, Louisiana Tech 13


    No. 4 Michigan vs. Connecticut, Noon on ABC

    Since October 2017, Connecticut is 1-38 against FBS opponents. And Michigan won its first two games this season by more than 40 points.

    It's not an exaggeration to say this would be the most embarrassing loss in Wolverines history, and y'all remember the Appalachian State fiasco of 2007.

    Prediction: Michigan 56, Connecticut 6


    No. 3 Ohio State vs. Toledo, 7 p.m. on Fox

    Three cheers for Toledo for outscoring its first two opponents by a combined 82 points. But after making mincemeat of Long Island and Massachusetts, the Rockets are about to increase the difficulty level.

    Ohio State has allowed just one touchdown, and it is going to cause all sorts of problems for what—credit where it's due—has been a solid running game since 2011.

    There aren't players like Michael Hall Jr., Zach Harrison and Tommy Eichenberg in the MAC, though. Nor does Toledo have to figure out how to stop the likes of C.J. Stroud, TreVeyon Henderson and Marvin Harrison Jr.

    Prediction: Ohio State 45, Toledo 10


    No. 2 Alabama vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 4 p.m. on SEC Network

    There is not much worse than facing Alabama the week after it gets humbled.

    After last year's close call against Florida, the Crimson Tide pummeled Southern Mississippi by 49. After the loss to Texas A&M, they whupped Mississippi State by 40. There are plenty of other examples like that over the past dozen years, as this team pretty much never has back-to-back sub-par performances.

    And even if Alabama had destroyed Texas last week, Louisiana-Monroe was never going to be a trap. The Tide will just be even more focused on not making mistakes against a team they were already going to pummel. This one has "Bryce Young throws five touchdowns before halftime and gets the rest of the afternoon off" written all over it.

    Prediction: Alabama 63, Louisiana-Monroe 7


    No. 1 Georgia at South Carolina, Noon on ESPN

    If any of these games involving Top Five teams is going to be interesting, it's this one.

    But it's not going to be.

    South Carolina does have something fun brewing with Spencer Rattler at quarterback. The former Sooner threw for 376 yards against Arkansas.

    The Georgia defense appears to be in a class of its own for a second consecutive season, though. And after the Bulldogs eviscerated Oregon in Week 1, it's hard to expect anything less than a convincing beatdown.

    Prediction: Georgia 38, South Carolina 9

Best Unranked Clashes

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    ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 09: Louisville Cardinals quarterback Malik Cunningham (3) scrambles with the ball during the game between the Louisville Cardinals and the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights on Friday, September 9, 2022 at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, FL (Photo by Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Louisville's Malik Cunningham (Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Florida State at Louisville, 7:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN

    Put this game in the same time slot Saturday, and I couldn't care less about it. But please inject this Friday night ACC clash straight into my veins.

    Each of these teams has already pulled off a close win away from home on an unorthodox night. Florida State clipped LSU 24-23 on Sunday of Week 1, and Louisville—after a stunning 31-7 loss to Syracuse to open the season—upset UCF 20-14 on Friday.

    If the past three meetings between these teams offer any indication, FSU's ability to contain Malik Cunningham will determine the outcome. The Cardinals' dual-threat quarterback had at least 260 passing yards and two passing touchdowns in all three of those games, but Florida State won the one when it sacked Cunningham six times. If he gets into space like he did against UCF (121 rushing yards), advantage Louisville.

    And to that end, LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels rushed for 114 yards against FSU.

    Prediction: Louisville 23, Florida State 20


    Western Kentucky at Indiana, Noon on Big Ten Network

    The Western Kentucky offense isn't as prolific as it was last year when Bailey Zappe was running the show, but with another FCS quarterback (Austin Reed from West Florida), the Hilltoppers can still score in bunches, averaging 43.5 points in the early going.

    Then again, those games were against FCS Austin Peay and quite possibly this season's worst FBS team (Hawai‘i), so we probably shouldn't get too excited.

    On the other side of this one, Indiana has already matched its win total from last season (two) and might not be as woeful as expected after replacing what felt like the entire roster this offseason.

    The winner of this game won't be ranked, but its 3-0 record will at least raise a few eyebrows.

    Prediction: Indiana 28, Western Kentucky 24


    California at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. on NBC

    So, uh, is Notre Dame just plain bad?

    The Irish held their own in a season-opening loss at Ohio State and actually came away from that game smelling like a contender, but a subsequent home loss to Marshall was equal parts humbling and troubling.

    The defense might be good, but the offense stinks out loud. And that could make for a close, ugly, low-scoring affair against a team that has fit that mold over the past four seasons.

    I have to pick Notre Dame to get off the schneid, but I can't say I'd be surprised if the Golden Bears upset the Fighting Irish

    Prediction: Notre Dame 23, California 14


    Kansas at Houston, 4 p.m. on ESPNU

    So, uh, is Kansas just plain good?

    One year removed from allowing more than twice as many points as they scored, the Jayhawks are inexplicably leading the nation with 55.5 points per game. They trampled Tennessee Tech in Week 1 before pulling off the extremely rare 13-point overtime victory at West Virginia.

    And it's not like Houston has been even moderately good on defense, allowing at least 33 points and 440 yards against UTSA and Texas Tech. If Kansas has figured something out on offense and it hasn't just been a two-week fluke, it will be able to move the ball.

    However, I like the Cougars to capitalize on the Jayhawks' not-great defense for just a few more points in what may well be the highest-scoring affair of the week.

    Prediction: Houston 52, Kansas 45


    Mississippi State at LSU, 6 p.m. on ESPN

    Mike Leach's air raid offense is already firing on all cylinders, with Will Rogers racking up 763 yards and nine touchdowns against Memphis and Arizona.

    And while LSU has Brian Kelly calling the shots now instead of Ed Orgeron, it bears noting that the Bayou Bengals have had a world of trouble against this offense. The Tigers did manage to eke out a three-point win last year despite allowing 371 yards and three touchdowns through the air, and that was a drastic improvement from getting lit up for 623 yards and five touchdowns in the 2020 opener against the Bulldogs.

    Mississippi State scores at least four touchdowns, and LSU can't keep pace.

    Prediction: Mississippi State 35, LSU 28

FCS vs. Unranked FBS Matchups

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    FRISCO, TX - JANUARY 08: Loshiaka Roques #56 of the North Dakota State Bison celebrates after defeating the Montana State Bobcats to win the Division I FCS Football Championship held at Toyota Stadium on January 8, 2022 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
    North Dakota State's Loshiaka Roques (Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

    There were four FCS-over-FBS upsets Saturday alone. Weber State crushed Utah State, Holy Cross beat Buffalo on a Hail Mary, Eastern Kentucky knocked off Bowling Green in seven overtimes, and Incarnate Word dropped 55 points on Nevada.

    So what are Week 3's top candidates, you might wonder?


    Likeliest FCS Victory: North Dakota State at Arizona, 11 p.m. on FS1

    Usually for these nominations, we target a terrible FBS team. And, well, Arizona certainly isn't great. Probably better than it has been in recent years, given a win over San Diego State and a not-that-lopsided loss to Mississippi State, but still not great.

    Really, though, this is all about FCS juggernaut North Dakota State.

    Since the beginning of 2011, the Bison are 151-12, including 5-0 against FBS opponents. Arizona is the first FBS foe to dare face mighty NDSU since the Bison upset No. 13 Iowa in 2016, but it should be just like riding a bicycle for North Dakota State.


    Second-Likeliest: Stony Brook at Massachusetts, 3:30 p.m. on ESPN3

    Is Stony Brook good?

    Probably not. The Seawolves went 5-6 last year and opened this campaign with a 21-point loss to Rhode Island.

    But this is Massachusetts.

    The Minutemen went 0-2 against the FCS last season (back-to-back losses to Rhode Island and Maine). In fact, they have a three-game losing streak against the FCS if you go back to a 45-20 loss to Southern Illinois in 2019. And this season, they have been blasted by Tulane and Toledo.

    Stony Brook may well be favored.


    Third-Likeliest: Duquesne at Hawaii, 11:59 p.m.

    See: Stony Brook-UMass.

    Duquesne got stomped by Florida State in Week 0 and didn't fare much better last week against Youngstown State. But Hawai‘i has shown no signs of being able to stop anyone, as it's been outscored 168-37 by Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky and Michigan.

    The Wolverines blowout was understandable and fully expected, but the other two are why I believe Duquesne will at least keep things interesting.


    The Rest of the FCS vs. FBS Games:

    • Wofford at Virginia Tech, 11 a.m. on ACC Network
    • Villanova at Army, Noon on CBS Sports Network
    • Long Island at Kent State, Noon on ESPN3
    • Abilene Christian at Missouri, Noon on ESPN+
    • Southern Illinois at Northwestern, Noon on Big Ten Network
    • Bucknell at Central Michigan, 1 p.m. on ESPN3
    • Towson at West Virginia, 1 p.m. on ESPN+/Big 12 Network
    • Murray State at Ball State, 2 p.m. on ESPN+
    • UT-Martin at Boise State, 4 p.m. on FS1
    • N.C. A&T at Duke, 6 p.m. on ESPN+
    • Campbell at East Carolina, 6 p.m. on ESPN+
    • Tennessee State at Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m. on ESPN+
    • Northwestern State at Southern Mississippi, 7 p.m. on ESPN3
    • Jacksonville State at Tulsa, 7 p.m. on ESPN+
    • Maine at Boston College, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3
    • Montana State at Oregon State, 8 p.m. on Pac-12 Network

The Rest of the Slate

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    COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 10: Chase Brice #7 of the Appalachian State Mountaineers throws during the second half against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 10, 2022 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
    Appalachian State's Chase Brice (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

    Friday

    • Air Force at Wyoming, 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network: Air Force 38, Wyoming 13

    Saturday

    • Cincinnati at Miami (Ohio), Noon on ESPNU: Cincinnati 35, Miami (Ohio) 14
    • Purdue at Syracuse, Noon on ESPN2: Syracuse 28, Purdue 23
    • Buffalo at Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m. on ESPN+: Coastal Carolina 42, Buffalo 20
    • Ohio at Iowa State, 2 p.m. on ESPN+/Big 12 Network: Iowa State 33, Ohio 10
    • Rutgers at Temple, 2 p.m. on ESPN+: Rutgers 31, Temple 16
    • South Alabama at UCLA, 2 p.m. on Pac-12 Network: UCLA 41, South Alabama 24
    • Old Dominion at Virginia, 2 p.m. on ACC Network: Virginia 24, Old Dominion 20
    • Tulane at Kansas State, 3 p.m. on ESPN+/Big 12 Network: Kansas State 31, Tulane 13
    • North Texas at UNLV, 3 p.m.: North Texas 27, UNLV 24
    • Troy at Appalachian State, 3:30 p.m. on ESPN+: Appalachian State 35, Troy 28
    • Colorado at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Minnesota 35, Colorado 7
    • Vanderbilt at Northern Illinois, 3:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network: Vanderbilt 31, Northern Illinois 27
    • Georgia Southern at UAB, 3:30 p.m.: UAB 30, Georgia Southern 24
    • New Mexico State at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network: Wisconsin 35, New Mexico State 3
    • Marshall at Bowling Green, 5 p.m.: Marshall 28, Bowling Green 23
    • Colorado State at Washington State, 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Network: Washington State 34, Colorado State 14
    • Charlotte at Georgia State, 7 p.m. on ESPN+: Georgia State 42, Charlotte 17
    • Arkansas State at Memphis, 7 p.m. on ESPN+: Memphis 35, Arkansas State 24
    • UCF at Florida Atlantic, 7:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network: UCF 30, Florida Atlantic 23 
    • Nevada at Iowa, 7:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network: Iowa 23, Nevada 6
    • SMU at Maryland, 7:30 p.m. on FS1: SMU 35, Maryland 31
    • Louisiana at Rice, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+: Louisiana 27, Rice 21
    • UTEP at New Mexico, 8 p.m.: UTEP 21, New Mexico 17
    • Eastern Michigan at Arizona State, 11 p.m. on Pac-12: Arizona State 41, Eastern Michigan 26
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