It was smooth sailing for most of the Top 25 schools last week.
Clemson survived a late scare from Texas A&M, while Georgia and Stanford took care of business against two tough ranked opponents.
Don’t get too comfy though, because there’s every chance of an upset on Sunday. The schedule has been shifted due to looming hurricane Florence, but barring Mother Nature, we should be treated to six cracking games from some of College Football’s powerhouse programs.
So who’s a good play in your multi this week? Be sure to scroll down and check out our entire 2018 College Football Week 3 Preview below!
#5 Oklahoma at Iowa State
It was a tough loss for Iowa State last week, falling to inter-state rivals Iowa 13-3 in less than convincing fashion. The Cyclones are always a tough school to play on the road though, as No.9 TCU found out last year. Likewise, the Sooners also fell to Iowa State last season at home, and that was with stud quarterback Baker Mayfield under center. Oklahoma might be slow starters on the road this week, but after piling on 113 points in their first two games, it’s unlikely we see an upset on Sunday. Look for star wide receiver and potential Heisman Trophy candidate CeeDee Lamb to have another blinder.
Tip: Oklahoma Sooners 19-24 @ $4.75
#12 LSU at #7 Auburn
After a tough start to the season with games against Miami and Washington, undefeated LSU and Auburn meet up for what should be the game of the week. We can take a lot away from the Tigers opening blowout win against the Hurricanes, including just how strong their run game is once again. Through the first two-games of the season, running back Nick Brossette has rushed for 262-yards and two touchdowns, shaping up as another future NFL star. Auburn, meanwhile, struggled to contain the Huskies ground game in Week 1, which leaves the vulnerable against the visiting LSU on Sunday.
Tip: Back LSU To Win @ $4.00
#17 Boise State at #24 Oklahoma State
This is the first real test of the season for the Broncos and Cowboys, and it’s a real coin-flip. Oklahoma State snuck into the Top 25 after a convincing 55-13 win over South Alabama last week, but they’ll need to find an extra gear if they wish to derail this explosive Boise State offense. Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien has thrown over 300-yards and at least three touchdowns in Boise State’s first two games, however the Broncos are fairly inexperienced against the Big 12 recently. If Oklahoma State can press Boise State’s receivers, they should have this at home.
Tip: Back Oklahoma State 7-2 @ $5.50
#1 Alabama at Ole Miss
This is always a huge date on the calendar for both schools, even if Alabama have dominated this fixture in the last decade. The Crimson Tide handed the Rebels one of their biggest losses in school history last year, piling on 66-points to Ole Miss’ lone field goal, but still, it’s always fun whenever Alabama travel to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Rebels are unlikely to pull off the upset, although their offense over the last two weeks suggest this could be closer than last time. Ole Miss have piled on 123-points so far this season, with quarterback Jordan Ta’amu throwing seven-touchdowns.
Tip: Under 71 Total Points @ $1.87
#4 Ohio State at #15 TCU
This is the final game for Ohio State without suspended head coach Urban Meyer. TCU opted to take this game against the Buckeyes as a way of “testing” themselves against the nation’s elite schools, and they’ll get what they asked for against one of the speediest defences in the league this week. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes though, the Horned Frogs have the wide receivers to match. TCU receiver Jalen Reagor and KaVontae Turpin already have 200-yards between them, and if quarterback Shawn Robinson can continue to spread the ball around, an upset for the Horned Frogs at home isn’t out of the question – especially with Meyer absent.
Tip: Back TCU To Beat The Line (+13 Points) @ $1.95
#22 USC at Texas
For a school that many favoured to win the Big 12, Texas have been completely underwhelming to start the season. After an opening week upset against Maryland, the Longhorns held on for a narrow (and unconvincing) seven-point win over Tulsa last week. Speaking of unconvincing, that’s exactly how you’d describe USC’s performance against Stanford last week. Quarterback JT Daniels looked lost in the pocket, throwing two interceptions and completing only 50% of his passes. The Longhorns defence is nothing special, but with a second-straight game on the road, it’s tough to trust the Trojans freshman quarterback.
Tip: Back Texas 1-6 @ $3.50
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