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College Football Picks Against the Spread: Week 3, 2016
Welcome to Week 3 in the College Football season and boy do we have an awesome schedule of games. While Week 2 seemed like an underwhelming one on paper especially after the impressive schedule Week 1 offered up. However when Week 2 was all said and done we had a barrage of great games from the early games to Pac 12 after dark. I feel for Oklahoma State fans everywhere after the ridiculous ending to their game last week. I loved seeing Bret Bielema and Woo Pig beat TCU in a phenomenal double OT game. Week 2 was a great success for this column. After a disappointing 2-3 Week 1, we got things together to go 4-1 and get the overall record to 6-3. Let’s find some more winners in Week 3’s College Football Picks Against the Spread and have another great week.
Florida State Seminoles -2 at Louisville Cardinals
The Lamar Jackson love is getting crazy. He has been incredible through two weeks of the college football season. However his incredible stats have been thrown up against Syracuse and Charlotte who are mediocre at best. The Seminoles enter this game after a second half drubbing of Ole Miss in Deondre Francois first game. Dalvin Cook should be able to find openings even against the Cardinals stout defense. Derwin James will not play in this game for the Seminoles which is a sizeable loss. I still expect the Seminoles to play well get a win on the road. Florida State in a monster that has a great shot at going undefeated.
Pick: Florida State -2
Ole Miss Rebels +14 vs Alabama Crimson Tide
The Ole Miss Rebels were looking great until the Florida State offense found itself to win going away. The Tide have looked great over the last two weeks including a throttling of the USC Trojans in Week 1. However this is the time to jump all over the home dog. The last two seasons the Rebels have not only found a way to cover against Bama but they won both games outright. Chad Kelly showed a lot last season on the road against the eventual national champions. While Ole Miss lost some talent on both sides of the ball, this is team that has a ton of upside. This game is being played at Oxford and the Rebels are catching two touchdowns. Alabama doesn’t have the horses at running back that they have leaned on in the past seasons. They have helped alleviate some of the pressure on the offense in past seasons. Take Ole Miss +14 and enjoy the ride.
Pick: Ole Miss +14
Ohio State Buckeyes -3 at Oklahoma Sooners
This could be the game of the day in Saturday’s excellent slate when the Ohio State Buckeyes head to Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. This is also the Fox Sports afternoon game which means Gus Johnson, which is always a good time. The Buckeyes have run the ball and have played great defense. Two things that travel well and set up good teams for big wins. The Buckeye defense is arguably one of the best they have had in some time, especially in the secondary. They should cause a ton of issues for Baker Mayfield, Samaje Perine and company. After seeing Greg Ward Jr. slice up the Sooners defense in Week 1 it’s hard to imagine J.T. Barrett not being able to do much of the same. Barrett hasn’t been as consistent as Buckeye fans would like but he should be able to make the plays when it matters most. Ohio State will break away at the end of the game and cover the spread comfortably.
Pick: Buckeyes -3
Mississippi State Bulldogs at LSU Tigers
The WTF line of the week goes to the Mississippi State Bulldogs as two touchdown underdogs against a LSU team that is a complete mess. They do not have a quarterback at this point which is a huge problem. Brandon Harris was benched for transfer Danny Etling, who looked better but still pretty bad. Leonard Fournette will be back for this game which helps the Tigers but the offense looked awful in Week 1 when Fournette played. The Bulldogs haven’t been great themselves but they did find legs last week against South Carolina. I think LSU wins this game but it will be ugly.
Pick: Mississippi State +14
Appalachian State Mountaineers +3 vs Miami Hurricanes
The noise you hear in the background is the dogs barking in Boone, North Carolina. The Mountaineers are a really good team that should have toppled Tennessee. They can move the ball on offense and shut down opponents on defense. Mark Richt is trying to turn around the Hurricanes but he still has a way to go. Quarterback Brad Kaaya has underwhelmed in the first two games of the season including under 200 yards with no touchdowns and two picks against FAU. Take the home team to win outright!
Pick: Appalachian State +3