College Football Picks Against the Spread: Week 3, 2014

Hutson Mason and company look to keep it rolling against South Carolina (David Goldman/Associated Press)

Hutson Mason and company look to keep it rolling against South Carolina (David Goldman/Associated Press)

Week Two in my College Football Picks Against the Spread did not go as well as Week One, but it wasn’t a total demise. I went 2-3 including 0-1 in my Upset Alert pick for week two. Week Three does not have the flash of other weeks, but does feature some tasty match ups including in state rivalries. I’m feeling confident heading into this week.

Can we pause for a second and realize we are already heading into the third week of the College Football season? I spent my summer anxiously anticipating the College Football season and its already in full swing. Boggles the mind.

While I couldn’t get myself to pick them, if you are looking for a sneaky pick this week, watch out for the University of Tennessee Volunteers at the Oklahoma Sooners. If Oklahoma stumbles this season, this is could be the week. I am looking to improve on last week get my season wins total back above .500. Without further ado, my picks.

Season Record 5-5

Upset Alert 1-1

Georgia Bulldogs -6 at South Carolina Gamecocks

The Georgia Bulldogs are dominant this year and are clear national title contenders. South Carolina however is not. They looked awful in their home opener against Texas A&M and only beat East Carolina by 10. I expect running back Todd Gurley to run wild on a mediocre Gamecock defense and keep his name among the favorites for the Heisman Trophy. I expect Hutson Mason and the Bulldogs passing attack to look much stronger this week also. Georgia will win this going away.

Iowa Hawkeyes -10 vs Iowa State Cyclones

Jake Rudock (Bill Neibergall-Register photo))

Jake Rudock (Bill Neibergall-Register photo))

The Iowa Hawkeyes suffered a big blow Saturday when they lost Brandon Scherff to an injury. Scherff is likely a first round pick in the NFL draft come April. The Hawkeyes are still a talented team led by quarterback Jake Rudock. Iowa State was able to rebound from a disappointing week one loss to North Dakota State against Kansas State in week two. The Cyclones are on the road in this tough match up. I expect Iowa to cover the spread and win going away.

Kansas Jayhawks +17 at Duke Blue Devils

I love what Coach David Cutcliffe has done with Duke, turning it into a relevant school for football. Kansas like Duke is a basketball school that happens to play football, however they have been unable to get their football team going in the same direction. Yet I still want the 17 points with the Jayhawks. Duke will win and probably pretty comfortably, but Kansas will cover.

(Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America)

Brett Hundley (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America)

UCLA Bruins -7.5 at Texas Longhorns

The UCLA Bruins have not looked anything like the team may expect to win the PAC 12 south and potentially end in the four team College Football Playoff. They are however headed to AT&T stadium in Dallas to take on a Texas Longhorn team that was housed last week by BYU in Austin. Another game without David Ash leaves the Longhorns in a tough spot. I expect Brett Hundley and company to look much stronger in this game and win comfortably. Texas will remain the tire fire they have been this season.

**Upset Alert**

West Virginia Mountaineers +3 at Maryland Terrapins

West Virginia showed themselves to be a much better team than some had anticipated against Alabama. The Mountaineer offense looks much more lethal this season and will torch the Terrapin defense. While I like some of the talent Maryland has including Stefon Diggs, I expect Clint Trickett and company to win this game outright.


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