Its time once again for ESPN College Football Pick ‘Ems: Week 3 edition. My total stats for the season are 77 points, for a percentage of 84.7% and a rank of 40,764 with a total record of 10-6.
10) Oregon Ducks over Tennessee Volunteers
When are the Ducks going to play real competition? Clearly it seems unlikely to happen until Pac-12 conference play starts. I guess the school wanted multiple tune up games, because the Volunteers are not very good.
9) Wisconsin Badgers over Arizona State Sun Devils
Risky road pick here, yet I think the Badgers have the talent to survive a challenge by a ASU squad looking to prove themselves this weekend.
8) South Carolina Gamecocks over Vanderbilt Commodores
After last week’s game USC will be looking to get their season back on track. Vandy just isn’t good enough to stay in this game, although upsets are always possible.
7) Louisville Cardinals over Kentucky Wildcats
Teddy Bridgewater is a Heisman candidate. Kentucky football has a sad tradition of causing Kentucky students to chant “When does basketball start?” The pick is pretty obvious here.
6) Auburn Tigers over Mississippi State Bulldogs
I’m going with the fact that the Tigers have taken 10 out of the last 12 in the series from the Bulldogs. That’s good enough for me to go with them in addition to Auburn being the home team.
5) Penn State Nittany Lions over UCF Nights
This is in Happy Valley so I’m going with the home team, especially since PSU plays well in front of their large crowds. Also UCF’s record against power conference competition is awful. This should be a good, hard fought contest.
4) Alabama Crimson Tide over Texas A&M Aggies
Look give Nick Saban time to plan and what you end up with is that national title game where the Tide slaughtered Notre Dame. I fully expect the Crimson Tide to get revenge against Johnny Football this season, even if it is on the road-which is the only reason I ranked this lower than the others.
3) Ole Miss Rebels over Texas Longhorns
While I’m wary about the Rebels’ chances on the road Texas looked awful last week against BYU. If the Rebels run the ball as well as the Cougars did they should win and keep that Top 25 ranking.
2) Iowa Hawkeyes over Iowa State Cyclones
Yes I know the game is at Ames but the Hawks have the rushing attack to steamroll ISU just like UNI did. The question is whether or not Iowa’s shaky inexperienced QB can avoid making costly makes like he did against NIU. And if ISU’s young defense can make the necessary stop to get a win at home and avoid falling to 0-2. We’ll find out-too bad I’ll be at work during the game.
1) Nebraska Cornhuskers over UCLA Bruins
The Cornhuskers will avenge last season’s loss to the Bruins in what should be another high scoring game with plenty of offense and very little defense. This is a great Pac-12 versus Big Ten match up.