College Football: Week 3 Top Picks vs. The Spread

Oklahoma at Iowa State (+17.5, 55): Oklahoma rolled through Florida Atlantic and UCLA but something tells me they’ll have a hard time beating an Iowa State team in Ames by more than 14 points. I know the Sooners have revenge on their minds after losing to the Cyclones last season in Norman, but that won’t matter.

Miami (Fla.) at Toledo (+10, 57.5): I cant believe Miami is traveling to Toledo. It makes zero sense to me. Anyway, I see the Hurricanes winning this game but it will be tight. Give me the Rockets as a home dog.

Kent State at Penn State (-35, 64.5): Penn State won’t play as poorly against the Flashes as they did against App St. The Nittany Lions should roll and cover.

Florida State at Syracuse (+3, 68): Give me the Orangemen as a home favorite. Syracuse best Clemson at home last season and they can certainly beat a Florida State that lacks an identity on offense right now.

Vanderbilt at Notre Dame (-13.5, 52): I got burned by the Irish last week when they didn’t cover against Ball State. I am going back to the well this week. I am betting on the Irish covering at home against a Vandy team that struggles to score.

SMU (+35, 53.5) at Michigan: The Mustangs are your protypical spread program. Score a bunch of points and give up even more points. Despite that, I don’t think Michigan’s offense is good enough to beat SMU by 35 so I’m taking the Mustangs as a dog to cover.

Boise State at Oklahoma State (-2.5, 64.5): This could up being the game of the day. The Broncos are the best mid-major in the country and a win over Oklahoma State would certainly help them in their bid for a final four playoff spot. I’m putting my money on the Cowboys but OSU is definitely on upset alert.

BYU at Wisconsin (-22, 46.5): BYU has been much better this season but winning in Madison is a tall order for any program. Keeping it close is also a tough task. The Cougars won’t score enough to be within three touchdowns of the Badgers. Wisconsin rolls.

LSU (+10, 44.5) at Auburn: This will be a war like it is every year. Auburn being favored by ten at home turns me off. I think they’ll win but this game will be close. I’m taking LSU as a road dog in this one.

Georgia Southern at Clemson (-33, 47): Clemson should have no problem covering in this one. The Tigers struggled on offense last week but Georgia Southern is not Texas A&M.

San Jose State at Oregon (-41, 67.5): Justin Herbert and company keep rolling while taking advantage of a soft early season schedule.

Alabama (+21, 71) at Ole Miss: Ole Miss is off to a good start and they always play Bama tough at home. I don’t think that will be the case this season. Bama is a three phase machine and I expect them to roll and cover.

Middle Tennessee at Georgia (-32.5, 54.5): MTSU is another spread program that scores a bunch of points but plays no defense. That’s why Georgia will cover this gigantic number with ease.

Louisiana at Mississippi State (-33, 64.5): The Bulldogs are for real folks and they should be getting more attention. They should have no problem covering at home against the Ragin Cagins.

UL-Monroe at Texas A&M (-27, 68): The Aggies are still stung by last week’s loss and they’ll take it out on ULM.

Ohio State vs. TCU (+12.5, 59.5): Ohio State rolled over Oregon State and Rutgers but TCU is a different animal. This is essentially a home game for the Horned Frogs in Arlington. I think Ohio State wins but TCU covers in what should be a great game.

Washington at Utah (+5, 47): Trap game for the Huskies. They’ll have their hands full with the Utes. I think Washington will win but it’ll be close.

Arizona State at San Diego State (+5, 48): I smell a let down down for the Sun Devils after last week’s win over Michigan State st home. I think Arizona State will survive but it’ll be a battle.