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Justin’s World: Top 5 College Games to Watch in Week 3

Justin’s World: Top 5 College Games to Watch in Week 3

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Week 2 is in the books! UCF hasn’t lost a game since December 17th, 2016 and it doesn’t look like they will anytime soon. FSU may already be looking for a new coach. Willie Taggart’s play calling is almost as embarrassing as their turnover backpack…so lame. Miami finally debuted it’s new and improved Turnover Chain…6 times. It weighs 7 pounds! Clemson is vulnerable and Texas A&M has a bright future under Jimbo.

The SEC is the deepest conference and it’s not even close. Notre Dame isn’t that good…no surprise there. Mississippi State is just fine without Dan Mullen and Scott Frost has Nebraska on the right track. Last week my picks went 4-1 and my Upset of the Week came true, which puts me at 7-3 overall and 1-1 in upset picks. Let’s pick some Games of the Week!

5: Miami(#21) at Toledo

Trajan Bandy!

Seems odd to pick this game but I have my reasons. For starters, WVU and NC State was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. Beyond that, this game actually has the potential to be close. Last year Toledo came to Miami and kept it tight for 3 quarters before Miami eventually pulled away.

The Rockets are capable of putting up points and coach Jason Candle is in the spotlight for major power 5 jobs this coming off-season. This game will be hyped up in Ohio so expect the Glass Bowl to be full and raucous when the Canes come to town. Miami had a shaky start but we’ve since seen them settle in with a 77-0 win over Savannah State; where they brought out the Turnover Chain 6 times. In their defense LSU seems legit this year.

The Spread currently sits at -10.5 for Miami, which could be difficult for them to cover. Ultimately, the Hurricanes are the more talented team and that will show on the field. Plus if they break out the chain more than once it will be a long day for Toledo. The game is set to be played on Saturday, September 15th at 12:00pm on ESPN2.

My Prediction: Miami – 42 at Toledo – 31

4: Vanderbilt at Notre Dame (#8)

Game of the Week #4
The Fighting Irish!

Notre Dame is easily the most inconsistent team in the top 10. They are led by a below average quarterback but anchored by a solid defense. They canceled separated themselves well in their two wins this year and Brandon Wimbush put up some awful stats against Ball State. Up next, a 2-0 Vanderbilt team that has looked solid in its first games.

However, this will be a tough test for Vandy as they head to South Bend to take on the Irish. The Commodores have showcased an explosive offense led by senior QB Kyle Shurmur who has yet to throw an interception. Vandy is capable of taking advantage of a shaky O-line and a Notre Dame ground game that is currently ranked at 104th in the country. If the Irish aren’t careful this could be the end of their playoff hopes. 

The line is at -14.5 for Notre Dame, which is crazy. Home or not the Irish are simply not capable of covering this spread. The game will be played on Saturday, September 15th at 2:30pm on NBC.

My Prediction: Vanderbilt – 24 at Notre Dame – 27

3: USC (#22) at Texas

Game of the Week #3
Longhorns!

I’m always down for a rematch of the 2006 National Championship Game. These two teams are far removed from Vince Young’s epic 4th and 5 play to win it all in what some would call the greatest game of the BCS Era. That being said, both teams come into this game pretty evenly matched in 2018.

The advantage in this one will have to go the home team. The Longhorns play well at Memorial Stadium and return 6 starters on both offense and defense. The Trojans have returning starters as well but not necessarily where it matters. Clay Helton’s squad is also still getting used to the new offensive scheme suited for true freshman QB J.T. Daniels. That’s never a good thing to bring on the road against a semi-rival and power 5 program.

The spread is sitting at -3.5 for Texas, which seems fair to me. I can see this game going either way but I think this is where Tom Herman takes a step forward with the Longhorns. The game will be played on Saturday, September 15th at 8:00pm on FOX. 

My Prediction: USC – 21 at Texas – 27

2: Ohio State (#4) at TCU (#15) 

Game of the Week #2
Brutus!

The first real test for the Buckeyes will honestly not prove to be much of a test at all. No offense has looked more explosive than Ohio State who has put up big numbers. Not only that, the Buckeyes have done this against two power 5 opponents.

I’m not implying that Oregon State is any good but they’re still in a power 5 conference and Rutgers is a Big Ten opponent. OSU is led by stellar play from QB Dwayne Haskins who has a whopping 79.2% completion percentage along with 9 TDs to just 1 INT. The Horned Frogs will provide the Buckeye defense with a tall task and you can expect this game to be close for the first two quarters. Eventually the talent from OSU will overwhelm TCU,,and the game will get ugly.

The line is -12 for Ohio State. I fully expect them to cover that spread on the road in Dallas. The game is set to be played on Saturday, September 15th at 8:00pm on ABC. 

My Prediction: Ohio State – 56 at TCU – 34

1: LSU (#12) at Auburn (#7)

Game of the week #1
Tigers on the prowl!

Look out SEC! LSU is back. Transfer QB Joe Burrows has seemingly saved Ed Orgeron. The Tigers from Louisiana will come to Alabama to face off with the Tigers from Auburn. This should be a fun way to spend your afternoon on Saturday.

Both teams already have a top 10 win and are now looking to separate from the SEC west pack. Jordan-Hare will be jumping as their beloved Auburn Tigers host LSU. Both teams are evenly matched and feature solid defenses all around. The difference for me will be in the ground game and which QB can play mistake free. I believe thats going to be LSU. They are very talented up front and boast a slew of capable RBs led by Nick Brossette.

The spread is currently -9.5 for Auburn, which seems high to me. I expect this to be a one-possession game throughout. It will be played on Saturday, September 18th at 3:30pm on CBS.

My Prediction: LSU – 31 at Auburn – 28

UPSET OF THE WEEK

Upset Pick of the Week
The Utes!

UTAH over those Huskies from Washington! The Pac 12 is a mess and will continue to act as such this weekend. Utah has recently been pretty darn good at crushing title dreams and this year will be no different.

They beat Stanford and Andrew Luck in 2013, then USC in 2014, and who could forget Alex Smith taking down Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl. Home field advantage will be huge on Saturday Night and the Utes are capable of putting up POINTS!

The spread is currently at -6.5 for the visiting Huskies ranked at #10. The last time Washington visited Utah in 2016 they needed a fourth down stop to win 31-24. The crowd will be rowdy and Utah will be hungry for this upset.

My Prediction: Washington-21 at Utah-27

A Florida Boy who now calls NYC home! Went to school for Musical Theatre and am currently in the International tour of Kinky Boots. In my free time all I do is watch sports and look up stats. I love all things college football, especially my beloved Miami Hurricanes! I also partake in my fair share of Fantasy Football and Basketball.

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