Friday, September 18, 2009

College football preview: week three

After two weeks, my predicting stands at 12-8--not good but certainly respectable after the horrid start in week one.

Our third week of college action features two games which would look good in an NCAA basketball round of 16--Duke at Kansas and Louisville at Kentucky. And, there are no inter-sectional battles which rival the two great match-ups of last week--Michigan and Notre Dame and Ohio State and USC.

Let's look at this week's Big 12 and key matchups:

Duke at Kansas: Line - KU by 22.5. Prediction - Kansas by 27. I think the fact that Todd Reesing was disappointed in his play last week means that the offense will come out firing on all cylinders this week. A good sign would be the Jayhawk defense continuing to improve after holding UTEP to one score last week in El Paso.

Furman at Missouri: No line. Prediction - Mizzou by 48. I can't see the Tigers having troubles two weeks in a row and a game against Furman is simply a matter of how many points the Tigers will score.

Kansas State at UCLA: Line - UCLA by 12.5. As we said in week one, this is the game where we will know much more about this year's version of the Wildcats. Bill Snyder's team has had special teams woes and inconsistent play at QB. Prediction - UCLA by 17.

Nebraska at Virginia Tech: Line - Va Tech by 5. This is the most intriguing game in the Big 12 this week. I have to go with the a touchdown.

Iowa State at Kent State: Line - ISU by 3. Prediction - Kent State by 3. The bottom half of the Big 12 North is really bad this year.

Wyoming at Colorado: Line - CU by 7. Speaking of bad, Colorado tries to stop the bleeding against Wyoming in Boulder. The Buffs need to get an early lead--if they fall behind early, look for the fans at Folsom Field to get very restless. Prediction - Colorado by 4.

Connecticut at Baylor: Line - Baylor by 10. Prediction - Baylor by 14.

Tulsa at Oklahoma: Line - OU by 17.5. Prediction - OU by 17.

Rice at Oklahoma State: Line - OSU by 32.5. Prediction - OSU by 35.

Texas Tech at Texas: Line - UT by 17.5. The conference season starts in week three for these two Big 12 South contenders. Tech's offense has looked like, well...Tech's offense. But, this is a special Texas team. Prediction - Longhorns by 21.

Utah State at Texas A&M: Line - A&M by 19. Prediction - A&M by 21.

Georgia at Arkansas: Line - Arkansas by 1. Prediction - Hogs by 3.

Tennessee at Florida: Line - Florida by 29.5. Gee, I wonder if Lane Kiffin is second-guessing all of his pre-season yapping at Florida and Urban Meyer? Meyer has shown a willingness to remember slights. This one could get ugly. Prediction - Gators by 33.

Michigan State at Notre Dame: Line - ND by 10. Prediction - ND by 14...the Irish rebound after last week's big disappointment in Ann Arbor.

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