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College Football: Week 3


Well last week we went 6-2 including our “game no one cares about pick”. That makes me all warm and fuzzy inside, but I think we can do better. This week doesn’t seem like a HUGE weekend, but there are quite a few interesting match ups that will have a say in the National Title race. Here are the games I am watching this weekend:

Arkansas @ Georgia: You talk about a “big” game. Georgia has already lost one conference game (last week to S. Carolina) and cannot afford to go 0-2 so early in the season. Arkansas is flying under the radar so far this year, but they feature one of the best QB’s in the country in Ryan Mallett. Mallett features a HUGE arm and great weapons all around him. The key to this game will be the Arky D vs the Georgia offense. Look for a high scoring game that may take extra time to find a winner.
My Pick: Arkansas 38 Georgia 35

Georgia Tech @ North Carolina: This game looked like an early BIG game in the ACC before the season started, but now, it isn’t getting much pub. Carolina is still without a lot of their best players, which could make a difference in Saturdays game. Georgia Tech is coming off a surprising loss to Kansas, a team that lost to a D-1AA school the previous week. Look for a low scoring physical game, with North Carolina making enough plays to keep their season afloat, for now.
My Pick: North Carolina 23 Georgia Tech 17

Air Force @ Oklahoma: The Sooners are coming off a HUGE win over Florida State. Oklahoma controlled the tempo of the game with their pin point passing and aggressive defensive style. While they had some questions after their week 1 showing against Utah State, Oklahoma gained a lot of confidence with last weeks win. Air Force is a sneaky team that is hard to prepare for. They lead the nation on rushing yards per game, but will need to feature some downfield plays in order to keep the Sooners off balance. Look for a close game in the first half with the Sooners pulling away in the 2nd.
My Pick: Oklahoma 40 Air Force 13

Florida @ Tennessee: This is the first conference matchup of the year for both teams. Florida showed signs of improvement last week after a very unimpressive debut in their opener. Tennessee is coming off a beat down from Pac 10 powerhouse Oregon. The Neyland Stadium crowd will give the Vols a little help in this one, but look for Florida to come out on top.
My Pick: Florida 30 Tennessee 20

Nebraska @ Washington: The key to this game is the Washington offense, lead by Jake Locker against the stifling Blackshirts D. Locker has nice weapons around him, but he will be under pressure most of the game. One of the biggest surprises for Nebraska this year has been the play of RS Freshman QB Taylor Martinez. Martinez is athletic and has made plays with his feet to help out the Husker O. Look for Nebraska to get their first marquee win of the season.
My Pick: Nebraska 31 Washington 23

Texas @ Texas Tech: EVERYONE keeps bringing up the 2008 game which featured an amazing game winning catch by NFLer Michael Crabtree. It was a great game that kept Texas out of the National title game, and vaulted Texas Tech into the national spotlight. One thing is for sure about this years match up, Jones Stadium in Lubbock will be rocking. Jones is a tough place to play, but even tougher for a young QB like Garrett Gilbert. Gilbert has been steady so far this year for the Horns, but hasn’t been explosive. If Texas Tech gets a lead early with their consistent pass attack, look for Texas to do away with their run game and throw the ball a lot more. I expect to see a lot of pressure from the Texas defense which will keep Taylor Potts from getting too comfortable in the pocket. Look for another close game this year in Lubbock.
My Pick: Texas 38 Texas Tech 34

Iowa @ Arizona: Interesting matchup. Iowa features a hard nosed, Big 10 style play and Arizona loves to toss the ball around. There are a lot of experts who think Iowa has a chance to make a run towards the Big 10 title, and possibly a national title. This game will be a good test. One key to the game will be the Arizona defense. They have yet to give up a TD this year, but will certainly be tested with a strong Iowa run game lead by Adam Robinson.
My Pick: Arizona 27 Iowa 24

Upset Pick of the Week: Baylor 28 TCU 27– This is a stretch, but Robert Griffin is a playmaker that could give the TCU defense fits.

Game No One Cares About: Arizona Western College 45 Glendale Community College 17

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