Picking Every Game: College Football Predictions, Week 3

Game of the Week

Ohio State (2-0) vs.

Oklahoma (1-1)

7:30 p.m. EST
Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Okla.
FOX
Ohio State -1.5 — O/U 63

It’s hard to admit when you think you’re wrong. I’m admitting it now. Ohio State is a lot better than I thought it would be at this point in the year, and Oklahoma isn’t as good as expected. The Buckeyes have roared through their first two games of the season. And while Bowling Green isn’t that much of a team, Tulsa should have presented at least a little challenge to Ohio State. Instead, the Buckeyes dispatched the Golden Hurricane 48-3. Meanwhile, Oklahoma looked almost drunk in the second half against Houston, which pretty much punked the Sooners and all but demolished their national playoff hopes on opening day. Last week, OU definitely improved, but still allowed 350 yards to ULM, which should have been stuffed down hard by a vastly superior Sooner defense. The answers to some very basic questions will lead you to the predicted outcome. Will either team completely stop the other? No. Both offenses are far too potent to expect that either one will disappear for the evening. Does either defense have a chance of at least slowing down the other offense? Yes – Ohio State does. Consider that ULM and Bowling Green are probably on a parallel with one another. Ohio State racked up more than 700 yards of offense against Bowling Green, and allowed just 244 yards on defense. Oklahoma amassed 640 yards against ULM, but allowed that unfortunate 350 yards on defense – and 272 of those came through the air. Expect both teams to air it out a lot, but J.T. Barrett should have a lot of success against a pretty suspect Oklahoma secondary. The predicted 7-point victory for Ohio State might look a lot closer than the game will probably feel.

Prediction: Ohio State 38, Oklahoma 31

Result: Ohio State 45, Oklahoma 24. The Buckeyes never trailed in a game that saw them continually them continually pressure and harass Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield. The pressure forced two interceptions, including one that went for a pick-six touchdown in the first quarter. The Sooner never recovered, as Ohio State easily coasted to a victory that puts them into place as a favorite for the College Football Playoff.

Record:
This week: SU – 60-9; ATS – 31-23-1; O/U – 29-24-2
Overall: SU – 192-37; ATS – 73-66-2; O/U – 72-64-5

Upsets are bold underlined
(Results in parentheses; wins are underlined; losses in italics)

Thursday, Sept. 15
Matchup Time (ET) TV Coverage Prediction
Houston (-7.5) at Cincinnati (O/U 64.5) 7:30 p.m. ESPN logo Houston, 34-28
(Houston, 40-16)
Friday, Sept. 16
Matchup Time (ET) TV Coverage Prediction
Baylor (-30.5) at Rice (O/U 65.5) 8 p.m. ESPN logo Baylor, 44-20
(Baylor, 38-10)
Arkansas State (+9) at Utah State (O/U 57) 9 p.m. CBS Sports Network logo Utah State, 34-28
(Utah State, 34-20)
Arizona State (-19.5) at UTSA (O/U 60) 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 logo Arizona State, 45-24
(Arizona State, 32-28)
Saturday, Sept. 17      
Matchup Time (ET) TV Coverage Prediction
Akron (+16.5) at Marshall (O/U 57.5) Noon CBS Sports Network logo Marshall, 41-17
(Akron, 65-38)
Florida State (-2) at Louisville (O/U 65.5) Noon ABC logo Louisville, 38-35
(Louisville, 63-20)
Georgia State (+34) at Wisconsin (O/U 59.5) Noon BTN logo Wisconsin, 38-7
(Wisconsin, 23-17)
Iowa State (+24) at TCU (O/U 61) Noon FS1 logo TCU, 45-14
(TCU, 41-20)
Kansas (+20.5) at Memphis (O/U 60) Noon ESPNU logo Memphis, 34-17
(Memphis, 43-7)
Miami (Fla.) (-3.5) at Appalachian State (O/U 52) Noon ESPN logo Appalachian State, 27-24
(Miami, 45-10)
Middle Tennessee (-6) at Bowling Green (O/U 72) Noon ASN logo Middle Tennessee, 38-31
(Middle Tennessee, 41-21)
New Mexico (+5.5) at Rutgers (O/U 57.5) Noon ESPNews logo Rutgers, 34-31
(Rutgers, 37-28)
North Dakota State (NL) at Iowa Noon ESPN2 logo Iowa, 41-20
(North Dakota State, 23-21)
Ohio (+27) at Tennessee (O/U 57.5) Noon SEC Network Logo Tennessee, 41-21
(Tennessee, 28-19)
South Carolina State (NL) at Clemson Noon RSN Clemson, 58-0
(Clemson, 59-0)
Temple (+8.5) at Penn State (O/U 52) Noon BTN logo Penn State, 27-21
(Penn State, 34-27)
Vanderbilt (+6.5) at Georgia Tech (O/U 42.5) 12:30 p.m. ACCN logo Georgia Tech, 24-17
(Georgia Tech, 38-7)
Virginia (+4.5) at Connecticut (O/U 48.5) 1:30 p.m. sny-logo Connecticut, 23-20
(Connecticut, 13-10)
Idaho (+27) at Washington State (O/U 68.5) 2 p.m. Pac 12 Network logo Washington State, 45-17
(Washington State. 56-6)
North Carolina A&T (NL) at Tulsa 2 p.m. ESPN3 logo Tulsa, 38-13
(Tulsa, 58-21)
FAU (+25.5) at Kansas State (O/U 49.5) 2:30 p.m. FSN logo Kansas State, 31-17
(Kansas State, 63-7)
Eastern Kentucky (NL) at Ball State 3 p.m. ESPN3 logo Ball State, 27-21
(Ball State, 41-14)
Fresno State (+20.5) at Toledo (O/U 57.5) 3 p.m. ESPN3 logo Toledo 41-10
(Toledo, 52-17)
UNLV (+11) at Central Michigan (O/U 55) 3 p.m. ESPN3 logo Central Michigan, 38-20
(Central Michigan, 44-21)
Alabama (-11) at Ole Miss (O/U 54.5) 3:30 p.m. CBS logo Alabama, 38-24
(Alabama, 48-43)
Boston College (+6) at Virginia Tech (O/U 40.5) 3:30 p.m. ESPNU logo Virginia Tech, 27-13
(Virginia Tech, 49-0)
Colorado (+18) at Michigan (O/U 55.5) 3:30 p.m. BTN logo Michigan, 34-24
(Michigan, 45-28)
FIU (+1) at Massachusetts (O/U 47.5) 3:30 p.m. ASN logo Massachusetts, 24-20
(Massachusetts, 21-13)
James Madison (NL) at North Carolina 3:30 p.m. RSN North Carolina, 51-14
(North Carolina, 56-28)
Monmouth (NL) at Kent State 3:30 p.m. ESPN3 logo Kent State, 21-14
(Kent State, 27-7)
Oregon (+3) at Nebraska (O/U 74.5) 3:30 p.m. ABC logo Oregon, 41-38
(Nebraska, 35-32)
Pittsburgh (+4) at Oklahoma State (O/U 59.5) 3:30 p.m. ESPN logo Oklahoma State, 34-31
(Oklahoma State, 45-38)
San Diego State (-11) at Northern Illinois (O/U 50) 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network logo San Diego State, 38-17
(San Diego State, 42-28)
USF (-14.5) at Syracuse (O/U 75) 3:30 p.m. USF, 38-21
(USF, 45-20)
Western Kentucky (-17) at Miami (Ohio) (O/U 62) 3:30 p.m. ESPN3 logo Western Kentucky, 44-21
(Western Kentucky, 31-24)
East Carolina (+2) at South Carolina (O/U 51) 4 p.m. SEC Network Logo East Carolina, 28-21
(South Carolina, 20-15)
New Mexico State (-22.5) at Kentucky (O/U 66) 4 p.m. SEC Network Logo Kentucky, 38-31
(Kentucky, 62-42)
Northern Colorado (NL) at Colorado State (O/U) 4 p.m. ROOT Sports logo Colorado State 31-27
(Colorado State, 47-21)
UC Davis (NL) at Wyoming (O/U) 4 p.m. WyoVision UC Davis, 27-21
(Wyoming, 45-22)
Western Michigan (-3) at Illinois (O/U 56) 4 p.m. ESPNews logo Western Michigan, 34-23
(Western Michigan, 34-10)
Idaho State (NL) at Oregon State 5 p.m. Pac 12 Network logo Oregon State, 27-3
(Oregon State, 37-7)
Eastern Michigan (-2.5) at Charlotte (O/U 65.5) 6 p.m. CUSA-TV Logo Charlotte, 31-27
(Eastern Michigan, 37-19)
Old Dominion (+24.5) at N.C. State (O/U 56) 6 p.m. N.C. State, 38-17
(N.C. State, 49-22)
ULM (+27) at Georgia Southern (O/U 58) 6 p.m. ESPN3 logo Georgia Southern, 45-17
(Georgia Southern, 23-21)
Delaware (NL) at Wake Forest 6:30 p.m. Wake Forest, 23-10
(Wake Forest, 38-21)
Army (-3.5) at UTEP (O/U 46.5) 7 p.m. ASN logo Army, 24-17
(Army, 66-14)
Liberty (NL) at SMU 7 p.m. ESPN3 logo SMU, 28-23
(SMU, 29-14)
Louisiana Tech (+10.5) at Texas Tech (O/U 80.5) 7 p.m. FSN logo Texas Tech, 45-38
(Texas Tech, 59-45)
Maryland (-11) at UCF (O/U 56.5) 7 p.m. CBS Sports Network logo Maryland, 35-21
(Maryland, 30-24)
Mississippi State (+13) at LSU (O/U 47) 7 p.m. ESPN2 logo LSU, 31-23
(LSU, 23-20)
Navy (-6.5) at Tulane (O/U 43.5) 7 p.m. ASN logo Navy, 31-17
(Navy, 21-14)
South Alabama (+1.5) at Louisiana (O/U 53) 7 p.m. ESPN3 logo Louisiana, 27-23
(Louisiana, 28-23)
Texas A&M (+2.5) at Auburn (O/U 55.5) 7 p.m. ESPN logo Texas A&M, 31-24
(Texas A&M, 29-16)
Troy (+9) at Southern Miss (O/U 65) 7 p.m. bein SPorts logo Southern Miss, 38-28
(Troy, 37-31)
Georgia (-7) at Missouri (O/U 54) 7:30 p.m. SEC Network Logo Georgia, 31-21
(Georgia, 28-27)
Michigan State (+7) at Notre Dame (O/U 51) 7:30 p.m. nbc-logo Notre Dame, 27-23
(Michigan State, 36-28)
North Texas (+34) at Florida (O/U 53) 7:30 p.m. ESPNU logo Florida, 51-7
(Florida, 32-0)
Ohio State (-1.5) at Oklahoma (O/U 63) 7:30 p.m. fox-logo Ohio State, 38-31
(Ohio State, 45-24)
Texas State (+28.5) at Arkansas (O/U 61) 7:30 p.m. SEC Network Logo Arkansas, 45-17
(Arkansas, 42-3)
Duke (+4) at Northwestern (O/U 47.5) 8 p.m. BTN logo Northwestern, 24-21
(Northwestern, 24-13)
Portland State (NL) at Washington 8 p.m. Pac 12 Network logo Washington, 51-10
(Washington, 41-3)
USC (+7.5) at Stanford (O/U 51.5) 8 p.m. ABC logo Stanford, 31-21
(Stanford, 27-10)
Buffalo (+10.5) at Nevada (O/U 50.5) 9 p.m. MWN logo Nevada, 28-17
(Nevada, 38-14)
UCLA (-3.5) at BYU (O/U 49) 10:15 p.m. ESPN2 logo BYU, 27-24
(UCLA, 17-14)
Texas (-7.5) at California (O/U 80) 10:30 p.m. ESPN logo Texas, 48-37
(Texas, 50-43)
Utah (-12.5) at San Jose State (O/U 47) 10:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network logo Utah, 31-17
(Utah, 34-17)
Hawaii (+23) at Arizona (O/U 63) 10:45 p.m. Pac 12 Network logo Arizona, 38-21
(Arizona, 47-28)

Copyright © 2016 Doug DeBolt 
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About Doug DeBolt

Capnpen is a writer who was a newspaper and magazine journalist in a previous life. A college journalism major, he now works as an administrator, but gets his writing fix by blogging about a variety of topics, including politics, religion, movies and television. When he's not working or blogging, Capnpen spends time with his family, plays a little golf (badly) and loves to learn about virtually anything.
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