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College Football Betting Picks, Week 3: Georgia-South Carolina, Penn State-Rutgers And Boston College-USC

Weekly selections out of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12.

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Last week:

Brian: 2-3 (5-5 on the year)
Jeff: 4-1 (5-5)


East Carolina Pirates at Virginia Tech Hokies (-11) - Some people think Virginia Tech is ready for a letdown after beating Ohio State last week. However, their win over Ohio State was not a fluke and ECU could not keep up with South Carolina in the second half once they got worn down. Virginia Tech can win by 2+ TDs here.

West Virginia Mountaineers (+3.5) at Maryland Terrapins - WVU gave Alabama a run on opening weekend in Atlanta. Maryland is not very good. When an ok team is getting points against a not very good team I'll take them.

N.C. State Wolfpack at South Florida Bulls (+2.5) - Why is N.C. State favored in any games on the road against FBS teams?

Georgia Bulldogs (-6.5) at South Carolina Gamecocks - South Carolina lost the #1 pick and a QB and several other key players. Georgia might win the SEC. Easy money.

Penn State Nittany Lions (-3.5) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights - This will be the toughest ticket to ever get your hands on for a Rutgers football game. The red stadium will turn blue. With the lift of the PSU postseason ban I think the team gets an extra boost and puts it to Rutgers.


Baylor Bears (-34.5) at Buffalo Bulls - Weird. I thought power conference programs never go on the road to face MAC outfits? Anyhow this game is the back-end of a home-and-home with last year's game in Waco. Last season, Baylor waxed Buffalo 70-13, and that was with star LB Khalil Mack anchoring the UB defense. Buffalo needed a come-from-behind victory in week 1 to down FCS Duquesne, then lost to Army 47-39 in week 2 in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicated. Baylor has scored 115 points in two games this season and is yet to give up a TD. Baylor QB Bryce Petty is expected to start (cracked bones in back) and even if he's pulled early, the Bears shouldn't have a problem putting up points in a nationally televised Friday night game.

Louisville Cardinals (-6.5) at Virginia Cavaliers - I think too much was made over Louisville's week 1 victory over Miami in the season opener. The Cards will come back down to Earth at some point, but not this week in their first ACC road contest. Virginia has been playing better ball this season, particularly on defense, but I like Petrino's offense to find a way of putting points on the board. The Louisville D limited Miami RB Duke Johnson to under 100 yards in the opener. I expect the UofL D to have similar success against UVa's Kevin Parks. Louisville takes the first game in this cross-division "rivalry" by double digits.

Rice Owls at Texas A&M Aggies (-31.5) - Rice has had an extra week to regroup following a 31-point season opening loss at Notre Dame. Texas A&M is ranked #7 in the country and just hung 73 on a team called Lamar. A&M big.

USC Trojans at Boston College Eagles (+17) - Just want to point out this is the second straight week you've passed on taking BC and the points. Nevermind that you were correct in passing on BC last week, though I did almost get the backdoor cover. You must want to win this competition or something. Anyhow, this is no fun without having some action on BC, especially in a rare Saturday night, primetime affair. Bill likes BC to win, but I'll settle for taking the points and the cover (though I would have loved to have gotten this when it was +20).

Arizona State Sun Devils (-14.5) at Colorado Buffaloes - Back to back road games for the Sun Devils, which once again find themselves as heavy road favorites. Arizona State won last year's meeting, 54-13, and the Sun Devils have outscored Colorado 206-61 over the last five games. Colorado has lost 14 straight against ranked teams. Make that 15 this weekend. ASU big.

Year Jeff Brian
2008 42-33 39-36
2009 36-34 40-30
2010 35-35 35-35
2011 37-33 31-39
2012 33-37 37-33
2013 40-35 36-39
08/03/14 1-4 3-2
09/06/14 4-1 2-3
2014 5-5 5-5
All-Time 228-212 223-217