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If Week 3 of the college football season teaches us nothing else, it'll be who the top National Championship contender is out of the ACC this year. Many presumed that team to be Florida State, but the Seminoles have already lost to Alabama and haven't been back on the field since then thanks to Hurricane Irma. It's going to be really hard without Deondre Francois to keep the garnet and gold competitive.
Thus, this conference should come down to Louisville and Clemson, teams that conveniently meet in Week 3. The Cardinals are following basically the same script as last year. Beat up two teams. Lamar Jackson looks like a god. Bring in a top 10 team to Louisville for the biggest game of the week in Week 3. Will domination ensue again? The Tigers had better hope not, or their chances of a second straight National Championship will take a huge hit.
Maybe the biggest game in the SEC will pit Tennessee against Florida. The Gators and Volunteers definitely don't like each other, and this year, with as badly as Georgia figures to eventually struggle with Jacob Eason sidelined, this game could be the one that determines the SEC East champion.
Tom Herman's start at Texas wasn't good after the thud against Maryland. But the Longhorns did beat up San Jose State last week. All will be forgiven from that first game if the Horns can take care of USC at the Coliseum on Saturday night. Let's not forget that the last time these two powerhouses met up, Vince Young put on one of the greatest spectacles in college football history in the National Championship Game. It's just too bad that VY isn't walking through those doors with Bevo.
From start to finish, there’s more than enough opportunities to keep the money rolling in with NCAA Week 3 football betting action.
New Mexico at Boise State, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Opening Line: Boise State -15.5
Preview: The Boise State Broncos could be kicking themselves later down the line this year for losing in three overtimes to Washington State. They'll surely need to run the table to get into the New Year's Six now, and that includes holding serve against the New Mexico Lobos on the Smurf Turf. Continue...
Illinois at South Florida, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Opening Line: South Florida -16.5
Preview: Lovie Smith is coming back home. After getting fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he's set to have a weird sort of de ja vu when his Illinois Fighting Illini head to Raymond James Stadium to take on the South Florida Bulls. Continue...
Massachusetts at Temple, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Opening Line: Temple -14
Preview: The Massachusetts Minutemen might have the worst team in the ranks of the FBS this year. That said, they're going to be thrust into the national spotlight on Friday night against the Temple Owls in one of their rare nationally televised appearances in 2017. Continue...
Arizona at UTEP, 10:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Opening Line: Arizona -21
Preview: The UTEP Miners hit a new low last week against Rice. They were beaten by 17 points at home by a team they were favored to take out. Now, they have a Pac-12 foe coming to the Sun Bowl. The Arizona Wildcats are by no means a juggernaut like Washington or USC, but they shouldn't theoretically struggle in this game. Continue...
Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Opening Line: Oklahoma State -10
Preview: The Pittsburgh Panthers have had a knack for at least threatening some of the top teams in America at least once a season. They didn't manage to do so last week against Penn State, but they’ll have a second opportunity against a top 10 club in Week 3 when the Oklahoma State Cowboys pay a visit to the Steel City. Continue...
Air Force at Michigan, 12 p.m. ET (BTN)
Opening Line: Michigan -26
Preview: Most assume the Michigan Wolverines are going to march their way to 10-0 to start off this season. They haven't had a legitimate test thus far this year, and the Air Force Falcons don't figure to give them much of one either. But weird things can happen this time of year, and any team running the triple-option with a bye week to prepare could be poised for an upset. Continue...
UCLA at Memphis, 12 p.m. ET (ABC)
Opening Line: UCLA -4.5
Preview: The UCLA Bruins went a stretch of nine straight drives scoring touchdowns against Texas A&M and Hawaii. But now, it's back to reality, as the team has to hit the road against a Memphis Tigers team that is no stranger to having to play against some of the toughest teams in the major conferences in America here at the Liberty Bowl. Continue...
Northern Illinois at Nebraska, 12 p.m. ET (FS1)
Opening Line: Nebraska -15.5
Preview: The Nebraska Cornhuskers are officially in a lot of trouble. Mike Riley's squad is lucky to be 1-1 at this juncture of the season, and though the team has three games ahead against Rutgers, Illinois and this week's challenger, the Northern Illinois Huskies, a loss in any of these three games could see this season totally derail in its early stages. Continue...
Notre Dame at Boston College, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Notre Dame -11.5
Preview: Brian Kelly is at a bit of a crossroads with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Golden Domers have badly underachieved these last two seasons, and losing to Georgia in a game that clearly should have been had isn't going to sit well with anyone in South Bend. Now comes a dangerous road trip against the hated Boston College Eagles. Lose this one, and Kelly had better get his resume updated pronto. Continue...
Wisconsin at BYU, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Opening Line: Wisconsin -13
Preview: At the outset of the season, there was talk that the BYU Cougars could run the table and be in a position to get into the College Football Playoff. Now, after three really disappointing performances to kick off the new year, the Cougs are staring the possibility of five or six losses in a row, including this one against the Wisconsin Badgers at home in Week 3. Continue...
Tennessee at Florida, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Opening Line: Florida -5
Preview: The Florida Gators are the two-time defending SEC East champs, but with the way they've played against ranked teams over the course of the last couple years, they can't feel great about their position heading into Week 3 of the season. Having not gotten the chance to play their game against Northern Colorado to feel good about themselves, the Gators will head into their rivalry game with the Tennessee Volunteers having not scored a single offensive touchdown yet on the season. Continue...
North Texas at Iowa, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Iowa -24
Preview: There's nothing overly pretty at this point about the Iowa Hawkeyes. They've found ways to win a couple games to start the season, just as has been the case through so much of the Kirk Ferentz era. The game against the North Texas Mean Green shouldn't be anywhere near threatening, but if the offense is sluggish as it has been for much of this season, you never know what Iowa could get itself into. Continue...
Purdue at Missouri, 4 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Opening Line: Missouri -7
Preview: Give the Purdue Boilermakers this much: They haven't been afraid to go up against a brutal non-conference schedule this year. After playing a neutral site game against Louisville and hosting arguably one of the best teams in the MAC in Ohio, the Boilers are headed to SEC country to take on the Missouri Tigers in Columbia before starting off the brutal Big Ten docket. Continue...
Army at Ohio State, 4:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
Opening Line: Ohio State -29.5
Preview: Urban Meyer is in a relatively unfamiliar position with his Ohio State Buckeyes. They're coming off of a bad home loss in which they really were outplayed. Now, they probably have to run the table if they want to get back into the College Football Playoff once again. Their first step to recovery from the Oklahoma debacle will come against the Army Black Knights at the 'Shoe. Continue...
Tulane at Oklahoma, 6 p.m. ET (FS1)
Opening Line: Oklahoma -34
Preview: The Oklahoma Sooners celebrated in Columbus the same way the Buckeyes celebrated in Norman last season. They jumped up and down right at midfield and caused a huge scene when they upset the Bucks. Perhaps the signature moment came when Baker Mayfield ran around the stadium, then planted the giant OU flag right in the middle of the "O" for Ohio State. But the Sooners have only won two games and have plenty of work to do to stay as a legitimate College Football Playoff contender. It'll be easy to forget about this game against the Tulane Green Wave in Week 3. Continue...
Colorado State at Alabama, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Alabama -27
Preview: The Alabama Crimson Tide might not have covered against Fresno State last week, but they sure looked the part of dominance for the second straight week. Their next victims are the Colorado State Rams, one of the few teams in America who are playing a fourth game in 21 days to kick off the season before finally getting a bye next week. Continue...
LSU at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Opening Line: LSU -6.5
Preview: Welcome to SEC West play. Arguably the most rugged top-to-bottom division in college football is officially starting its play in Week 3 of the season. The LSU Tigers and Mississippi State Bulldogs both know they probably don't have a realistic chance of actually winning this division this year, but games like this one will go a long way towards determining where these teams will finish in the pecking order and bowl ladder in 2017. Continue...
Oregon at Wyoming, 7 p.m. ET (CBSSN)
Opening Line: Oregon -14
Preview: There aren't many huge games at War Memorial Stadium, but the Wyoming Cowboys have a top flight quarterback on their team and a big time Pac-12 team coming to town this weekend. The Oregon Ducks know that they're headed into incredibly hostile territory on Saturday night in Laramie, and they'll have to play a solid 60 minutes to make sure they get out of Dodge with a win. Continue...
Georgia State at Penn State, 7 p.m. ET (BTN)
Opening Line: Penn State -38.5
Preview: The Georgia State Panthers are inevitably setup for a long season. They've only played one game this year, a 17-10 loss to Tennessee State, and now, they've had effectively two and a half weeks to get ready to travel to Happy Valley to take on one of the top teams in America, the Penn State Nittany Lions. Continue...
Kentucky at South Carolina, 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Opening Line: South Carolina -7
Preview: The SEC East is going to be a wide open division all year long. The games played between any of these teams will ultimately be crucial, as there isn't such a thing as a team that can't ultimately beat any of the other ones in this group of seven. The South Carolina Gamecocks picked up a road victory over Missouri last week. Now, they've got a shot to start at 2-0 and give themselves a leg up on the rest of the division if they can beat the Kentucky Wildcats in Week 3. Continue...
Arizona State at Texas Tech, 8 p.m. ET (FS1)
Opening Line: Texas Tech -6
Preview: The Arizona State Sun Devils don't look anything like a team that is ready to take on the best in the Pac-12 this season. They're coming off of a bad loss to San Diego State at home, and they have to head out on the road in Week 3 to Lubbock to face one of the most dynamic offenses in America, that of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Continue...
Clemson at Louisville, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
Opening Line: Clemson -2.5
Preview: The Clemson Tigers have to be posing the question as to why they shouldn't be the No. 1 team in America right now. They have a blowout win over Kent State and a 14-6 victory over a top 15 Auburn team that might legitimately have a shot at winning the SEC this year. If the Tigers go on the road and beat the Louisville Cardinals in one of the premier games on Saturday, they could certainly make that case to get back to the spot they finished in last season. Continue...
Texas at USC, 8:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
Opening Line: USC -14
Preview: The last time the Texas Longhorns and USC Trojans got together, they played one of the greatest games in the history of college football in the National Championship Game in Pasadena. Of course, Vince Young, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush are all either out of the NFL or at the tail ends of their NFL careers now. The Men of Troy are back on top now for the first time really since that point, while Texas is hoping that Tom Herman can get it back to national prominence. This game between these two at the Coliseum should be one of the true showcases of Week 3. Continue...
Fresno State at Washington, 9:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Opening Line: Washington -33
Preview: Back when Pat Hill was coaching the Fresno State Bulldogs, he used the mantra, "Anyone, anytime, anywhere." The Bulldogs took on anyone and everyone they could get on the schedule. This year, the Dogs not only scheduled the No. 1 team in America, but the team that they beat in the College Football Playoff last year – in back-to-back weeks, no less! The Washington Huskies should be in line for a relatively easy one at home in Week 3. Continue...
San Jose State at Utah, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Utah -26
Preview: The San Jose State Spartans have to wonder what in the heck they did to themselves in non-conference play this year. They've already had to face South Florida and Texas, and now, they have to travel to Salt Lake City to take on a potential third Top 25 team when push comes to shove in the Utah Utes. Continue...
Stanford at San Diego State, 10:30 p.m. ET (CBSSN)
Opening Line: Stanford -7.5
Preview: The San Diego State Aztecs love playing against the big boys from the Pac-12. Seemingly every year, Rocky Long's bunch at least takes aim at some of the middling clubs from the big, bad conference from across the way on the West Coast. Already, we've seen the Aztecs go on the road and beat Arizona State. Now comes their chance at beating a Top 25 team when the Stanford Cardinal come to Qualcomm. Continue...
Ole Miss at California, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Opening Line: Ole Miss -3.5
Preview: The California Golden Bears have had themselves one interesting schedule to start the season. They have already played against North Carolina on the road, and now they've got the Ole Miss Rebels paying a trip to Berkeley. The Golden Bears have a pair of wins to start their season, and there are times that they look like the real deal. Win this game, and there's going to be a lot of grumbling that USC could be in trouble next week when it comes to town. Continue...
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