Week 3 Predictions: AP Top 25

Posted: September 16, 2010 by Dan Condie in NCAA Football
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Another weekend of college football is about to begin. To me, it really takes about 3-4 weeks for teams to start showing their true colors. Its hard to fluke that many in a row.

Week 2 was full of action, for some, taking the easy road (I’m lookin at you TCU), and there were even some ground shaking upsets. I impressed myself with a few of my picks last week (see TCU, Texas, Oregon, and Arkansas) and embarrassed by a few (Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and USC) but overall not too shabby.

With that, let’s get down to it shall we? Drum roll please…
Ladies and gentlemen, the 4th and 1 week 3 predictions.

Louisville at #25 Oregon State – OSU hasn’t played since their season opening loss to TCU and will have something to prove with having to go Boise State next week. Oregon State wins 38-21.

#23 Houston at UCLA – This one’s tough since Case Keenum is questionable for this game. UCLA hasn’t gone 0-3 to start a season since 1971 but they will this year. Houston 42-17.

Kent at #22 Penn State – Do I really need to explain this one? Penn State wins 35-10.

Maryland at #21 West Virginia – This is a tough one. This is a rivalry game and both teams enter 2-0. Maryland looks tough though and I think their defense wins it. Maryland 17-13.

UMass at #20 Michigan – Michigan gets a nice little cupcake for a job well done against Notre Dame last week. Look for my man Denard Robinson to put up even better numbers this week. Michigan 49-14.

Wake Forest at #19 Stanford – Stanford broke into UCLA’s house last week and violated the Bruins 35-0. I expect the same, if not, better results offensively. Wake put up 54, albeit against Duke so Stanford won’t pitch a shutout again. Stanford 56-14.

#18 USC at Minnesota – Well, USC embarrassed me last week only sneaking by a horrid Virginia team and they’ll get theirs…but not this week. USC wins 38-10.

Clemson at #16 Auburn – Clemson has looked decent in their first 2 games but both were at home. Auburn wins 28-21.

Miss State at #15 LSU – MSST lost a close game to Auburn last week at home 14-17 but I think LSU’s defense will prove too much for them. LSU 31-10.

#14 Utah at New Mexico – Like last week, unfortunately for UNM, this will be a question of how much the Utes will win by. I’ll say Utah wins 59-6.

Furman at #13 South Carolina – SC is overrated but they won’t look it this week. South Carolina wins 30-3.

#12 Arkansas at Georgia – Georgia absolutely owns Arkansas going back to ’93. Assuming AJ Green returns this week, Georgia wins 28-27.

ASU at #11 Wisconsin – The Badgers will need to fix a lot of issues to be able to hang with ASU. Even though it is on the road, I say Arizona State takes it 21-20.

#10 Florida at Tennessee – Man! This will be game of the week. Tennessee is coming into this game after being utterly embarrassed last week by, then #7, Oregon last week. Florida hobbles into this game after a slightly better performance against USF last week than in their opener. I want to see Tennessee pull it off but i think, like last week, they’ll hang for the first half and fade. Florida 35-21.

#9 Iowa at #24 Arizona – This the only game that features 2 ranked teams and it couldn’t be less exciting. Both teams have played 2 cupcake games to get their 2-0 records. Iowa has allowed 14 points thus far and Arizona has allowed just 8. Iowa played both games at home and Arizona has gone road and home. Arizona edges Iowa 24-21.

#8 Nebraska at Wahington – Washington would be 2-0 entering this game had it not taken them till game 2 to get their offense firing. Nebraska brings a highly touted defense to the table, though, and will take this one 31-21.

Air Force at #7 Oklahoma – Oklahoma already had a near upset to a mid-major school (Utah State) in their opener and Air Force has never started stronger in recent memory. However, the Sooners are too talented through the air (no pun intended). Sooners win it 35-13.

#5 Texas at Texas Tech – I don’t know if you can call this a trap game for Texas but it sure isn’t going to be easy. If Texas sticks to their game, they should win 28-14.

Baylor at #4 TCU – This shouldn’t be as ugly as last week’s performance against Tennessee Tech by TCU but Baylor won’t have a good time in Ft. Worth Saturday. TCU rolls 35-7.

#3 Boise State at Wyoming – Wyoming should give Boise a fight. For how long? I don’t know. Boise wins convincingly 31-14.

Ohio at #2 Ohio State – Yikes. Just yikes. Most lopsided rivalry in the history of the world. Ohio State 50-6.

#1 Alabama at Duke – Duke can put up some offense…then again, so could Penn State supposedly. The Tide rolls again 42-6.

There ya have it. Leave your comments below on which games you think are way off or show some love for the ones you think are on the money.

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