After a week full of surprises, Saturday’s lineup offers some more opportunities for high-ranking teams to get into trouble. Will we see more chaos in week 3?
This is what we will be keeping a close eye on today.
Time: 12:00 | TV: Fox | Line: Oklahoma -10.5 | Total: 65.5
Oklahoma opened the week as a 14.5-point favorite on the road in Lincoln against Nebraska. After Nebraska fired Scott Frost this weekend, the betting market started to take off. What’s interesting is that as of Saturday morning Oklahoma was the most popular bet of any party on Saturday’s college football game. No team has received more bets than the Sooners. Usually, that kind of unilateral action causes a line to be moved in favor of the team getting the bets, not against them. Nebraska has already lost twice this season as a double-digit favorite. However, there was hope for Nebraska to go into the season and maybe the coaching change will have an impact.
Time: 3:30 PM | TV: Fox | Line: Oregon -3.5 | Total: 58
Last week, BYU took a big home win in double overtime over Baylor, the defending Big 12 champions. After such a hard-fought win, BYU must travel to Eugene to play in another raucous environment – this time as the road team. Oregon gets its second chance at the national spotlight after losing 49-3 to defending National Champion Georgia in Week 1. The Ducks recovered last week by blowing eastern Washington out 70-14 at home. Can that pass against a much better opponent?
Time: 3:30 PM | TV: CBS | Line: PSU -3 | Total: 48.5
Taking out a ranked Big Ten team — especially one you beat last year — would be hugely beneficial to coach Bryan Harsin and Auburn’s team that ended 2021 on a sour note. But to beat Penn State, the Auburn offense has to play much better than they did a week ago in a 24-16 win over San Jose State. On the other hand, the Nittany Lions took a dramatic win over Purdue in Week 1 before blowing Ohio out at home last week. Now the PSU offensive will face the challenge of facing an SEC defense in a hostile environment.
Time: 19:30 | TV: ABC | Line: UW -3.5 | Total: 56.5
Michigan State is 2-0 to start this season but hasn’t been super sharp on offense in victories over two MAC opponents – Western Michigan and Akron. Now the Spartans can travel across the country to take on Washington, a team that is in its first season under new head coach Kalen DeBoer. The Huskies went 4-8 in 2021, but are off to a good start with the transfer of Michael Penix Jr. in Indiana as a quarterback. He played well in two games, albeit against moderate competition (Kent State and Portland State). We’ll learn a lot about how improved the Huskies really are when MSU makes the trip to Seattle.
Time: 9 pm | TV: ESPN | Rule: A&M -5.5 | Total: 44.5
After an embarrassing loss to Appalachian State, Texas A&M has to turn the page quickly as Miami comes to Kyle Field. Will Coach Jimbo Fisher be able to get the attack back on track? For Miami, this is a great opportunity to take a win over an SEC opponent on a national podium early in Mario Cristobal’s tenure. Expectations for the Hurricanes are sky high, with Cristobal in charge of his alma mater. Miami’s 2-0 record against inferior competition hasn’t told us much yet.
Time: 10.30 pm | TV: Fox | Line: USC -12.5 | Total: 73.5
USC gets off to a fast start under Lincoln Riley. Trojans crushed Rice in Week 1 and dealt Stanford 41-28 in Week 2 behind a great offensive performance from Caleb Williams, Jordan Addison and Travis Dye. All three were high-profile transfers for USC. While the USC offense was great, the defense was a little leaky and will have their hands full with Fresno state. The Bulldogs, who lost a heartthrob to Oregon State last weekend at home, have played well against big-name programs before, so quarterback Jake Haener and the Bulldogs won’t be intimidated against the Trojans at all.
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