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College Football 2023 Preview Week 3

Ranked Games for Week 3

No. 22 Colorado took down long-time rival Nebraska in the Buffaloes’ home opener. Iowa beat their in-state rival, Iowa State. The biggest upset of Week 2 was probably No. 11 Texas beating No. 3 Alabama 34-24. Let’s look at the ranked games for Week 3 and check out their spreads.

Thursday, September 14

  • Bethune-Cookman at No. 22 Miami (FL)

Saturday, September 16

  • South Carolina at No. 1 Georgia (-27.5, 55)
  • Bowling Green at No. 2 Michigan (-39.5)
  • 3 Florida State (-28.5, 55) at Boston College
  • Wyoming at No. 4 Texas (-28.5)
  • Western Kentucky at No. 6 Ohio State (-27.5)
  • 7 Penn State (-14.5, 48.5) at Illinois
  • 8 Washington (-16, 58) at Michigan State
  • Central Michigan at No. 9 Notre Dame (-33)
  • 10 Alabama (-32) at South Florida
  • 11 Tennessee (-6.5, 57.5) at Florida
  • Weber State at No. 12 Utah
  • Hawai’i at No. 13 Oregon (-37.5)
  • 14 LSU (-10.5, 53) at Mississippi State
  • 15 Kansas State (-5.5, 46) at Missouri
  • San Diego State at No. 16 Oregon State (-23.5)
  • Georgia Tech at No. 17 Ole Miss (-19.5)
  • Colorado State at No. 18 Colorado (-22.5, 59)
  • 19 Oklahoma (-26.5) at Tulsa
  • Minnesota at No. 20 North Carolina (-7.5, 49)
  • Northwestern at No. 21 Duke (-19.5)
  • Northern Colorado at No. 23 Washington State
  • North Carolina Central at No. 24 UCLA
  • 25 Iowa (-27) at Western Michigan

Texas is Finally Back

For a long time, Texas fans have been told that the Longhorns are coming back. It’s starting to look like this is the year it might happen. They surprised No. 3 Alabama by overtaking them 34-24. Texas, which was ranked No. 11, has now jumped to No. 4. Alabama drops to No. 10. Texas Quarterback Quinn Ewers threw for 349 yards and three touchdowns, completing 24 of 38 passes. Tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders had five catches for 114 yards. They snapped Alabama’s 21-game home winning streak and 57-game regular-season winning streak against nonconference teams. That goes back to 2007.

This weekend, Texas takes on Wyoming as 28.5-point favorites. No one doubts that Texas will win this one, but can they cover the spread against an improved team like the Wyoming Cowboys, who are also 2-0 this season?

No. 7 Penn State Nittany Lions (-14.5) at Illinois Fighting Illini

Undefeated Penn State is on the road to take on Big Ten rivals, Illinois. The Lions’ quarterback, Drew Allar, has silenced his critics about being a starter. He completed 78% of his passes for 529 yards, four touchdowns, and no turnovers. Now, he’ll be tested against his first Big Ten opponent. They know it will be a challenging road environment, but they’ve been preparing for this.

No. 14 LSU Tigers (-10.5) at Mississippi State Bulldogs

The Tigers want to put the loss against Florida State behind them but have to beat a fellow SEC team to do it. The Bulldogs aren’t the best SEC team, but they might be able to dominate against a defense that allowed 45 points to Florida State.

LSU has the better quarterback, though. Jayden Daniels had five touchdown passes in Week 2 alone. If the Tigers want to cover the spread, they’ll have to make sure their defense has plugged all the holes that FSU was able to take advantage of. If that’s done, they’ll be able to cover.

No. 11 Tennessee Volunteers (-6.5) at Florida Gators

This might be the game of the week. Tennessee is the better team in this matchup between SEC East rivals, but they’re going up against a 20-year streak on the road. The Vols haven’t won in The Swamp since 2003. They beat the Gator last year 38-33, so maybe that will make it easier to break the 20-year streak. These two teams have had some unexpected finishes, so don’t take anything for granted. I’m sure the Vols would be happy with a win, even if they don’t cover the spread.

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