We are entering week 3 of the college football season, and this is looking like the last week of so/so games before we really start to get into the heart of the schedule come next week.
Below are previews of 5 of the biggest games for this week….. lets get started.
Colorado State (0-1) @ #18 Colorado (2-0) 10:30 PM EST
Deion Sanders has made the Colorado Buffaloes the talk of the college football world basically overnight, so don’t expect that to stop this week.
College Gameday heads to Boulder Colorado aka home of Coach Prime and his team.
Standing in their way is the far less mighty Colorado State Rams, whose coach has made some noise this week by essentially saying he disagrees with the way Deion Sanders does things.
I have never been a college football coach but if I could give some advice to the CSU coach I would suggest not trying to beat Deion at his own game.
NO ONE is as demonstrative as Deion, and there really is no point in trying.
Instead, you will have to beat Coach Prime where it counts….. on the field.
Unfortunately for Colorado State, the odds are not in their favor – they are currently +24 point underdogs.
Therefore, it seems likely that Deion and his (very talented) crew will be getting the last laugh for the third week running.
#11 Tennessee (2-0) @ Florida (1-1) 7:00 PM EST
The Tennessee vs Florida matchup is likely the most intriguing game of the week.
In one corner you have a Volunteers team looking to recreate last years magic, but doing it with a new/old QB in Joe Milton.
Milton was the talk of the College Football World throughout the summer primarily due to his rocket of an arm, and whether he could lead Tennessee to the same success that Hendon Hooker had.
The first two games of the season have shown mixed results – there was the strong handling of a bad Virginia team, and there was the “needed the second half to pull away” vs a bad Austin Peay team.
Of course, it is tough to read too much into either of these games given the lack of talent PLUS Tennessee is not alone in being a far superior team struggling against a bad team.
What does this all mean?
Perhaps we should take a gander at the other sideline to find out….
Florida seems like they are on the brink of disaster.
Their poor showing in week one vs a Utah team down it’s number one player did not inspire a whole lot of confidence for Gators fans.
Of course, nothing would generate that confidence like beating Tennessee.
So can the Gators do it?
Maybe the night time effect of playing in the Swamp combined with the line moving from Tennessee -7.5 to Tennessee -6 will be enough for the Gators to propel themselves to victory.
I have my doubts about Florida, but that’s why they play the games right?
South Carolina (1-1) @ #1 Georgia (2-0) 3:30 PM EST
The reigning back to back National Champs face their first legit competition this week as they go up against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
It is hard to see how South Carolina will win this game, especially given their frailties on the offensive line (see game one vs North Carolina).
Then the question becomes can the Gamecocks keep things competitive?
Currently the line is at South Carolina +27.5 which seems a bit high at first glance.
Yes, Georgia is great, but they are still breaking in a new offensive coordinator and QB.
On top of that Georgia is not a team that typically blows their opponents out.
Instead of the 63-10 final scores they typically go for the 41-3 final score.
Yes it is still a blowout, but it is more through their defense rather than their offense.
I do think South Carolina will find a way to keep this at least somewhat competitive given the talent they have at their disposal.
#14 LSU (1-1) vs Mississippi State (2-0) 12:00 PM EST
This game will revolve around whether LSU can “right the ship”.
Their week one loss to FSU put them in a hole, which means they have no margin for error the rest of the season.
In order to really stamp down their authority LSU is going to need to win this game convincingly.
Furthermore, the opportunity is there for the Tigers to dominate.
LSU is a -9.5 favorite and MSU barely beat a pretty mediocre Arizona team last time out.
The big ace up Mississippi State’s sleeve is their QB, Will Rodgers, who has been there and done that in college football terms.
The Bulldogs fate (against LSU and beyond) will largely be determined by Rodgers so stay on the lookout for him this Saturday.
#15 Kansas State (2-0) vs Missouri (2-0) 12:00 PM EST
It is interesting that the line for Kansas State is only -4 vs Missouri and it actually opened at KSU -5.5.
Clearly bettors are not deterred by the fact that Missouri barely beat Middle Tennessee State last time out, and expect the Tigers to put up a better showing vs the Wildcats.
Kansas State has played well through two weeks and will go into this game with some momentum.
However, this is the best team KSU has played so far, and they will be doing so in a hostile environment.
Perhaps a sold out crowd will propel Mizzou to an upset win over its former Big 12 rival….
Happy betting and enjoy the games this weekend!