After a week full of upheaval, Saturday’s lineup offers several more opportunities for highly ranked teams to run into trouble. Will we see more chaos in week 3?
Here’s what we’ll be watching closely today.
Time: 12 p.m. | Television: Fox | Line: Oklahoma -10.5 | Overall: 65.5
Oklahoma opened the week as a 14.5-point road favorite in Lincoln against Nebraska. After Nebraska fired Scott Frost over the weekend, the betting market started to take off. Interestingly, Saturday morning Oklahoma was the most popular bet of any team on Saturday’s college football slate. No team received more bets backing them than the Sooners. Usually, this type of one-sided action causes a line to move in favor of the team getting the bets, not against them. Nebraska has already lost twice this season as double-digit favorites. However, there was hope for Nebraska entering the season and maybe the coaching change will have an impact.
Time: 3:30 p.m. | Television: Fox | Line: Oregon -3.5 | Total: 58
Last week, BYU scored a big double-overtime home win over defending Big 12 champion Baylor. as a road crew. Oregon will get its second shot in the national spotlight after a 49-3 loss to defending national champion Georgia in Week 1. The Ducks rebounded last week by knocking out Eastern Washington at home 70-14. Can this continue against a far superior opponent?
Time: 3:30 p.m. | Television: CBS | Line: PSU-3 | Overall: 48.5
Knocking out a Big Ten-ranked team — especially the one that beat you last year — would be hugely beneficial for coach Bryan Harsin and the Auburn team who ended 2021 on a sour note. But to beat Penn State, Auburn’s offense needs to play much better than it did a week ago in a 24-16 win over San Jose State. On the other side, the Nittany Lions picked up a dramatic win over Purdue in Week 1 before blasting Ohio last week at home. Now, the PSU offense will have the challenge of facing an SEC defense in a hostile environment.
Time: 7:30 p.m. | Television: ABC | Line: UW -3.5 | Overall: 56.5
Michigan State is 2-0 to start this season but hasn’t been very sharp on offense in wins over two MAC opponents – Western Michigan and Akron. Now the Spartans can travel across the country to face Washington, a team in its first season under new head coach Kalen DeBoer. The Huskies went 4-8 in 2021, but got off to a good start with the transfer of Indiana Michael Penix Jr. to quarterback. He played well in two games, but against lackluster competition (Kent State and Portland State). We’ll learn a lot about how the Huskies actually improved with MSU’s trip to Seattle.
Time: 9 p.m. | Television: ESPN | Line: A&M -5.5 | Overall: 44.5
On the heels of an embarrassing loss to Appalachia State, Texas A&M must quickly turn the page with Miami’s arrival at Kyle Field. Can coach Jimbo Fisher get the attack back on track? For Miami, it’s a great chance to get a win over an SEC opponent on the national stage early in Mario Cristobal’s tenure. Expectations are very high for the Hurricanes with Cristobal now in charge at his alma mater. Miami’s 2-0 record against lesser competition doesn’t tell us much yet.
Time: 10:30 p.m. | Television: Fox | Line: USC -12.5 | Overall: 73.5
USC got off to a fast start under Lincoln Riley. The Trojans crushed Rice in Week 1 and managed Stanford 41-28 in Week 2 behind an excellent offensive outing from Caleb Williams, Jordan Addison and Travis Dye. All three were high-profile transfers for USC. While USC’s offense has been stellar, the defense has been a bit slippery and will have their hands full against Fresno State. The Bulldogs, who lost a heartbreak to Oregon State at home last weekend, have played well against big-name programs before, so quarterback Jake Haener and the Bulldogs won’t be intimidated at all. against the Trojans.
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