College football picks, schedule: predictions against the spread, odds for the top 25 games in week 3

College football picks, schedule: predictions against the spread, odds for the top 25 games in week 3

After a week that turned the 2022 college football season upside down, the top 25 favored programs on Saturday in Week 3 might be a little more cautious. With two games between ranked opponents on the schedule and a number of high-profile non-conference games still underway, there is still plenty to shake up before league play gets underway in earnest to close out September.

The most notable Saturday is the nightcap as No. 13 Miami visits No. 24 Texas A&M with the Aggies fresh from one of those aforementioned upset losses to Appalachia State. The Hurricanes are looking to flex under first-year coach Mario Cristobal, while Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher is aiming to keep his seat from getting too hot. Speaking of Cristobal, his former team stars in another top-25 showdown as No. 25 Oregon hosts No. 12 BYU. The Cougars feel off after a huge home win over Baylor, while the Ducks are still aiming to bounce back from a poor showing against Georgia in Week 1.

Also on the list are No. 6 Oklahoma hosting rival Nebraska fresh off coach Scott Frost’s Cornhuskers, newly minted No. 1 Georgia visiting SEC East rival South Carolina and Auburn hosting a Test. tough without a conference from No. 22 Penn State in the game featured on CBS. In other words, there will be no shortage of stories to chew on before the end of Saturday.

Be sure to stick with CBS Sports throughout the day for college football coverage from kickoff. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for the best games of Week 3.

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook | All times Eastern

No. 6 Oklahoma at Nebraska

Featured game | Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Noon | Fox, fuboTV (Try for free) — Oklahoma did not face a Power Five foe under new coach Brent Venables. In fact, his two wins were against teams ranked No. 95 and No. 108 on the CBS Sports 131 Rankings. – makes this game slightly trickier than the early results suggest. A worse team from Nebraska faced a better team from Oklahoma by less than seven points last season. With the match taking place in Lincoln, Nebraska, don’t expect things to get out of hand. Pick: Nebraska (+11.5) –Shehan Jeyarajah

No. 1 Georgia vs. South Carolina

Featured game | South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Georgia Bulldogs

Noon | ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) — South Carolina’s misfortunes on the offensive line are a disaster in this game. The Gamecocks are struggling to protect quarterback Spencer Rattler and haven’t shown much rushing offense in two games. Georgia’s defense appears to have barely dropped at all after knocking out five players in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, and the Bulldogs might be able to keep South Carolina from hitting double digits. While coach Kirby Smart is unlikely to up the score on a respected former assistant, Georgia should cover even if their offense keeps things in check. Prediction: Georgia (-24.5) –David Cobb

No. 22 Penn State at Auburn

Featured game | Auburn Tigers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

3:30 p.m. | SCS,, CBS Sports app While Penn State has the bigger win of the two teams, the Nittany Lions didn’t look great on the road against Purdue. As a result, I’m not ready to trust the Nittany Lions as road favorites against Auburn, even though Auburn hasn’t inspired much confidence. The best units on the pitch in this game will be the defenses, so it’s hard to imagine either team managing to get too far apart. This makes Auburn and points an attractive option. Prediction: Auburn (+3) -Tom Fornelli

No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon

Featured game | Oregon Ducks vs. BYU Cougars

3:30 p.m. | Fox, fuboTV (Try for free) — Simply put: BYU is better than Oregon in the vast majority of position groups. Quarterback Jaren Hall flashed his NFL arm in an upset against Baylor last weekend despite missing his top two receiving targets. The offensive and defensive lines have excelled for most of the past three seasons. The secondary played at a high level, while running back Christopher Brooks fitted in well. Conversely, Oregon has gone 1-4 in its last five FBS matchups and was outscored 201-90. With wins over Baylor, USC, Utah and four other Power Five foes over the past year, don’t expect the Cougars to be intimidated by Oregon’s star recruits. Prediction: BYU (+3.5) — Jeyarajah

UTSA at No. 21 Texas

Featured game | Texas Longhorns vs. UTSA Roadrunners

8 p.m. | Longhorn Network — It’s a potential trap game for the Longhorns, but I think they’re getting the win. However, Hudson Card’s status makes me hesitant to consider Texas a 12.5-point favorite. Card is at his best when playing with his legs, and his ankle injury could limit that part of his game. Big 12. Texas takes the win, but the Roadrunners cover. Prediction: UTSA (+12.5) –Austin Nivison

No. 13 Miami at No. 24 Texas A&M

Featured game | Texas A&M Aggies vs Miami Hurricanes (FL)

9 p.m. | ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) — It’s going to come down to a battle of quarterbacks, and the winner of this battle is clear. Tyler Van Dyke is more talented, has better protection and more weapons on the outside than Haynes King. Van Dyke and the Hurricanes offense will set the tempo, making this game play in the 30s. Texas A&M can’t hang on. Multiple errors from Texas A&M in the second half will not only give Miami the cover, but an outright victory. Prediction: Miami (+5.5) — Barrett Sallee

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