College football picks for week 3: Times staff predictions

Blake Barnett (11) and the USF Bulls face Illinois Saturday in Chicago. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
Blake Barnett (11) and the USF Bulls face Illinois Saturday in Chicago. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Published September 14

USF is in Chicago to face Lovie Smith and the Illini.

UF is playing host to Colorado State in the McElwain-less Bowl.

And FSU and Willie Taggart will be in Syracuse, apparently poised to “explode on somebody.”

Here’s our picks for those games and more:

(! indicates lock of the week. * indicates upset of the week. All times ET)

Time Game Martin Fennelly, @mjfennelly Traci Johnson, @TBHomeTeam Tom Jones, @tomwjones Mike Sherman, @mikesherman Matt Baker, @MBakerTBTimes Joey Knight, @TBTimes_Bulls
12 p.m. FSU (-3.5) @ Syracuse FSU 24-20 FSU 28-24 FSU 27-23 *Syracuse 28-27* *Syracuse 35-31* *Syracuse 37-34*
12 p.m. Miami (-10.5) @ Toledo MIA 23-17 Miami 31-21 Miami 38-14 MIami 27-17 Miami 28-20 Miami 35-10
3:30 p.m. USF (-10.5) @ Illinois USF 35-20 USF 42-17 !USF 39-13! USF 34-21 USF 35-10 USF 37-20
4 p.m. Colorado St. @ Florida (-20.5) UF 28-14 UF 38-24 UF 49-13 UF 41-17 UF 35-28 UF 34-24
12 p.m. OU (-17.5) @ Iowa St. OU 51-10 OU 52-28 OU 57-9 OU 49-31 OU 35-14 OU 49-20
12 p.m. Rutgers @ Kansas (-2.5) KU 27-23 KU 17-14 KU 7-6 KU 21-14 KU 24-21 Rutgers 21-19
12 p.m. Temple @ Maryland (-15.5) MD 42-17 MD 28-3 MD 30-10 !MD 31-14! MD 35-17 MD 37-17
12:30 p.m. Ga Tech (-4.5) @ Pitt Ga Tech 34-28 Pitt 28-27 Ga Tech 31-28 Pitt 28-24 Ga Tech 27-20 GaTech 27-17
2:30 p.m. Vanderbilt @ Notre Dame (-14.5) ND 33-24 !ND 35-17! ND 21-14 ND 38-21 ND 27-14 ND 38-24
3:30 p.m. LSU @ Auburn (-10.5) Auburn 28-27 Auburn 34-28 Auburn 35-28 Auburn 24-13 Auburn 27-20 Auburn 24-14
3:30 p.m. Duke @ Baylor (-6.5) Baylor 27-21 Duke 28-21 Baylor 27-13 Baylor 27-24 Baylor 24-20 Duke 34-27
3:30 p.m. SMU @ Michigan (-35.5) !Michigan 57-3! Michigan 52-10 Michigan 54-7 Baylor 27-24 Michigan 56-10 Michigan 55-13
3:30 p.m. Boise State @ Oklahoma State (-2.5) Boise St 31-30 *Boise St 48-45* *Boise St 43-28* OSU 42-34 Boise St 42-38 !OSU 38-35!
3:30 p.m. Ga. Southern @ Clemson (33.5) Clemson 45-10 Clemson 48-21 Clemson 49-13 Clemson 51-17 Clemson 35-10 Clemson 49-14
4:15 p.m. Houston (-1.5) @ Texas Tech Houston 43-37 Houston 45-42 Houston 45-35 Houston 38-31 !Houston 35-31 Houston 54-48
4:30 p.m. Ohio @ Virginia (-3.5) Virginia 23-16 Virginia 20-17 Virginia 17-13 Virginia 27-21 Virginia 20-17 Virginia 20-17
7 p.m. Alabama (-21.5) @ Ole Miss Alabama 34-17 Alabama 48-24 Alabama 48-17 Alabama 51-21 Alabama 51-20 Alabama 49-21
7:30 p.m. Missouri (-6.5) @ Purdue *Purdue 27-24* Mizzou 35-24 Mizzou 41-20 Mizzou 31-28 Mizzou 38-28 Purdue 37-35
8 p.m. Ohio State (-13.5) @ TCU Ohio St 32-28 Ohio St 42-38 Ohio St 38-20 Ohio St 35-24 Ohio St 35-20 Ohio St 31-21
8 p.m. USC @ Texas (-3.5) Texas 28-10 USC 28-25 USC 24-21 Texas 27-24 Texas 24-21 USC 35-31
Straight up (overall) 31-9 28-12 30-10 25-15 28-12 26-14
Straight up (week 2) 18-2 14-6 15-5 13-7 15-5 13-7
Vs. spread (overall) 22-13 19-16 17-18 15-20 14-21 14-21
Vs. spread (week 2) 13-4 10-7 8-9 8-9 9-8 8-9
Locks of the week 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1
Upsets of the week 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1




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