College football picks, schedule: Predictions against the unfold, odds for top 25 games in Week 3

Following the chaos final week that successfully turned the 2022 faculty football season on its head, top-25 groups who’re massive favorites in Week 3 will maybe be a little bit extra cautious Saturday. With two games between ranked opponents on the schedule and various top-tier nonconference games to be performed, lots can nonetheless shake out earlier than league play begins in earnest to shut the month of September.

Most notable Saturday is the nightcap as No. 13 Miami visits No. 24 Texas A&M with the Aggies recent off a kind of aforementioned upset losses to Appalachian State. The (*25*) wish to flex below first-year coach Mario Cristobal, whereas Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher is aiming to maintain his seat from changing into too sizzling. Speaking of Cristobal, his former staff is featured in that different top 25 showdown as No. 25 Oregon hosts no. 12 BYU. The Cougars are feeling themselves after an enormous dwelling win over Baylor, whereas the Ducks are nonetheless aiming to bounce again from a tough displaying against Georgia in Week 1.

Also on the slate are No. 6 Oklahoma welcoming rival Nebraska recent off the Cornhuskers’ firing of coach Scott Frost, newly minted No. 1 Georgia visiting SEC East rival South Carolina and Auburn welcoming a troublesome nonconference check from No. 22 Penn State in the featured sport on CBS. In different phrases, there might be no scarcity of storylines to chew on earlier than Saturday is out.

Be certain to stay with CBS Sports all through the day for faculty football protection from the opening kickoff onward. Let’s check out our professional picks for the finest games in Week 3.

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No. 6 Oklahoma at Nebraska

Noon | Fox, fuboTV (Try for free) — Oklahoma has not confronted a Power Five foe below new coach Brent Venables. In truth, his two wins have been against groups ranked No. 95 and No. 108 in the CBS Sports 131 Rankings. While Nebraska is struggling, the expertise leap — together with a brand new teaching course — makes this sport barely trickier than early outcomes would assume. A worse Nebraska staff performed a greater Oklahoma staff inside seven factors final season. With the sport being held in Lincoln, Nebraska, do not anticipate issues to get out of hand. Pick: Nebraska (+11.5) — Shehan Jeyarajah

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No. 1 Georgia at South Carolina

Featured Game | South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Georgia Bulldogs

Noon | ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) — South Carolina’s woes on the offensive line spell catastrophe in this matchup. The Gamecocks are struggling to guard quarterback Spencer Rattler and have not proven a lot of a speeding assault by means of two games. Georgia’s protection appears prefer it has hardly dropped off in any respect after having 5 gamers taken in the first spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft, and the Bulldogs might be able to hold South Carolina from reaching double-digits. While coach Kirby Smart is unlikely to run up the rating on a revered former assistant, Georgia ought to cowl even when its offense retains issues tame. Prediction: Georgia (-24.5) — David Cobb

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No. 22 Penn State at Auburn

Featured Game | Auburn Tigers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

3:30 p.m CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App While Penn State has the larger win of the two groups, the Nittany Lions did not look nice on the street against Purdue. As a consequence, I’m not able to belief the Nittany Lions as street favorites against Auburn, even when Auburn hasn’t impressed a lot confidence. The finest items on the area in this matchup might be the defenses, so it is arduous to think about both staff ever manages to drag too distant from the different. That makes Auburn and the factors a pretty choice. 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 healthier than Oregon at the overwhelming majority of place teams. Quarterback Jaren Hall flashed his NFL arm in an upset over Baylor final weekend regardless of lacking his top two receiving targets. The offensive and defensive traces have excelled for most of the previous three seasons. The secondary performed at a excessive stage, whereas working again Christopher Brooks has slotted in properly. Conversely, Oregon has gone 1-4 in its final 5 FBS matchups and has been outscored 201-90. With wins over Baylor, USC, Utah and 4 different Power Five foes in the previous yr, do not anticipate the Cougars to be intimidated by Oregon’s recruiting stars. Prediction: BYU (+3.5) — Jeyarajah

UTSA at No. 21 Texas

Featured Game | Texas Longhorns vs. UTSA Roadrunners

8 p.m Longhorn Network — This is a possible lure sport for the Longhorns, however I feel they’ll pull out the win. However, the standing of Hudson Card makes me hesitant to take Texas as a 12.5-point favourite. Card is at his finest when he’s making performs together with his legs, and his ankle damage might restrict that a part of his sport. On top of that, Jeff Traylor’s squad has loads of motivation against certainly one of the Big 12’s flagship establishments. Texas will get the victory, however the Roadrunners cowl. Prediction: UTSA (+12.5) — Austin Nivison

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

Featured Game | Texas A&M Aggies vs. Miami (FL) (*25*)

9 p.m ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) — This goes to come back all the way down to a battle of quarterbacks, and the winner of that battle is evident. Tyler Van Dyke is extra proficient, has higher safety and extra weapons outdoors than Haynes King. Van Dyke and the (*25*) offense will set the tempo, which is able to consequence in this sport being performed in the 30s. Texas A&M will not be capable of cling. Multiple errors by Texas A&M in the second half won’t solely give Miami the cowl, however a straight up win. Prediction: Miami (+5.5) — Barrett Sallee

Which faculty football picks are you able to make with confidence in Week 3, and which favorites will go down arduous? Visit SportsLine to see which groups will win and canopy the unfold — all from a confirmed pc mannequin that has returned nearly $3,400 in revenue over the previous six-plus seasons — and discover out.

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