Week three of college football is upon us and there are some tasty matchups to take advantage of. Follow along with me throughout the week on Twitter (@nickyds23) for more updates as we get closer to Saturday kickoff.
*The following games have been canceled due to Hurricane Florence:
-(#18) UCF at North Carolina
-East Carolina at (#13) Virginia Tech
-(#14) West Virginia at NC State
It’s still early in the week but several games already stand out to me as relatively safe picks to cash. Use these games to build your payroll so you can spare some cash on some of the riskier plays.
-Houston (-1) at Texas Tech
Houston is rolling under 2nd year head coach Major Applewhite, as they won their first two games by an average of 22.5 points. Last week they absolutely steamrolled Arizona with a final score of 45-18 (Houston was only -4.5 by the way). Texas Tech has proven themselves to once again be an offensive powerhouse, but showed a lot of weakness in week one against Ole Miss. Sixty five percent of the public have picked Houston.
–(#10) Washington (-6) at Utah
Six-point road dogs would usually be a bold pick, but Washington would be the team to cover. Utah is coming in with the better record of 2-0, but have played significantly worse competition, beating Weber State and barely squeaking out a win over Northern Illinois. Despite Washington’s narrow loss to Auburn week one, quarterback Jake Browning has looked solid in the start of his senior campaign. The Huskies should be able to pull out a seven point victory this Saturday.
I always like to find a couple underdogs that are a much better team than the media wants to give them credit for. In these games, the money line is usually the better option, as it’s a high risk but much higher reward.
–Hawaii (+230) at Army
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are off to a hot 3-0 start to the season. QB Chase McDonald has completed a remarkable 70% of his 111 pass attempts and has thrown 13 touchdowns to ZERO interceptions. Hawaii already upset Colorado State and Navy, while adding a nice victory over Rice as favorites. They’re averaging 48 points per game and will provide quite a challenge for an Army defense that allowed 34 points to Duke in week one. Roll with the Rainbow Warriors money line and enjoy your profits.
–Eastern Michigan (+175) at Buffalo
Eastern Michigan is coming off a huge win after upsetting a power 5 opponent in Purdue. The Eagles are looking like the team to beat in the MAC under coach Chris Creighton’s guidance. Buffalo is also off to a good start after edging out Temple 36-29 on a last second touchdown. It will be hard for the Eagles to pull out a win in Buffalo, but they’ve shown they’re a gritty, physical road team and could definitely find themselves at 3-0 after this weekend.
Lock of the Week
Although I didn’t put it in writing, I was 2-0 in my “lock of the week” games last weekend. If you don’t believe me, check my record on the Sports Action App (@nickyds23) and you’ll see I cashed Cincinnati (+2.5) and Mississippi State (-8).
–(#23) Arizona State (-4.5) at San Diego State
Coach Herm Edwards has quickly silence the haters as his Sun Devils have gotten off to a stellar 2-0 start. After rolling over UTSA in week one, Arizona State upset #15 ranked Michigan State with a game winning field goal. This week, Edward’s squad will travel to San Diego to face a team that only beat Sacramento State (D1 AA) by 14 points. You can safely bet this game knowing you’ll walk out a winner.
My NCAAF record through two weeks: 18-11-1.