Welcome to the 3rd week of the college football season with this week being another one that features some really good match-ups. Last week there were only three games worth picking and my record was 2-1. My overall record improved to 6-5 and my winning percentage is 54.5% with the hopes of reaching my goal of 70%. This week I’ll be predicting seven games so hopefully I can improve my winning percentage.
Let’s get started with Daddy’s Hangout College Football Predictions for week 3 of the season.
We’re starting with the Thursday night game as the 6th ranked Houston Cougars visit their conference rival, Cincinnati Bobcats. The Cougars everyone when they manhandled the Oklahoma Sooners during the opening weekend of college football. Houston has been talked about as one of the teams that could make the playoffs, but they need to mount an impressive resume and this game could help. On the other hand, Cincinnati is looking to make a statement and this game could put them on the map. Thursday nights have provided some big upsets in the past, but I don’t see it happening this week.
Houston Wins 38-28
This is a battle between two ACC teams that’s in the top-10 as the 2nd ranked Florida State Seminoles visiting the 10th ranked Louisville Cardinal. The Seminoles have looked dominant the last six quarters and they’re hoping to stop Heisman candidate, Lamar Jackson from Louisville. Florida State will be without Derwin James, who had surgery on his knee and expected to miss almost two months. This game against the Seminoles could be a launching pad for the Cardinal and Jackson because Louisville could be eyeing the playoffs since they play Houston later and Jackson is already being talked about as a Heisman candidate. Somehow, someway I think the Seminoles will pull off the win.
Florida State Wins 45-42
We have a battle between two of the most successful programs as the 3rd ranked Ohio State Buckeyes visiting the 14th ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The Buckeyes are poised to make another run in the Big 12 and possibly onto the playoffs. Ohio State will be favored on the road against the Sooners and this could be a huge victory for the Buckeyes to win that night in Oklahoma. The Sooners are facing a possibility starting the season with a 1-2 record even though neither of the losses would be conference losses. In my opinion, this could hurt them and the conference, which is why I’m looking for them to upset the Buckeyes.
Oklahoma Wins 38-28
We’re heading to SEC country for this one and the SEC West as a matter of fact with the top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide traveling to face the 19th ranked Ole Miss Rebels. The Crimson Tide has looked like the same Alabama team after the first two games and they’re looking to make a statement on the road against the Rebels. Can the Tide continue to roll in this game? Ole Miss is looking to make a statement themselves after a disappointing outcome in the opening weekend when they gave up a 22 point lead against the Seminoles to lose by 11 points. This game will be closer than people think, but I think the Tide still win.
Alabama Wins 35-31
This game usually is one of the more hard fought games you’ll see when they play and this will be no different when the 12th ranked Michigan State Spartans visit the 18th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Spartans are heading into their first tough road game without Connor Cook; so they can’t get any tougher than traveling to face the Fighting Irish. Can they pull off the tough road win? The Fighting Irish are looking for a statement win after the tough loss in their opener against the Texas Longhorns. Will the Fighting Irish use the 2-QB system in this big game? Either way, I see them walking out with the win in this game.
Notre Dame Wins 24-23
Now it’s time to head to the west coast as the USC Trojans visit the 7th ranked Stanford Cardinal. The Trojans rebounded last week after being blown out by the Tide in the opening week of the season. The Trojans got their offense back on track last week, but it was against Utah State and USC will have to play their best game of the season to beat Stanford. On the other side, the Stanford Cardinal is hoping to make a run to the playoffs and Christian McCaffrey is hoping to win the Heisman this year. Stanford will want to put the Pac-12 and college football on notice in this game; I think they win big.
Stanford Wins 45-27
The final game of the weekend will feature two SEC East teams that need a impressive win as the 16th ranked Georgia Bulldogs visit the Missouri Tigers. The Bulldogs looked great in their opening game against the Tar Heels, but looked horrible last week against Nicholls. Which team will show up in Missouri and hopefully they produce more offense than their last game against Missouri, which I attended. The Tigers haven’t been talked about in the SEC East with most “experts” looking to get in the conversation with Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. In the end, I think Georgia will somehow find a way to win this game.
Georgia Wins 31-30
What’s your top game of the weekend? Which game will produce the biggest upset of the weekend? Head to the comments section below and give me some feedback on this weekend’s college football games.