We're about a quarter of the way through the season and right now – as you can see below – Andrew and Mr. Vance are currently at the top of the leaderboard with 19-11 and 18-12 respective records. There's still a long way to go and there's bound to be plenty of strange happenings as we inch closer to rivalry week, conference championships, and the playoff.
So we had some pretty solid games in week three, but there were a few weird ones that put a damper on our submissions (looking at you, Kevin). All but three of our pickers had Wisconsin handling BYU and the 21-point spread in Madison. I'm still not sure what went wrong in that one but let's just say we're no longer even sure if Wiscy is the best team in the West Division.
Most had Ohio State covering the 12.5 points in Arlington, and wouldn't you know it Vegas was right on the money again as the Buckeyes left town with a 40-28 victory. We could talk about the missed field goal or the plethora of drops and their impact on the final tally, but hey let's just be happy about a win against a really good Horned Frogs team. Gary Patterson's pace on offense was downright scary there for a while.
Nearly everyone had faith in Ed Orgeron and the Bayou Bengals (+9) on the road against Auburn. Chris was the lone exception and clearly needs to reevaluate his trust in Joe Burrow. His stat line didn't set the world on fire, but Burrow made some huge throws on the road and has yet to turn the ball over this season.
Boise State traveling to Stillwater was also problematic as most had the Broncos covering the spread as a three-point underdog. Mike Gundy and the Cowboys had no problems in that one as they remain undefeated following the 44-21 handling at home.
- How it works: Every week we will include 10 of the country's top games with a mix of Big Ten and national matchups. Each participating staff member will submit their picks – against the spread – for the selected slate of games. The odds will certainly fluctuate a bit throughout each week, but we'll be using sportsbook.ag for all betting lines.
This weekend's slate of games is probably best described as being fairly average. Had Wisconsin taken care of business last week then the trip to Iowa City would loom that much larger. The Hawkeyes aren't ranked yet but they're 3-0 on the season and will almost assuredly enter the Top 25 if they can pull off a win over the Badgers on Saturday.
|#2 Georgia (-15) @ Missouri||UGA||UGA||UGA||UGA||UGA||UGA||UGA||UGA||UGA||MIZZ||UGA|
|#19 Michigan (-18.5) vs. Nebraska||MICH||NEB||MICH||NEB||NEB||MICH||MICH||MICH||NEB||MICH||MICH|
|#1 Alabama (-26.5) vs. #22 Texas A&M||BAMA||TAMU||TAMU||TAMU||TAMU||TAMU||TAMU||BAMA||BAMA||TAMU||TAMU|
|#4 OHIO STATE (-37) VS. TULANE||OSU||OSU||OSU||OSU||OSU||OSU||OSU||TULANE||OSU||OSU||OSU|
|#17 TCU (-3.5) @ Texas||TCU||TCU||TCU||TCU||TCU||TCU||TCU||TCU||TCU||TCU||TCU|
|Florida (-4.5) @ Tennessee||TENN||TENN||FLOR||TENN||TENN||TENN||FLOR||TENN||FLOR||FLOR||TENN|
|#14 Mississippi State (-10) @ Kentucky||KENT||KENT||MISST||MISST||KENT||MISST||KENT||KENT||MISST||KENT||MISST|
|#24 Michigan State (-5) @ Indiana||IND||IND||MICHST||MICHST||MICHST||MICHST||MICHST||MICHST||MICHST||IND||IND|
|#18 Wisconsin (-3.5) @ Iowa||WISC||IOWA||WISC||IOWA||WISC||WISC||WISC||WISC||WISC||WISC||IOWA|
|#7 Stanford (-2.5) @ #20 Oregon||STAN||OREG||STAN||STAN||STAN||OREG||STAN||STAN||OREG||OREG||OREG|
Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies gave Clemson all they could handle a few weeks back, and they'll have the chance to do it again this week against the Crimson Tide. Unfortunately the game is in Tuscaloosa and Bama has been destroying teams all season, so good luck with that one. The spread of 26.5 is yet another big one and our staff likes TAMU to cover.
How bad has Nebraska looked this season? I suppose Colorado and Troy are both competent teams, but this is hardly the debut Scott Frost was looking for. Adrian Martinez has been practicing this week, but it remains unclear if he will suit up in Ann Arbor. The Huskers' quarterback depth is atrocious and one has to think they'll need the true freshman if they want to have any shot at cover the 18.5 points.
The 11W staff is on board the TCU express after watching the Horned Frogs last week in Arlington. The Longhorns are fresh off a big winner over USC, but can their defense keep up with TCU's high-octane offense?
We're not quite buying into Iowa's success just yet and the "Wisconsin is done" talk is probably a bit premature as well. The Badgers are a 3.5-point road favorite and it's rather unfortunate that this one isn't getting more pub. If you don't like watching the traditional Big Ten style of play then this will be a game for you to avoid.
Stanford heads to Oregon in what should be the biggest one of the weekend. The staff is pretty split on that one as the Ducks remain a bit of an unknown but Autzen is a tough place for anyone to play. Keeping with the theme of road favorites, the Cardinal is favored by 2.5 and that one can be seen at 8 P.M. on ABC.
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