College football picks, schedule: Predictions vs. the spread, odds for top 25 games in Week 3 – CBS Sports

College football picks, schedule: Predictions vs. the spread, odds for top 25 games in Week 3 - CBS Sports

After a week that turned the 2022 college football season on its head, top-25 programs favored Saturday in Week 3 might be a little more cautious. With two games between ranked opponents on the schedule and a number of top-tier non-conference games still to be played, many can still shake things up before league play begins in earnest to close out the month of September.

Most notable Saturday is the nightcap, as No. 13 Miami visits No. 24 Texas A&M with the Aggies fresh off one of those aforementioned upset losses to Appalachian State. The Hurricanes are looking to flex under first-year coach Mario Cristobal, while Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher is looking to keep his seat from getting too hot. Speaking of Cristobal, his former team is featured in that other top 25 matchup as No. 25 Oregon hosts No. 12 BYU. The Cougars are feeling good after a huge home win over Baylor, while the Ducks are still looking to bounce back from a rough showing against Georgia in Week 1.

Also on the slate are No. 6 Oklahoma welcoming rival Nebraska fresh off the firing of coach Scott Frost’s Cornhuskers, newly minted No. 1 Georgia visiting SEC East rival South Carolina and Auburn welcoming a tough nonconference test from No. 22 Penn State in the featured game on CBS. In other words, there will be no shortage of stories to chew on before Saturday is over.

Be sure to stay with CBS Sports throughout the day for college football coverage from kickoff onward. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for the best games in Week 3.

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#6 Oklahoma at Nebraska

Outstanding Game | Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Noon | fox, fuboTV (Try for free) — Oklahoma has not faced a Power Five foe under new coach Brent Venables. In fact, its two wins were against teams ranked #95 and #108 in the CBS Sports 131 Rankings. While Nebraska is struggling, the talent jump — along with a new coaching direction — makes this game a little more difficult than early results would suggest. A worse Nebraska team played a better Oklahoma team within seven points last season. With the game taking place in Lincoln, Nebraska, don’t expect things to go away. Pick: Nebraska (+11.5) — Shehan Jeyarajah

No. 1 Georgia at South Carolina

Outstanding Game | South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Georgia Bulldogs

Noon | ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) — South Carolina’s problems on the offensive line spell disaster in this matchup. The Gamecocks are struggling to protect quarterback Spencer Rattler and haven’t shown much of a rushing attack through two games. Georgia’s defense looks like it barely dropped after five players were taken in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, and the Bulldogs might be able to keep South Carolina from reaching double digits. While coach Kirby Smart probably won’t run up the score on a respected former assistant, Georgia should cover even if its offense tames things. Prediction: Georgia (-24.5) — David Cobb

#22 Penn State at Auburn

Outstanding Game | Auburn Tigers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

15:30 | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App While Penn State has the bigger win of the two teams, the Nittany Lions didn’t look great on the road against Purdue. As a result, I’m not ready to trust the Nittany Lions as road favorites against Auburn, even if Auburn hasn’t inspired much confidence. The best units on the field in this matchup will be the defenses, so it’s hard to imagine either team ever managing to pull too far behind the other. That makes Auburn and the points an attractive choice. Prediction: Auburn (+3) – Tom Fornelli

No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon

Outstanding Game | Oregon Ducks vs. BYU Cougars

15:30 | fox, fuboTV (Try for free) — Simply put: BYU is better than Oregon at the vast majority of position groups. Quarterback Jaren Hall flashed his NFL arm in an upset over Baylor last weekend despite missing his two top receiving targets. The offensive and defensive lines have excelled for most of the past three seasons. The secondary played at a high level, while running back Christopher Brooks stepped in nicely. Conversely, Oregon has gone 1-4 in its last five FBS games and has been outscored 201-90. With wins over Baylor, USC, Utah and four other Power Five foes in the past year, don’t expect the Cougars to be intimidated by Oregon’s recruiting stars. Prediction: BYU (+3.5) — Jeyarajah

UTSA at No. 21 Texas

Outstanding Game | Texas Longhorns vs. UTSA Roadrunners

8 p.m Longhorn Network — This is a potential trap game for the Longhorns, but I think they pull out the win. However, Hudson Card status makes me hesitant to take Texas as a 12.5 point favorite. Card is at his best when he makes plays with his legs, and his ankle injury could limit that part of his game. On top of that, Jeff Traylor’s squad has plenty of motivation against one of the top institutions in the Big 12. Texas gets the win, but the Roadrunners cover. Prediction: UTSA (+12.5) — Austin Nivison

#13 Miami at #24 Texas A&M

Outstanding Game | Texas A&M Aggies vs. Miami (FL) Hurricanes

9 p.m ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) — This will come down to a battle of quarterbacks, and the winner of that battle is clear. Tyler Van Dyke is more talented, has better protection and more weapons on the outside than Haynes King. Van Dyke and the Hurricanes offense will set the tempo, resulting in this game being played in the 30’s. Texas A&M won’t be able to hang on. Multiple mistakes by Texas A&M in the second half will not only give Miami the cover, but an outright win. Prediction: Miami (+5.5) — Barrett Sallee

Which college football picks can you make with confidence in Week 3, and which favorites will be gone? Visit SportsLine to see which teams will win and cover the spread — all from a proven computer model that has returned nearly $3,400 in profit over the past six-plus seasons — and find out.

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