After a week full of surprises, Saturday’s lineup provides several more opportunities for higher-ranked teams to get into trouble. Will we see more chaos in week 3?
This is what we will be keeping a close eye on today.
Time: 12 noon | Television: Fox | Line: Oklahoma -10.5 | totals: 65.5
Oklahoma opened the week as a 14.5-point favorite in Lincoln against Nebraska. After Nebraska fired Scott Frost over the weekend, the betting market began to take off. What’s interesting is that as of Saturday morning, Oklahoma was the most popular bet of any side on Saturday’s college football roster. No team has received more bets supporting them than the Sooners. Usually, that kind of unilateral action causes a line to move in favor of the team receiving the bets, not against them. Nebraska has already lost twice this season as a double-digit favorite. However, there was hope that Nebraska would enter the season and maybe the coaching change will have an impact.
Time: 15:30 | Television: Fox | Line: Oregon -3.5 | totals: 58
Last week, BYU pulled off a big double-overtime home win over defending Big 12 champion Baylor. After such a close win, BYU has to travel to Eugene to play in another raucous atmosphere, this time as the road team. . Oregon will get its second chance at the national spotlight after a 49-3 loss to defending national champion Georgia in Week 1. The Ducks bounced back last week by defeating Eastern Washington at home 70-14. Can that continue against a far superior opponent?
Time: 15:30 | Television: CBS | Line: Power supply -3 | totals: 48.5
Removing a ranked Big Ten team, especially one that beat him last year, would be hugely beneficial for coach Bryan Harsin and the Auburn team that ended 2021 on a sour note. But to beat Penn State, Auburn’s offense needs to play much better than it did a week ago in a 24-16 win over San Jose State. On the other hand, the Nittany Lions had a dramatic victory over Purdue in Week 1 before defeating Ohio last week at home. Now, the PSU offense will be challenged to face an SEC defense in a hostile environment.
Time: 19:30 | Television: ABC | Line: UW-3.5 | totals: 56.5
Michigan State is 2-0 to start this season, but hasn’t been very sharp offensively in wins over two MAC opponents: Western Michigan and Akron. Now the Spartans can travel across the country to take on Washington, a team in its first season under new head coach Kalen DeBoer. The Huskies went 4-8 in 2021 but got off to a strong start with Indiana transfer Michael Penix Jr. at quarterback. He has played well in two games, albeit against mediocre competition (Kent State and Portland State). We’ll learn a lot about how much better the Huskies really are with MSU by making the trip to Seattle.
Time: 9 p.m. | Television: ESPN | Line: A&M -5.5 | totals: 44.5
On the heels of an embarrassing loss to Appalachian State, Texas A&M has to quickly turn the page with Miami coming to Kyle Field. Can Coach Jimbo Fisher get the offense back on track? For Miami, this is a great opportunity to get a win over an SEC opponent on a national stage early in Mario Cristobal’s tenure. Expectations are through the roof for the Hurricanes with Cristobal now in charge of his alma mater. Miami’s 2-0 record against lesser competition hasn’t told us much yet.
Time: 22:30 | Television: Fox | Line: USC-12.5 | totals: 73.5
USC is off to a fast start under Lincoln Riley. The Trojans crushed Rice in Week 1 and ran Stanford 41-28 in Week 2 thanks to excellent offensive performances from Caleb Williams, Jordan Addison and Travis Dye. All three were high-profile transfers to USC. While USC’s offense has been stellar, the defense has had some leaks and will be very busy against Fresno State. The Bulldogs, who lost a heartthrob to Oregon State at home last weekend, have played well against big-name programs before, so quarterback Jake Haener and the Bulldogs won’t be intimidated at all going up against the Trojans. .