Forecaster Frank's College Six Picks
Notre Dame 41 Boston College 10
Notre Dame comes into the Holy War after a tough loss at home against Georgia. Despite the 21-20, setback there were plenty of positives for the Irish in their first two games. Boston College meanwhile appears to be spinning its wheels, after suffering a 34-10 loss at home to Wake Forrest. Look for Brandon Wimbush to have a big game in Boston, as the Irish hand Boston College a sixth straight loss in the Catholic Bowl. The Eagles are banking on a freshman quarterback in Anthony Brown who struggled in his first home start, and will continue to go through growing pains as the BC program is stuck in a rebuild mode.
Previous Week No Spread: 3-3 .500
Total No Spread: 6-6 .500
Previous Week With Spread: 4-2 .667
Total With Spread: 9-3 .750
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Tennessee 24 Florida 20
There is legitimate trouble down in Gainesville as a debit as ten players have been suspended due to a debit card scam. Among the players not available for the Gators are star wide receiver Antonio Callaway and lead running back Jordan Scarlett. Add the factor that Hurricane Irma has thrown in a major disruption and you have a team that is looking for answers. The Vols have showed the ability to score late and pull games out in crunch time. This game will be tight throughout and until Florida is able to get themselves settled, they are vulnerable to the upset and fall to 0-2 with a loss.
LSU 27 Mississippi State 13
Through the first two games, Nick Franklin has showed the ability to light up the scoreboard, as the Mississippi State offense has scored 106 points in their first two games. However, this Saturday will be the first real test for the Bulldogs quarterback as he faces one of the top defenses in the SEC with LSU coming down to Starkville. The Bayou Bengals have allowed just ten points in their first two games. Mississippi State may have the home field edge, but I think LSU has the quicker more talented team and their defense led by Arden Key will give Franklin headaches all day.
Louisville 31 Clemson 20
Last season Clemson defeated Louisville in a classic duel between Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson. Despite losing 42-36 on the road, the Cardinals quarterback dazzled and helped boost in Heisman rating. The Tigers come into Louisville this year as defending National Champions, while Watson has moved on to the Houston Texans, Clemson may have the best defense in the NCAA. Last week they absolutely shutdown Auburn at home. However, Jackson with the primetime spotlight will shine bright at home, as he looks to become the second player to win two Heisman trophies and this time hand Clemson a loss as the lack of Watson will be the difference.
USC 48 Texas 17
The last time Texas and USC played each other was the 2006 BCS Championship, considered by some as the greatest game ever played as the Longhorns won a back and forth shootout led by Vince Young. Recent years have been tough for both programs as instability in the coaching staff has hampered both teams. Texas had an inauspicious debut for Tom Herman losing their opener at home to Maryland giving up 51 points, they did bounce back with a 56-0 win over San Jose State, but that is San Jose State. On the road against USC and Sam Darnold spells trouble with a capital T for the horns, who are a long way for returning to contention, while USC at #4 looks like a legitimate contender.
San Diego State 34 Stanford 31
Coming off a tough loss to Pac-12 rival USC, the Stanford Cardinal again go south to face San Diego State. The Aztecs, are coming off a win on the road against Arizona State and are perhaps the best team outside of the power five conferences. Stanford had trouble last week against the USC rushing attack giving up 100 yards to both Ronald Jones II and Stephen Carr. Now they face the leading rusher in San Diego State's Rashaad Penny. Look for Penny to have a big game as the Aztecs stun the Cardinal at home.