College football picks, schedule: Predictions against the spread, odds for top 25 matches today in week 3

College football picks, schedule: Predictions against the spread, odds for top 25 matches today in week 3

The first two weeks of the 2021 college football season were eventful to say the least. With quality meetings without conferences that went on compromise and conference plans that began in earnest on Saturday, we could see even more tremors across the country in Week 3.

There are three fights between ranked opponents on Saturday as No. 1 Alabama visits No. 11 Florida for the first time in a decade, No. 22 Auburn welcomes No. 10 Penn State, and No. 23 BYU holds white for No. 19 Arizona State. Overall, 23 of the teams ranked in the AP Top 25 will be in action during the day with other featured matchups, including No. 3 Oklahoma vs. Nebraska on the 50th anniversary of the Game of the Century and No. 12 Notre Dame seems to find its groove towards Purdue.

While it is only important to win for the position, we do not care if these teams cover their spreads. Be sure to stick to CBS Sports all day for college football coverage from the opening kickoff on Saturday to the final whistle. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for the third full Saturday of the season.

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Nebraska at No. 3 Oklahoma

Latest odds:

Oklahoma Sooners -22.5

Dinner | Fox, fuboTV (Try for free) -Nebraska will come out motivated for this game, especially as it will have long-term consequences for coach Scott Frost’s job status. Unfortunately, the Cornhuskers are simply no match for a national title caliber Oklahoma team. The only question about this cover is whether Oklahoma cares about keeping scoring. Prediction: Oklahoma (-22) – Shehan Jeyarajah

Purdue at No. 12 Notre Dame

Latest odds:

Notre Dame Fighting Irish -7.5

14:30 | NBC, fuboTV (Try for free) – Notre Dame still has a high place in the rankings, but Fighting Irish has gone to the lead each of the last two weeks. It remains to be seen if Purdue is a good enough team to finally get Fighting Irish to pay, but David Bell and Jack Plummer have shown encouraging signs. After Notre Dame won its first two matches by a total of nine points, take the points here. Prediction: Purdue (+7.5) – Shehan Jeyarajah

Nr. 1 Alabama and No. 11 Florida

Latest odds:

Alabama Crimson Tide -14.5

15:30 | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App – If Dan Mullen at least wants a chance, he will start Anthony Richardson at quarterback. It does not sound like he is prepared to do that on the basis of what he has said publicly this week. But in the end, will it really matter? Probably not. Alabama’s defense will start on the one who takes the snaps and ensure the race can not get started. Todd Grantham will take unnecessary risks on the defensive side, and Crimson Tide rolls to an easy victory in The Swamp. Prediction: Alabama (-15.5) – Barrett Sallee

Nr. 10 Penn State at No. 22 Auburn

Latest odds:

Penn State Nittany Lions -5

19.30 | ABC, fuboTV (Try for free) – I set Penn State to win this game earlier this summer, but changed my tune due to Bo Nix’s ability to take care of football. In fact, everyone seems to agree with what Tigers coordinator Mike Bobo is asking. That sideline was total chaos under former coach Gus Malzahn. That’s not the case now. Running backs Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter will party against a defense that has not seen a duo quite like this and lead their team to a win and cover. Prediction: Auburn (+6) – Barrett Sallee

Nr. 19 Arizona State Vs. No. 23 BYU

Latest odds:

Arizona State Sun Devils -3.5

22:15 | ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) – I think there will be an emotional downturn for BYU and maybe even for the Cougars fans who not only brought lots of energy to the Utah game but also traveled well to Las Vegas for the opening against Arizona. I would not be surprised if Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards had played in the circle for most of the preseason and know that it will be the team’s best chance to test his Pac-12 title-fighting chops against a quality opponent before coming on. conference competition. A reading of this matchup is that BYU is the more battle-tested team and that may turn out to be true early in the game, but I also think the Sun Devils have a higher ceiling and more gas in mind. Prediction: Arizona State (-3.5) – Chip Patterson

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