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College Football Weekly Look
Ahead Ė Week 3
Week three of this yearís college football season could possibly be the best slate of games until late in the conference schedule. The bar starts with a storied tradition when No. 11 Michigan visits Brady Quinn and Notre Dame and it carries all throughout the day. The SEC has two superb match-ups with No. 6 LSU at No. 3 Auburn and No. 7 Florida at No. 13 Tennessee. Clemson at No. 9 Florida State headlines the ACC while the best non-conference games include: No. 19 Nebraska at No. 4 USC, No. 17 Miami at No. 12 Louisville, No. 15 Oklahoma at No. 18 Oregon and No. 24 Texas Tech at No. 20 TCU.
Here is a brief outlook of the best match-ups coming up this Saturday:
No. 6 LSU at No. 4 Auburn (-3)
Itís the Tigersí ballhawking defense against Auburnís skilled runner Kenny Irons. Brandon Cox isnít likely to throw well against LSU, so a low game is expected. LSUís JaMarcus Russell will be the key to the game and if he avoids turnovers, the Tigers will take the win on the road.
-LSU is 7-1-1 ATS in their last games on the road
-LSU is 8-3 in their last 11 games when labeled the underdog.
Prediction: LSU 17, Auburn 13
No. 11 Michigan at No. 3 Notre Dame (-7)
Michiganís defense will need to get consistent pressure on Brady Quinn if they want to stay in the ball game. While Chad Henne and Mike hart donít put up numbers like the Notre Dame offense, they are efficient and will do well to keep it close so long as the UM defense can keep Quinn from going off.
Prediction: Notre Dame 27, Michigan 24
No. 17 Miami at No, 12 Louisville (-4)
The Hurricanes are not Temple and so the Cardinals will have a difficult time running consistently on Miamiís big play defense, knowing that Michael Bush isnít there to rely on. Brian Brohm will have a good game as he always seems to do, but expect the different to be Louisville forcing turnovers against Miami quarterback Kyle Wright and turning those opportunities into points.
-Louisville is 8-1 ATS in their last nine games against the ACC
-Louisville is 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games at home
Prediction: Louisville 26, Miami 20
No. 19 Nebraska at No. 4 USC (-18)
Mighty So Cal has a roadblock in the way of the Blackshirt defense when Nebraska visits Pete Carrollís dynasty Saturday night. USC looked impressive over Arkansas in week 1 while Nebraska has beat up on two cupcakes before this heralded non-conference match-up. A game that should be much closer than the line, Nebraska will put up points with signal caller Zac Taylor and running back Marlon Lucky. The defense will not allow USC to run all over them, but hard to say the Trojans will lose at home.
Prediction: USC 30, Nebraska 20