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PSF College Football Weekly Pick’Em: Week 3 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

What an exciting second week of college football! That’s one way to describe how the college football landscape was shaken up last week. There were highlights, upsets, insane endings, and we learned a lot more about a lot of major programs. We learned that Kevin Sumlin and Arizona may not be a contender in the PAC-12 after all. We learned that Stanford is the favorite in the PAC-12, after a dominating win over USC. Georgia is still a top five team in the nation, going on the road into South Carolina and trouncing the then-24th ranked Gamecocks 41-17. Another top five team in Clemson went on the road and barely squeaked out a win over Texas A&M. Those were just some of the biggest games of the week. But regardless, it’s week 3 of the season and that means another week of college football pick’em with your favorite writers. There are some exciting games on tap for the third week of the season and the pick’em standings will start to sort themselves out as time rolls on.

Each week of the season, the crew will pick a select group of games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. If you need a reminder of how this format works, I’ll discuss that here. Points will be rewarded each week based on the weekly standings (based on everybody’s weekly record). One note of importance is that one point is still rewarded for each correct pick (excluding Game of the Week picks, which are worth three points).

And don’t forget to check out all of our writers and experts on Twitter:

▪ Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)

▪ Travis Calvin (@GSPTCal)

▪ Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)

▪ Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)

▪ Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)

▪ Heath Kyser (@RollCubsRoll)

▪ Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)

▪ Tim (@obstructedview2)

Now before we unveil the picks for all of this week’s action, let’s take a closer look at the standings through two weeks of play!

1. Chris Chastain (42 pts)

2. Tristan Beckmann (40 pts)

3. Travis Calvin (35 pts)

T4. Obstructed Viewer (33 pts)

T4. Brian Willis (33 pts)

6. Eric Jensen (32 pts)

7. Ian Cusick (28 pts)

8. Heath Kyser (23 pts)

Now let’s get the ball rolling with the game picks that everyone agreed on for some of the week three games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Boston College over Wake Forest.

(Thu. 9/13, 7:30 p.m. EST, ESPN, BC -6.5)

#5 Oklahoma over Iowa State.

(Sat. 9/15, 12:00 p.m. EST, ABC, OU -17.5)

#19 Michigan over SMU.

(Sat. 9/15, 3:30 p.m. EST, BTN, MICH -35.5)

#1 Alabama over Ole Miss.

(Sat. 9/15, 7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, ALA -21.0)

#4 Ohio State over #15 TCU.

(Sat. 9/15, 8:00 p.m. EST, ABC, OSU -12.5)

Now let’s take a look at some of the games in which a majority of our staff agreed on the pick but one or two staff writers had other plans. (The predicted winners are noted in bold)

Syracuse over Florida State. Eric Jensen and Ian Cusick were the only writers who picked Florida State to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 12:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, FSU -3.5)

Missouri over Purdue. Ian Cusick and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked Purdue to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 7:30 p.m. EST, BTN, MIZ -7.0)

#22 USC over Texas. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked Texas to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 8:00 p.m. EST, FOX, TEX -3.5)

#10 Washington over Utah. Obstructed Viewer was the only writer who picked Utah to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 10:00 p.m. EST, ESPN, WAS -6.5)

A few of the Week 3 games are mixed in terms of predictions from our staff, but let’s see what our staff thinks about those very few games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

The writers split on Duke and Baylor. Travis Calvin, Eric Jensen, Heath Kyser, Brian Willis all picked Duke to win. Tristan Beckmann, Chris Chastain, Ian Cusick, and Obstructed Viewer all picked Baylor to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 3:30 p.m. EST, FS1, BAY -6.5)

#24 Oklahoma State over #17 Boise State. Chris Chastain, Ian Cusick, and Eric Jensen were the writers who picked #17 Boise State to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 3:30 p.m. EST, ESPN, OKST -3.0)

Houston over Texas Tech. Tristan Beckmann, Travis Calvin, and Ian Cusick were the writers who picked Texas Tech to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 4:15 p.m. EST, FOX, HOU -1.0)

UCLA over Fresno State. Tristan Beckmann, Travis Calvin, and Heath Kyser were the writers who picked Fresno State to win.

(Sat. 9/15, 10:30 p.m. EST, FS1, UCLA -1.0)

The PSF Game of the Week:

#12 LSU @ #7 Auburn

(Sat. 9/15, 3:30 p.m. EST, CBS, AUB -9.5)

Auburn will look to add another impressive win to its resume when LSU comes to town on Saturday. LSU will look to do much of the same. Both teams have already taken down ranked opponents at neutral sites, but this game will have a much different feel. It’s an SEC clash of two historic programs and two teams that will look to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. The game is pivotal for both these programs CFP hopes and the winner may gain an inside track to the CFP. But who knows? It’s only Week 3!

Jarrett Stidham will look to increase his NFL Draft stock by thwarting an impressive LSU defense led by linebacker Devin White and star cornerback Greedy Williams. It will be a clash of two strong defenses and two capable offenses. This one won’t be high scoring unless Auburn finds a way to blow LSU out of the water. Joe Burrow needs to hope that this game is a low-scoring affair, because I haven’t seen much promise from him yet that allows me to believe that he’s capable of producing in a shootout against a talented Auburn defense. I think the Auburn offense is just better overall than the LSU offense, and I think down the stretch, Jarrett Stidham will be the difference-maker for the Tigers, that is the Auburn Tigers of course! Be sure to tune into this one! #7 Auburn 23, #12 LSU 14.

Other Staff’s Picks:

Travis Calvin: #12 LSU 24, #7 Auburn 21.

Chris Chastain: #7 Auburn 29, #12 LSU 21.

Ian Cusick: #7 Auburn 33, #12 LSU 30.

Eric Jensen: #12 LSU 30, #7 Auburn 24.

Heath Kyser: #7 Auburn 27, #12 LSU 21.

Brian Willis: #12 LSU 31, #7 Auburn 24.

Obstructed: #7 Auburn 17, #12 LSU 13.

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