School soccer Week 3: Picks and preview


It is already Week 3, and distinguished applications like Ohio State and Clemson have already got a loss. Each are a part of the slate this weekend.

Listed below are our previews and predictions (level spreads on the time of publishing courtesy of DraftKings and topic to alter) for this week’s video games that includes groups in The Related Press Top 25 and different intriguing matchups.

All instances Jap. Statistics in parentheses for 2021 until famous.

 

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No. 16 Coastal Carolina (2-0) at Buffalo (1-1), Midday, Saturday, ESPN2

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This may very well be an intriguing matchup. Coastal has totaled 101 factors in its first two video games, however Kansas simply scored 22 in opposition to the Chanticleers final weekend. Sure, Coastal has received 5 straight non-conference highway video games, however two got here at Kansas and two extra versus UMass. Buffalo was whacked at Nebraska final weekend, but it surely’s received seven of the final eight dwelling video games in opposition to these exterior the Mid-American Convention. This would be the first time since then-No. 8 Baylor on Sept. 12, 2014, {that a} High 25, non-conference crew will go to Buffalo.

Prediction: Coastal Carolina (-13 1/2)

 

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No. 8 Cincinnati (2-0) at Indiana (1-1), Midday, Saturday, ESPN

No. 8 Cincinnati (2-0) at Indiana (1-1), Noon, Saturday, ESPN

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In keeping with the Huge Ten Community, Saturday marks the primary time since Sept. 19, 1992, that league groups will face three High 25 opponents. This matchup could be the most effective of the trio. The Hoosiers have been walloped 34-6 at then-No. 18 Iowa to open the season, and hope for a greater exhibiting in opposition to this ranked opponent. That possible will not be simple contemplating the Bearcats outscored Miami (Ohio) and Murray State 91-21 to open the season. Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder (34-of-47, 538 passing yards, six touchdowns, one interception) and Jerome Ford (234 speeding yards, 4 touchdowns) have been sizzling out of the gate.

Prediction: Cincinnati (-4)

 

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Michigan State (2-0) at No. 24 Miami, Fla., (1-1), Midday, Saturday, ABC

Michigan State (2-0) at No. 24 Miami, Fla., (1-1), Noon, Saturday, ABC

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It is considerably arduous to imagine that Michigan State final began 3-0 in 2015. However Miami has been lower than stellar early on, particularly whereas totaling 641 yards of offense in opposition to Alabama and barely beating Appalachian State, so it is attainable that feat will once more be achieved. The Hurricanes’ protection additionally should discover a method to include Spartans working again Kenneth Walker III, the Wake Forest switch who has rushed for 321 yards and 5 touchdowns on 30 carries in 2021.  

Prediction: Michigan State (+6 1/2)

 

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Northern Illinois (1-1) at No. 25 Michigan (2-0), Midday, Saturday, Huge Ten Community

Northern Illinois (1-1) at No. 25 Michigan (2-0), Noon, Saturday, Big Ten Network

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Now, that is the beginning Michigan followers had hoped for in 2021. The Wolverines outscored Western Michigan and Washington 78-24. They’ve but to commit a turnover and have a pair of potent working backs in Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins, who’ve mixed for 507 yards and 6 touchdowns by two weeks. NIU, although, pulled off a Week 1 highway upset of Georgia Tech and have ex-Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi (369 passing yards, three touchdowns, three interceptions), who threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns through the Spartans’ 27-24 win on the “Huge Home” final season.

Prediction: Northern Illinois (+27)

 

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Nebraska (2-1) at No. 3 Oklahoma (2-0), Midday, Saturday, Fox

Nebraska (2-1) at No. 3 Oklahoma (2-0), Noon, Saturday, Fox

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The return of this storied rivalry — for the primary time since 2010 — is getting a lot consideration this week, however the actuality is that it is unlikely to be a detailed contest. Sure, ardour and delight can be on show, however Oklahoma simply dropped 76 on Western Carolina, and the Cornhuskers have allowed a median of 44.3 factors throughout their 12-game dropping streak in opposition to ranked opponents. This might get ugly fairly early.

Prediction: Oklahoma (-22)

 

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New Mexico (2-0) at No. 7 Texas A&M (2-0), Midday, Saturday, SEC Community

New Mexico (2-0) at No. 7 Texas A&M (2-0), Noon, Saturday, SEC Network

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The Aggies are undefeated and ranked within the prime 10, however a damaged leg has quarterback Haynes King out indefinitely. That means, the main target turns to backup Zach Calzada, who threw for 183 yards and tossed the game-winning landing to Isaiah Spiller within the fourth quarter of final weekend’s 10-7 win over Colorado in Denver. Nonetheless, Texas A&M ought to nonetheless be in good condition versus New Mexico, which has dropped 22 in a row in opposition to High 25 opponents.

Prediction: New Mexico (+29 1/2)

 

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No. 15 Virginia Tech (2-0) at West Virginia (1-1), Midday, Saturday, FS1

No. 15 Virginia Tech (2-0) at West Virginia (1-1), Noon, Saturday, FS1

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This may very well be probably the most entertaining recreation of the week, and if Virginia Tech is ready to begin 3-0 for the primary time since 2017, then the Hokies simply could be for actual. They’ve allowed 24 factors and recorded 9 sacks and 4 interceptions. West Virginia, nevertheless, is driving a six-game successful streak at dwelling, the place it is also received 18 in a row in opposition to non-conference opponents. Mountaineers’ working again Leddie Brown ranks among the many nationwide leaders with 5 touchdowns.

Prediction: West Virginia (-3)

 

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Purdue (2-0) at No. 12 Notre Dame (2-0), 2:30 p.m., Saturday, NBC

Purdue (2-0) at No. 12 Notre Dame (2-0), 2:30 p.m., Saturday, NBC

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Hooking up for the primary time since 2014, the Irish have received seven straight in opposition to their Indiana rivals. Nonetheless, Purdue followers may need purpose to imagine that slide can be halted. Boilermakers quarterback Jack Plummer (45-of-61, 558 yards, six touchdowns, zero interceptions) is popping some heads. In the meantime, Notre Dame’s suspect offensive line has yielded 10 sacks and paved the best way for simply 197 speeding yards whereas the crew’s struggled to beat Florida State and Toledo. Must be fascinating.

Prediction: Notre Dame (-7)

 

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No. 1 Alabama (2-0) at No. 11 Florida (2-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, CBS

No. 1 Alabama (2-0) at No. 11 Florida (2-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, CBS

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On the floor, that is the sport of the week. However will it actually be as shut because the 2020 SEC title recreation that Alabama received 52-46? That was the Tide’s seventh consecutive victory within the sequence, and Bryce Younger (46-of-65, 571 yards, seven touchdowns, zero interceptions) appears ok to increase that run. The Gators, in the meantime, could be at dwelling, however their quarterback issue is messy . Emory Jones (two touchdowns, 4 interceptions) has struggled out of the gate and Anthony Richardson (6-of-11, 192 yards, two touchdowns) has develop into a fairly widespread backup.

Prediction: Alabama (-14)

 

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Kent State (1-1) at No. 5 Iowa (2-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Huge Ten Community

Kent State (1-1) at No. 5 Iowa (2-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Big Ten Network

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Are the Hawkeyes the most effective crew within the Huge Ten? They appeared poised to be. Driving an eight-game dropping streak courting to final season, Iowa has allowed 23 factors and 572 whole yards whereas beating then-No. 17 Indiana and then-No. 9 Iowa State by a mixed 38 factors. Kent State’s Dustin Crum (4,483 passing yards 36 TDs in 39 profession video games) could be the most effective quarterback within the Mid-American Convention, however the Golden Flashes have been outscored by a median of 48.6 factors throughout a 12-game dropping streak in opposition to High 25 opponents.

Prediction: Iowa (-22 1/2)

 

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Tulsa (0-2) at No. 9 Ohio State (1-1), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, FS1

Tulsa (0-2) at No. 9 Ohio State (1-1), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, FS1

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The extent of concern amongst Ohio State supporters hasn’t reached essential mass, however one thing needs to be performed in regards to the Buckeyes’ defense. Ohio State has yielded 66 factors, 913 whole yards, compelled simply two turnovers, and recorded solely two sacks this season. Then-No. 12 Oregon totaled 505 of these yards in opposition to the Buckeyes throughout its 35-28 upset win at Columbus. That mentioned, Tulsa has been outscored 235-83 throughout a six-game highway dropping streak in opposition to Huge Ten opponents.

Prediction: Ohio State (-24 1/2)

 

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Georgia Tech (1-1, 0-0 in ACC) at No. 6 Clemson (1-1, 0-0 in ACC), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC

Georgia Tech (1-1, 0-0 in ACC) at No. 6 Clemson (1-1, 0-0 in ACC), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC

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Misplaced amid the general concern of Clemson’s 1-1 document is the very fact it has allowed simply 13 factors and 491 whole yards. That doesn’t bode properly for Georgia Tech, which bounced again from a gap, dwelling upset loss to a pesky Northern Illinois group by beating close by Kennesaw State. The Tigers have received six straight in opposition to the Yellow Jackets by a median margin of 30.7 factors.

Prediction: Clemson (-28 1/2)

 

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Georgia Southern (1-1) at Arkansas (2-0), 4 p.m., Saturday, SEC Community

Georgia Southern (1-1) at Arkansas (2-0), 4 p.m., Saturday, SEC Network

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Is Sam Pittman the early frontrunner for nationwide coach of the yr? Beating then-No. 11 Texas was an enormous step for his Razorbacks, a program that has not loved a successful season since 2016. The Hogs’ protection has been particularly notable whereas permitting 564 yards, forcing 5 turnovers, and recording 5 sacks by two video games. Because the begin of the 1996 season, Georgia Southern has misplaced eight straight in opposition to High 25 SEC groups by a median of 31.9 factors.

Prediction: Arkansas (-23 1/2)

 

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South Carolina (2-0, 0-0 in SEC) at No. 2 Georgia (2-0, 0-0 in SEC), 7 p.m., Saturday, ESPN

South Carolina (2-0, 0-0 in SEC) at No. 2 Georgia (2-0, 0-0 in SEC), 7 p.m., Saturday, ESPN

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We are able to harken again to 2019 when South Carolina rolled into Athens and got here out with a double-overtime 20-17 victory over Georgia. This, nevertheless, is a greater Bulldogs crew that held then-No. 3 Clemson to 3 factors and a stable UAB program to seven. And, yielding 354 whole yards within the course of. The Gamecocks could be 2-0 however wanted a rally and last-second discipline purpose to win at East Carolina final weekend.

Prediction: Georgia (-31 1/2)

 

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Virginia (2-0, 0-0 in ACC) at No. 21 North Carolina (1-1, 0-1 in ACC), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, ACC Community

Virginia (2-0, 0-0 in ACC) at No. 21 North Carolina (1-1, 0-1 in ACC), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, ACC Network

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North Carolina is looking for its kind and must be a greater crew than the one which opened with a loss on the highway, amid a raucous crowd in opposition to Virginia Tech. Now, the Tar Heels have dropped 4 straight in opposition to Virginia by a complete of 26 mixed factors. Regardless of Carolina’s latest points in opposition to the Cavaliers, star quarterback Sam Howell has been excellent in opposition to them, throwing for 796 with eight touchdowns and no interceptions in two video games. That mentioned, keep watch over Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong (48-of-67, 744 yards, seven TDs, one INT).

Prediction: North Carolina (-9)

 

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Stony Brook (1-1) at No. 4 Oregon (2-0), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Pac-12 Community

Stony Brook (1-1) at No. 4 Oregon (2-0), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Pac-12 Network

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The Geese made Week 2’s largest assertion by speeding for 269 yards and rolling up 505 whole throughout a 35-28 win at then-No. 3 Ohio State. Whereas we do not count on a letdown in opposition to this FCS opponent, there may not be a lot to guage Oregon on this follow-up the place its starters are prone to be pulled comparatively early within the contest. What we do know, is that the Geese are actually a crew to look at extra so than ever going ahead.

Prediction: Oregon (OFF)

 

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No. 22 Auburn (2-0) at No. 10 Penn State (2-0), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC

No. 22 Auburn (2-0) at No. 10 Penn State (2-0), 7:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC

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That is really a proving-ground second for Auburn, which has outscored Akron and Alabama State 122-10 to open the Bryan Harsin period. Bo Nix (29-of-39, 383 yards, 5 TDs, zero INTs) is actually doing his half. However, this would be the Tigers’ first actual take a look at of 2021. Penn State can be aiming for a seventh straight victory, and turned heads by holding then-No. 12 Wisconsin to 297 yards in its 16-10 victory to open the season. In the meantime, Nittany Lions receivers Jahan Dotson and Parker Washington have mixed for 20 catches and 271 yards.

Prediction: Penn State (-6)

 

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Tulane (1-1) at No. 17 Mississippi (2-0), 8 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2

Tulane (1-1) at No. 17 Mississippi (2-0), 8 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2

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After Tulane gave Oklahoma a run for its cash at Norman to open the season, Ole Miss possible will not be taking something as a right. The Inexperienced Wave have scored 104 factors already this season. So, the Rebels protection will must be on its toes. But, this recreation has all of the makings of a high-scoring, barn-burner. Ole Miss star Matt Corral has been nearly as good as marketed whereas finishing 66.2-percent of his passes for 662 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions.

Prediction: Tulane (+14)

 

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No. 19 Arizona State (2-0) at No. 23 BYU (2-0), 10:!5 p.m., Saturday, ESPN

No. 19 Arizona State (2-0) at No. 23 BYU (2-0), 10:!5 p.m., Saturday, ESPN

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In search of some late-night intrigue, this could be one’s finest guess. Solar Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (307 passing yards, 162 speeding yards) will get loads of love, however their protection has yielded simply 24 factors and 379 whole yards whereas beating Southern Utah and UNLV every by 27 factors. Now comes the actual take a look at in opposition to BYU, which simply ended its Holy Warfare drought and beat ASU rival Arizona to open the season. Cougars quarterback Jaren Corridor (36-of-58, 347 yards, 5 TDs, zero INTs) is making some of us in Provo neglect about Zach Wilson.

Prediction: BYU (+ 3 1/2)

 

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No. 14 Iowa State (1-1) at UNLV (0-2), 10:30 p.m., Saturday, CBS Sports activities Community

No. 14 Iowa State (1-1) at UNLV (0-2), 10:30 p.m., Saturday, CBS Sports Network

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In search of a method to jump-start a struggling offense? Head to the desert the place UNLV has allowed 72 factors and 933 whole yards by its two video games. Iowa State hopes the Rebels will proceed to be beneficiant with hopes of breaking out after totaling simply 33 factors in opposition to Northern Iowa and Iowa. Who would have thought that three video games into the Cyclones’ season that Brock Purdy would nonetheless be seeking to throw his first landing move? Or preseason Heisman Trophy candidate Breece Corridor would have simply 138 speeding yards on 39 carries.

Prediction: Iowa State (-30)

 

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Fresno State (2-1) at No. 13 UCLA (2-0), 10:45 p.m., Saturday, Pac-12 Community

Fresno State (2-1) at No. 13 UCLA (2-0), 10:45 p.m., Saturday, Pac-12 Network

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One should return to 2015 for the final time UCLA opened with three straight victories. Nonetheless, it was solely three years in the past when Fresno State rolled over the Bruins 38-14 in the newest assembly between the colleges. Truly, Fresno has received the final three in opposition to UCLA, and its lone 2021 defeat got here 31-24 at then-No. 11 Oregon on Sept. 4, so there must be no intimidation issue. The Bruins, although, look like a targeted group that is again in motion following every week off after gorgeous then-No. 16 LSU 38-27 earlier this month. UCLA has benefited from Michigan switch Zach Charbonnet, who’s rushed for 223 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Prediction: Fresno State (+11 1/2)

 

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Maryland (2-0, 0-0 in Huge Ten) at Illinois (1-2, 1-0 in Huge Ten), 9 p.m., Friday, FS1

Maryland (2-0, 0-0 in Big Ten) at Illinois (1-2, 1-0 in Big Ten), 9 p.m., Friday, FS1

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Maryland is making an attempt to begin 3-0 for the primary time since 2016. Nonetheless, the Terrapins have misplaced 21 of their final 25 Huge Ten highway contests. This 2021 model, although, has Taulia Tagovailoa (48-of-63, 606 yards, six TDs, zero INTs) main the best way and a protection that is compelled 5 turnovers and recorded 5 sacks. Illinois, in the meantime, seems to be to keep away from a 3rd straight defeat however reportedly may have quarterback Brandon Peters again from a Week 0 damage.

Prediction: Maryland (- 5 1/2)

 

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Nevada (2-0) at Kansas State (2-0), 2:05 p.m., Saturday, Huge 12 Community/ESPN+

Nevada (2-0) at Kansas State (2-0), 2:05 p.m., Saturday, Big 12 Network/ESPN+

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A pleasant little under-the-radar matchup we’ve right here. Nevada has already received at California this season and boasts one of many nation’s prime quarterbacks in Carson Strong (56-of-82, 693 yards, six TDs, one INT). In the meantime, Kansas State knocked off Stanford 24-7 to open the season. Nonetheless, the Wildcats should instantly overcome the indefinite lack of veteran quarterback Skylar Thompson (5,261 profession passing yards; 1,116 profession speeding yards) to a knee damage.

Prediction: Nevada (-2)

 

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USC (1-1, 0-1 in Pac-12) at Washington State (1-1, 0-0 in Pac-12), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Fox

USC (1-1, 0-1 in Pac-12) at Washington State (1-1, 0-0 in Pac-12), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Fox

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Now that the inevitable has occurred and coach Clay Helton’s been fired, USC should concentrate on bouncing again from final weekend’s expensive 42-28 dwelling loss to Stanford. Washington State has scored 67 factors by its first two video games, but additionally yielded 50 to Utah State and Portland State. So, it might not be shocking if the Trojans suffered a second straight upset. The Cougars received the final time these faculties met at Pullman in 2017.

Prediction: Washington State (+8 1/2)

 

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Oklahoma State (2-0) at Boise State (1-1), 9 p.m., Saturday, FS1

Oklahoma State (2-0) at Boise State (1-1), 9 p.m., Saturday, FS1

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Oklahoma State has appeared slightly pedestrian whereas beating Missouri State and Tulsa by a mixed 12 factors. Quarterback Spencer Sanders (4,245 passing yards, 32 TDs, 20 INTs in 21 profession video games) is again for the Cowboys, who beat Boise at dwelling in 2018. Now they head to the blue turf, the place the Broncos have misplaced simply twice of their final 52 dwelling video games in opposition to unranked, non-conference dwelling opponents.

Prediction: Boise State (-3 1/2)

Jeff Mezydlo has written about sports activities and leisure on-line and for print for greater than 25 years. He grew up within the far south suburbs of Chicago, 20 minutes from the Mascot Corridor of Fame in Whiting, Ind. He’s additionally the proud father of 11-year-old Matthew, aka “Bobby Bruin,” mascot of St. Robert Bellarmine Faculty in Chicago. You possibly can comply with Jeff at @jeffm401.





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