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September 12, 2013

Weekend Forecast: Week Three

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One of the biggest games of the entire football season tops off our picks with the Crimson Tide making the trip to College Station (Texas) to take on the Aggies of Texas A&M. How do our pickers see this game going and several other major games with big time conference and national implications?

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Alabama vs. Texas A&M
Patrick Says: Johnny Football might be the star of this show, but make no mistake that Nick Saban's crew still runs the SEC and -- consequently -- the rest of the nation. I think Alabama has proven they come to play in big games and this contest isn't any difference. Behind an offensive line that's starting to gel, AJ McCarron and company will test an Aggies defense that has surrendered 59 points in its first two games. Roll Tide. Alabama 35 TAMU 24
Tennessee vs. Oregon
Andrew Says: This pick couldn't be any easier. In my opinion, Oregon is the best team in the country right now. Alabama looked a little shaky in its opener against Virginia Tech, Braxton Miller hasn't been able to stay on the field for Ohio State, and I'm not 100-percent sold yet on Stanford or Clemson. The best offensive team in the country has a very good defense, and the Ducks will roll the Volunteers. Oregon 45 Tennessee 17
UCLA vs. Nebraska
Andy Mac Says: Last season, the Cornhuskers had a respectable defense that was shredded by Brett Hundley and the Bruins' offense for 653 yards. So Nebraska's ability to slow down UCLA's offense will be play a huge role Saturday. Taylor Martinez's passing numbers from his nine wins last year...20 TD - 4 INT. From his four losses...3 TD - 8 INT. UCLA 44 Nebraska 31
Notre Dame vs. Purdue
Noon Says: I am going to start by saying that I am not overly sold on Notre Dame this year and I feel that a couple more losses are in the future of the Fighting Irish. This week will not be one of those however as Darrell Hazell finds out how short handed he is on his roster and tries to put things together with a recruiting class entirely his own and more time to develop his staff. Hazell was able to turn things around quickly at Kent State but it will be a tougher turn at Purdue. Notre Dame just has too much of a talent advantage in this one and should win relatively easily. Notre Dame 38 Purdue 17
Wisconsin vs. Arizona St.
Tom Says: It will be interesting watching the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday as ASU's foremost objective in pre-season was to improve their rushing defense. Wisconsin will provide the test they are seeking. Badger redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon and senior James White have already rushed for over 55o yards in two games. Expect to see The Taylor Kelly to Jared Strong combination frequently, but it won't be enough. The Badgers will keep up with the Sun Devil speed and will wear them out physically by the fourth quarter Wisconsin 38 Arizona State 31
Ole Miss vs. Texas
Marc Says: We're about to find out a lot about both of these teams. So far Ole Miss has beaten a depleted Vanderbilt team and an FCS school, not exactly the strongest 2-0 start in the history of college football. Meanwhile, Texas entered the year with high expectations and the feeling that things were getting back to normal in Austin. That certainly wasn't the case last week where the Longhorns' defense was humiliated by BYU, giving up nearly 600 yards RUSHING against the Cougars, leading Mack Brown to fire his defensive coordinator. The game is at home for the Longhorns and at night and it would be more than fair to say that if this Texas team has any heart at all, they will come out and play much better than they did last week as they try and salvage this season. Texas 38 Ole Miss 35
Boston College vs. USC
Central Florida vs. Penn St.
Washington vs. Illinois
Iowa vs. Iowa St.

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