After last week’s incredible results that effectively turned the 2022 college football season on its head, the top 25 teams probably need to be a little more careful if they are big favorites in week 3. With two games between ranked rivals on the schedule and with a number of top-level non-conference games to be played, there is still plenty to shake out before league play begins in earnest to close out the month of September.
Saturday’s most notable is the nightcap when No. 13 Miami visits No. 24 Texas A&M, and Aggie has just endured one of the aforementioned offensive losses to Appalachian State. The Hurricanes want to flex under freshman coach Mario Cristobal, while Aggie coach Jimbo Fischer is keen to keep his chair from getting too hot. Speaking of Cristobal, his former team is featured in another top 25 bout as No. 25 in Oregon takes on No. 12 BYU. The Cougars are doing well after a big home win over Baylor, while the Ducks are still looking to bounce back from a rough performance against Georgia in the first week.
Also on the list: No. 6 from Oklahoma greeting rival Nebraska who just fired coach Scott Frost from the Cornhuskers, newly minted No. 1 from Georgia visiting SEC East rival South Carolina, and Auburn welcoming a tough out-of-conference test from No. 22 from Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania. Recommended game on CBS. In other words, there will be no shortage of storylines to chew on until Saturday.
Be sure to stay on CBS Sports throughout the day to follow college football from the first game. Let’s take a look at our expert picks of the best games of the third week.
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No. 6 Oklahoma in Nebraska
noon | Fox, fuboTV (Try for free) — Oklahoma has yet to face a Power Five opponent under new coach Brent Venables. In fact, his two wins were against teams ranked 95th and 108th in the CBS Sports 131 Rankings. While Nebraska is struggling, the talent surge – along with the coach’s new direction – is making this game a little more difficult than preliminary results might suggest. The worst team from Nebraska played the best team from Oklahoma by seven points last season. Since the game is taking place in Lincoln, Nebraska, don’t expect things to get out of hand. Pick: Nebraska (+11.5) — Shehan Jeyaraja
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No. 1 Georgia in South Carolina
noon | espn, fuboTV (Try for free) — South Carolina’s failures in the offensive line spell disaster for this game. The Gamecocks struggled to defend quarterback Spencer Rattler and didn’t show much rushing offense in two games. It looks like Georgia’s defense barely dropped after five players were selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, and the Bulldogs could possibly be able to keep South Carolina from double-digit numbers. While coach Kirby Smart is unlikely to top the respected former assistant, Georgia has to cover even if her offense leaves it at that. Forecast: Georgia (-24.5) — David Cobb
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No. 22 Penn State in Auburn
15:30 | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS sports app — While Penn State has the larger win of the two teams, the Nittany Lions didn’t fare well on the road against Purdue. As a result, I’m not ready to trust the Nittany Lions as the favorite away game against Auburn, even if Auburn didn’t inspire much confidence. The best units on the field in this matchup will be the defenders, so it’s hard to imagine that either team will ever manage to get too far away from the other. This makes Auburn and glasses an attractive option. Prediction: Auburn (+3) — Tom Fornelli
No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon
15:30 | Fox, fuboTV (Try for free) — Simply put: BYU is better than Oregon in the vast majority of job groups. Quarterback Jaren Hall showed off his hand in the NFL by getting upset with Baylor last weekend despite missing two top receiving targets. The offensive and defensive lines have done well for most of the last three seasons. The minor player played at a high level, and Christopher Brooks fit perfectly into the game. Conversely, Oregon has been leading 1-4 in the last five FBS matches and trailing 201-90. With wins over Baylor, USC, Utah and four other Power Five opponents last year, don’t expect the Cougars to be intimidated by Oregon’s recruiting stars. Prediction: BYU (+3.5) — Jeyaraja
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