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FBS College Football Predictions - Week Three
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Scott Haynes, College Football Senior Editor

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Below is a compilation of The Sports Network's predictions for the top games in Week 3 of the college football season. (Detailed previews for each game can be found by following the "Top 25 scoreboard" link within the FBS college football section of sportsnetwork.com)

Buffalo (1-1) at (12) Penn State (2-0), 12 pm

As effective as the Bulls were on both sides of the ball against Temple last week, they will likely experience the opposite against their second straight foe from the Keystone State, as Penn State is clearly superior. Expect the Lions to have their way on offense and put forth yet another suffocating defensive effort as they turn their attention to next week's conference opener at Michigan. - Frank Haynes

Predicted Outcome: Penn State 45, Buffalo 7

The Citadel (2-0) at (7) Wisconsin (2-0), 12 pm

It isn't hard to identify the overwhelming favorite in this clash. Sure, The Citadel is off to a great start, but winning in Madison is asking far too much. The Badgers will jump on top early and never look back. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Wisconsin 41, The Citadel 10

Furman (1-1) at (20) Clemson (2-0), 1 pm

Clemson is playing an inferior opponent at home this weekend, so there is no reason to expect anything other than a blowout. The Tigers will have this one put away by intermission. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Clemson 52, Furman 9

Western Carolina (0-2) at (23) Georgia (1-1), 1 pm

Expect the Bulldogs to play with some added aggression this weekend, as they are undoubtedly eager to get back on the field after the disappointing loss to South Carolina. This game should not be close. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Georgia 42, Western Carolina 6

Ohio University (2-0) at (18) Virginia Tech (1-1), 1:30 pm

The Hokies have scored in 150 straight games, posting at least 13 points in all but six during the streak, with one of those lackluster efforts coming last weekend. Assume that QB Tyrod Taylor will make the most of his opportunity on Saturday in front of the home crowd, doing all he can to recapture some respect for the program. - Gregg Xenakes

Predicted Outcome: Virginia Tech 38, Ohio University 14

(22) Tennessee (1-1) at (5) Florida (2-0), 3:30 pm

Tebow is fun to watch, as he has all the tools a coach could desire in a quarterback. He can do it all on the football field and will be too much for Tennessee to handle. This game figures to be close early on, but expect the Gators to pull away down the stretch. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Florida 37, Tennessee 20

Norfolk State (1-0) at (13) Rutgers (2-0), 3:30 pm

Rutgers is clearly the superior team here and with a big game from Rice and a solid performance from the defense, the Knights should have no trouble cruising to the victory here. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: Rutgers 48, Norfolk State 7

(10) Ohio State (2-0) at Washington (2-0), 3:30 pm

OSU doesn't appear to be the caliber team it was last year and that should give Washington hope for another upset. The Huskies have been solid on both sides of the ball and if Locker can play above expectations, they may actually come out on top this weekend. The Buckeyes, however, have been outstanding on defense and that is why they should slip by Washington in a close one. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: Ohio State 20, Washington 13

(6) Texas (2-0) at U-C-F (1-0), 3:30 pm

UCF is better than most people realize, and the squad will get plenty of support from the home crowd on Saturday. Unfortunately, a win over Texas is highly unlikely. The Longhorns need to make a statement and will do so. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Texas 41, UCF 17

(11) U-C-L-A (2-0) at Utah (0-2), 5 pm

The Utes have struggled greatly against the run up to this point and that is good news for a UCLA team that has a pair of talented backs. The Bruins are the better team from top to bottom and they should have no trouble handling a depleted Utah club this weekend. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: UCLA 34, Utah 13

Louisiana Tech (1-1) at (8) California (2-0), 6:30 pm

Cal is clearly the more dangerous team here and it should have no trouble lighting up the scoreboard in front of its home fans and against a much less talented LaTech club. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: California 45, Louisiana Tech 16

(16) Arkansas (1-0) at Alabama (2-0), 6:45 pm

Neither quarterback in this game has proven to be a big-time performer. Most likely, the outcome of the tilt will be decided by the defenses. Give a narrow edge to Arkansas, as Alabama will have a hard time containing both RBs - Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Arkansas 37, Alabama 20

Fresno State (1-1) at (19) Oregon (2-0), 7 pm

Oregon has gotten a bit lucky with the early part of the non-conference schedule, but the Bulldogs are not going to go that quietly, not after nearly knocking off another nationally-ranked program. FSU will make a game of it, but they won't have enough gas to finish the job. - Gregg Xenakes

Predicted Outcome: Oregon 31, Fresno State 17

South Carolina State (1-1) at (17) South Carolina (2-0), 7 pm

The Gamecocks are riding high after their sensational victory over Georgia, but the team should be careful not to overlook South Carolina State, especially with LSU on the horizon. This has all the makings for a "trap game", but expect Spurrier to have his team ready, as the Gamecocks go for their third win of the season. - John Agovino

Predicted Outcome: South Carolina 31, South Carolina State 10

UL-Monroe (0-2) at (25) Texas A&M (2-0), 7 pm

The Aggies have been less than an impressive early on and that is a surprise considering the talent on this club. Still, A&M is the bigger, stronger and faster team here and it should have no trouble running all over ULM en route to the triumph. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: Texas A&M 38, UL-Monroe 17

(9) Louisville (2-0) at Kentucky (2-0), 7:30 pm

Louisville has manhandled Kentucky in recent years, but this season could be different. Neither one of these squads plays good defense, and the Wildcats have the firepower to stay close. Give the edge to the Cardinals, but expect this one to be decided late. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: Louisville 44, Kentucky 37

(21) Boston College (2-0) at (15) Georgia Tech (2-0), 8 pm

It may be early in the season, but there is no down playing the importance of this game. Both teams enter the contest with a good deal of momentum and whichever club can avoid costly turnovers will surely come out on top. Boston College clearly has the better quarterback in Matt Ryan and he should make the difference when all is said and done. - Ralph Lauro

Predicted Outcome: Boston College 24, Georgia Tech 20

Middle Tennessee (0-2) at (2) L-S-U (2-0), 8 pm

After scoring 42 points last weekend, Middle Tennessee will be lucky to reach double figures against LSU. The Tigers are an outstanding football team and they will have another victory in the bag by intermission. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: LSU 49, Middle Tennessee 3

(1) U-S-C (1-0) at (14) Nebraska (2-0), 8 pm

There is no question that Nebraska will be competitive at home, as the capacity crowd will pump the Huskers with energy. Still, this football game will be won by the team with the best athletes, and that squad is undoubtedly USC. - Pat Taggart

Predicted Outcome: USC 23, Nebraska 13

(24) Hawaii (2-0) at U-N-L-V (1-1), 9:30 pm

After the poor start that the Warriors had in last week's game you can be sure coach June Jones will give Colt Brennan the green light to do whatever he wants and put the game away as early as possible. UNLV's pass defense is ripe for the picking right now, with Brennan's only concern being where Bell is on the field at all times. - Gregg Xenakes

Predicted Outcome: Hawaii 42, UNLV 13

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Scott Haynes at shaynes@sportsnetwork.com.
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