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Week 3 CFB Expert Predictions

Let me get this out of the way right now – I HATE college football already this year! My Arizona Wildcats, the team I predicted would go 9-3 and win the Pac-12 South, are a BAD 0-2 with little hope in sight. Khalil Tate, the supposed Heisman hopeful, looks no better than a benchwarmer at this point. Whether it’s a combination of horrendous play calling, bad personnel, and injuries…that doesn’t matter. To say this season thus far has been a MAJOR disappointment is understating things! And on top of that, the team I dislike the most, ASU, is 2-0 and now ranked inside the top-25. As much as I love this sport, my passion will definitely fade in 2018 if these trends keep up.

 

On to the picks where last week’s Fanatic guest picker, Wesley Franco had an impressive 7-3 SU, 6-4 ATS week to keep the guest pickers right there with ‘Bear Down Steve’ (Malina) at the top of both leaderboards. This week’s guest picker, Morning Fanatics host Shawn Crespin will try to keep the station pickers’ lead against the spread.

Fanatic Guest Picker Standings:
Week 1 – Chris Schubert: 8-2 SU, 7-3 ATS
Week 2 – Wesley Franco: 7-3 SU, 6-4 ATS

Eric Cohen Jon Bell Shane Dale Steve Malina (Fanatic Staff Guest Picker) Shawn Crespin
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Last Week (SU) 6-4 6-4 7-3 8-2 7-3
Last Week (ATS) 4-6 6-4 6-4 5-5 6-4
Season (SU) 11-9 12-8 14-6 16-4 15-5
Season (ATS) 8-12 10-10 12-8 12-8 13-7
Southern Utah at Arizona (Line TBA) AZ 45-20 AZ 41-18 AZ 27-24 AZ 47-10 AZ 31-20
ASU (-4.5) at San Diego State ASU 24-13 ASU 17-14 ASU 34-17 ASU 24-18 ASU 27-17
BYU at Wisconsin (-21.5) WISC 31-13 WISC 24-13 WISC 31-20 WISC 37-17 WISC 41-20
LSU at Auburn (-9.5) AUB 26-10 LSU 21-20 AUB 20-13 AUB 31-20 AUB 30-24
Boise State at Oklahoma State (-2.5) BOISE 41-34 BOISE 41-38 OKST 41-27 OKST 31-27 BOISE 34-31
Alabama (-21.5) at Ole Miss ALA 38-28 ALA 55-6 ALA 27-10 ALA 45-17 ALA 37-20
Ohio State (-12.5) vs. TCU (in Arlington) OSU 40-24 OSU 34-20 TCU 28-27 OSU 47-20 OSU 31-24
USC at Texas (-2.5) USC 27-24 TEX 20-17 USC 34-20 USC 27-24 TEX 24-21
Washington (-6.5) at Utah WASH 27-17 WASH 27-10 UTAH 13-10 WASH 28-20 WASH 27-20
Fresno State at UCLA (Pick’em) FRES 34-30 UCLA 24-21 UCLA 33-20 UCLA 24-23 UCLA 31-30


This Week’s Bold Prediction:

EC: Last week Clemson got a serious scare by Texas A&M…well this week Alabama gets a close game from Ole Miss in Oxford. The Rebels are as potent on offense as any team I’ve seen this season and I fully expect them to keep Nick Saban’s team within striking distance throughout.

JB: USC-Texas has the makings of a who’s who race towards the most disappointing team in 2018. I picked USC for that distinction in this blog. Texas? I have them in the title game. Big Game Tom (Herman) gets revenge here after last year’s thriller in Los Angeles.

SD: N’Keal Harry will begin to enter the national Heisman discussion after catching three touchdowns vs. SDSU.

SM: Ohio State dominates.  The Buckeyes show that for the players on the field, the adversity brought them closer together and more focused. Haskins puts up 300 yards and 4 TDs in the air. J.K. Dobbins also rushes for 150 and a score. BONUS: Khalil Tate struggles again even though Arizona dominates Southern Utah…leading some of Wildcat Nation to wonder if Tate should be benched.

SC: Khalil Tate gets pulled after another poor 1st half against Southern Utah.

Cohen’s Weekly College Football Playoff Bowl Forecast:
(Changes from last week in blue)

Peach: Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia
Fiesta: Wisconsin vs. Boise State
Rose: Michigan vs. Washington
Sugar: Auburn vs. Oklahoma
Cotton (semifinal): Alabama vs. Ohio State
Orange (semifinal): Clemson vs. Georgia
National Championship Game Prediction: Clemson over Alabama

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