CFB Picks 09/14: Cardinals Cover

Here's our three spread picks for some of Saturday's biggest CFB games
Oddschecker
Thu, September 12, 8:29 AM EDT

There’s a full slate of games on Saturday in College Football, which means there’s more than enough action to gamble on.

Here are three of the most interesting games in Week 3 of the college football season.

Stanford Cardinals (+9) @ #17 UCF Knights, ESPN, 3:30 PM:

 

Stanford will look to rebound after a loss to No. 24 USC.

Quarterback Davis Mills completed 22-of-36 passes for 237 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and running back Cameron Scarlett piled up 82 yards on 17 carries and one score for Stanford in a 45-20 loss to the Trojans.

USC rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Cardinal for a third time in their last four meetings. Stanford was outscored 42-3 in the final 43 minutes of the game.

No. 17 UCF will look to improve on its 2-0 record.

Last week, the Knights came away with a 48-14 road victory over Florida Atlantic.

UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel completed only 7-of-19 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns and running back Greg McCrae had 93 carries on 14 carries and one touchdown.

I believe the Knights will ultimately win this game at home, but Stanford will cover the points.

 

Pick: Stanford +9 @ -110

#24 USC Trojans (-4.5) @ BYU Cougars, ABC, 3:30 PM:

 

USC entered the top 25 for the first time this season after a big win over Stanford last week.

Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis completed 28-of-33 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns in a convincing victory.

Slovis set the school record for yards passing in a freshman's first start. Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown had eight receptions for 97 yards and two scores, while running back Vavae Malepeai rushed for two touchdowns in a 492-yard performance by the Trojans.

BYU, on the other hand, rallied to a big victory over Tennessee.

Quarterback Zach Wilson completed 19-of-29 passes for 232 yards and one touchdown and running back Ty’Son Williams had 92 yards on 17 carries and two scores, which included the game-winning touchdown in double OT to lift BYU to a 29-26 win over the Volunteers.

BYU rebounded from a 30-12 loss to No. 13 Utah in Week 1 and avoid its first 0-2 start since 1995.

The Trojans are on a roll and it seems like Slovis is the real deal. I expect USC to head into the LaVell Edwards Stadium and walk away unscathed with a victory.

 

Pick: USC -4.5 @ -105

#19 Iowa Hawkeyes (-2.5) @ Iowa State Cyclones, FS1, 4:00 PM:

 

No. 19 Iowa was led by quarterback Nate Stanley, who threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-0 shutout victory over Rutgers last Saturday in its Big Ten opener.

The win marked Iowa’s third shutout in its last seven league games. Iowa held the Scarlet Knights to just 125 yards, they punted 10 times and had three turnovers as well.

Iowa State enter Week 3 coming off a bye week.

In the first game of the season, Brock Purdy completed 30-of-41 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns, and La’Michael Pettway had two touchdown receptions for Iowa State in a 29-26 come-from-behind victory over Northern Iowa in Week 1.

Iowa State, who entered the 2019-20 season ranked for the first time since 1978, will host its long-time rival Iowa on Saturday afternoon.

I like No. 19 Iowa to carry momentum from its shutout win over Rutgers into this game on the road.

Iowa State is going to come out rusty after having a bye week, and the Cyclones will ultimately fall into a deficit too large to overcome.

The Hawkeyes are the pick in this one.

 

Pick: Iowa -2.5 @ -110

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