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ESPN GAME OF THE WEEK
(#5 Ohio State at #1 So Cal -11.5)
- Southern California (1-0-0 Against the Spread) is at home this week giving up 11.5 points to the Buckeyes of Ohio State (0-1-0 ATS). OSU Coach Jim Tressel announced thursday that Heisman hopeful Beanie Wells was doubtful for Saturday's game. Wells did not play last week and the Buckeyes struggled to pull off the come-from-behind victory against Ohio 26-14. Trojans, however, crushed Virginia on the road 52-7 under Junior QB Mark Sanchez. Although this will be Sachez's first real test against a solid pass defense, speed kills and the Trojans will have zero trouble with the Buckeyes, 38-17.
Don Delaware's Big Play of the Week
(#14 ECU -13.5 at Tulane)
-ECU (2-0-0 ATS) is easily the biggest surprise in college football as they are the only team in the country to defeat two ranked opponents. ECU beat Va Tech 27-22 and hammered West Virginia 24-3. Sr. QB Pat Pinkey has thrown zero interceptions and has completed an astounding 80% of his passes. With everyone's focus on the Pirates, coach Skip Holtz will not let off the gas now against an impressive conference foe in Tulane (1-0-0 ATS). Tulane held #13 Alabama to just 172 yards on offense in a 20-6 loss to the Tide. But Alabama was playing with a hangover from crushing Clemson a week earlier in front of a sold-out Georgia Dome. Pinkey continues to shine, and the Pirates continue to impress 29-7.
Other Plays for Week 3
(N.C. State at Clemson -19)
Playing Clemson (0-1-0 ATS) this week minus 19 points to the Wolfpack (0-1-0 ATS) doesn't indicate that I believe in the Tigers, but more of a statement against N.C. State. State was blanked on national T.V. two weeks ago and followed up with a struggle 34-24 win against I-AA William & Mary. The Wolfpack D surrendered over 300 yards of total offensive to W&M while the offense didn't play much better with only 67 yards on the ground. Bottom line: North Carolina State is garbage and Bowden's boys have something to prove. Clemson rolls 59-14.
(Ga Tech +6.5 at Va Tech)
Georgia Tech (2-0-0 ATS) is playing underdog again this week. Georgia Tech's new coach Paul Johnson (from Navy) has successfully installed the flexbone offense and the Yellow Jackets have looked solid through the first two weeks. The same cannot be said about the Hokies (0-1-0 ATS). Va Tech dropped from the top 25 after a stunning loss week one to ECU. Things have only gotten more unstable as Sophmore Tyrod Taylor was asked to drop his redshirt this year in relief for struggling 5th Year Senior Sean Glennon. Glennon was 3 for 8 for 42 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT against Furman. As Va Tech continues to sort out their offensive issues, Ga Tech gets the win in Blacksburg 17-13.
The Best of the Rest
(SMU +37 at Texas Tech)
SMU's defense will be ready for Tx Tech's pass-first run-never offense as new coach June Jones runs a very similar package. Look for SMU to cover the 37 points in a 56-34 loss.
(Memphis +4 at Marshall)
The Tigers dropped a heart breaker at Rice last week giving up 29 points in the 4th quarter and losing on Memphis QB Arkelon Hall's interception for a touchdown in the last minutes of the game 42-35. The Tigers look to correct last week's mistakes and grab their first win for the 2008 season, 30-23.
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