After an 11-4 start picking against the spread in Week 1, I slid back to 8-5 last weekend. Let’s see if I can get my opening weekend mojo back in Week 3.

[Editor’s Note: #13 Georgia, #15 Auburn not included due to games against FCS teams.]


Colorado State at #1 Alabama (-29.5)

As I said last week, Nick Saban packs it in early against inferior competition — take the Rams and the points.

— Pick: Colorado State


Tulane at #2 Oklahoma (-36)

The Sooners are firing on all cylinders right now and Baker Mayfield has his sights on the Heisman, signaling a blowout.

— Pick: Oklahoma


#3 Clemson at #14 Louisville (+3.5)

Louisville still has Lamar Jackson but Clemson is a much more balanced football team than the Cardinals.

— Pick: Clemson

Embed from Getty Images


Texas at #4 USC (-17)

USC beat Stanford by 18 and the Cardinal has a much better football team than the Longhorns.

— Pick: USC


Georgia State at #5 Penn State (-37.5)

The Panthers’ only game so far this season was a 17-10 loss to Tennessee State. This will be a bloodbath.

— Pick: Penn State


Fresno State at #6 Washington (-33)

Fresno State has to be worn out after playing at Alabama last weekend and the Huskies really pour it on cupcakes in typical Pac-12 fashion.

— Pick: Washington


Air Force at #7 Michigan (-23.5)

Jim Harbaugh should have had his team’s full attention after an ugly win over Cincinnati, leading to a much sharper performance vs. Air Force.

— Pick: Michigan


Army at #8 Ohio State (-30)

Army is a decent football team but you have to think Ohio State’s offense won’t stay dormant forever.

— Pick: Ohio State


#9 Oklahoma St. at Pitt (+14.5)

Pitt hasn’t exactly played inspiring football this season in an overtime win over Youngstown State and loss to Penn State but I just sense a sluggish performance from the Cowboys in a noon start on the East Coast.

— Pick: Pitt


#12 LSU at Mississippi State (+7.5)

These two have had some epic battles over the last four years; this season should be no different.

— Pick: Mississippi State

Embed from Getty Images


#18 Kansas State at Vanderbilt (+4)

Vanderbilt is vastly improved since the beginning of the Derek Mason Era but Kansas State is primed for a really special year.

— Pick: Kansas State


#19 Stanford at San Diego State (+9.5)

The Aztecs won at Arizona State last weekend and will be brimming with confidence to give another Pac-12 team all it can handle.

— Pick: San Diego State


SMU at #20 TCU (-19.5)

Chad Morris has things headed in the right direction in Dallas but TCU’s offensive is just too explosive for the Ponies.

— Pick: TCU


Oregon State at #21 Washington State (-21)

Oregon State has lost to Colorado State and Minnesota by a combined 55 points, foretelling doom in Pullman.

— Pick: Washington State


Illinois at #22 USF (-17)

USF has looked extremely shaky in comeback wins over San Jose State and Stony Brook and Lovie Smith’s defensive pedigree should be enough to keep Illinois within three scores.


#23 Tennessee at #24 Florida (-4.5)

Did you see Florida’s offense against Michigan that put up all of three points? Take the Vols.

— Pick: Tennessee

Embed from Getty Images


#25 UCLA at Memphis (+3.5)

This should be a sneaky good game between two high-powered offenses, but expect Josh Rosen’s magic to be enough to win and cover.

— Pick: UCLA


Week 1 Record: 11-4


Week 2 Record: 8-5


Overall Record: 19-9


About Jim Weber

Jim Weber is the founder of College Sports Only. He has worked at CBS Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN the Magazine and is the founder of a previous college sports website, Lost Lettermen (R.I.P.).