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Fearless Rick's 2014-15 College Football Week 3 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | September 11-13

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, September 11

8:00 pm Louisiana Tech at North Texas (-3 1/2, 47) - Yeah, like, who really cares, right? Just because this game is on TV, doesn't mean you have to watch it, but it could be a fun game, anyhow.

The Bulldogs were beaten up by Oklahoma, 48-16, in week 1, and salughtered LA_Lafayette, 48-20 last week. Their offense can put up lots of points in a hurry, but the North Texas defense should be up to the challenge.

Likewise, the Mean Green was pummeled by Texas, 38-7, to open their season, but fired back with a 43-6 mangling of SMU. This is a conference game (USA), so it has meaning for both sides, but the home team usually has a big edge here. North Texas won last year's meeting at LA Tech, 28-13.

Prediction: Mean Green 34 Bulldogs 21

9:00 pm Houston at Brigham Young (-18 1/2, 57) - Houston, we have a problem. After losing, 27-7, opening week, the Houston Cougars took out their frustrations on Grambling State in a 47-0 whitewash.

However the home-standing Cougars of BYU are coming off consecutive road wins, 35-10 over UConn and a scintillating, 41-7, mashing of Texas, last week.

At home and getting a nod from the AP poll at #25 this week, BYU looks to move further up the ranking ladder with a knockout performance.

Prediction: BYU Cougars 42 Houston Cougars 10

Friday, September 12

7:00 pm Toledo at Cincinnati (-11, 59 1/2) - Oddly enough, this is the Bearcats first game of the 2013 season, but they were darn good last year (9-4) and are one of the favorites to capture the American Athletic conference title this season.

Toledo had some issues on defense against Missouri last week, losing 49-24 at home. Their week 1 win over New Hampshire (54-20) is a big nothing-burger. Cincinnati's offense should be licking their chops to get on the field against a porous defense that yielded 502 yards last week.

Prediction: Bearcats 44 Rockets 24

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8:00 pm Baylor (-34, 67 1/2) at Buffalo - This isn't even fair. The Bulls of Buffalo are 1-1, and won at Army last week, 47-39, but Baylor is a meat-grinder of defenses, beating SMU 45-0 in week 1 and pounding Northwestern State, 70-6, last week.

The faculty, staff and alumni of the University of Buffalo would like to thank the Baylor Bears and their supporters for coming to our campus and spanking our football team. Have a nice season and thanks for the dough.

Prediction: Bears 64 Bulls 14

Saturday, September 13

12:00 pm East Carolina at Virginia Tech (-11, 53 1/2) - Virginia Tech upended Ohio State last week, in Columbus, 35-21, and are looking like one of coach Beamer's best teams in a some time.

Despite turning the ball over three times against the Buckeyes and allowing the score to be tied early in the fourth quarter, Tech showed considerable resolve, scoring a TD on the ensuing drive and then picking off JT Barrett for a clinching TD in the final minute.

East Carolina has a good team, but their 33-23 loss at South Carolina last week showed why they play in the American Athletic conference and not one of the "Power Six." Hokies will run them out of the stadium.

Prediction: Hokies 38 Pirates 12

12:00 pm West Virginia at Maryland (-3 1/2, 57 1/2) - Maryland is tuning up for their Big Ten debut in two weeks, having already whipped James Madison, 52-7, and taken down South Florida last week, 24-17, but that win over the Bulls was not quite what the coaches wanted. While the defense was sound, the offense was, shall we say, a bit erratic, turning the ball over six times.

Still, the Terrapins managed to find a way to win but they're not going to have such an easy time against West Virginia's up-tempo offense. Sure the Mountaineers were topped by a not-so-special Alabama team, 33-23, but few expected the score to be that close. Besides, they came back and danced all over Towson last week, and now travel to College Park to finish their domination of teams from Maryland.

This one should be interesting from start to finish, because the Terps aren't bad, but West Virginia may be special.

Prediction: Mountaineers 31 Terrapins 23

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12:00 pm UCF at Missouri (-10, 54 1/2) - UCF has had an additional week off after losing to Notre Dame in Ireland in the opening weekend of the collge season, so they should be well-prepared to make amends and do battle with a talented Missouri team.

That said, the Mizzou have looked super in both wins, beating South Dakota State, 38-18, in the opening week and hammering Toledo, 49-24, last Saturday. Cetral Florida may be a step up on the competition ladder, but, remember, Missouri payed for the SEC championship last season and has a solid squad on both sides of the ball. Beisdes, QB Maty Mauk looks better and better every week.

Prediction: Tigers 41 Knights 21

12:30 pm Louisville (-6 1/2, 47 1/2) at Virginia - Virginia held their own in a 28-20 home loss to UCLA in week 1, and expectedly beat Richmond, 45-13, last week, but faces a tougher test when Louisville come calling this Saturday.

The Cardinals have been pounding the opposition, knocking off Miami, 31-13, in their ACC debut, and trundling off Murray State, 66-21, last week, both games at home.

Virginia will have a difficult time competing in the ACC this season and this game should tell everyone all they need to know about how good the Cardinals are.

Prediction: Cardinals 42 Cavaliers 24

3:30 pm Iowa State at Iowa (-10, 49) - Tough call in this annual meeting between two teams from the same state but different conferences, because the Cyclones nearly upset Kansas State last week, eventually falling, 32-28.

There's no getting past their opening weekend loss to North Dakota State by a 34-14 score, but the Cyclones need a win badly and this could be just the spot for them.

The Hawkeyes are 2-0, but their wins over Northern Iowa (31-23) and Ball State (17-13) have not been impressive and the fat line is a bonus for Iowa State.

Prediction: Cyclones 27 Hawkeyes 23

3:30 pm Georgia (-5 1/2, 60) at South Carolina - Could South Carolina actually lose two home games in the first three weeks? The Gamecocks were smashed by Texas A&M in the college football season opener, but rebounded smartly with a 33-23 victory over a very good team from East Carolina.

Georgia smacked Clemson, 45-21, in week 1, and has had an additional week off in preparation for this meeting, giving them an edge.

The main task for the Gamecocks is to contain Georgia RB Todd Gurly. If they can keep him to short gains on early downs, they should be able to hang right with the Bulldogs and their offense is good enough to move the ball against any defense. Could be an unsettling week for the SEC with a major upset.

Prediction: Gamecocks 30 Bulldogs 27

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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