College Football Pick’em: Iowa State Cyclones ready to get weird

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This week is bizarre. College Gameday went to a great location to fit the theme. Iowa heads to Ames to face the Iowa State Cyclones in a stadium known for upsets. Jack Trice Stadium and its fans have helped produce some of the most improbable wins in college football history. Iowa comes in as a ranked opponent to this rivalry game, but that doesn’t worry anyone in the Iowa State Cyclones program. If you’re worried there won’t be enough entertainment, you’ll be pleasantly surprised about Week 3’s matchups.

Last week: 13-4 straight up; 9-6-2 against the spread
Overall: 29-6 straight up; 18-16-2 against the spread

Iowa State Cyclones and the nailbiters

#19 Iowa (-3) at Iowa State

If you’re an Iowa State Cyclones fan, you’re probably a little concerned about the slow start in Week 1. If you’re an Iowa fan, you’re concerned about your team coming out of Ames with a win….IOWA STATE 24 IOWA 21

TCU (+2.5) at Purdue

Rondale Moore and Purdue’s passing game against TCU’s great secondary is reason enough to tune in to this one….PURDUE 28 TCU 27

Texas Tech (-2) at Arizona

Texas Tech quietly started the year 2-0, but now get their first real test in the Wildcats and Khalil Tate….TEXAS TECH 44 ARIZONA 40

ECU (+7) at Navy

Mike Houston has ECU thinking bowl game in 2019, but Navy’s looking at a turnaround too. Pirates must force Malcolm Perry to pass….ECU 21 NAVY 17

#20 Washington State (-9.5) at Houston

Everyone’s picking the Cougars to win in this one…..WASHINGTON STATE 42 HOUSTON 35

Kansas State (+7.5) at Mississippi State

Chris Klieman’s already brought the NDSU mentality with him to the Wildcats program, but now they must stop Kylin Hill….MISSISSIPPI STATE 34 KANSAS STATE 24

Potential blowouts

#21 Maryland (-8) at Temple

Maryland’s currently outscoring it’s opponents 162-20, but Temple did score 56 in its opener. Potential underrated shootout ahead….MARYLAND 42 TEMPLE 28

#6 Ohio State (-17) at Indiana

Buckeyes have struggled to pull away against the Hoosiers lately, but Justin Fields bring a different feeling to the Ohio State offense….OHIO STATE 45 INDIANA 17

Pittsburgh (+17) at #13 Penn State

Penn State doesn’t have the same firepower it once did, but they’re still more talented than the Panthers….PENN STATE 34 PITT 14

Air Force (+4) at Colorado

Both teams are undefeated, but can Air Force stop Steven Montez? Neither Colorado State or Nebraska could do it….COLORADO 40 AIR FORCE 30

Stanford (+7.5) at #17 UCF

You’re not reading the line wrong. The Knights are favored at home against a Power 5 team by 7.5 points. What a time to be alive….UCF 31 STANFORD 28

#2 Alabama (-26) at South Carolina

Ryan Hilinski appears to be the future of South Carolina’s program, but he’ll get a harsh reality check against the Tide….ALABAMA 49 SOUTH CAROLINA 17

#9 Florida (-7.5) at Kentucky

Florida won 31 straight against Kentucky before last year’s loss, and they get a new winning streak going on Saturday….FLORIDA 27 KENTUCKY 17

Texas State (+17) at SMU

SMU’s offense will scare a ton of teams this year, and that unit is enough to expect the Mustangs to cover….SMU 45 TEXAS STATE 13

#5 Oklahoma (-24) at UCLA

This had the makings of a great matchup in the preseason, but only the Sooners have done their part….OKLAHOMA 56 UCLA 24

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