Each week all through the season we’ll offer you a school soccer viewing information by highlighting the 5 finest video games of the approaching weekend. We’ll choose these 5 video games in opposition to the unfold and spotlight another matchups that caught our eye from a betting perspective.
Week 3’s assortment of video games misplaced a few of its luster when a trio of the perfect matchups — Military vs. BYU, Houston vs. Memphis and Virginia vs. Virginia Tech — had been postponed on account of COVID-19 circumstances. However there are fairly just a few non-conference and ACC video games price your consideration earlier than the kickoff of SEC play and Huge 12 convention video games subsequent weekend.
And never solely do we now have ACC, Huge 12 and SEC convention video games to stay up for subsequent Saturday, the return of the Huge Ten can also be on the horizon. Earlier than we get caught wanting too far forward, let’s check out the perfect of what Week Three has to supply.
(Be aware: All occasions ET, level spreads/totals from BetMGM)
Houston at Baylor
Time: Midday | TV: FOX | Line: Baylor -4.5 | Complete: 62.5
If there’s one factor we’ve realized to date on this season, it’s that faculties don’t have to schedule video games years upfront. Saturday’s Houston vs. Baylor recreation in Waco was pulled collectively in a matter of days after Houston’s recreation in opposition to Memphis was postponed on account of Memphis’ points with COVID-19. Baylor additionally had its authentic Week 1 recreation — a go to from Louisiana Tech — worn out due to the virus. Now, the 2 outdated Southwest Convention foes will meet for the primary time since 1995.
For Houston, it’s the start of Yr 2 beneath Dana Holgorsen. UH redshirted a lot of its finest gamers in 2019 in a daring transfer after a 1-Three begin. Will it repay in 2020? D’Eriq King, the crew’s star QB, ended up transferring to Miami, however the majority of the crew’s offensive firepower returns behind Clayton Tune, who threw for 1,533 yards, 11 TDs and 9 interceptions final fall.
On the Baylor aspect, this recreation marks the debut of head coach Dave Aranda. Aranda, the defensive coordinator for LSU’s nationwide title crew, replaces Matt Rhule, who left for the NFL. BU was one among school soccer’s shock groups in 2019 when it gained 11 video games. A lot of the offense is again, however the protection could have loads of new faces. Aranda added a number of transfers, together with ex-Iowa linebacker Dillon Doyle, in an effort to bolster that unit.
Sam Cooper: Baylor -4.5, Nick Bromberg: Baylor -4.5
No. 14 UCF at Georgia Tech
Time: 3:30 p.m. | TV: ABC | Line: UCF -7.5 | Complete: 60.5
Georgia Tech pulled off one of many extra notable upsets of Week 2 with its come-from-behind highway win over Florida State. The Yellow Jackets, in Yr 2 of their transition out of the triple-option offense beneath coach Geoff Collins, obtained a very promising efficiency from true freshman quarterback Jeff Sims. Within the 16-13 win, Sims threw for 277 yards and rushed for 64 yards whereas the protection shut down the Seminoles after the primary quarter.
UCF ought to current a more durable check for Sims and the Yellow Jackets. The Knights went 10-Three final yr after having undefeated common seasons in 2017 and 2018. UCF is led by sophomore QB Dillon Gabriel, who had a monster freshman season of three,653 yards and 39 TDs. He has weapons like Tre Nixon, Marlon Williams and Otis Anderson again by his aspect. Just a few notable gamers from the UCF protection determined to choose out, however it’s nonetheless a unit with loads of pace and expertise.
Sam: UCF -7.5, Nick: UCF -7.5
No. 23 Appalachian State at Marshall
Time: 3:30 p.m. | TV: CBS | Line: App State -3.5 | Complete: 57
The postponement of the Military vs. BYU recreation opened up the coveted 3:30 time slot on CBS for Appalachian State and Marshall. It’s an excellent alternative for some recognition for these two robust Group of 5 packages, each of whom are coming off wins to open their respective seasons.
Marshall turned in a dominant 59-Zero win over Japanese Kentucky again on Sept. 5, a win that featured the primary begin for redshirt freshman QB Grant Wells. Wells went 16-of-23 for 307 yards and 4 touchdowns. Brenden Knox, the 2019 Convention USA MVP, added 85 yards speeding and a TD of his personal within the win.
App State, the two-time reigning Solar Belt champions, shall be a much bigger problem. The Mountaineers opened their season with a 35-20 win over Charlotte that featured a speeding onslaught of 308 yards. Each Marcus Williams and Camerun Peoples topped 100 yards within the win whereas senior QB Zac Thomas threw for 204 yards.
Sam: App State -3.5, Nick: App State -3.5
No. 17 Miami at No. 18 Louisville
Time: 7:30 p.m. | TV: ABC | Line: Louisville -2.5 | Complete: 64.5
Miami opened up its season with a 31-14 win over UAB. It was D’Eriq King’s debut in a Hurricanes uniform, and he confirmed what makes him one of the thrilling gamers within the nation. King missed just a few throws however confirmed his dynamic athletic capability, ending the evening with 83 yards speeding, 144 yards passing and two complete TDs. King’s effort was a part of Miami’s 337 yards speeding in Rhett Lashlee’s first recreation as Miami OC.
Louisville additionally performed nicely in its first recreation of 2020. The Cardinals racked up 487 yards of offense in a 35-21 win over Western Kentucky, together with 343 yards and three touchdowns from QB Micale Cunningham. Cunningham is among the most underrated gamers within the nation and has an opportunity to place his expertise on show in what must be the sport of the weekend. We knew UL’s offense was good, however the efficiency of the protection in opposition to WKU was additionally encouraging. Making an attempt to comprise King shall be an enormous check.
Sam: Louisville -2.5, Nick: Miami +2.5
Wake Forest at NC State
Time: Eight p.m. | TV: ACCN | Line: NC State -2.5 | Complete: 54.5
Wake Forest kicked off its season final week in opposition to Clemson, the No. 1 crew within the nation, and it went about the way you’d count on. Clemson dominated, however Wake was capable of tack on 10 factors in rubbish time to make the ultimate rating — 37-13 — a bit extra respectable. The Demon Deacons actually struggled to run the ball, however two of QB Sam Hartman’s freshmen targets, Donavon Greene and Taylor Morin, had robust debuts. Dave Clawson hopes that chemistry will carry over into Saturday evening’s recreation in opposition to NC State in Raleigh.
NC State makes its 2020 debut after a depressing 4-Eight report in 2019 that included only a 1-7 mark in ACC play. The Wolfpack had the convention’s worst offense, averaging simply 22.1 factors per recreation. However nearly all of that unit is again with redshirt sophomore Devin Leary locked in because the beginning QB. Leary’s enchancment — he accomplished solely 48.1 p.c of his throws — shall be essential as a result of the talent place depth round him is fairly strong.
Sam: Wake Forest +2.5, Nick: Wake Forest +2.5
Head-to-head ATS: Sam: 1-4, Nick: 4-1
Week 3’s finest bets
Nick Bromberg (Final week: 1-2, General: 1-2)
Syracuse at Pittsburgh: I belief that the Pitt protection goes to be superb. I don’t know if I belief the offense simply but regardless of the Week 1 blowout of Austin Peay. I believe Pitt wins comfortably, however Syracuse retains this throughout the quantity. Choose: Syracuse +21.5
Louisiana at Georgia State: Let’s see if the win over Iowa State was removed from a fluke. Louisiana dominated the Cyclones and gained by 17, or greater than the road is right here. I’ll take the Ragin’ Cajuns in a recreation that strikes them to a snug 2-0. Choose: Louisiana -16.5
Houston at Baylor: This is among the finest video games in Week 1. And I’m not completely satisfied it’s going to be a high-scoring affair. Dana Holgorsen’s rebuild at Houston wants some extra time and that is the primary recreation for Dave Aranda at Baylor. Possibly 30-20 is about proper on this one. Choose: Below 62.5
Sam Cooper (Final week: 3-0, General: 6-2)
Boston School at Duke: I favored what I noticed from Duke’s passing recreation final week in opposition to Notre Dame with Clemson switch Chase Brice beneath heart. The Blue Devils ought to have much more success in opposition to Boston School, the crew that had the worst protection within the ACC by a major margin in 2019. BC must also have the ability to put up some factors. David Bailey rushed for 844 yards and 7 TDs final yr as AJ Dillon’s backup and now’s the starter behind an o-line that returns 4 starters. Choose: Over 51.5
South Florida at Notre Dame: I count on Notre Dame, with RB Kyren Williams and the most effective offensive strains within the nation, to maneuver the ball with ease in opposition to South Florida. I might even be stunned if USF scored greater than 10 factors in opposition to a powerful Irish protection. USF beat The Citadel, an FCS crew, 27-6 in its opener however managed to solely cross for 102 yards on 25 makes an attempt as a crew. That gained’t get the job finished on the highway in South Bend. Choose: Notre Dame -24.5
UCF at Georgia Tech: The win over Florida State was encouraging for Georgia Tech, however I assumed this unfold could be nearer to 10 factors in favor of UCF. UCF is a large step up in offensive cohesiveness in comparison with FSU and is 12-6 in opposition to the unfold in its final 18 non-conference video games. I count on the Knights to win this recreation by double digits, even when it takes a short time for them to drag away. Choose: UCF -7.5
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