NCAA Week 3 Early Lookahead: Ohio State Might Miss Meyer vs. TCU

Thursday, September 6, 2018 11:43 AM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 6, 2018 11:43 AM UTC

Here’s a quick look at some interesting Week 3 college football matchups, all of which SBR will have covered in one way or another.

<p>The ABC prime-time matchup of Week 3 is <a href="" rel="nofollow">No. 4 Ohio State at No. 15 TCU,</a> although those rankings could change in Monday’s new polls. This is the Buckeyes’ only legitimate non-conference test and is played in Arlington, Texas. It’s also the last game where Urban Meyer can’t coach the Buckeyes on game day (he can in practice); some thought he would get a two-game suspension so he could coach this major test.</p><p>This was originally going to be a home-and-home with the Frogs, but was changed to a one-off at a neutral site because a home-and-home “wasn’t a good business plan,” according to TCU coach Gary Patterson. Obviously, TCU should have the big advantage in fan support, but AT&amp;T Stadium was the site of two of Ohio State’s biggest wins in recent years. The inaugural College Football Playoff national title game was there in January 2015 and OSU beat Oregon 42-20. Last season, the Buckeyes beat USC 24-7 there in the Cotton Bowl. That was the last college game for both Sam Darnold of the Trojans and Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett.</p><p>Ohio State, which certainly will be favored on the college football odds, is 4-1-1 all-time vs. TCU. The schools haven’t played since 1973. On the <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow">5Dimes summer line,</a> OSU was -12. That site was just about dead on as OSU has opened at -12.5.</p><p> </p><h2><a href="" rel="nofollow">No. 12 LSU at No. 7 Auburn (-10)</a></h2><p>Huge early-season game in the SEC West between Tigers to perhaps tell us which school will be the primary challenger to Alabama. Both already have terrific wins, with Auburn opening with a 21-16 win over Washington in Atlanta in Week 1 before dusting Alabama State in Week 2. LSU upset No. 8 Miami 33-17 in Week 1 and then took care of business against SE Louisiana.</p><p>The winner here should start at least 5-0. Auburn is home to Arkansas and Southern Miss next. LSU is home to Louisiana Tech and Ole Miss. Last year, unranked LSU knocked off No. 10 Auburn 27-23 in Baton Rouge. Auburn led 20-0 in the second quarter but was blanked in the second half and held to 64 yards.</p><p>Auburn won’t be a 12-point favorite now on the <a href="" rel="nofollow">NCAAF odds. </a></p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"und\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;🐴 🆚 🤠 | 9.15.18&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#StripeBPS&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#okstate&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Oklahoma State Athletics (@OSUAthletics) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;June 4, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2><a href="" rel="nofollow">No. 20 Boise State at Oklahoma State (-3)</a></h2><p>If Boise State has any shot of crashing the College Football Playoff, obviously the Broncos will have to go unbeaten – and even that may not be enough. I could easily see Boise doing that should it win in Stillwater. Its toughest Mountain West games appear to be at home, although a trip to Air Force is never easy.</p><p>The Pokes, meanwhile, have begun the post-Mason Rudolph era with maybe the easiest first two opponents of any Power 5 school trouncing Missouri State and South Alabama. It’s the first-ever meeting between Boise and OSU and will be a “stripe-out” game for Cowboys fans.</p><p> </p><h2><a href="" rel="nofollow">No. 10 Washington at Utah (+7.5)</a></h2><p>Washington now has no wiggle room to reach the College Football Playoff after losing Week 1 in Atlanta to Auburn. The Huskies bounced back from that with a win over North Dakota State. Either this or an Oct. 13 trip to Oregon figures to be UW’s toughest Pac-12 road test. Utah opened with an easy win over Weber State before traveling to MAC school Northern Illinois in Week 2.</p><p>On paper, this would seem to be a low-scoring game between good defenses, but the past four in the series have gone ‘over’ the total. Last year, UW was a 17.5-point favorite (total of 47) and escaped 33-30 in Seattle. Washington tied it at 30-all on Myles Gaskin's 2-yard TD run with 58 seconds remaining and won it on Tristan Vizcaino’s 38-yard field goal as time expired. Utah is 3-0 ATS in the past three meetings but is 1-10 SU in the series overall. That win was 2015 in Seattle.</p>
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