Our experts are back with their Week 3 college football picks. Every Thursday, Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica will pick two common games and as many wild-card games as they choose. It's all here in one file for your perusing pleasure.
Here are the best bets for Week 3 of the college football season.
Phil Steele: 1-6 in Week 2 (3-12 season)
"Stanford Steve" Coughlin: 3-1 in Week 2 (6-2-1 season)
Chris Fallica: 1-5 in Week 2 (8-8 season)
Note: Lines from Westgate SuperBook as of Wednesday morning.
Steele: Louisville took Clemson down to the wire on the road last season, and the Tigers must now play a second consecutive big game, as they come in off an A+ performance at home against Auburn last week. Louisville has the edge on offense and special teams and will have home-field advantage. Still, Clemson rates a large defensive edge, even though Louisville is allowing just 34 yards per game rushing (1.5 yards per rush). I expect both teams to throw a ton, and I really don't expect anyone to run on the Clemson defense all season. Look for a much higher-scoring game from Clemson than last week and for the Tigers to grab the road win. The biggest matchup edge here is a questionable Louisville offensive line trying to contain the best defensive line in the country.