No. 4 Ohio State battles No. 15 TCU; No. 21 Miami travels to Toledo

Week Three preview and picks in college football

Tim Grattan
September 15, 2018 - 4:36 am

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) -- Week Three of college football has arrived with top-ranked teams facing tougher competition.

Today, we see three top-25 matchups as Ohio State faces TCU at AT&T Stadium, LSU travels to Auburn and Boise State battles Oklahoma State.

We have a number of games canceled due to Hurricane Florence rolling into the east coast. Here are the games that are canceled: No. 18 UCF at North Carolina; East Carolina at No. 13 Virginia Tech; No. 14 West Virginia at North Carolina State; Norfolk State at Liberty.

There is one game that was moved to a neutral site -- Ohio vs. Virginia -- due to the hurricane and it will take place at Vanderbilt. 

Let's take a look at the best matchups today in college football. 

No. 4 Ohio State (2-0) vs. No. 15 TCU (2-0) (at AT&T Stadium, Dallas), 8 p.m., ABC (Ch. 5 in Cleveland)  
Ohio State heads into Texas for its first real test of the season against TCU.
Quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a tough task as the Horned Frogs will bring their 4-2-5 defensive scheme that is used to slow down offenses in the Big 12.
If TCU is going to win this semi-home game, Shawn Robinson must use his dual-threat ability to keep Ohio State’s defense off balance.
TCU’s O-line will have a problem holding up against the Buckeyes’ defensive front that's led by defensive end Nick Bosa.  
Line: Ohio State -13, O/U 59
Prediction:Ohio State 45, TCU 24
 
No. 5 Oklahoma (2-0) at Iowa State (0-1), noon, ABC (Ch. 5 in Cleveland)  

The Sooners offense has been on a roll for their first two games of the season. However, this is the first big test for Oklahoma as they head north to battle Iowa State.
Last year the Cyclones shocked the college football world and defeated the Sooners in Norman 38-31.
Oklahoma will be without RB Rodney Anderson who injured his knee last week.
Iowa State’s offense had a hard time to get anything going in its rivalry game against Iowa last Saturday – and scored just three points.
Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma offense might be too much for the Cyclones to handle.
Line: Oklahoma -18.5, O/U 53.5
Prediction: Oklahoma 41, Iowa State 17
 
No. 21 Miami (1-1) at Toledo (1-0), noon, ESPN2  
For a non-Buckeyes game, this is the hottest ticket to get in the state of Ohio.
Hell, the Toledo Blade is calling this matchup the most anticipated home game in Toledo’s school history.
I don’t blame them -- it's the "U" making a rare appearance to the Midwest.
If the Rockets are going to have a shot of pulling off the upsets, they’ll need to play a perfect game against the Hurricanes.
Line: Miami -11.5, O/U 58
Prediction: Miami 34, Toledo 28
 
Vanderbilt (2-0) at No. 8 Notre Dame (2-0), 2:30 p.m., NBC (Ch. 3 in Cleveland)
If right Brandon Wimbush shows up, the Irish will roll the Commodores. If bad Wimbush shows up, it’s three interceptions and lousy football for the Irish who got past Ball State last week.
I think the excellent Wimbush shows and Notre Dame rolls against an SEC bottom dweller.  
Line: Notre Dame -13.5. O/U 51.5
Prediction: Notre Dame 28, Vanderbilt 10
 
No. 12 LSU (2-0) at No. 7 Auburn (2-0), 3:30 p.m., CBS (Ch. 19 in Cleveland)
Want to talk about bad third-down defenses? LSU is last in the SEC at 26 percent, while Auburn is top spots ahead in the conference at 39 percent.
This game is going to come down to quarterback play and I like Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham more than LSU’s Joe Burrow.
Auburn is on a 13-game home winning streak and I see that improving to 14.
Line: Auburn -10, O/U 44.5
Prediction:Auburn 27, LSU 13
 
BYU (1-1) at No. 4 Wisconsin (2-0), 3:30 p.m., ABC

BYU slowed down Arizona dual-threat quarterback Khalil Tate to 14 rushing yards in Week One.
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor – the nation’s leading rusher – will be tough for the Cougars’ defense to contain in Madison.
Line: Wisconsin -22.5, O/U 48.8
Prediction: Wisconsin 38, BYU 10
 
No. 17 Boise State (2-0) at No. 24 Oklahoma State (2-0), 3:30 p.m., ESPN

The Cowboys finally get a test for the first time this season as they welcome a veteran Broncos team to Boone Pickens Stadium.
Oklahoma State is second in the Big 12 in total defense by giving up 3.5 yards per game, but that’s against two cupcakes.
I think Boise State pulls off a road win as OK State is more pretenders than contenders.   
Line: Oklahoma State -1, O/U 65.5
Prediction: Boise State 41, Oklahoma State 38

No. 22 USC (2-0) at Texas (1-1), 8 p.m., FOX
Well, well, well, look what we have here. We have a matchup of two big branded teams but haven’t played like a big-time program in a long time. 
USC freshman quarterback JT Daniels struggled in his first road game against Stanford last week. Meanwhile, Texas QB Sam Ehlinger has big-game experience. 
The Trojans O-line is shaky, and I think that will hurt them against the Longhorns.
Texas wins here, and you will see #TexasIsBack trending on Twitter.
Line: Texas -3.5, O/U 47
Prediction: Texas 21, USC 17

No. 10 Washington (1-1) at Utah (2-0), 10 p.m., ESPN
Utah is one of the loudest places to play in the Pac-12. 
However, Jake Browning and UW are used to tough road games. 
Huskies go into Salt Lake City and earn a hard-fought victory over the Utes. 
Line: Washington -4, O/U 47
Prediction: Washington 28, Utah 20