Joe vs. The Pro: Week 3

In this Nov. 10, 2012 file photo, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) runs through the tackle of Alabama defensive back Deion Belue (13) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
In this Nov. 10, 2012 file photo, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) runs through the tackle of Alabama defensive back Deion Belue (13) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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Joe and the Pro have raced out to impressive starts this college football season, but by the looks of their picks, the separation begins this week. Someone is going to have a bad week, and it’s probably going to be Joe. Joseph Goodman, the Miami Herald’s college football columnist, went 6-2 straight up and 5-3 against the spread last week and is now 12-4 straight up for the season and 9-7 against the spread. The Pro went 5-3 straight up last week and 5-3 against the spread, improving to 12-4 straight up overall and 11-5 against the spread. But let’s not allow those numbers to take away from the REAL story in college football this week. In case you didn’t hear, some jaw-dropping journalism hit newsstands. Yes, Seventeen Magazine recently came out with a top 25 list of the “hottest college football players.” I’m happy to report that one player from a Florida school made the cut: Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles. On to the picks!

UCF at Penn State, Penn State by 5

Joe’s pickCalling for the upset here because Blake Bortles is really, really cute. UCF 25, Penn State 19
Pro’s pickNittany Lions are protecting the home turf under second-year coach Bill O’Brien, covering six of seven games. In the past six years, Knights are 1-8 straight up against BCS opponents. Penn State 30, UCF 23

Nevada at Florida State, Florida State by 34

Joe’s pickThe Noles have had nearly two weeks between games to come down from Jameis Winston’s amazing debut. Something tells me that wasn’t enough time. Florida State 35, Nevada 10
Pro’s pickWith only Bethune-Cookman and Boston College on deck, the Seminoles won’t be looking ahead. Both teams run hurry-up offenses, so a 40- to 45-point win isn’t out of the question. Florida State 58, Nevada 17

Georgia Tech at Duke, Georgia Tech by 8

Joe’s pickDuke is down to its backup quarterback. He played well against Memphis, but Memphis is terrible. Georgia Tech 28, Duke 10
Pro’s pickThe Yellow Jackets have imposed their will on the Blue Devils with a 1,802-371 edge in rushing yards the past six games. Super sophomore quarterback Vlad Lee returns to his hometown of Durham, N.C., and makes it look easy in a blowout win. Georgia Tech 38, Duke 21

Tennessee at Oregon, Oregon by 27 1/2

Joe’s pickVirginia was supposed to be a tough matchup for Oregon. The Ducks won by 49 points. Southeastern Conference myth takes another hit here. Oregon 52, Tennessee 20
Pro’s pickThe Vols won 52-20 last week over Western Kentucky, but the score doesn’t tell the story of how the game really went. The Hilltoppers outgained the Volunteers but turned the ball over five times in their first six plays. The Vols defense isn’t ready for this type of monster Duck offense. Oregon 49, Tennessee 14

Mississippi at Texas, Texas by 31/2

Joe’s pickThe latest recruiting class at Ole Miss screams of scandal. I know, I know. That’s unfair and preposterous. Mississippi 31, Texas 28
Pro’s pickTexas’ defense gave up more than 500 yards rushing last week at BYU and doesn’t get a reprieve as Ole Miss dual-threat quarterback Bo Wallace and elusive running back Jeff Scott look to avenge last year’s 66-31 loss in Oxford. Mississippi 41, Texas 31

Alabama at Texas A&M, Alabama by 8

Joe’s pickThis is Alabama’s game of the year. The only hand gesture Johnny Football will be making this week will be the universal sign of surrender. Don’t ask me what that is. I have no idea. Alabama 35, Texas A&M 20
Pro’s pickMost people will back Nick Saban, who has plotted for almost a year on how to defend Johnny Football. With nothing to lose, Johnny Football and his mates might just shock the world and end Bama’s streak of 21 wins to open Southeastern Conference play. Texas A&M 34, Alabama 30

Florida Atlantic at South Florida, South Florida by 12

Joe’s pickSouth Florida supposedly is one of the worst teams in college football, so what does that say for FAU? Barnburner here! South Florida 28, Florida Atlantic 27
Pro’s pickIn a perfect world, there would be an end-of-game concert so spectators don’t feel as though they got taken for paying to watch two teams that are going nowhere. South Florida 27, Florida Atlantic 13

Wisconsin at Arizona State, Arizona State by 5 1/2

Joe’s pickNot going to lie, I have no clue about this game and I don’t care. Seriously. I like ASU’s helmets. Arizona State 30, Wisconsin 24
Pro’s pickThe Badgers’ switch to a 3-4 defense allows them to better defend against spread attacks such as Arizona State’s. New Wisconsin coach Gary Anderson is 14-2 against the spread when coaching an away dog and is one of the most underrated coaches in the country. Wisconsin 35, Arizona State 34

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