College football picks: Who wins Week 3's biggest games?

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Week 3 is upon us and ESPN's college football experts have made their picks. There's a potential scorefest on Friday night between Washington State and Houston, an SEC matchup between Florida and Kentucky, the Pitt-Penn State and Iowa-Iowa State rivalry games, and then a chance for an improved Virginia squad to take on a shaky Florida State team. Here we go. (Lines courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.)

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No. 20 Washington State vs. Houston (at NRG Stadium)

Time:Friday, 9:15 p.m. ET


Line:Washington State -8.5


Kyle Bonagura: Count on Mike Leach lecturing Dana Holgorsen about sovereign immunity after the win. WSU 35-21

Ryan McGee: Know your "Star Wars." The master always outsmarts the padawan. WSU 42-34

Alex Scarborough: We saw against Oklahoma how bad Houston's defense is, and it won't be any different. WSU 42-34

Mark Schlabach: Mike Leach prevails over his Air Raid disciple. WSU 52-49

Phil Steele: QB D'Eriq King and the Texas heat give the underdog a puncher's chance. WSU 44-38


Edward Aschoff: WSU 41-30

David Bearman: WSU 38-20

Bill Connelly: WSU 52-38

David M. Hale: WSU 42-24

Sam Khan Jr.: WSU 38-28

Chris Low: WSU 48-38

Adam Rittenberg: WSU 45-34

Tom VanHaaren: WSU 48-24

No. 9 Florida at Kentucky

Time:7 p.m. ET


Line:Florida -8.5


David Bearman: A one-sided rivalry has been close of late. Florida gets revenge for last year's shocking home loss. Florida 31-28

Kyle Bonagura: How will Kentucky celebrate its first back-to-back wins over UF since 1976-77? Kentucky 28-27

David M. Hale: Josh Allen is not walking through that door. Florida 31-10

Sam Khan Jr.: The Cats rally around Sawyer Smith to pull off the upset. Kentucky 24-21

Chris Low: With Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson out with a season-ending injury, the Cats have no answers for the Gators' swarming defense. Florida 28-17


Edward Aschoff:Florida 27-17

Bill Connelly: Florida 35-31

Ryan McGee: Florida 24-14

Adam Rittenberg: Florida 26-10

Alex Scarborough: Florida 28-20

Mark Schlabach: Florida 27-17

Phil Steele: Florida 27-16

Tom VanHaaren: Florida 28-17

Pittsburgh at No. 13 Penn State

Time: noon ET


Line:Penn State -17.5


Edward Aschoff:This youth movement in Happy Valley has been fun to watch. PSU 34-21

Bill Connelly: Last two meetings combined since Pitt's 2016 win: PSU 84, Pitt 20. PSU 38, Pitt 16

David M. Hale: Sean Clifford could have a terrific day against a depleted Pitt D-line. PSU 27-14

Ryan McGee: Honestly, I don't care who wins. I'm just happy they're playing. PSU 21-17

Adam Rittenberg: Penn State's active defense is sneaky good and will give Kenny Pickett a tough time. PSU 30-17


David Bearman: PSU 45-17

Kyle Bonagura: PSU 42-17

Sam Khan Jr.: PSU 30-17

Chris Low: PSU 34-21

Alex Scarborough: PSU 34-17

Mark Schlabach: PSU 28-20

Phil Steele: PSU 34-13

Tom VanHaaren: PSU 38-21

No. 19 Iowa at Iowa State

Time:4 p.m. ET


Line:Iowa -2.5


Edward Aschoff: I guess someone has to take that Cy-Hawk Trophy home with them. Iowa 24-21

Kyle Bonagura: Iowa State couldn't do much against Northern Iowa; why would that change vs. Iowa? Iowa 20-10

Bill Connelly: GameDay in Ames, best atmosphere of the weekend.Iowa 31-27

David M. Hale: Iowa won't be able to run on the Cyclones, who've allowed just 34 yards on the ground this year. ISU 14-10

Alex Scarborough: Get ready for Brock Purdy's coming-out party. ISU 31-30


David Bearman: Iowa 17-10

Sam Khan Jr.: Iowa 20-19

Chris Low: Iowa 27-14

Ryan McGee: Iowa 28-21

Adam Rittenberg: Iowa 24-20

Mark Schlabach: Iowa 20-17

Phil Steele: Iowa 24-17

Tom VanHaaren: Iowa 31-21

Florida State at No. 25 Virginia

Time:7:30 p.m. ET

TV:ACC Network/ESPN App

Line:Virginia -7.5


Edward Aschoff: It only gets (much) worse for Willie Taggart and his very fragile Seminoles. Virginia 41-20

David Bearman: FSU up 17 at half, lose in OT. Virginia 37-31

Bill Connelly: Hoos could be well on their way to a Coastal title by the end of the night. Virginia 28-21

Chris Low: Remember the days when Virginia winning over Florida State in football might as well have been a dream? Well, this is the real thing. Virginia 30-24

Tom VanHaaren: Virginia is hydrated and ready to go. Virginia 34-24


Kyle Bonagura: Virginia 35-24

David M. Hale: Virginia 45-21

Sam Khan Jr.: Virginia 37-24

Ryan McGee: Virginia 27-24

Adam Rittenberg: Virginia 41-28

Alex Scarborough: Virginia 28-24

Mark Schlabach: Virginia 31-20

Phil Steele: Virginia 31-28

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