The third full weekend of college football action will be here soon on the heels of a wild Week 2 slate. The schedule features multiple high-profile conference games that will define the early-season landscape of the College Football Playoff race. It also features several out-of-conference games that will test road favorites.
No. 1 Georgia will take on South Carolina in a battle of SEC East rivals that have played their fair share of thrillers over the last decade. The Bulldogs dominated UT-Martin and Ball State in consecutive weeks to start the season but weren’t necessarily firing on all cylinders in either contest. The Gamecocks are battle-tested after a wild loss to rival North Carolina in Charlotte to open the season and will have their hands full against the fast, physical and deep Bulldogs defensive front.
No. 8 Washington, which has flown under the radar during the first two games, will have an interesting test this week when it will travel across the majority of the country to take on a Michigan State. No. 10 Alabama will look to rebound from last week’s loss to No. 4 Texas on the road against South Florida.
Week 3 lines are out, so let’s take a look at what oddsmakers are thinking as we look ahead to Week 3.
Odds via SportsLine consensus
The big games
South Carolina at No. 1 Georgia -27: Nobody has been able to solve the Georgia defense thus far, but Spencer Rattler will be the best quarterback the unit has faced so far this season. Rattler, however, hasn’t been able to get any help from his offensive line. Can Georgia rattle the veteran signal-caller? Oddsmakers think that will likely be the case based on the massive spread.
No. 7 Penn State -15 at Illinois: The Nittany Lions have been solid in their first two games with…