college football staff picks for Week 3

We’re only two weeks into the 2020 SEC football season and’s college football staff picks, but things are starting to heat up.

Scroll along below to find out how various sports staffers see this week’s games playing out. In addition, we’ll provide predicted scores for this week’s Alabama and Auburn games.

A reminder that these picks are AGAINST THE SPREAD. That means that each person’s selection doesn’t necessarily mean he or she thinks that team will win outright, just that it will cover the point spread.

On with the picks (times listed are Central, all games Saturday unless noted):

Louisville v Pittsburgh

Louisville’s Tutu Atwell (1) reacts after a 21-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter during the game against Pittsburgh at Heinz Field on September 26, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)Getty Images

Louisville (-4) at Georgia Tech, 6 p.m. Friday, ESPN

Michael Casagrande: Louisville

Joseph Goodman: Georgia Tech

Tom Green: Louisville

Patrick Greenfield: Georgia Tech

Giana Han: Louisville

Mark Heim: Louisville

Mark Inabinett: Louisville

Mike Rodak: Georgia Tech

Creg Stephenson: Louisville

John Talty: Louisville

Oklahoma v Iowa State

Oklahoma running back Jeremiah Hall (27) a touchdown in the second half of the play against Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium on October 3, 2020 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 37-30 over the Oklahoma Sooners. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)Getty Images

Oklahoma (-2) vs. Texas (at Dallas), 11 a.m., Fox

Michael Casagrande: Oklahoma

Joseph Goodman: Texas

Tom Green: Oklahoma

Patrick Greenfield: Texas

Giana Han: Oklahoma

Mark Heim: Oklahoma

Mark Inabinett: Oklahoma

Mike Rodak: Texas

Creg Stephenson: Oklahoma

John Talty: Oklahoma

North Carolina v Boston College

North Carolina’s Trey Morrison (4) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Boston College in the fourth quarter at Alumni Stadium on October 03, 2020 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Getty Images

Virginia Tech (+5.5) at North Carolina, 11 a.m., ABC

Michael Casagrande: Virginia Tech

Joseph Goodman: Virginia Tech

Tom Green: North Carolina

Patrick Greenfield: North Carolina

Giana Han: Virginia Tech

Mark Heim: North Carolina

Mark Inabinett: Virginia Tech

Mike Rodak: North Carolina

Creg Stephenson: North Carolina

John Talty: Virginia


Dabo Swinney and Clemson host Miami on Saturday night. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)AP

Miami (+14.5) at Clemson, 6:30 p.m., ABC

Michael Casagrande: Clemson

Joseph Goodman: Miami

Tom Green: Clemson

Patrick Greenfield: Miami

Giana Han: Clemson

Mark Heim: Clemson

Mark Inabinett: Clemson

Mike Rodak: Clemson

Creg Stephenson: Clemson

John Talty: Clemson

Dameon Pierce

Florida running back Dameon Pierce (27) walks into the end zone to score the Gators first touchdown against South Carolina during an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun via AP, Pool)AP

Florida (-6.5) at Texas A&M, 11 a.m., ESPN

Michael Casagrande: Florida

Joseph Goodman: Texas A&M

Tom Green: Florida

Patrick Greenfield: Florida

Giana Han: Florida

Mark Heim: Florida

Mark Inabinett: Texas A&M

Mike Rodak: Florida

Creg Stephenson: Florida

John Talty: Florida

Azeez Ojulari

Georgia linebacker Azeez Ojulari (13) in action during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)AP

Tennessee (+13) at Georgia, 2:30 p.m., CBS

Michael Casagrande: Georgia

Joseph Goodman: Tennessee

Tom Green: Georgia

Patrick Greenfield: Tennessee

Giana Han: Georgia

Mark Heim: Georgia

Mark Inabinett: Georgia

Mike Rodak: Tennessee

Creg Stephenson: Tennessee

John Talty: Tennessee

Terry Wilson

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson (3) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)AP

Mississippi State (+2.5) at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network

Michael Casagrande: Mississippi State

Joseph Goodman: Mississippi State

Tom Green: Kentucky

Patrick Greenfield: Mississippi State

Giana Han: Kentucky

Mark Heim: Mississippi State

Mark Inabinett: Mississippi State

Mike Rodak: Mississippi State

Creg Stephenson: Mississippi State

John Talty: Kentucky

Tray Eafford

Tray Eafford (13) and Troy host Texas State on Saturday. (Troy athletics photo)

Texas State (+7.5) at Troy, 2:30 p.m., espn3

Michael Casagrande: Troy

Joseph Goodman: Troy

Tom Green: Troy

Patrick Greenfield: Troy

Giana Han: Texas State

Mark Heim: Troy

Mark Inabinett: Troy

Mike Rodak: Troy

Creg Stephenson: Texas State

John Talty: Troy

Auburn v Georgia

Auburn kicker Anders Carlson (26) of the Auburn Tigers reacts with teammates after a successful field goal during the second half of a game against Georgia at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Getty Images

Arkansas (+16.5) at Auburn, 3 p.m., SEC Network

Michael Casagrande: Auburn 28, Arkansas 3

Joseph Goodman: Auburn 42, Arkansas 18

Tom Green: Auburn 33, Arkansas 13

Patrick Greenfield: Auburn 24, Arkansas 20

Giana Han: Auburn 28, Arkansas 14

Mark Heim: Auburn 27, Arkansas 13

Mark Inabinett: Auburn 35, Arkansas 13

Mike Rodak: Auburn 27, Arkansas 20

Creg Stephenson: Auburn 28, Arkansas 13

John Talty: Auburn 34, Arkansas 17

Mac Jones

Mac Jones and Alabama travel to Ole Miss on Saturday. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)AP

Alabama (-24) at Ole Miss, 5 p.m., ESPN

Michael Casagrande: Alabama 50, Ole Miss 24

Joseph Goodman: Alabama 52, Ole Miss 35

Tom Green: Alabama 48, Ole Miss 20

Patrick Greenfield: Alabama 42, Ole Miss 28

Giana Han: Alabama 49, Ole Miss 21

Mark Heim: Alabama 52, Ole Miss 27

Mark Inabinett: Alabama 50, Ole Miss 24

Mike Rodak: Alabama 48, Ole Miss 33

Creg Stephenson: Alabama 40, Ole Miss 14

John Talty: Alabama 48, Ole Miss 21

Kirby Smart, Gus Malzahn

Georgia coach Kirby Smart, left, and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, right, meet after an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)AP

Standings after Week 2

Tom Green: 13-7

Michael Casagrande: 12-8

Mark Inabinett: 11-9

Joseph Goodman: 10-10

Giana Han: 10-10

Mike Rodak: 10-10

John Talty: 10-10

Patrick Greenfield: 9-11

Mark Heim: 8-12

Creg Stephenson: 6-14

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