Week 3 college football picks: Cal at Texas, Ole Miss at Alabama, more

2:02 | College Football
Two Minute Drill: Ole Miss vs. Alabama preview
Thursday September 17th, 2015

It's too early in the season to draw sweeping conclusions about teams. Some squads may have looked good in their season openers, only to underwhelm the following week. Others may have shaken off a lackluster start to score a big victory in their next game. We'll learn a little bit more about each team in Week 3, but some games will offer more insight than others.

How will Notre Dame look in its first game starting a new quarterback? Can Alabama avenge last season's loss to Ole Miss? Will Texas be able to keep up with Cal's explosive offense? SI.com's team of college football writers—Andy Staples, Pete Thamel, Thayer Evans, Zac Ellis, Colin Becht, Lindsay Schnell, Brian Hamilton and Ben Glicksman—offer their predictions for those games and more.​

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• BECHT: Auburn, Notre Dame drop in power rankings

Week 3 picks
  Staples Thamel Evans Ellis Becht Schnell Hamilton Glicksman
Clemson at Louisville
Florida State at BC
Illinois at UNC
Northwestern at Duke
Virginia Tech at Purdue
Ga. Tech at Notre Dame
Utah State at Washington
Texas Tech at Arkansas
Nebraska at Miami
Auburn at LSU
S. Carolina at Georgia
Florida at Kentucky
California at Texas
Rutgers at Penn State
Pittsburgh at Iowa
Stanford at USC
Ole Miss at Alabama
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