College football Week 3 picks: SI.com's writers predict winners for Clemson-Louisville, Alabama-Ole Miss and more.

By The SI Staff
September 17, 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.​

• ELLIS: Alabama defeat to Ole Miss could damage SEC

• HAMILTON: Meet USC's JuJu Smith-Schuster; Walkthrough

• BECHT: Auburn, Notre Dame drop in power rankings

 

Staples

Thamel

Evans

Ellis

Becht

Schnell

Hamilton

Glicksman

Clemson Louisville
Florida State BC
Illinois UNC
Northwestern Duke
Virginia Tech Purdue
Ga. Tech Notre Dame
Utah State Washington
Texas Tech Arkansas
Nebraska Miami
Auburn LSU
S. Carolina Georgia
Florida Kentucky
California Texas
Rutgers Penn State
Pittsburgh Iowa
Stanford USC
Ole Miss Alabama
BYU UCLA

LAST WEEK

11-5

11-5

12-4

12-4

12-4

12-4

7-9

10-6

SEASON

24-6

22-8

23-7

24-6

22-8

23-7

17-13

22-8

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