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  • SI.com college football writers and editors make their picks for the biggest games in Week 3, including Alabama vs. Ole Miss, Ohio State vs. Oklahoma and USC vs. Stanford.
By The SI Staff
September 15, 2016

Most college football analysts and fans expected Week 2 to be a letdown after a thrilling Week 1. Instead, it produced a number of thrilling games and unexpected results, including Arkansas' double overtime win at TCU and Central Michigan's controversial upset of Oklahoma State. By contrast, the expectations for Week 3 are sky high thanks to a glut of intriguing matchups between high-profile teams. Ohio State visits Oklahoma in a crucial bout for the Big 12's College Football Playoff hopes. Louisville can shake up the ACC by knocking off Florida State at home. Alabama will look to avoid a third consecutive loss to SEC West foe Ole Miss in a trip to Oxford.

That's a partial list. You'll have something interesting to watch from noon to early Sunday morning. Below a panel of SI.com's college football writers and editors (Andy Staples, Pete Thamel, Lindsay Schnell, Brian Hamilton, Joan Niesen, Colin Becht and Gabriel Baumgaertner) makes its picks for every big game.

College Football
Roundtable: Who can most afford to lose in Week 3?
  Staples Thamel Schnell Hamilton Niesen Becht Baum-
gaertner
Houston at Cincinnati
Florida State at Louisville
Temple at Penn State
Miami at App. State
Oregon at Nebraska
Alabama at Ole Miss
Pitt at Oklahoma St.
BC at Va. Tech
W. Mich. at Illinois
Miss. St. at LSU
Texas A&M at Auburn
Mich. St. at Notre Dame
Georgia at Missouri
Ohio State at Oklahoma
USC at Stanford
UCLA at BYU
Texas at Cal
LAST WEEK 12-2 12-2 11-3 10-4 10-4 10-4 7-7
SEASON 23-7 22-8 22-8 22-8 21-9 20-10 17-13

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