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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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