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Week 3: College football caddie picks with Paul Tesori, Ryan Rue and Matt Minister

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Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide take on Ole Miss on Saturday. Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

This weekend is loaded with a terrific slate of college football games.

With that, we’ve got three caddies – Paul Tesori, Ryan Rue and Matt Minister – who will be keeping a close eye on the match ups.

For Week 3 of the college football season, Tesori, Rue and Minister have submitted their respective picks for five, key games.

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Here are their picks, along with their reasons why…

Boise State (17) at Oklahoma State (24)
Point Spread: Oklahoma State -3

Tesori’s Pick: Oklahoma State
Why?: The over under should be around 80, I’d imagine. I think the home crowd will be enough for Oklahoma State to cover.

Rue’s Pick: Oklahoma State
Why?: Basically a pick ‘em here. Both teams can put up some points. But the home team wins. Go Pokes!

Minister’s Pick: Boise State
Why?: Boise State has a great offense and the Cowboys can’t score enough to hang.

LSU (12) at Auburn (7)
Point Spread: Auburn -9.5

Tesori’s Pick: LSU
Why?: I think Auburn will win the game, but it’ll come down to a field goal, so they’re not going to cover.

Rue’s Pick: LSU
Why?: I haven’t been real impressed with Auburn’s offense. LSU is playing well, and I don’t think Auburn can cover. Tigers roll over Auburn.

Minister’s Pick: LSU
Why?: LSU will play a close enough game to cover.

Alabama (1) at Ole Miss
Point Spread: Alabama -21

Tesori’s Pick: Ole Miss
Why?: The Crimson Tide are too tough for Ole Miss to win, but I think Ole Miss stays within 21!

Rue’s Pick: Ole Miss
Why?: Twenty-one points is way too many to spot The Runnin’ Rebels. The offense can put up some numbers and Ole Miss will cover this game.

Minister’s Pick: Alabama
Why?: Alabama because they are really good.

Ohio State (4) at TCU (15)
Point Spread: Ohio State -12.5

Tesori’s Pick: TCU
Why?: I’d imagine there has to be some sort of downgrade without Urban at the helm. TCU has the talent to win this game outright.

Rue’s Pick: OSU
Why?: Seems like every week the Buckeyes cover no matter what. They’re still playing with a chip on their shoulder and I don’t think TCU can hang all four quarters. Buckeyes win.

Minister’s Pick: TCU
Why?: TCU will cover because they will score against a weak OSU defense.

USC (22) at Texas
Point Spread: Texas -3

Tesori’s Pick: USC
Why?: Texas isn’t there yet. USC just has too many 5-star guys running around.

Rue’s Pick: USC
Why?: Let’s face it, Texas is not that good. This game will be a pillow fight between these two.  Texas will put up some points against the soft Pac-12 defense. Trojans still come in and win one in Austin.

Minister’s Pick: USC
Why?: USC because Texas is no longer the Texas I grew up with.


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