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2012 College Football Week 3 Preview: Auburn, Wisconsin and Nebraska

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I have three games that I think could get pretty ugly this week. I would like to hear your thoughts on these games and please feel free to suggest any other potential blowouts in the comments section below.

Auburn -16.5

Auburn has not looked very good in their first two games and they looked especially bad last week at Mississippi State. However, both those games were against BCS-bowl caliber teams. This week War Eagle will be taking a big step down in competition when they take on the UL-Monroe WarHawks, fresh off “The Shock in Little Rock.”

I see this as a great situational spot for Auburn. This will be their first home game of the season in a must win spot in order to get their season back on track. But what I really like is ULM having to go back out on the road to another SEC venue a week after the biggest win in school history. No way they are going to be emotionally up for another round of physical, SEC football.

Wisconsin -14

I wrote about this one in my week # 3 college football picks thread. I really believe this is a good situation for Wisconsin and a bad spot for Utah State. The Badgers loss last week in Corvallis had to be an eye opener and should definitely serve as a wake up call for this team. I also believe that after that ass-kicking and the subsequent firing of their OL coach, Bielema will be lighting a fire under all the coaches and players this week.

Utah State on the other hand  just beat their biggest in-state rival for the first time in 15 years. How focused are the Aggies going to be this Saturday after that win last week? I have to believe they are higher than a kite right now and are reading and hearing all about their heroics in the local (and national) media this week. Now they have to make the long road trip to Madison and face a pissed off Badgers team in need of a W. Can you say overmatched?

Nebraska -24

I wrote up a pretty long comment on this week’s Nebraska game here. Again I see this as a really good spot for Nebraska. They are coming off a tough loss against UCLA in which their defense was run over (through and around) by the Bruins. Now they go back to Lincoln and take a major step down in competition in a situation where I have to believe Pelini will be stressing defense all week long.

The Nebraska offense should have little trouble scoring on the Red Wolves defense. I watched the Oregon game and the Red Wolves D is really bad. Nebraska’s offense isn’t Oregon, but it is pretty good and I just don’t see Arkansas State holding them below 50 points. Oregon literally started subbing at the 7:03 mark of the 2nd quarter up 50-3. Had they so desired, they could have easily scored 100 points. Nebraska may not be so benevolent.

Arkansas State QB Alpin is pretty good, but in that Oregon game, all but 3 points were in garbage time. The Nebraska D may not be up to their usual standards, but my guess is Pelini and the Cornhuskers will want to make amends for last week ‘s debacle in the Rose Bowl.

- Pez

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