Through two weeks the Gurus have picked the winners correctly on 88% of the games. The panel is 55% on covers and 48% on total points. Week three will challenge our panel of experts as a number of high profile games are on tap.

Week 3 see 47 games on the schedule. There are 20 Power 5 (P5) versus Group of Five (G5) matchups, 17 G5 versus FCS games, and 10 G5 versus G5 games, including 4 conference showdowns.

Let’s take a look at some of the marquee G5-P5 games. On Friday night Louisville hosts UCF. The Guru panel expects the Knights to win and cover in a matchup of two high powered offenses. On Saturday, Cincinnati faces its toughest challenge of the season when it visits Indiana. The Gurus expect this to be a close one with Indiana springing the upset over the Bearcats. UCLA hosts Fresno State and the Gurus believe the Bruins will win and cover the 11.5 spread. Iowa welcomes Kent State to Iowa City. Iowa is giving up 22.5 points, but they looked awfully impressive in their first two games, so we are going with the Hawkeyes to win and cover. Nevada travels to Kansas State for an intriguing matchup. We see Kansas State eking out a win in a mild upset. In a matchup of ranked teams, BYU hosts Arizona State. We see this one going down to the wire with BYU remaining undefeated. Finally, Boise State has a home date with Oklahoma State. We see Boise winning a game that will come down to the wire, but not covering.

In the G5 conference matchups we see UAB handling North Texas in a high scoring match-up, UTSA winning and covering over MTSU, Air Force winning a close one over Utah State, and San Jose State handling Hawaii on the road.

In some key non-conference G5 games we believe Louisiana will rebound from a couple a lackadaisical showings and easily handle Ohio on Thursday night. On Saturday we see Coastal handling Buffalo but the Bulls will give them a fight and cover the spread. We believe Wyoming will win and cover against Ball State, Marshall winning in a closer, lower scoring matchup against East Carolina, and SMU beating Louisiana Tech in game that will stay below the 65.5 point line.

All of our picks for Week 3 are provided below. 

Group of Five GamesG5 Gurus Picks
HomeVisitorLineOvr/UndPickCoverOvd/Und
LouisianaOhio-20.057LouisianaYesUnder
LouisvilleCentral Florida+7.068Central FloridaNoUnder
North TexasAlabama-Birmingham+11.556.5Alabama-BirminghamNoUnder
WyomingBall State-7.054WyomingYesOver
Georgia StateCharlotte-4.064.5Georgia StateYesUnder
BuffaloCoastal Carolina+13.557.5Coastal CarolinaNoOver
ToledoColorado State-14.058.5ToledoYesUnder
ArmyConnecticut-33.551ArmyYesOver
MarshallEast Carolina-10.055MarshallNoOver
MassachusettsEastern Michigan+17.056Eastern MichiganNoUnder
Texas-San AntonioMiddle Tennessee State-13.559.5Texas-San AntonioYesUnder
LibertyOld Dominion-27.554LibertyYesOver
Louisiana TechSouthern Methodist+12.565.5Southern MethodistNoUnder
Southern MississippiTroy+10.051TroyNoOver
Air ForceUtah State-8.051.5Air ForceNoOver
South AlabamaAlcorn State  South Alabama  
Brigham YoungArizona State+3.551.5Brigham YoungNoOver
WashingtonArkansas State-17.058.5WashingtonNoUnder
TempleBoston College+16.058.5Boston CollegeYesUnder
Louisiana StateCentral Michigan-19.060.5Louisiana StateNoOver
IndianaCincinnati+3.550IndianaYesOver
Appalachian StateElon  Appalachian State  
South FloridaFlorida A&M  South Florida  
Texas TechFlorida International-20.554Texas TechYesOver
Florida AtlanticFordham  Florida Atlantic  
UCLAFresno State-11.560.5UCLAYesOver
ArkansasGeorgia Southern-23.552.5ArkansasYesOver
HoustonGrambling State  Houston  
Texas StateIncarnate Word  Texas State  
Nevada-Las VegasIowa State+30.052Iowa StateNoOver
Louisiana-MonroeJackson State  Louisiana-MonroeNoUnder
IowaKent State-22.554.5IowaYesOver
MemphisMississippi State+3.563.5Mississippi StateYesUnder
Bowling Green StateMurray State  Bowling Green State  
Kansas StateNevada+2.050Kansas StateNoOver
Texas A&MNew Mexico-28.550.5Texas A&MYesOver
MichiganNorthern Illinois-27.055MichiganYesOver
Boise StateOklahoma State-4.057Boise StateNoOver
TexasRice-26.053TexasNoUnder
New Mexico StateSouth Carolina State  New Mexico State  
MississippiTulane-14.074MississippiYesUnder
Ohio StateTulsa-26.560Ohio StateNoUnder
San Diego StateUtah+7.044.5UtahYesOver
PittsburghWestern Michigan-15.060.5PittsburghNoOver
Miami (OH)LIU  Miami (OH)  
AkronBryant  Akron  
HawaiiSan Jose State+7.059.5San Jose StateYesOver