College football legend Phil Steele, author of the annual Phil Steele’s College Football Preview, shares his can’t miss picks for this week in college football and the NFL.
Clemson -3 Auburn
All good things must come to an end, which includes the Auburn NCAA-leading win streak and their streak of 14 wins over Clemson. Last year, in their first regular season meeting since 1971, Clemson led the Tigers by 17 points at halftime (276-121 yard edge) but AU won in OT after CU missed a FG. Auburn has a young QB and O-line making their first road starts in a tough place and Clemson is bent on revenge. Auburn will be drained after an emotional win vs Miss St last week while CU is fresh and ready after warm-ups over Troy and Wofford. Death Valley will be rocking in this one.
Georgia Tech -14 Kansas
I’ll pick another team looking for revenge. Last year, GT came in ranked #15 and was confident taking on a Kansas team off a loss to an FCS foe. The Yellow Jackets were upset by the Jayhawks and were never ranked again. Surprisingly GT’s option offense led the NCAA in pass percentage in week 1 and last week rushed for 382 yards, proving that they’re not one dimensional. Kansas is off an emotional come-from-behind win over Northern Illinois, making their first road trip of the season. With the inclusion of the deep pass, the Yellow Jackets’ offense is even more potent.
New Orleans -6.5 Chicago
The Bears may have finished as the NFC’s #2 seed last season, but they were outgained on the year and that pattern continued last week as they beat the Falcons, 30-12, despite getting outgained. The Saints meanwhile outgained the Super Bowl Champs in week 1 by a 477-399 mark and will be motivated off a loss.
Dallas -3 San Francisco
The Cowboys are in the same situation as New Orleans as they are the better team off a disappointing loss having outgained the Jets 390-360 with a fourth quarter meltdown. San Francisco meanwhile is off a misleading final as they were outgained and only posted 209 yards of offense but got 2 special team touchdowns. The Cowboys are too strong to fall to 0-2.
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