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P6 Pick’em: Hurricane Florence causes cancellations

The storm has already cancelled two games, but there are still some potential Power 5 upsets.

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Hurricane Florence is here, and that has cause some cancellations across the AAC. Still, there is quite a slate of games in Week 3. A few Power 5 opponents appear, with a couple of them labeled as potential upsets. The standings, just like last year are tight, but there was a switch at the bottom. It’s anyone’s game, and Week 3 could spark some more changes in the standings.

Games cancelled: UCF at North Carolina, ECU at #13 Virginia Tech

Game of the Week

Houston (2-0) at Texas Tech (1-1)— Houston -1.5, Saturday 3:15pm CT

This game screams shootout. Houston is coming off of a game where they scored 45 points against Arizona and Texas Tech scored 77 against essentially nobody. D’Eriq King and his blazing fast wide receivers should be successful against the Red Raiders secondary, something that didn’t happen last year. Houston is looking to avenge an ugly loss to Texas Tech last year, and it is just another stepping stone to a perfect season.

What’s the difference from last year? Houston has more pieces to help Ed Oliver up front, and the secondary is another year experienced. Texas Tech’s offense might struggle to stop Oliver and the defensive line, but they will utilize quick throws as much as possible to negate them. Last year, the rushing attack was lethal against the Cougars, but it doesn’t seem to be a factor in 2018. The game is in Lubbock, but will Houston take over?

Eric- Houston 33 Texas Tech 20

Joe S.- Texas Tech 42 Houston 38

Joe B.- Houston 40 Texas Tech 37

Michael- Houston 38 Texas Tech 34

Rest of the AAC

Georgia State (1-1) at Memphis (1-1)— Memphis -28.5, Friday 6:00pm CT

It’s time to move on from a loss to the weather. Memphis still controls their own destiny, and should hang 40+ on the Panthers.

Eric- Memphis 48 Georgia State 10

Joe S.- Memphis 45 Georgia State 14

Joe B.- Memphis 50 Georgia State 7

Michael- Memphis 48 Georgia State 13

Temple (0-2) at Maryland (2-0)— Maryland -16.5, Saturday 11:00am CT

A game that had some potential is suddenly looking lopsided. Temple is reeling for answers, while Maryland finds themselves undefeated.

Eric- Maryland 24 Temple 14

Joe S.- Maryland 31 Temple 14

Joe B.- Maryland 28 Temple 10

Michael- Maryland 34 Temple 10

Rhode Island (2-0) at UConn (0-2)— No line, Saturday 11:00am CT

The Huskies first realistic chance for a win could also still be a loss.

Eric- Rhode Island 24 UConn 20

Joe S.- UConn 34 Rhode Island 20

Joe B.- UConn 31 Rhode Island 21

Michael- UConn 27 Rhode Island 21

Tulane (1-1) at UAB (1-1)— Tulane -3.5, Saturday 12:00pm CT

This game could be close, but UAB did just lose to Coastal Carolina by 23. How will they stop the Green Wave offense? It’s not going to be easy.

Eric- UAB 24 Tulane 20

Joe S.- Tulane 33 UAB 28

Joe B.- Tulane 30 UAB 21

Michael- Tulane 34 UAB 24

SMU (0-2) at #19 Michigan (1-1)— Michigan -36, Saturday 2:30pm CT

This week’s edition of: How many points will SMU’s defense give up? Week 1, North Texas scored 46. Week 2, TCU scored 42. Can Michigan get the high score?

Eric- Michigan 42 SMU 10

Joe S.- Michigan 52 SMU 16

Joe B.- Michigan 49 SMU 10

Michael- Michigan 45 SMU 7

USF (2-0) vs. Illinois (2-0)— USF -10.5, Saturday 2:30pm CT

Normally you don’t say this about a P5 team when they play a G5, but we feel bad for Illinois. Even if the Fighting Illini are undefeated.

Eric- USF 35 Illinois 14

Joe S.- USF 34 Illinois 21

Joe B.- USF 31 Illinois 17

Michael- USF 38 Illinois 13

Lehigh (1-1) at Navy (1-1)— No line, Saturday 2:30pm CT

Let’s change the betting line to: Over/Under 2 quarterbacks used by Navy. That might be more interesting. They’ve used all three in both games so far.

Eric- Navy 35 Lehigh 0

Joe S.- Navy 42 Lehigh 7

Joe B.- Navy 41 Lehigh 14

Michael- Navy 45 Lehigh 10

Alabama A&M (1-1) at Cincinnati (2-0)— No line, Saturday 6:00pm CT

A 3-0 start is expected, and it could be the first game that the Bearcats offense explodes. That is something they desperately need to give the defense a break.

Eric- Cincinnati 35 Alabama A&M 3

Joe S.- Cincinnati 28 Alabama A&M 10

Joe B.- Cincinnati 27 Alabama A&M 0

Michael- Cincinnati 30 Alabama A&M 7

Arkansas State (1-1) at Tulsa (1-1)— Arkansas State -1, Saturday 6:00pm CT

What should we make of Tulsa? The Golden Hurricane were so close to being 2-0, but they were 2-10 last year. If they truly are back on the way up, a win over the Red Wolves would be huge.

Eric- Tulsa 31 Arkansas State 28

Joe S.- Tulsa 28 Arkansas State 21

Joe B.- Arkansas State 41 Tulsa 38

Michael- Arkansas State 38 Tulsa 35