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Week 3 results: Rick: 4-6; Coin: 5-5
Cumulative: Rick: 11-17; Coin: 13-15

Thursday, September 24

7:30 pm UAB (-6 1/2, 47 1/2) at South Alabama - Conference USA's UAB Blazers are 1-1, losing last week at Miami (FL), 31-14, which doesn't hurt their chances in conference play, where they are a contender. QB Tyler Johnson is out with a shoulder injury. Backup Bryson Lucero, who has some experience, gets the start.

Hailing from the Sun Belt, the Jaguars topped Southern Mississippi, 32-21 to open their season and lost a heartbreaker to Tulane on Sept. 12, as the Green Wave rallied from a 24-6 deficit for a 27-24 win.

South Alabama will try to regroup at home and they have a solid chance to do so.

Coin Flip: South Alabama

Prediction: Jaguars 31 Blazers 24

Saturday, September 26

12:00 pm Kansas State at #3 Oklahoma (-28, 60) - The Sooners were impressive in their season opener, a 48-0 win over Missouri State, as expected and they're heavily favored to whip their initial conference foe, Kansas State.

The Wildcats opened 2020 with a 35-31 setback to deep underdog, Arkansas State, and they'll be looking for answers, though against a team that has a legitimate shot at a national championship, this looks like a very tough spot.

Coin Flip: Oklahoma

Prediction: Sooners 54 Wildcats 20

12:00 pm #5 Florida (-14 1/2, 57) at Ole Miss - While the oddsmakers may view this contest as a mismatch, it may be closer than the line indicates. Ole Miss went just 2-6 last season in the SEC and this year's schedule isn't any easier, with no out-of-conference games on the slate.

At quarterback, John Rhys Plumlee returns after a productive season as a true freshman. A dual threat, Plumlee gives the Rebel offense options along with Matt Corral, primarily a passing threat who threw for 1362 yards and six TDs as a redshirt freshman in 2019.

The Gators went 11-2 in a very successful campaign last year and mopped up against lesser opponents. Their only losses were to LSU and Georgia. Kyle Trask returns as the starting QB after a full season in that role in 2019.

Florida will have an edge defensively, but it's not likely to be enough for a runaway win.

Coin Flip: Ole Miss

Prediction: Gators 35 Rebels 27

12:00 pm #23 Kentucky at #8 Auburn (-7, 49 1/2) - The 2019 season for the Wildcats was somewhat of a bust, going 3-5 in the SEC, but they finished up with four straight wins, culminating in a surprising 37-30 win over Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl.

Auburn went 9-4 last season, and their losses were to top teams - Florida, LSU (23-20) and Georgia (21-14). The ended losing the Outback Bowl to a quality Minnesota squad, 31-24, so they were never embarassed, despite one of the toughest schedules in college football. The Tigers will have some student fans on hand to help cheer on what should be a solid win over Kentucky to kick off 2020. Their defense may be one of the best in the SEC.

Coin Flip: Kentucky

Prediction: Tigers 27 Wildcats 13

12:00 pm #13 UCF (-27 1/2, 77) at East Carolina - The Pirates were supposed to open on September 12 against Marshall, but the game was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. Thus, the team that went 4-8 last season, including six losses in their last seven games, will open on the road against powerhouse UCF, a very tough task.

The Knights topped the Pirates, 41-28, last year, and will be a serious bowl contender. They opened last Saturday with a knockout win at Georgia Tech, smacking the Yellow Jackets, 49-21. Considering that East Carolina isn't even of the same caliber as Tech, this should be a massive blowout.

Coin Flip: East Carolina

Prediction: Knights 63 Pirates 17

12:00 pm #24 Louisville at #21 Pittsburgh (-3, 55) - Unable to keep up with the Miami Hurricanes last week, Louisville dropped to 1-1 after a 47-34 road loss. They topped Western Kentucky in week 1, 35-21, but their defense leaves too many open holes and the tackling isn't up to Louisville's usual high standards.

Pittsburgh should hold sway at home after demolishing Austin Peay, 55-0 to open their season, and a 21-10 victory over Syracuse makes them 2-0 going in. QB Kenny Pickett is a senior with plenty of experience and the Panthers' defense is rounding into form to make them an ACC contender.

Coin Flip: Pittsburgh

Prediction: Panthers 34 Cardinals 20

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