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The Spun’s 2020 College Football Staff Picks: Week 3

Ranked Louisville and Miami teams face off as the headline game for Week 3 of the 2020 College Football season.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 09: Micale Cunningham #3 of the Louisville Cardinals runs for a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The college football season is starting to grow. This week, the Big Ten announced that it will be back this fall, with games starting on Oct. 23.

For now, we're still working our way to something that feels almost normal. The SEC doesn't kick off for another few weekends, and we're over a month from Big Ten ball. The ACC and Big 12 lead the way for now, with AAC, Conference USA, Sun Belt, and a few independent teams involved.

Power Five football got back in action last weekend with ACC and Big 12 play. Admittedly, it wasn't the most exciting slate we've ever had, though there were a few upsets. It was a particularly rough weekend for the Big 12.

Early on, No. 23 Iowa State fell at home to UL Lafayette, Arkansas State knocked off Kansas State, and Coastal Carolina beat Kansas for a second year in a row. It was a big Saturday for Sun Belt teams against the Big 12. Texas Tech narrowly beat FCS program Houston Baptist, or it would've been even more rough for the Big 12.

I went with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in that final game, but otherwise, we didn't see some of those upsets coming. We were all swept in the Iowa State and Kansas State losses, as well as Florida State's surprising upset loss to Georgia Tech. This weekend, the picks are a bit more interesting, with some serious splits in onion in the games between Baylor and Houston, Louisville and Miami, and NC State and Wake Forest.

But first, here's where things stand after one week of picks:

1. Dan Lyons: 11-3
T-2. Andrew Holleran: 10-4
T-2. Matt Hladik: 10-4
T-2. Steve Driscoll: 10-4
T-2. Andrew McCarty: 10-4
T-2. Chris Rosvoglou: 10-4
T-2. Alek Arend: 10-4
T-8. Matt Lombardi: 9-5
T-8. Tzvi Machlin: 9-5

Here are our picks for Week 3 of the 2020 college football season:

The Spun's college football Week 3 staff picks.

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Each week, we pick every game involving Power Five and/or ranked teams. Check back as we update our standings.