Here are some free handicapped picks for college football Week 3.
NORTH CAROLINA (-3) VS. Virginia: North Carolina’s offense has the look of a somewhat effective unit for the first time in years and that is due to the ability of new QB TJ Yates. NC’s 10-4 yards/pass play is indicative of this improvement and this should bode well for the Heels as they play an underachieving Virginia team coached by the embattled Al Groh. The Cavaliers have a decent defense and they should be close in this one for most of the game but their inconsistent offense will undermine them again in front of hostile fans. The key stat here is that Virginia is only 11-23 ATS on the road (which includes 6-21 ATS under Groh). The Cavs clearly get rattled outside of their surroundings so look for the Tar Heels to get the victory. THE PICK: North Carolina (-3)
VIRGINIA TECH (-21) VS. Ohio: The big news for Tech is the insertion of heralded freshman QB Tyrod Taylor in place of the struggling Sean Glennon. This move was one that Hokies coach Frank Beamer just couldn’t wait any longer to do as the 0-2 start have destroyed all ideas of a national championship season. Taylor however is very talented and has the blend of speed and arm strength to spark the Hokies to a nice win over a weak offensive Ohio team. Tech is also 38-16-1 ATS at home as a favorite of less than 25 which included 18-3 against non-conference foes. Go with the Hokies based on this trend along with the spark of being at home with a new QB. THE PICK: Virginia Tech (-21)