9 Picks: LSU, Southern, the Saints and upset alerts galore

9 Picks: LSU, Southern, the Saints and upset alerts galore

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Week 2 was a less than stellar weekend of football, but week 3 promises to make up for that on Saturday.

So many great matchups, with several teams on UPSET ALERT. Well, here's nine great games and hopefully nine great predictions.

No. 20 LSU (1-1) vs Mississippi State (1-1)
6:00 p.m. on ESPN2
Danny Etling makes his first start for the Tigers and Leonard Fournette returns to action. The big question around town is will the coaches allow Etling to open up the offense? This week it won't matter, the Tigers are a much better team than the Bulldogs and Tiger Stadium will be energized with the new quarterback behind center.
LSU 32, Mississippi State 16

Southern (0-2) vs Alabama State (0-2)
Southern finally gets back home to Mumford Stadium after tough matchups against UL-Monroe and Tulane. The Hornets are winless after a tough game against Texas San Antonio and a heartbreaker against Alcorn State. Both teams looking for win No. 1 and the Jags will get it Saturday night.
Southern 41, Alabama State 28

Saints (0-1) at New York Giants (1-0)
Noon on Fox
Last year the Saints beat the Giants 52-49 in the Dome. This year the Saints travel to New York and with the way the defense looked in the 4th quarter of the Raiders game, the Saints offense may need to score each time it gets the ball.
Giants 36, Saints 32

No. 1 Alabama (2-0) vs No. 19 Ole Miss (1-1)
2:30 p.m. on CBS
Ole Miss has beaten Alabama two times in a row, but Nick Saban is not going to let the Rebels win a third. Tide rolls.
Alabama 28, Ole Miss 17

No. 17 Texas A&M (2-0) at Auburn (1-1)
6:00 p.m. on ESPN
Kevin Sumlin and Gus Malzahn enter Saturday's game on the Plains trying to avoid the 'hot seat'. Texas A&M is averaging 49 points per game, thanks in part to the 67-0 score they slapped on Prairie View. The Aggies defense, led by Myles Garrett, is giving up only 12 points per game. Auburn is allowing only 16.5 points per game, while scoring 32. Will the real Auburn defense stand up?
Texas A&M 27, Auburn 17

USC (1-1) at No. 7 Stanford (1-0)
7 p.m. on ABC
The Trojans are dealing with on and off the field issues, while Stanford is making a march toward the playoffs.
Stanford 27, USC 21

No. 22 Oregon at Nebraska
2:30 p.m. on ABC
The Cornhuskers will run, run, run, keeping the clock tick, tick, ticking and the Ducks offense watching from the sidelines. 
UPSET OF THE WEEK No. 1: Nebraska 28, Oregon 26

No. 12 Michigan State at No. 18 Notre Dame
6:30 p.m. on NBC 
The Spartans travel to South Bend to play the Fighting Irish. This game has the makings of an instant classic.
UPSET OF THE WEEK No. 2: Notre Dame 26, Michigan State 24

No. 2 Florida State vs No. 10 Louisville
11 a.m. on ABC
The Seminoles travel to Kentucky to face the Cardinals. The offensive and defensive lines will play a huge part in this battle. While Florida State has the advantage, Louisville will find a way to win at home.
UPSET OF THE WEEK No. 3: Louisville 31, Florida State 28

No. 3 Ohio State (2-0) at No. 14 Oklahoma (1-1)
6:30 p.m. on Fox
The Buckeyes step the competition up this week after lopsided wins against Bowling Green and Tulsa. The Sooners bounced back last weekend against UL-Monroe after losing to Houston in week one. Oklahoma needs this win to once again show they can win the big one, and they will.
UPSET OF THE WEEK No. 4: Oklahoma 34, Ohio State 31


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