College football Week 3 picks: Iowa will win a thriller over Iowa State

Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley and running back Toren Young will keep Iowa State's defense busy Saturday.
Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley and running back Toren Young will keep Iowa State’s defense busy Saturday.
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National college football writer J. Brady McCollough takes aim at 10 potentially competitive matchups on this weekend’s schedule:

North Carolina at Wake Forest: Wake Forest 31-28

The Demon Deacons ride the arm of quarterback Jamie Newman to 3-0.


Maryland at Temple: Maryland 41-24

Terrapins show the blowout of Syracuse wasn’t a fluke with a road win.

Air Force at Colorado: Air Force 24-21

The Buffaloes’ reward for two nice wins? A date with Air Force’s triple-option attack.

Stanford at Central Florida: UCF 38-28

A week after giving up 45 points to USC, Stanford will be overmatched again.

USC at Brigham Young: USC 27-17

Kedon Slovis’ first road start goes just well enough to escape Provo with a win.

Iowa at Iowa State: Iowa 27-24 OT

ESPN College Gameday’s first trip to Ames ends in heartbreak for Iowa State.

Texas Christian at Purdue: Purdue 30-26

Purdue’s Rondale Moore wins a duel of star receivers over TCU’s Jalen Reagor.

Florida State at Virginia: Virginia 35-27

This is not a vintage Florida State team, but for Virginia, a win will feel momentous.

Oklahoma at UCLA: Oklahoma 52-20

A national audience will see Jalen Hurts feast early, then change channel.

Texas Tech at Arizona: Arizona 35-34

Khalil Tate wins a shootout and shows frustrating 2018 season is behind him.

Last week: 4-6; Season: 13-7