By Brad Carroll
Before we get into Saturday's main course of college football action, there are a couple of appetizers to sink your teeth into Thursday and Friday night with ranked teams playing on national television. We preview and our college football experts (who are all off to blazing starts) pick against the spread both Houston at BYU and Baylor at Buffalo games. Make sure to check back here for all of our Saturday selections and follow us on Twitter for all college football previews and picks.
Houston at No. 25 BYU, 9 p.m., ESPN
The Spread: Houston +20; BYU -20
Brad's Breakdown: BYU could be this season's College Football Playoff buster, as there is a great chance the Cougars will go undefeated. BYU started its season with an easy win on the road against UConn and then completely destroyed Texas last Saturday, 41-7. The Cougars have road games against Central Florida and Boise State on the schedule, but right now, BYU would have the edge in each. So, even with a playoff at season's end, there could be a lot of controversy if an undefeated team doesn't make it in. BYU still has to get there, though, and it hosts Houston Thursday night. The two teams played last year, with BYU winning a crazy game, 47-46, with a last-minute touchdown. Houston lost its opener 27-7 to Texas-San Antonio before bouncing back with a 47-0 win over Grambling State. If BYU doesn't suffer a victory hangover after the beat-down of Texas last week, it should roll to victory.
Brad's Score: BYU 42, Houston 21
Craig's Score: BYU 41, Houston 17
Glenn's Score: BYU 52, Houston 20
Matt's Score: BYU 56, Houston 28
No. 8 Baylor at Buffalo, 8 p.m., ESPN
The Spread: Baylor -35; Buffalo +35
Brad's Breakdown: The Baylor offense we all know and love surfaced for the first time this season last week in a 70-6 victory over Northwestern State. The competition was exactly great, but the Bears did it without starting quarterback Bryce Petty, who sat out with injury. His backup, Seth Russell, passed for 438 yards and five touchdowns in the first half of that big victory. Petty will play in this game, however, which is great news for an offense that is already explosive. Buffalo lost to Army last week, 47-38, allowing three interception returns for touchdowns. Last year, Baylor beat Buffalo 70-13 as Petty passed for 338 yards and two touchdowns on 13 completions. The Bears might not hit 70, but they will easily bounce Buffalo on the road.
Brad's Score: Baylor 63, Buffalo 20
Craig's Score: Baylor 56, Buffalo 10
Glenn's Score: Baylor 64, Buffalo 17
Matt's Score: Baylor 70, Buffalo 17