College football picks, schedule: Predictions


College football picks, schedule: Predictions:Through 3 Quarters
The last time the Maryland Terrapins and the Illinois Fighting Illini met, the matchup was decided by 30 points, but it sure doesn’t look like the final will end up so one-sided this time. Illinois and Maryland are all tied up at 10. The Fighting Illini have been led by RB Josh McCray, who so far has punched in one rushing touchdown.

McCray has led the way so far for Illinois, as he has punched in one rushing touchdown. McCray’s performance is making up for a slower game against the Virginia Cavaliers last week.

Illinois is struggling to protect the pocket and have allowed three sacks. They are going to have to protect the quarterback better if they want any shot at winning this contest.

Who’s Playing
Maryland @ Illinois

Current Records: Maryland 2-0; Illinois 1-2

What to Know
After a two-game homestand, the Maryland Terrapins will be on the road. Maryland and the Illinois Fighting Illini will face off in a Big Ten battle at 9 p.m. ET on Friday at Memorial Stadium. The Terrapins won’t have the home-field advantage, but they do enjoy a 7-point advantage in the spread.

Maryland kept a clean sheet against the Howard Bison last week and took the matchup 62 to nothing. The game was pretty much decided by the half, when the score had already reached 38 to nothing.

Meanwhile, the day started off rough for Illinois last week, and it ended that way, too. They suffered a grim 42-14 defeat to the Virginia Cavaliers. Illinois was down 35-14 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. QB Artur Sitkowski had a pretty forgettable game, throwing one interception with only 4.91 yards per passing attempt.

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Maryland’s victory lifted them to 2-0 while Illinois’ defeat dropped them down to 1-2. We’ll see if Maryland’s success rolls on or if the Fighting Illini are able to steal their positive momentum.

How To Watch
When: Friday at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Memorial Stadium — Champaign, Illinois
TV: Fox Sports 1
Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Ticket Cost: $6.99
The Terrapins are a solid 7-point favorite against the Fighting Illini, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Terrapins as a 7.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -109

See college football picks for every single game, including this one, from SportsLine’s advanced computer model. Get picks now.The first two weeks of the 2021 college football season were eventful to say the least. With quality nonconference matchups petering off and conference schedules beginning in earnest Saturday, we could see even more shake-ups across the country in Week 3.

There are three games between ranked opponents Saturday as No. 1 Alabama visits No. 11 Florida for the first time in a decade, No. 22 Auburn welcomes No. 10 Penn State, and No. 23 BYU holds a white out for No. 19 Arizona State. Overall, 23 of the teams ranked in the AP Top 25 will be in action throughout the day with other featured matchups including No. 3 Oklahoma vs. Nebraska on the 50-year anniversary of the Game of the Century and No. 12 Notre Dame looking to find its groove against Purdue.

While winning is all that matters for the standings, we care about whether these teams will cover their spreads. Be sure to stick with CBS Sports throughout the day for college football coverage from the opening kickoff on Saturday to the final whistle. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for the third full Saturday of the season.

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook | All times Eastern

Nebraska at No. 3 Oklahoma
Latest Odds:
Oklahoma Sooners -23
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Noon | Fox, fuboTV (Try for free) — Nebraska will come out motivated for this game, especially since it will have long-term implications for coach Scott Frost’s job status. Unfortunately, the Cornhuskers are simply no match for a national title-caliber Oklahoma team. The only question about this cover is whether Oklahoma cares to keep scoring. Prediction: Oklahoma (-22) — Shehan Jeyarajah

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