Potential College Football Shootouts in Week 3
By David Hayes
After all three of college football Week 2's highest betting totals surprisingly hit the under, Week 3 brings us a fresh set of wildly high scoring projections once again.
Here's a look at the projections for the three highest-scoring affairs in Week 3 of the 2019 college football season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
3. No. 5 Oklahoma @ UCLA: 73.5 Points
Date: Saturday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m. EST
Lincoln Riley and his offensive system needs no introduction, and throwing Jalen Hurts into the mix to run this year's Oklahoma offense seemingly has them picking up right where the Sooners' scoring attack left off as the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation last season (48.4 points per game). The 2019 Oklahoma offense is already averaging 59.5 PPG through two games (T-No. 3 in the country), and UCLA's defense has shown little sign of life heading into Week 3 of the season. The 0-2 Bruins have averaged 23.5 PPG so far against sub-par offensive opponents, and Chip Kelly's program gave up 49 points to Oklahoma in last year's leg of this home-and-home series.
2. No. 20 Washington State @ Houston: 74 Points
Date: Friday, Sept. 13, 9:15 p.m. EST
Head coach Mike Leach and his Washington State Cougars have quietly risen to the No. 5 scoring offense in the country, as they head into Week 3 averaging 58.5 PPG. The Cougars have been consistent too, scoring 59 and 58 points between Week 1 and Week 2, respectively. As for their opponent, Houston's offense has scored at least 31 points in each of their first two matchups of the season, averaging 33.0 PPG and weighing in as the No. 108 scoring defense in the nation.
1. Texas Tech @ Arizona: 77 Points
Date: Saturday, Sept. 14, 10:30 p.m. EST
Considering its recent history of offensive success, Texas Tech is, perhaps, the least surprising program to find atop a list of potential college football shootouts. However, Arizona has also developed somewhat of a sneakier offensive presence behind star quarterback Khalil Tate. In fact, the Wildcats are already outscoring the Red Raiders, 103-83 on the season, with Arizona averaging 51.5 PPG through Week 2. The Wildcats' scoring defense also ranks No. 126 in the nation (43.0 PPG) after allowing each of their two opponents to score 41 points or more in their first two games.
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