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Back to back winner two years running in a person pool! I thoroughly enjoy the analysis. That defense is suffocating, and Tony Bennett's crew is due. I don't know how anyone handles Deandre Ayton. Good luck with that, Cavs. Love what they've done this year at Loyola-Chicago, and love the draw for the Ramblers. Miami is hurting, and Tennessee is really good but not exactly tournament-tested. A couple wins are possible. It's really, really tempting to pick the Tigers to beat Florida State and then upend Xavier to reach the Sweet And, yes, the Tigers looked disjointed in his first game back on the court, but that was to be expected.

But, yeah, Xavier is really good. I am not betting against Trevon Bluiett and Co. I will be one of those people telling you to make that pick. North Carolina is playing really well, and Lipscomb will need to repeat its first-half shooting performance against Florida-Gulf Coast to have any chance against the Heels.

But, it's worth noting, lots of teams have had lots of success scoring from deep against UNC this year, so … yeah, I'm saying there's a chance a really small one, though. The game you absolutely have to watch comes down to Trae Young. NC State edges by Seton Hall. Kansas, Duke, and Michigan State are all really, really good teams.

Any of the three could make a run to the Final Four. Give me the Spartans. If your bracket scores higher than both Tony Massenburg and Walt Williams, you'll get a coupon code for a free regular Jersey Mike's sub! Is that Colt Brennan?

Through three games, the Rainbow Warrior QB leads the nation in passing yards and passing touchdowns If you stayed up late on Labor Day weekend, you watched McDonald and his awesome hair torch Navy's secondary for yards and six touchdowns.

With three wins, Hawai'i has already matched its win total from After opening up the season with a point loss at Duke, Army responded by rushing for yards against Liberty en route to a victory.

The triple option is always challenging to prepare for but the Rainbow Warriors faced it just two weeks ago. This seems like a pretty evenly matched game. I think most people would lean towards Hawai'i getting the win.

The last time Hawai'i played a noon ET kick was in A loss at Michigan. Last Saturday, not as impressive. The Irish needed to recover an onsides kick to ensure a victory over Ball State. Yes, you read that right.

To ensure a victory over Ball State. Notre Dame was a five-touchdown favorite! QB Brandon Wimbush looked quite shaky against the Cardinals throwing three interceptions and no touchdowns. Notre Dame is a two-touchdown favorite this Saturday.

The public seems to think so. They love the Bayou Bengals to cover. The last two years this game has been decided by less than a touchdown.

Gus Malzahn wears sweater vests. There is a lot of that at the beginning of the college football season as teams shuffle in and out of the AP Top