This article is part of our College Capper series.
What do you know — Week 3 turned into a winning week, finally. More important, I stayed away from games that felt like traps. Those avoidance plays have been 5-1 the last two weeks. Maybe I need to trust my gut a little more. A lot of big favorites for me this week, and all on the road, which doesn't sound like a great strategy.
Boston College -7 at Rutgers
This definitely feels like a trap to avoid, but I can't help myself. I've never been a big believer in BC QB Anthony Brown, and the Eagles were out of their element last week against Kansas once falling behind. I'll ignore their defensive effort and chalk it up to Les Miles completely changing the Jayhawks offense between Weeks 2 and 3. Rutgers didn't score at Iowa last week, and despite crushing bottom-feeding UMass in Week 1, it allowed the Minutemen to rush for 5.4 YPC on 34 attempts. I like the Eagles to feed AJ Dillon and look more like the team we saw beat Virginia Tech in Week 1 with relative ease.
Coastal Carolina -17 at Massachusetts
I'm going to go to the UMass well whenever the spread is less than 21 points, and will probably go back to it even if I lose the week prior. Through three weeks, the Minutemen have been outscored 145-58 by Rutgers, Southern Illinois and Charlotte — not exactly murderer's row. Using a few spread predictors, Coastal would be somewhere