College Football Week 3 is coming up soon. As has happened a few years in a row, big games are being cancelled or postponed due to hurricane season.The Carolinas are expected to be hit hard by Hurricane Florence. NC State-West Virginia, a prominent game featuring star quarterback Will Grier, has already been cancelled. ECU isn’t heading up to Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech, and UVA’s game against Ohio is being moved to Nashville.There are still plenty of games set to go down this weekend though.Among the biggest match-ups on Saturday: No. 7 Auburn hosts No. 12 LSU, No. 17 Boise State travels to Stillwater to face No. 24 Oklahoma State, No. 1 Alabama is at Ole Miss for its SEC opener, No. 4 Ohio State heads to Arlington to face No. 15 TCU, and No. 22 USC is on the road to face Texas.Through two weeks, things are very tight. Only five picks separate the entire The Spun staff in our weekly picks contest.After Week 2, here are The Spun’s staff pick standings.1.Dan Lyons91-172.Steve Driscoll90-183.Matt Lombardi89-194.Andrew McCarty88-205.Chris Rosvoglou87-21T-6.Andrew Holleran86-22T-6.Matt Hladik86-22Here are our picks for the upcoming week. We choose every game involving a Power Five/Top 25 team.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 3 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCartyRosvoglouBoston College at Wake Forest5 Oklahoma at Iowa StateKent State at 11 Penn State21 Miami at ToledoFlorida State at SyracuseTroy at NebraskaRutgers at KansasBall State at IndianaTemple at MarylandMurray State at KentuckyUTEP at TennesseeGeorgia Tech at PittUC Davis at 9 StanfordVanderbilt at 8 Notre DameGeorgia State at 2 ClemsonBYU at 6 Wisconsin12 LSU at 7 Auburn17 Boise State at 24 Oklahoma StateSMU at 19 MichiganSouth Florida at Illinois (in Chicago)Duke at BaylorMiami (OH) at MinnesotaUTSA at Kansas StateColorado State at FloridaNorth Texas at ArkansasHouston at Texas TechOhio vs. Virginia (in Nashville)San Jose State at 20 OregonNew Hampshire at ColoradoIdaho State at Cal1 Alabama at Ole MissOregon State at NevadaMiddle Tennessee at 3 GeorgiaLouisiana-Lafayette at 16 Mississippi StateUL Monroe at Texas A&MMissouri at PurdueNorthern Iowa at IowaAkron at NorthwesternWestern Kentucky at Louisville4 Ohio State at 15 TCU (in Arlington)22 USC at TexasEastern Washington at Washington State10 Washington at Utah23 Arizona State at San Diego StateFresno State at UCLASouthern Utah at ArizonaSeason Record89-1986-2291-1786-2290-1888-2087-21
More than 100 low- to moderate-income Nova Scotia families are getting help to make major repairs to their homes under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement. David Morse, Minister of Community Services, and Geoff Regan, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing, announced today, Aug. 5, an investment of $3.1 million that will help to bring about 115 older homes in the province up to current health and safety standards. To date, the total amount invested in the home preservation component of the affordable housing program is $6.5 million. “This program helps address the health and safety needs of low- to moderate-income households by ensuring their homes meet current standards,” said Mr. Morse. “It allows families to keep homes that may have otherwise been lost to them.” “We are pleased to be making this investment to help low- to moderate-income individuals and families in Nova Scotia maintain a quality standard of living,” said Mr. Regan. “This program ensures the preservation of affordable housing units that might not otherwise be available for Nova Scotians.” Nova Scotia has one of the highest rates of home ownership in the country, but some of the oldest homes. Funding under the Home Preservation Program will help more home owners make major repairs, such as structural work to replace foundations or framing, or to update heating, plumbing, or electrical systems. Including today’s announcement, more than $18 million has been committed by the provincial and federal governments for the construction or renovation of more than 450 units in the province. With the recent signing of the second phase of the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement, the total funding committed to affordable housing in Nova Scotia stands at $56.18 million by 2008. Information on the Home Preservation Program and the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement is available at local housing services offices or on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms .