College Football Betting Trends- Week 3 Matchups
It is Week 3 of the new college football season and there are a couple of huge matchups on the schedule that are bound to have a major impact on the national rankings and possibly the BCS national title game picture. The following is a brief betting guide for a few of these showdowns along with opening lines as provided by BetOnline.
A couple of Top 10 teams will be in action early this Saturday with No. 5 Stanford on the road against Army as a 28.5-point road favorite and No. 7 Louisville taking on Kentucky as a 12.5-point road favorite in 12 p.m. starts, but the biggest early game on the schedule pits No. 16 UCLA against No. 23 Nebraska in Pac-12 verse Big Ten clash. The Bruins are 1-0 both straight-up and against the spread after routing Nevada 58-20 on opening day as 20.5-point home favorites. They face a Cornhuskers’ team that is 2-0 SU (1-1 ATS) after squeaking by Wyoming 37-34 as 31-point home favorites on opening day followed by a more impressive 56-13 victory over Southern Miss as 28-point favorites at home in Week 2. Nebraska has been opened as a 4.5-point home favorite in this matchup with the total set at 69.
The biggest game of Week 3 is a SEC battle between No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Texas A&M. The kickoff for this game is set for 3:30 p.m. and it will be broadcast nationally on CBS. Last season the Aggies knocked the Crimson Tide from the ranks of the unbeaten with a stunning 29-24 upset as 13.5-point underdogs on the road. It was the coming out party for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who went on to become the first true freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. This time around, Alabama is a nine-point road favorite with the total set at 63.5.
The No. 2 Oregon will be in action the same time when it plays host to Tennessee this week. The Ducks are now 2-0 both SU and ATS after rolling over Nicholls State 66-3 as 58.5-point home favorites in their season opener before hammering the ACC’s Virginia Cavaliers 59-10 this past Saturday as 25.5-point favorites on the road. They have been opened as 25.5-point home favorites against the Volunteers, who come in at 2-0 SU and 1-1 ATS. The total for this game has been set at 72.5 points.
Saturday night’s slate starts things off with No. 4 Ohio State on the road against California in a 7 p.m. start on FOX. The Buckeyes extended their current winning streak to 14 games with a 42-7 romp over San Diego State as 28-point home favorite this past Saturday. The big news to come out of this game was an injury to Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller that has him listed as questionable for Saturday night’s contest. If he cannot go, look for Kenny Guyton to get the start after playing well in relief of Braxton last week. The spread and total line for this game remains OFF the board at this time.
Another Saturday night matchup featuring a top ranked team pits No. 8 LSU against Kent State as a 37.5-point home favorite with the total is set at 55. The Tigers are off to a 2-0 start both SU and ATS with the total going OVER in both outings. They opened the season as 4-point road favorites over No. 24 TCU and came away with a 37-27 victory. Last Saturday, LSU pummeled UAB 56-17 while covering as a 34.5-point favorite at home.