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College Football Week 3 Predictions
Similar to last season, I'll be providing Sportsbook Review readers with a weekly college football three-team round-robin parlay. It will consist of three two-team parlays all bet at equal value. It's imperative that you don't include a three-team parlay in that mix. You want to assure yourself of a profit if we only win two of the three college football picks, and of course, our ultimate goal is winning all of those games. If you aspire to be more aggressive, I'd advise betting all three of these college football predictions as separate point spread wagers.
Note: All the point spreads used in this article are courtesy of some of the best sportsbooks from a credibility standpoint.
Colorado vs #4 Michigan 3:30 PM ET
After watching Colorado play in their first two games, I'm fairly convinced, they're one of the most improved teams compared to a season ago. They destroyed Colorado State in their season opener by a score of 45-7, and easily covered as an 8.5 point favorite. The Buffaloes followed that up by walloping Idaho State 56-7 last Saturday in Boulder. They led 56-0 at halftime, and mercifully called off the dogs after intermission, against a totally overmatched FCS opponent.
I know it's early, nevertheless, Colorado is currently #1 nationally in total defense, allowing a mere 160.5 yards per game. Conversely, they're #7 in total offense at 587.5 yards gained per contest. By the way, that's a massive +427 yard per game differential. Granted, they'll be stepping way up in class this Saturday against in Ann Arbor, and doing so for their first true road game. However, this is a very confident Colorado team right now, and I foresee them being more than up to the enormous challenge lying ahead.
We know how good Michigan is at this juncture. Nonetheless, they've faced vastly inferior opponents thus far. Having a closer than expected game on Saturday wouldn't be the worst thing for Jim Harbaugh's team. As a matter of fact, it most likely would pay huge dividends going forward.
Current (9/16) college football point spreads at Heritage, provides me with a most favorable number and price for this wager.
Free Pick: Colorado +19.0 (-105)
#22 Oregon vs Nebraska 3:30 PM ET
I've been unimpressed by Oregon during their first two games. Sure the Ducks scored over 50 points in each of those contests. Although, it came as a 48.0-point favorite versus Cal Davis (FCS), and against a terrible Virginia team that was blown out at home by Richmond (FCS) in their previous game. Despite facing those outmanned teams, Oregon's defense still allowed 27 points and 390 yards per game. They'll face vastly superior opposition on Saturday in Lincoln, compared to what they've seen thus far.
Nebraska is off to a 2-0 SU&ATS start, beating Fresno State 43-10, and crushing Wyoming 52-17. There's lofty expectation for the Cornhuskers this season, and if they're going to be met, a win against perennial college football power Oregon would go a long way in doing so.
Since 2009, Nebraska has gone a stellar 22-1 during non-conference games played in Lincoln, and that includes an extremely profitable 9-2 ATS as a favorite of 27.0 or less. I'm going with the small home favorite in this intriguing contest, and they'll be one of my college football week 3 picks.
Free Pick: Nebraska
#12 Michigan vs #18 Notre Dame 7:30 PM ET
This specific college football week 3 point spread speaks volumes to me. We have the lower ranked team (Notre Dame) as a touchdown favorite, versus its higher ranked opponent (Michigan State). This just in, the best sportsbooks aren't generous whatsoever, nor do they give money away on heavily bet high profile games.
Michigan State opened their season two weeks ago with an uninspiring 28-13 win over Furman. How unimpressive were they in that contest? Well, I'm glad you asked. It was a one-possession game with less than 5 minutes left to play, and then Michigan State scored a late touchdown to finally put their FCS opponent away. I'm here to tell you, this isn't going to the dominant Michigan State team like we've witnessed in recent years, and it will become even more apparent on Saturday.
Despite losing in overtime at Texas in their season opener, I've been very impressed with Notre Dame through their first two games. The Irish are very balanced offensively, and have been led by redshirt sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer who's been superb. The defense was exposed a bit against Texas. Nevertheless, Michigan State's offense isn't going to keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night when preparing for them in 2016.
I'm going with the home favorite in this contest for one of my college football week 3 picks. The present (9/16) point spread is 7.0 at all the best sportsbooks who cater to United States clients.
Pick: Notre Dame 7.0