Our college football handicapping professional shares three teams he deems to have some early betting value. Be sure to read his shrewd observations on these games.
I'll be sharing what I believe to be some early betting values for College Football week 3. Please keep in mind, early betting value is the key phrase, and this isn't a firm commitment for any of my college football picks.
Colorado +20.5 vs. Michigan
The 4th ranked Wolverines have lived up to the hype during its first two games. Although, the victories came over Hawaii and Central Florida. Those two teams went a combined 3-22 a season ago.
Despite the Wolverines being nearly a 3-touchdown home favorite this coming Saturday, I'm here to tell you, don't go to sleep on Colorado. The Buffaloes are 2-0 SU&ATS through their first two contests, outscored those opponents by a combined 100-14, and piled up 1175 yards of total offense. I'm not calling for the outright upset, but it would be surprising to me if this game isn't closer than expected.
Ohio +27.5 vs. Tennessee
This looks to be a flat spot for Tennessee. They're coming off a decisive 45-24 win over Virginia Tech. That game was played at Bristol Speedway before a NCAA record 156,000 fans. Now they return home to face a MAC team that already has a loss to Texas State on their resume. Furthermore, Tennessee will be looking ahead to a home date (9/24) against Florida. Tennessee has lost 11 straight times to the Gators, and strongly feel like this year will bring them big time revenge.
Don't be fooled by Ohio's 56-54 upset loss to Texas State. They rebounded nicely last Saturday to win 37-21 as a 2.5-point underdog at Kansas. They have enough talent to make this game closer than most pundits college football predictions will indicate.
Notre Dame -7.5 vs. Michigan State
Let's start by saying this, Michigan State enters this week ranked #12, and conversely Notre Dame is at #18. Yet, it's Notre Dame who's the better than a touchdown favorite. That point spread in itself speaks volumes.
This is a perfect opportunity for Notre Dame to atone for their season-opening overtime loss at Texas. Furthermore, if they can do so in emphatic fashion against what's perceived to be a top quality opponent, it will serve their resume well. Besides, I firmly believe this 2016 Michigan State team is vastly overrated.