College Football Odds - Games With Biggest Line Moves For Week 3

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, September 15, 2016 6:13 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2016 6:13 PM UTC

After a bit of a bland Week 2 around college football, it's a terrific Week 3 as it's the non-conference finale for many schools. Here are three games with the biggest line moves on the NCAAF Odds board.

Western Kentucky vs Miami of Ohio (+17.5)
The Hilltoppers opened as 15-point favorites, and are now sitting at 17.5 at 5Dimes, but they are taking a big lean despite the fact that starting quarterback Mike White and running back D’Andre Ferby are both questionable. But Coach Jeff Prohm is optimistic White will play so it's most likely that's why the public is jumping all over Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers acquitted themselves pretty well last week in a 38-10 loss at No. 1 Alabama -- Tide coach Nick Saban certainly wasn't happy with his team's play. White, a transfer from South Florida, completed 10 of 24 passes for 135 yards with no touchdowns and one interception, which was returned for a TD. He was the victim of an unnecessary roughness penalty in the second quarter and left after a third-quarter sack. Ferby missed the Alabama game with a shoulder injury and WKU couldn't muster much on the ground vs. the Tide with 58 yards on 17 carries. 

Miami of Ohio (0-2) was blasted in Week 1 at ranked Iowa and then lost 21-17 at home to FCS school Eastern Illinois last week. It was the Panthers' sixth victory in 39 games against FBS schools. Monitor the status of Miami leading receiver Rokeem Williams (seven catches, 188 yards, one TD) as he's dealing with an undisclosed injury. WKU crushed visiting Miami 56-14 last season, but that Hilltoppers team was really good. Brandon Doughty, the school's all-time leading passer who's now gone, had 457 yards and six TDs. WKU had 49 first-half points.

Free College Football Pick: WKU if White plays. The Hilltoppers are 5-1 ATS in their past six. Miami is 1-4 ATS in its past five vs. Conference USA.

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Army vs UTEP (+3.5)
The Miners opened as 6-point dogs at the College Football Odds. This is going to be an emotional game for the Black Knights after cornerback Brandon Jackson died in a single-car crash in New York State on Sunday. It happened just hours after he started Army's 31-14 win over Rice. Jackson led the Cadets with three interceptions to go along with 62 tackles last year and had six tackles and two pass breakups this season. 'The team was adamant about playing this weekend,' Coach Jeff Monken  said earlier this week. 'It is important to honor the people we love and do it in a way they'd be proud.' 

Army already has matched its win total from all of last season and it hadn't started 2-0 since 1996. Meanwhile, UTEP (1-1) comes off a 41-7 loss at Texas. The Miners have two key injuries: quarterback Zack Greenlee and linebacker Alvin Jones. Greenlee has been upgraded to probable so the Fresno State transfer should be in there. Jones is doubtful with an ankle injury. In practice this week, UTEP moved Silas Firstley from outside to middle linebacker and freshman Jayson Van Hook to the starting outside linebacker job. It's the first meeting between the schools.

Free College Pick: UTEP. Army has only covered seven of its past 30 on the road. The Miners are 4-0 ATS in their past four at home.

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No. 3 Ohio State vs No. 14 Oklahoma (Pick'em On)
This line depends on your best sportsbook. It's still Ohio State at -3 at Bovada, for example, but it's a pick'em at Pinnacle and it opened with the Buckeyes at -2.5 there. It's arguably the biggest non-conference game of the year and only the third time these powerhouses have ever played, which is sad really. An Oklahoma loss ends the Sooners' chances of returning to the College Football Playoff regardless of what they do in the Big 12. That conference has been a big loser in the early going with losses by ranked Oklahoma State and TCU already as well. The Buckeyes have perhaps the youngest team in the nation with only six starters back from last year but one of those is J.T. Barrett, one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation and a leading Heisman candidate (a +650 third-favorite at sportsbooks). Are you aware that Ohio State still hasn't lost a true road game under Urban Meyer? That's unbelievable. But Oklahoma is 97-8 at home under Bob Stoops. I'm just not sure the moniker "Big Game Bob" works for Stoops any longer considering some recent big losses to  marquee opponents for his program, including Week 1 in Houston. OSU has steamrolled its first two opponents and not allowed an offensive touchdown but those were against Bowling Green and Tulsa.

Free College Pick: Oklahoma, although I'd go get those 3 points at Bovada. The Sooners are 7-3 ATS in their past 10 in September. 

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