College Football Picks: Opening Odds Report for Week 3

Jeff Grant

Monday, September 9, 2013 12:59 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 12:59 PM UTC

Let’s take a closer look at eight games in the next round of action, while also examining the opening college football betting lines across the nation being offered at

The 2013 college football season quickly moves into Week 3, with one of the most anticipated games of the year on the schedule. Let's get a jump on this weeks lines, as we look for any early value for our college football picks.

Opening number at Bookmaker sports book in parentheses 

TCU Horned Frogs -3.5 (-6) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders 

TCU bounced back from its season-opening loss to LSU, as it came away with a 38-17 victory over Southeastern Louisiana as 40-point home favorites Saturday, but the offense lost a key player in the process.

Starting quarterback Casey Pachall is expected to miss multiple games due to having surgery on his non-throwing arm, which means backup Trevone Boykin will get the call.  He played in the team’s final nine contests in 2012. 

Texas Tech has scored 102 points in its first two games, which includes a 61-13 blowout over Stephen F. Austin as 34.5-point home favorites Saturday. 

The Red Raiders have failed to cover their last five Big 12 Conference affairs, while the OVER is on a 5-1 run in that situation. 

College football handicappers will find that the Horned Frogs have won 47 straight games when outrushing their opponents.


Troy Trojans vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves (-10) 

Troy scored its most points since 1995, as it picked up a 66-3 win over Savannah State as 51.5-point home favorites Saturday, with quarterbacks Corey Robinson and Dallas Tidwell combining to throw six touchdowns to tie a single-game school record.

Arkansas had its nine-game winning streak snapped, as it dropped a 38-9 decision to the Auburn Tigers as 10.5-point road underdogs, but was only outgained by 46 yards in the affair. 

College football handicappers will find that the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in this series.


Louisville Cardinals -11 (-7.5) vs. Kentucky Wildcats 

Louisville is now 10-3 under head coach Charlie Strong in September, which includes a perfect 5-0 mark in 2012.  The Cardinals continue to be led by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has led the team to a touchdown on its first drive in both games thus far.

Kentucky evened its record after two games by picking up a 41-7 victory over Miami OH as 17.5-point home favorites, as the offense amassed the third-most yards in program history.   

The Cardinals are 5-2 ATS in their last seven trips to Kentucky, which fits well with the road team grabbing the cash in four of the last five meetings in this series.


UCLA Bruins vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers -5.5 (-4)

UCLA enjoyed a bye week after picking up a 58-20 season-opening win over the Nevada Wolf Pack as 20.5-point home favorites on Aug. 31—winning the statistical battle by 294 yards in that affair. 

The Bruins are 3-5 in regular season games on the road versus non-conference opponents since 2006, while they have dropped six of their last eight games versus the Cornhuskers. 

Nebraska has won its last 14 home games versus non-conference opponents, as it tallied a 56-13 victory over Southern Miss as 28-point home favorites Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a fourth consecutive time dating back to last year.

Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez is 14-1 in games prior to October in this career, including a 12-0 mark at Memorial Stadium. 

College football handicappers will find that the Cornhuskers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games versus Pac-12 foes.


Tennessee Volunteers vs. Oregon Ducks -25 (-20) 

Tennessee is 2-0 for the third consecutive year, while it has also managed to win its last 12 games versus non-conference opponents.  The Volunteers picked up a 52-20 victory over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers last week despite getting outgained by 40 yards.

Oregon has been one of the more impressive teams in college football through two weeks, as it has gained 1,329 total yards over that span, as it comes off a 59-10 blowout victory over the Virginia Cavaliers as 26.5-point road favorites Saturday. 

Sports bettors will find that the Volunteers are 0-4 ATS in their last four games versus Pac-12 opponents.


Alabama Crimson Tide -8.5 (-7) vs. Texas A&M Aggies 

Alabama will definitely benefit from a bye week heading into college football’s marquee game in Week 3, as the team didn’t look sharp in its 35-10 victory over Virginia Tech as 21.5-point neutral-site favorites on Aug. 31. 

Texas A&M has piled up 117 points in two weeks of action, but the team was also favored by a combined 63 points in those contests.  The Aggies have won eight straight games—their longest winning streak since 1998. 

In their last 28 road games, the Crimson Tide have compiled a 20-8 ATS mark, while the OVER is on a 5-1-1 run in that situation.


Vanderbilt Commodores vs. South Carolina Gamecocks -12.5 (-11) 

Vanderbilt evened its record to 1-1 with a 38-3 victory over Austin Peay as 47-point home favorites, but it suffered a 39-35 loss to Ole Miss in its only game against a FBS opponent this year on Aug. 29. 

South Carolina has also split its first two games, as it dropped a 41-30 decision to the Georgia Bulldogs as three-point road underdogs—losing the statistical battle by 83 yards.

The Gamecocks have won the last four meetings in this series—holding the Commodores to an average of 218.2 yards over that span.


Wisconsin Badgers vs. Arizona State Sun Devils -5.5 (-4)

Wisconsin has recorded back-to-back shutouts to open the season for the first time since 1958, as first-year head coach Gary Andersen has carried over the personal momentum that he built in turning around Utah State’s football program.

Arizona State had an easy time of it in opening up its season against Sacramento State after not playing in Week 1, as the program has put together four consecutive wins dating back to last season. 

College football handicappers will find that the Sun Devils are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games versus Big Ten opponents.


Other Games (Road Team vs. Home Team, Opening Number in Parentheses)

Tulane vs. Louisiana Tech -7.5

Air Force vs. Boise State -23 (-24)

Eastern Michigan vs. Rutgers -27.5 (-34)

Stanford -28.5 (-30) vs. Army

Marshall -7 (-6) vs. Ohio

Akron vs. Michigan -36.5 (-35.5)

Bowling Green vs. Indiana -2.5 (-4)

Virginia Tech -7 vs. East Carolina

Maryland -7.5 (-7) vs. Connecticut

New Mexico vs. Pittsburgh -21 (-20.5)

UL Monroe vs. Wake Forest -3 (-3.5)

Western Kentucky -9.5 (-7.5) vs. South Alabama

Fresno State -9.5 (-10) vs. Colorado

Nevada vs. Florida State -32 (-35)

Georgia Tech -8.5 (-10) vs. Duke

Mississippi vs. Texas -4.5 (-3.5)

Boston College vs. USC -14.5 (-17)

Iowa -1.5 (-3) vs. Iowa State

Northern Illinois -27 (-24) vs. Idaho

Mississippi State vs. Auburn -6.5 (-7)

Washington -10.5 (-7.5) vs. Illinois 

Central Florida vs. Penn State -6 (-3)

Ball State -3 (-2.5) vs. North Texas

Memphis vs. Middle Tennessee St -4.5 (-3.5)

Southern Miss vs. Arkansas -21.5 (-19)

Tulsa vs. Oklahoma -26.5 (-28)

Massachusetts vs. Kansas State -38.5 (-35.5)

Florida Atlantic vs. South Florida -10 (-10.5)

Kansas vs. Rice -4.5 (PK)

Kent St vs. LSU -37 (-38)

Notre Dame -20.5 (-23) vs. Purdue 

UTEP -6.5 (-6) vs. New Mexico St

Western Michigan vs. Northwestern -32 (-35)

Texas San Antonio vs. Arizona -25 (-24.5)

Oregon State vs. Utah -1.5 (+3)

Central Michigan vs. UNLV -7 (-16)

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