Opening Lines Report for Notable Week-3 College Football Games

Jay Pryce

Monday, September 11, 2017 1:22 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 11, 2017 1:22 PM UTC

Sportsbooks released Week 3 college football lines on Sunday. Here is a look at the opening odds for the nation’s top 10 teams and other notable matchups. Included are adjustment news, interesting trends, and other stats to help when handicapping your picks.

We've Included Clickable Odds Widgets for the Games so that You Can Track Movement as the Week Progresses. Remember to check out the College Football Picks Page for Select Plays Throughout the Week.

Colorado State at No 1. Alabama (-28)

Oddsmakers adjusted the line to its current offering following a -29.5 opener backing the Crimson Tide. Alabama is just 3-13-1 ATS in its last 17 non-conference matchups at Bryant-Denny Stadium, falling to the number by slightly more than a touchdown on average. During this span, the Rams are 4-1 ATS when spotted more than 20 points on the board.

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Tulane at No. 2 Oklahoma (-34)

This marks the 15th time in the last decade Oklahoma will kick off 30-point chalk or more in Norman. It’s 10-5 ATS overall, covering the number by 2.7 points per game. Tulane, meanwhile, is 1-6 ATS all-time versus Big 12 foes.

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No. 3 Clemson (-2.5) at No. 14 Louisville

One of two ranked matchups this weekend sees No.3 Clemson laying 2.5 points at No. 14 Louisville. It’s the first game in two years the Cardinals will kick off home underdogs, last losing to the Tigers 20-17 as 5.5-point pups in 2015. Louisville, in fact, is just 1-9 SU and 2-8 ATS in its last 10 catching points at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, each line a touchdown or less. Clemson, however, is 3-4 SU and 0-7 ATS as a short-priced favorite of less than 7.5 points under head coach Dabo Swinney. Expect a competitive contest.

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Texas at No. 4 USC (-17)

This game opened at -12.5 in favor of the Trojans in advanced lines over the summer. Ir’s the fourth time in the last 35 years USC is laying double digits to a Big 12 program, going 2-1 SU and ATS prior. Texas, meanwhile, is 1-7 SU and ATS in its last 8 road games when catching points, failing to cover by 8.5 points per game.

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Georgia State at No.5 Penn State (-38.5)

Georgia State is 16-4 ATS when spotted 17 points or more on the oddsboard in the program’s young history. The Panthers are also 7-1 ATS all-time against Power 5 teams. Penn State covered a 32.5-point spread 52-0 in its home opener versus Akron. It was the first game in six years the Nittany Lions were asked to cover more than 30 points--challenged again this week to win by more than five touchdowns.

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Fresno State at No. 6 Washington (-33)

Washington has spotted a Mountain West program 20 points or more once, eking out a cover in a 38-7 win over Wyoming as 30.5 chalk in 2002. Fresno State, on the otherhand, is 2-11 SU and 3-10 ATS in its last 13 versus Pac-12 programs dating back a decade.

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Air Force at No. 7 Michigan (-26)

Let this sink in for minute, bettors: Michigan is surrendering 11.1 points per game as home chalk since midway through the 2014 season. In 18 contests, only three have put up more than 17 points (Maryland, Michigan State, and Colorado). Air Force is 9-47-1 ATS when scoring fewer than 20 points as an underdog since 1980. Books adjusted the opening line from -24 to -26 in favor of the Wolverines within hours.

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Army at No. 8 Ohio State (-30)

The last time Urban Meyer’s Buckeyers were asked to cover 30 points or more following a straight-up loss, they trounced Kent State 66-0 as 31.5-point favorites. This will be the sixth time in the last 35 years Army will go off spotted more than four touchdowns on the board. It is 0-5 SU and 2-2-1 ATS. The Black Knights failed to score more than 10 points in any of the contests.

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No. 9 Oklahoma State (-13.5) at Pitt

Pitt is 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS hosting a Big 12 school in the last 30 years, losing by 13.6 points per game—right where the line sits after opening on the betting odds boards at -12.5 in favor of Oklahoma State. The key for spread bettors is the Cowboys’ offense. Under head coach Mike Gundy, the team has failed to cover a double-digit spread as road chalk in seven of eight games when scoring fewer than 35 points. It’s 8-3-1 ATS when putting up five touchdowns or more.

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No. 10 Wisconsin (-13) at BYU

This matchup marks the first time in 13 seasons BYU will kick off a double-digit underdog at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The Cougars have failed to cover a spread in three games this season, losing to the number by 11.5 points per game. BYU fell 19-13 to rivals Utah last week. The Cougars have fared well in recent years after a loss to the Utes, going 9-2-1 ATS in their follow-up game. Wisconsin, meanwhile, is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 as road chalk.

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No. 23 Tennessee at No. 24 Florida (-5)

One of two ranked matchups in Week 3 sees SEC East rivals Tennessee and Florida clash in “The Swamp.” The Volunteers scored 35 points in the second half of last year’s dramatic 38-28 come-from-behind win over the Gators, snapping an 11-game losing streak in the matchup. Florida is 10-1 SU and 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings with a single-digit spread in Gainesville.

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No. 25 UCLA (-3.5) at Memphis

The Bruins have lost six of their last seven road games outright, all but one a single-digit affair on the oddsboard. The offense is sputtering in this span, averaging 17.6 points per game. That’s 10.3 points below their expected team total per game.

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No. 12 LSU (-6.5) at Mississippi State

LSU is 11-0 SU and 9-2 ATS in its last 11 as road chalk at Davis Wade Stadium.

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No. 18 Kansas State (-3) at Vanderbilt

Vandy is 4-18 SU in their last 22 has a home dog less than a touchdown. The Commodores typically keep it close, covering half (11) of the games. Since 1980, Kansas State is 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS kicking off in true road games against the SEC. This is the first time going off chalk, however. 

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