The 2018 college football season continues with a great slate of Week 3 contests. There are a number of exciting battles on tap between conference rivals, as well as some intriguing non-conference games involving Top-25 ranked teams.
Who will win those games and what else should you watch this weekend in college football?
Keep an eye on the NCAA football betting spreads from the first play of the weekend to the last as Gamblers Palace breaks down every key matchup and will give you some bold predictions for Week 3 of the college football season.
Whether you’re looking to lay money on the SEC, Big Ten or any other conference, or whether you are just looking for best values and bang for your buck, our NCAA football handicapping team has detailed previews and valuable insight that can really pay off.
Boston College heading to Wake Forest and Georgia State squaring off against Memphis likely won’t get the novice bettor’s juices flowing, but each matchup holds a bit of intrigue in getting the third week of the college football betting season off to a roaring start. All four of these teams went bowling a season ago and return a number of integral parts to those teams in 2018. Don’t sleep on either of these ESPN telecasts!
After running with the Bruins last weekend, the Oklahoma Sooners hit the road for Ames in hopes of administering a big time beat down of the Iowa State Cyclones who shocked them as 31 point Norman underdogs last season. The outright win was the Clones first since these teams started battling one another in the Big 12 dating back to 1998. Both squads return a number of integral parts from last year’s teams, so it will be interesting to see how this year’s edition turns out. The Sooners have failed to cover two straight as decisive favorites in the recent rivalry.
Florida State has won each of the last seven battles with Syracuse dating back to 2004. They’ve also come out on top in all five of the meetings as ACC rivals. However, the Orange gave the Noles all they could ask for last season in Doak Campbell where they ultimately succumbed by a 27-24 final count as 7.5 point underdogs. Syracuse has lost its pair of home matchups against FSU as ACC rivals by an average of 24.5 points per game ( 1-1 ATS ). Dino Babers should have his kids way up for this early season litmus test.
The SEC game of the week takes college football bettors to Auburn where the Tigers and LSU Tigers will lock horns in a huge tussle in the West that could go a long way in deciding who actually challenges the Crimson Tide for division honors. Auburn is predicted to be the better of these two teams evidenced by their shorter odds to win the SEC and 9 game season win total compared to the Tigers who sit at 7. LSU has won and covered two of the last three meetings, but will be looking to snap a two game SU and ATS losing streak at Auburn.
The FOX game of the week could be an interesting one with the Houston Cougars going into Lubbock looking to scalp a Big 12 foe in Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are predicted to finish in the bottom half of the conference standings, while the Cougars are in the mix at the top of the heap of the AAC. This will be a matchup between Houston’s top-notch defense led by Heisman Trophy hopeful Ed Oliver and the always potent offensive attack of the Red Raiders. Texas Tech sprung the outright upset as 7 point road dogs last season to move to 3-1 in the last four clashes ( 3-1 ATS ). The Cougs will no doubt be out to redeem themselves!
Three big ticket matchups are set to go in the evening slate that will have CFB bettors up all night taking in the games live. It all starts in Oxford where the defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide will look to proclaim their dominance against the Ole Miss Rebels. However, the Rebs have given Nick Saban’s kids problems in year’s past evidenced by their 2-2 SU and 3-1 ATS records in the last four meetings. This will be the Rebels Super Bowl with it banned from postseason play, and it will be Bama’s first true road test. Get your popcorn ready!
Up next on the docket are Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes who will travel to Arlington to square off against Gary Patterson’s TCU Horned Frogs. This will be the Buckeyes first matchup against someone with a pulse, and Texas Christian has playmakers on both sides of the ball to give OSU a major scare. In the end, TCU likely won’t have enough in the tank to pull off the upset. If the game were held later in the season, maybe. The team simply has too many question marks offensively to believe it can get the best of Nick Bosa and his defensive mates this early in the season.
Last but certainly not least are the Washington Huskies and Utah Utes. This should be an all-out war! Each of the last two meetings has been incredibly competitive with the average margin of victory coming in at just 5.0 points per game. U-Dub won both of those matchups, but the Utes came out the pointspread victors. Kyle Whittingham has a stud under center in Tyler Huntley as well as a huge home field advantage to lean on in this matchup, but will it be enough to tame a Huskies squad that enters the season with some unfinished business to finish?
LSU Tigers vs. Auburn Tigers, Jordan-Hare Stadium – 2:30 p.m. ET ( CBS )
Opening Line: Michigan -33
Preview: After entertaining the TCU Horned Frogs at home last week, the SMU Mustangs will hit the road for Ann Arbor in hopes of putting forth a complete game performance on the CFB betting lines against the No. 21 ranked Michigan Wolverines. Jim Harbaugh’s troops settled down in a big way in their home opener smashing Western Michigan to log their first win and cover. Continue...
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. TCU Horned Frogs, AT&T Stadium – 7:00 p.m. ET ( ABC )
Opening Line: Ohio State -10
Preview: After romping its way through a couple of creampuffs to kick off its 2018 CFB betting campaign sans Urban Meyer, the No. 4 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes take their show on the road to the Lone Star State to renew its rivalry with the No. 15 ranked TCU Horned Frogs. Continue...
USC Trojans vs. Texas Longhorns, Stanford Stadium – 7:00 p.m. ET ( FOX )
Opening Line: Check Back Later
Preview: Alright Tom Herman, whatcha got? The college football betting world will once again get to see exactly what he and his team are made of in Week 3 when the Texas Longhorns welcome the USC Trojans into Austin with revenge on the menu. Continue...
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