10 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Week 3

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10 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Week 3

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10 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Week 3

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What ten college football games appear to be the best bets and the best picks against the spread going into Week 3? Here you go. Enjoy.


Week 3 Fearless Predictions, Game Previews 
Week 3 Schedule, Times, Lines, Previews
CFN Fearless Predictions & Game Previews
Week 3 College Final Thoughts, Betting Advice
Week 3 Expert Picks & Predictions: College
Week 2 Expert Picks & Predictions: NFL

Results So Far ATS: 6-7

Click on each game for the game preview and fearless prediction.

As we said last week, please … be kind.

Normally there are at least 50 FBS games to choose from at this time of year, and this week we have 15 after a few cancellations. This season we – along with everyone else – are flying a bit blind when it comes to teams just starting their seasons, so …

Whatever. No excuses.

The ten lines that appear to be a wee bit favorable are …

10. Miami at Louisville

LINE: Louisville -2.5
ATS PICK: Miami
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Baylor vs. Houston was going to be here, and then that dropped from the schedule … along with Charlotte vs. North Carolina, and Florida Atlantic vs. Georgia Southern, BYU vs. Army, Virginia vs. Virginia Tech, and all after Houston and Memphis had to cancel/postpone.

Miami vs. Louisville is a bit of a toss-up, but let’s just drive right through the skid …

D’Eriq King is just the quarterback the Miami offense needs, the running game will take over as the game goes on, and the defensive front that didn’t quite own the backfield against UAB will give Micale Cunningham just enough problems to slow down the Cardinal machine.

Week 2 Expert Picks & Predictions: NFL

9. Wake Forest at NC State

LINENC State -1
ATS PICK: NC State
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It’s not the big primetime ACC game – that’s Miami at Louisville – but it’s one of the few late games on a smallish Saturday night. Wake Forest rolled in last year’s game 44-10, but NC State should have a far stronger defense, a much more effective offense, and it’s far more experienced. 2009 was the last time the Wolfpack lost a season-opener at home.

Week 3 College Final Thoughts, Betting Advice

8. SMU at North Texas

LINESMU -14
ATS PICK: SMU
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Texas State was able to hang around with SMU in the opener to cover in a way-too-close 31-24 game, and North Texas went ballistic on a Houston Baptist team that gave Texas Tech a nightmare of a time.

The over on the 68 is the better play, but get ready for SMU to be a whole lot sharper than it was against the Bobcats with the passing game able to pull away late.

Over the last nine meetings between the two, North Texas is 5-4 +14 – with a few outright wins – but SMU won by 22 last year and should have the firepower to pull away late this time around.

Week 3 Schedule, Times, Lines, Previews

7. Duke at Notre Dame

LINE: Notre Dame -25.5
ATS PICK: Notre Dame
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Let’s Try This Again, Part 1.

More like, You Owe Us For Last Week.

Notre Dame was sluggish against Duke – it didn’t cover the 20 in a 27-13 win – but the USF defense isn’t nearly as strong as what the Blue Devils brought, and the Irish offense should be a bit sharper.

And that’s one of the other themes/beliefs throughout all of this. In this weirdest of offseasons, it’s going to take a bit for some of these teams to get their legs and their timing. Expect Notre Dame to get both of those back against a USF team that will have to run to keep this close, and won’t.

6. Tulsa at Oklahoma State

LINE: Oklahoma State -23
ATS PICK: Oklahoma State
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This is a pick assuming that Oklahoma State really is just that good this year.

Tulsa really does have the experience, the offensive pop, and the upside to make this a bit of a battle, but if Oklahoma State is okay from the start, it has the talent and firepower to be a real, live contender for the Big 12 Championship and potentially the CFP.

I’s a bit concerning that the Cowboys only won by 19 last year – and again, this Tulsa team is better –  but for what it’s worth, the OSU program blew past the 23 in the previous three games.

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