Essential betting tidbits for Week 3 of college football

Sep 13, 2013 |
We dug up these vital betting tidbits for Saturday's early college football action that will help you make the right call before kickoff.

-Some big line moves for the 12 p.m. ET games as of late Friday morning: Tulsa-Oklahoma -27 to -24.5, Stanford-Army +27.5 to +30, UCLA -Nebraska -7.5 to -3.5, Georgia State-West Virginia -37 to -40, Louisville-Kentucky +10 to +14, Akron-Michigan -35.5 to 37.

-More special teams gaffes from Tulsa last week. Fumble on a punt return, two missed field goals from short range (a problem going back to last season), and a punt return TD against. This has become a key betting factor for Tulsa games. +24.5 at Oklahoma.

-Virginia Tech easily beat FCS Western Carolina last week but QB Logan Thomas had 5 pass progression errors in the game. Not good considering Thomas, who loves to run, has had his had his running plays limited this season. -7.5 at ECU

-Blake Bell will start at QB in place of the injured Trevor Knight. This could actually be a good thing for the Sooners after Knight struggled with passing accuracy against West Virginia (10-of-20).

-The average weight of Stanford's offensive line outweighs Army's defensive line by 70 pounds. The defensive line outweighs the Black Knights' O-line by 40 pounds on average. Stanford -30 at Army.

-Stanford has 25 straight games with at least one takeway, longest streak in the nation.

-Keep in mind it could feel like 9 a.m. (Pacific Time) to the Cardinal when they play Army Saturday at noon ET at West Point.

-Seven players on Nebraska's front seven have made their college debuts over the past two weeks. They're in tough against a UCLA team that put up 653 yards on the Huskers last year. Nebraska -3.5 

-UCLA has the No. 3 offense in the country so far with 647 yards per game.

-Kentucky freshman wide receiver Ryan Timmons told he expects a high-scoring game against Louisville on Saturday. The total was at 60 late Friday afternoon.

-Brady Hoke has doughnuts coming for the first 5,000 students to go to the game vs. Akron on Saturday. He calls noon games "doughnut games" because he used to buy a doughnut before he played football at that time as a youth player. He says the Wolverines love these games. Michigan is -37.

-Bowling Green is one of 18 FBS teams who have started the year at 2-0 ATS. +3 at Indiana.

-Pittsburgh will face FBS leading rusher Kasey Carrier (345 yards) today against New Mexico. Pitt's linebackers struggled mightily against Florida State in its opener and will now face a unique run-first option offense in the Lobos. Pitt -22

-All the action is on Oregon and the 'over' in today's game vs. Tennessee. If you're looking for reasons to take the Vols though, they return four starters from an O-line that allowed only eight sacks last year.  Oregon opened -22 and moved to -28.

-You might want to look at first half wagers for Oregon this season. "Oregon has an FBS-high 60 TD drives that lasted 2 minutes or less since the start of last season. 40 of those 60 came in the first half" according to ESPN's stats & info.

-USC is 1st in the nation in run D (15.0 yards against per game) and in sacks (11). Early action on BC drove line down though from -16 to -14.

-Georgia Tech set a pile of offensive team records in its 70-0 win over Elon as 45-point faves. That was 16 days ago, however. Will the long layoff result in a letdown at Duke today? Yellow Jackets -8.5.

-South Carolina has won 12 straight games at home, the third longest active string in the country behind Michigan (16) and Georgia (13) according to the Enquirer-Herald. South Carolina -13.5

-Arizona State begins a brutal stretch of schedule today when it hosts Wisconsin. It's the beginning of a four-game string against teams ranked in the preseason top 25. Up next after this week are Stanford, Southern California and Notre Dame. Sun Devils -4.5.

Desktop View: Switch to Mobile View