The College Football Handicapper's Complete Guide to Week 3

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The College Football Handicapper's Complete Guide to Week 3
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Sports handicappers are starting to get a better feel for the 2012 college football season heading into the middle of September, which will lead to an increased handle at Las Vegas sports books through the bowl season.

The biggest mistake that beginning sports bettors can make is placing too much stock in early results, as many teams across the country are adjusting to new coaches, players and schemes.

When looking over the Week 3 college football betting odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), one of the biggest representations of a potential overreaction in the market is the Virginia Tech Hokies opening up as 11.5-point favorites over the Pittsburgh Panthers. It's clear to everyone that these two programs are going in opposite directions, but only one is being led by a new staff on the sideline.

Let's take a closer look at this week's action from a betting perspective, as I guide you through some of the important factors to look at when placing your wagers this Saturday.

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