College Football Picks Week 3: Top Games to Bet Against the Spread

Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 08:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide huddles the offense against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Week 3 of the college football season promises to be an extremely exciting one to bet on.

While there aren’t too many marquee matchups worth wagering on, there are quite a few games that are certainly going to be important to gamblers.

Let’s take a look at a few of the locks that you should get your money in with on Saturday.

*Home team in CAPS. Point spreads via


Alabama -20.5 vs. ARKANSAS

The Crimson Tide will roll in this matchup that was supposed to be one of the best of the early season.

Unfortunately, the Razorbacks may have lost their starting QB—Tyler Wilson—to a head injury in a contest that they were shockingly defeated in by the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

That dropped them from No. 8 to unranked, and the line significantly moved with their fall.

However, at 20.5, ‘Bama can still be counted on to cover—with or without Wilson under center.

Nick Saban’s defensive unit is simply too powerful for the Razorbacks to stop, and the offense is taking a step forward in 2012.

Lay the points and take the Tide on the road.


Navy +7 vs. PENN STATE

Penn State is a major disappointment this year, but that was to be expected after the Jerry Sandusky scandal rocked the program and the NCAA levied heavy sanctions against them.

Although the Nittany Lions covered in Week 2 against Virginia, they’ll have a lot of trouble stopping a powerful Navy rushing attack.

They also have to worry about not beating themselves, something that Penn State has done often in the first two games.

If the Nittany Lions continue to commit turnovers and make mental errors—which is highly likely—they aren’t covering and have a high probability to lose outright.


WISCONSIN -13.5 vs. Utah State

The Badgers put on a disgusting performance in Corvallis last week against against the Oregon State Beavers.

Now that they are home at Camp Randall, it’s a whole new ball game.

Wisconsin has been absolutely dominant at home, especially against mediocre teams like Utah State.

They are 10-5 when playing from the comfort of Madison, so expect them to take care of business by pounding the rock against the Aggies.