College Football Week 3: Latest Betting Line Updates

Randy ChambersAnalyst ISeptember 15, 2012

College Football Week 3: Latest Betting Line Updates

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    Are you one of those sport gamblers that waits until the last minute to place your bets? Do you look over the lines all week, check injury reports daily and then decide which team is the best fit for you to place your money on?

    If that sounds like you, you are in the right place.

    As we are just a couple of hours from the Week 3 kick off, there are many top games that are taking place later today. Games such as Alabama-Arkansas, USC-Stanford and Tennessee-Florida are just some of the games that will not only shake up the rankings, but can help you fill your wallet up as well.

    Let's take a look at some of the latest betting line movement for all of the top games this week, as you only have a few hours to decide which team is the best fit for you this weekend.

Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh

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    Opening Line: Virginia Tech -11.5

    Current Line: Virginia Tech -10

    Opening Total: 43

    Current Total: 45

    Source: 5dimes.com

     

    Virginia Tech has the typical stifling defense it always has, while Pittsburgh has looked horrible, opening up the season with two straight losses. The defense of the Panthers can't seem to stop anybody, and the offense seems to be even worse, averaging less than two touchdowns a game.

    Key Trend: Virginia Tech is 4-1 against the spread in its last five games against the Big East.

Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn

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    Opening Line: Auburn -17

    Current Line: Auburn -16.5

    Opening Total: 52.5

    Current Total: 53.5

    Source: 5dimes.com

     

    Are you a believer that Louisiana-Monroe can pull off another upset? The Warhawks found a way to upset Arkansas last week and knock the Razorbacks completely out of the AP Poll. And while Auburn should remain the clear favorite in this game, the Tigers have not shown us anything to get excited about, losing the first two games of the season.

    Key Trend: Louisiana-Monroe is 4-1 against the spread in its last five games overall.

California at Ohio State

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    Opening Line: Ohio State -17.5

    Current Line: Ohio State -17

    Opening Total: 52.5

    Current Total: 54.5

    Source: 5dimes.com

     

    This game could feature a ton of points. California has been horrible on the defensive side of the ball and Ohio State has allowed its fair share of big plays, as well. Cal has enough talent on offense to make this game interesting, and it does not help that Ohio State is dealing with injuries to running backs Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde.

    Key Trend: California is 5-1 against the spread in its last six against the Big Ten.

Wake Forest at Florida State

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    Opening Line: Florida State -24

    Current Line: Florida State -27.5

    Opening Total: 54

    Current Total: 53.5

    Source: 5dimes.com

     

    Last year’s meeting was decided by five points and after Wake Forest beat a solid North Carolina team last week, this may be one of the more underrated matchups of the week. The Demon Deacons are bringing in the 36th best passing attack in the country, while Florida State is second in the country in points scored, and points allowed.

    Key Trend: This will be the 31st meeting between these two clubs and the underdog is 7-1 against the spread in the last eight.

Notre Dame at Michigan State

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    Opening Line: Michigan State -4

    Current Line: Michigan State -5.5

    Opening Total: 43.5

    Current Total: 44

    Source: 5dimes.com

     

    Michigan State seems to be the top team from the Big Ten early on and is led by a defense that has yet to give up an offensive touchdown. Notre Dame seems to have the best team under head coach Brian Kelly and could make a surprise run in 2012. The Irish are bringing in a balanced offense led by quarterback Everett Golson, while the defense has seven sacks and has forced six turnovers.

    Key Trend: Notre Dame is 4-1 in the last five meetings against Michigan State, but is 3-2 straight up in those meetings.

Florida at Tennessee

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    Opening Line: Tennessee -2.5

    Current Line: Tennessee -3

    Opening Total: 47

    Current Total: 47.5

    Source: 5dimes.com

     

    Both SEC teams are out to prove that they should be taken seriously this season. Florida has a defense that is allowing less than 60 percent completions, while Tennessee has the offense that is averaging 43 points per contest. One thing is for sure: when this game is over one of these coaches will earn his first win against a ranked opponent for the first time at his respective school.

    Key Trend: While Tennessee may be the slight favorite, Florida is 4-1-1 against the spread in its last six meetings in Knoxville.

Texas at Ole Miss

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    Opening Line: Texas -11

    Current Line: Texas -10.5

    Opening Total: 47.5

    Current Total: 51

    Source: 5dimes.com

     

    Texas is off to a fast 2-0 start to the season, but so is Ole Miss, and taking a trip to Oxford can never be taken lightly. Longhorns quarterback David Ash is looking more like a quarterback this season, completing over 70 percent of his passes, but there still aren't many believers out there just yet. The Rebels do happen to have the ninth best rushing attack in the country, as there are three players that have over 100 rushing yards already.

    Key Trend: Ole Miss is 13-3 against the spread in its last 16 non-conference games.

USC at Stanford

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    Opening Line: USC -9

    Current Line: USC -8.5

    Opening Total: 56

    Current Total: 57.5

    Source: 5dimes.com

     

    Matt Barkley has yet to beat Stanford in his career, but without Andrew Luck on the other side, he will certainly have a good shot. The offense of USC seems to be clicking early on, as the Trojans are averaging over 40 points per game. Although Stanford has struggled in the first two games, the defense has forced six turnovers and less than 50 yards on the ground on average. 

    Key Trend: The over has happened 13 times in the last 16 meetings between these two teams.

North Carolina at Louisville

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    Opening Line: Louisville -4

    Current Line: Louisville -3

    Opening Total: 51

    Current Total: 56

    Source: 5dimes.com

     

    The Cardinals hope to begin a season 3-0 for the first time since 2006, but it certainly won't be easy. North Carolina has a good club that is balanced on offense and has the second best run defense in the ACC. However, the Tar Heels will likely be without running back Giovani Bernard once again. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is playing like a true Heisman candidate, completing 81 percent of his passes.

    Key Trend: Louisville is 12-2 ATS in its last 14 games against ACC opponents.

Alabama at Arkansas

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    Opening Line: Alabama -15

    Current Line: Alabama -20

    Opening Total: 54

    Current Total: 53

    Source: 5dimes.com

     

    So much for the hype of this game. It was supposed to be one of the key matchups that would pave the way for an SEC Championship. Now, Arkansas has dropped out of the AP Poll, and will likely play this game without starting quarterback Tyler Wilson. Many weren't giving the Razorbacks much of a chance to begin with, but now that the signal-caller is down for the count, this almost guarantees the Crimson Tide will win its six in a row over Arkansas.

    Key Trend: Alabama is 5-1 against the spread in its last six road games.