Things did not get any better for us in week two of the college football season. Thanks in large part to a brutal result in the Utah game, we went 1-2 on the weekend, taking us to 2-4 on the year. The meat of the season, which is typically easier to read, cannot come soon enough.
In all honestly, this looking like a pretty boring weekend of college football. Luckily, we have some more bets this week to make it interesting. All lines come via Draft Kings as of Thursday evening. Also, be sure to catch me and my fellow ATB bettors’ locks and underdogs of the week on Around The Book (those picks are actually hitting). Let’s get started and dive into the best bets in college football for Week 3!
#15 Kansas State at Missouri: Kansas State -4 (-110)
Let’s start off our look at the best bets in college football for Week 3 with a marquee matchup between two undefeated power five programs. This clash of titans could go either way.
Yeah… no. This is going to be lopsided.
Mizzou might actually be the worst undefeated team in all of FBS, or at the very least the Power Five. Their 2-0 record is comically misleading. The Tigers, at home for both games, beat South Dakota (an FCS program) and Middle Tennessee by a combined 19 points.
To be fair, Kansas State has not played anybody, either. However, they still looked like the defending Big 12 champs in both games. The Wildcats outscored Southeast Missouri (another FCS program) and Troy 87-13 combined.
This is essentially a matchup between a team with College Football Playoff aspirations, and a team that is going to struggle to make a bowl game this year. Yes, Missouri usually plays way above their heads once or twice year, but you never know when that will be. Even if they do, it still might not be enough to keep within a field goal. Hammer Kansas State to cover this generous spread.
South Carolina at #1 Georgia: Over 54.5 (-110)
This game seemed a lot more intriguing a few weeks ago. The Gamecocks appeared to be a team on the rise, and the there were worries that the Bulldogs could take a step back this year. So far, neither of those things appear to be true. South Carolina looks like an upper-middle of the pack SEC team once again, and Georgia looks poised for another CFP run.
This is a matchup between two teams who can put up a lot of points. Only one, Georgia, plays any defense. The points should be flying in this one. These teams average a combined 78.5 points per game this year. Even if Georgia limits South Carolina’s offense, the Bulldogs could probably hit the over themselves. The over is a lock in this one.
James Madison at Troy: JMU Money Line (+120)
This is one of those lines that feels like a clerical error. Just by looking at their resumes this season, you would think the Dukes would be favored. They just beat a power five team while Troy got smoked by one the same weekend.
In all fairness, the Trojans played a much better team in Kansas State. Also, JMU could be in danger of a let down after beating Virginia. Finally, this game is at Troy. These are the factors that the bookies are likely considering.
Regardless, James Madison is a great pick here. This program has been on the rise. The former FCS powerhouse is coming off its first FBS season last year, in which the Dukes went a respectable 8-3 (yes, they only played 11 games). They are real threat to finish the year at the top of the Sun Belt, even if they technically aren’t allowed to compete in the conference championship game. Smash the JMU money line.
Week 3 College Football Best Bets Recap
- Kansas State -4 (-110)
- South Carolina @ Georgia OVER 54.5 (-110)
- James Madison ML (+120)
- Parlay odds: +701