The first two weeks of the 2014 college football betting season have been eye-opening to say the least.
A handful of nationally-ranked title hopefuls have already seen their postseason hopes suffer a severe blow while some previously unheralded upstarts have added their name to the national rankings – and postseason bowl game mix.
This analysis of a dozen Week 3’s best college football games to bet on will give you the edge you need before you bet.
College Football Week 3 Spread Betting Picks
Matchup: East Carolina at No. 17 Virginia Tech
Spread: Virginia Tech -11
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
The East Carolina Pirates (1-1 SU, 2-0 ATS) played well, but were on the wrong end of a 33-23 Week 2 loss to South Carolina though they covered the spread as a +14.5-point road dog to move to a perfect 2-0 ATS on the season.
The 17th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) jumped all over the previously No. 5 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in their 35-21 Week 2 win while covering the spread as a 10-point road dog.
East Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last six road games and Virginia Tech is 18-7 SU in its last 25 home games.
Matchup: Kent at No. 22 Ohio State
Spread: Ohio State -26.5
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
TV: ABC, ESPN2
The Kent State Golden Flashes (0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS) fell to 0-2 on the season by losing to South Alabama 23-13 as a 2-point home dog in Week 2.
Ohio State (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) likely lost its bid for a playoff appearance by falling to Virginia Tech 35-21 last weekend while never coming close to covering the spread as a 10-point home favorite.
Kent State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road and Ohio State is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home.
Matchup: No. 21 Louisville at Virginia
Spread: Louisville -6.5
Kickoff: 12:30 PM ET
The Louisville Cardinals (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) crushed the Murray State Races 66-21 to cover the spread as a whopping 35-point home favorite.
The Virginia Cavaliers (1-1 SU, 2-0 ATS) bounced back from their season-opening loss to lay a huge, 45-13 smackdown on the Richmond Spiders last weekend to cover the spread as a 14.5-point home favorite. Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last five road games and Virginia is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home.
Matchup: Wyoming at No. 2 Oregon
Spread: Oregon -43
Kickoff: 2:00 PM ET
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Wyoming Cowboys (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) are coming off a solid 17-13 win over Air Force in Week 2 and got their first ATS win of the season by cashing in as a 1-point home dog.
The second-seeded Oregon Ducks (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) laid an emphatic 46-27 beat-down on the Michigan State Spartans to remain unbeaten after two games. More importantly, Oregon covered the spread as a 14-point home fave to move to even their ATS record.
Wyoming is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road while Oregon has gone 5-0 SU in its last five home games.
Matchup: Army at No. 15 Stanford
Spread: Stanford -27.5
Kickoff: 5:00 PM ET
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Army Black Knights (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) are coming off a 47-39 win over the Buffalo Bulls as a 3-point home favorite while the Stanford Cardinal (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) suffered a heartbreaking 13-10 home loss to USC as a 3-point home fave. Army is 0-5 ATS in its last five road games while Stanford has gone 18-2 SU in its last 20 home games.
Matchup: Southern Miss at No. 3 Alabama
Spread: Alabama -49
Kickoff: 6:00 PM ET
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles (1-1 SU, 0-2 ATS) picked up a nice 26-20 win over Alcorn State the last time out but never came close to covering the spread as a 14.5-point home favorite.
The Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0 SU, 0-2 ATS) pounded overmatched Florida Atlantic in Week 2, winning 41-0, though they narrowly failed to cover the spread as a whopping 42-point home favorite.
Things aren’t looking good for Southern Miss with Alabama being 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home.
Matchup: UL Monroe at No. 10 LSU
Spread: LSU -28
Kickoff: 7:00 PM ET
The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) picked up an exciting 38-31 win in Week 2 over the Idaho Vandals though they failed to cover the spread as a 12-point favorite.
The LSU Tigers (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) pounded tiny Sam Houston State in its 56-0 Week 2 win while covering the spread as a 31.5-point favorite.
Louisiana-Monroe is 6-2 SU in its last eight games and an impressive 4-2 SU in its last half-dozen road games. LSU is 5-0 SU in its L/5 home games but are just 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an SU win.
Matchup: Purdue at No. 11 Notre Dame
Spread: Notre Dame -29
Kickoff: 7:30 PM ET
The Purdue Boilermakers (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) got pounded unmercifully in their 38-17 Week 2 loss to Central Michigan while never coming close to covering the spread as a 3-point favorite.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) looked fantastic in their emphatic 31-0 Week 2 rout over the Michigan Wolverines while covering the spread as a 4-point favorite.
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 9, 2014
Purdue is 4-10-1 ATS in its last 15 games and a discouraging 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven road games while Notre Dame has gone 6-2 ATS in its L/8 games against non-conference opponents.
Matchup: No. 12 UCLA at Texas
Spread: UCLA -6
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
The UCLA Bruins (2-0 SU, 0-2 ATS) have pulled out the win in two tough contests, including their 42-35 Week 2 win over a game Memphis Tigers squad, though they never, ever came close to covering the spread as a 22.5-point favorite.
The Texas Longhorns (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) looked like they were still playing for former coach Mack Brown in their stunning 41-7 Week 2 loss to BYU as a 1-point home favorite.
— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) September 8, 2014
UCLA has won five of its last seven road games while also posting a fantastic 7-3 ATS mark in their last 10 games against non-conference opponents.
Matchup: No. 9 USC at Boston College
Spread: USC -17
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
The Southern Cal Trojans (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) got a lucky (cheat) 13-10 win over Stanford in Week 2 to cover the NCAA betting line as a 3-point road underdog.
The Boston College Eagles (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) are coming off a convincing 30-20 home loss to Pittsburgh as a 5-point home underdog.
Southern Cal has won five straight road games while winning eight of its last nine games overall. Boston College has won five of its last seven home games while going 8-3 ATS in its L/11 home dates.
Matchup: Rice at No. 7 Texas A&M
Spread: Texas A&M -31.5
Kickoff: 9:00 PM ET
The Rice Owls (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) got spanked soundly in its 48-17 Week 2 road loss to Notre Dame while never coming close to covering the spread as a 19.5-point road underdog.
Texas A&M (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) has looked as explosive as they ever did under former ballyhooed quarterback Johnny Manziel. The Aggies has lit up the scoreboard twice this season, including in their 73-3 Week 2 rout of Lamar while easily covering the spread as a insane 47-point home fave.
Matchup: No. 16 Arizona State at Colorado
Spread: Arizona State -13.5
Kickoff: 10:00 PM ET
The Arizona State Sun Devils (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) blew New Mexico out of the water in its 58-23 Week 2 win while easily covering the spread as a huge, 24.5-point road favorite.
The Colorado Buffaloes (1-1 SU, 0-2 ATS) got their first win of the season by beating UMass 41-38 in their Week 2 battle, though they never came close to covering the spread as a 17.5-point road favorite. Arizona State is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in the month of September while Colorado has gone 7-18 ATS in their last 25 games against a team with a winning record.