My College Football Week 3 Upset Picks

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My College Football Week 3 Upset Picks

If you’re a collegiate gridiron betting buff that is looking to cash in big by betting on some Week 3 underdogs that have a great chance of cashing in against their favored opponents, then you’ve come to the right place!

In an effort to help you bring home the bacon like never before, I’ve come up with a great trio of free Week 3 ‘upset picks’ that all have an outstanding chance of boosting your annual college football betting bankroll.

With kickoff times quickly approaching for all of these contests, let’s get started.

My College Football Week 3 Upset Picks

Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 13, 2014
Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: ESPN3
Spread: Georgia Tech -17
Total: 56.5

Analysis: Georgia Tech (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS, 2-0 O/U) enters this Week 3 this contest coming off an emphatic 38-21 win over Tulane in Week 2, but they’re going to face a Georgia Southern (1-1 SU, 2-0 ATS, 1-1 O/U) team that is feeling pretty good about themselves seeing as how the Eagles are coming off a crazy 83-9 win over Savannah State in Week 2.

Georgia Southern scored a mind-boggling eight rushing touchdowns in the win with two backs rushing for at least 112 yards. The Eagles however, passed the ball just five times in the win and I don’t think that figure isn’t going to cut it against the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech has won both of its first two games by at least 17 points, including their 38-21 win over Tulane in Week 2 while covering the spread as a 7.5-point road fave to move to 1-1 ATS after they failed to do so as a whopping 29-point home favorite in their opener against Wofford.

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson enters this contest with some mixed emotions as he led Georgia Southern to two FCS national championships between 1997 and 2001.

The main reason that I like Georgia Southern is the fact that they nearly knocked off North Carolina State in their regular season opener before narrowly losing 24-23.

Johnson said he’s stressing the importance of his players taking it one game at a time.

“Focus on the one at hand,” Johnson told reporters during Tuesday’s press conference. “To be honest, I haven’t even thought about Virginia Tech.”

Georgia Southern rolled up a whopping 684 yards of total offense last week, including a mind-boggling 564 yards on the ground. Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas passed for 282 yards against Wofford but threw the ball just eight times last week.

The Georgia Southern Eagles have compiled a perfect 5-0 ATS mark in their last five road games and pristine 6-0 ATS mark in their last half-dozen games overall.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are just 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall and an uninspiring 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, making the Eagles the pick to cover the spread as a nearly three-touchdown underdog.

My CFB Week 3 Upset Pick: Georgia Southern +17 Points

Massachusetts at Vanderbilt
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 13, 2014
Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
TV: ESPN3
Spread: UMass +16
Total: 45.5

Analysis: There’s no other way to say it except that the Vanderbilt Commodores have gotten off to a horrific start under first-year head coach Derek Mason.

Vandy got smacked around by Temple in its 37-3 regular season opener while never coming close to covering the spread as an 8.5-point home favorite. The Commodores followed that up with a pitiful 41-3 loss to Mississippi in Week 2 while again, never coming close to covering the NCAA betting line as a 17.5-point home underdog.

Massachusetts will enter this Week 3 matchup looking for their first win of the season, but they looked pretty good in narrowly falling to Colorado in its 41-38 Week 2 loss, though the Minutemen covered the spread as a 17.5-point home underdog.

UMass held an 11-point lead in the third quarter against Colorado last week before giving up three straight touchdowns en route to their crushing loss. Still, I like the Minutemen to cover the spread in this matchup, seeing as how Vandy quarterback Stephen Rivers has struggled like crazy since the start of the season. Rivers went 6-for-25 for 60 yards and an interception against Mississippi in his last start and was so mediocre that the Commodores were forced to use two other signal-callers in their search for competent quarterback play.

“We wanted to get more,” Mason told reporters of Rivers following his team’s loss to Ole Miss loss. “I thought there were opportunities for Stephen to make throws. We’re going through the process of being young.”

Vanderbilt beat UMass 24-7 last season but failed to cover the spread as a huge, 29-point road favorite, but that was then and this is now – and the Commodores clearly aren’t the same team they were under former head coach James Franklin.

Vanderbilt is 2-5 ATS I their last seven games following a double-digit home loss while UMass has gone 5-1 ATS in its last six games in the month of September.

My CFB Week 3 Upset Pick: Massachusetts +16 Points

Syracuse at Central Michigan
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 13, 2014
Where: Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
TV: ESPN News
Spread: Syracuse -6.5
Total: 50

Analysis: Syracuse (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS, 1-0 O/U) may be undefeated, but they’re in for a real battle when they hit the road t take on similarly unbeaten Central Michigan (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS, 1-1 O/U) in this under the radar Week 3 matchup.

Syracuse won its 2014 regular season opener two weeks ago by beating Villanova 27-26 in double overtime, but the Wildcats actually had a chance to tie and came up short when they went for the two-point conversion and outright win. The Orange never came close to covering the spread as a 14.5-point home favorite while watching sophomore quarterback Terrel Hunt get ejected against the Wildcats for throwing a punch late in the first half.

"We’re 1-0, that’s all that counts," Syracuse coach Scott Shafer said after the victory. "Was it pretty? No, it wasn’t pretty, but we found a way. I’m proud of the fact that we came away with the victory."

Central Michigan proved they were legit by routing Purdue 38-17 a week ago to easily cover the spread as a 3-point road dog. The Chippewas got a fantastic performance
running back Thomas Rawls as the senior rushed for 155 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. Central Michigan‘s underrated defense also forced three turnovers in the stunning, but commanding win.

Syracuse has recorded an impressive 8-2 ATS mark in their last 10 non-conference games but are also just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games against a team with a winning home record.

Central Michigan has gone 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following an SU win of more than 20 points while also compiling a encouraging 10-3-2 ATS mark in their last 15 home games against a team with a winning road record.

With the Chippewas going 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall, they’re the easy pick to cash in – by getting the outright win.

My CFB Week 3 Upset Pick: Central Michigan +16 Points