College Football Week 3 Upset PicksJosh Bailey
College football betting upsets were hard to come by in Week 2. There just weren’t enough good matchups. Week 3 is a different story.
What week 3 college football upsets can you bet on? Can Nebraska upset high-scoring Oregon at home? Will California stay on the field with hot Texas in Week 3? How will USC perform on the road against 7 Stanford two weeks removed from the beat down it took at the hands of Alabama?
College Football Week 3 Upset Picks
#22 Oregon at Nebraska (-3)
When: Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3:30 pm ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
Analysis: Nebraska is a sneaky good football team. The Cornhuskers are 2 and 0 both straight up and against the spread. They beat Fresno State 43 to 10. They beat Wyoming 52 to 17.
Once again, Oregon’s offense is exceptional. The Ducks put up 52 points against UC-Davis in a 53 to 28 win. They put up 44 points in a 44 to 26 beat down of Virginia in Week 2. Both of the wins were fantastic.
But Oregon might be up against it versus the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Week 3. As good as Oregon’s offense has looked, the defense hasn’t looked all that great. In fact, it’s hard to tell exactly how good Oregon’s D is going to play week to week. The Ducks haven’t covered a spread yet this season because their defense allows so many points, but that changes this week and Oregon is my upset betting pick in this game.
College Football Week 3 Upset Pick: Oregon
#11 Texas (-7) at California
When: Saturday, Sept. 17 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Berkley, CA
Analysis: The Longhorns are on a roll. They dominated UTEP in Week 2 with a 41 to 7 win. In Week 1, they upset Notre Dame 50 to 47. But, Texas has to travel to California to take on the Golden Bears in Week 3. Will traveling hurt Texas’ chances to cover the spread?
The California Golden Bears allowed Hawaii to put up 31 points against them in their first game of the season. In their second game of the season, the underrated San Diego State Aztecs beat California 45 to 40 straight up. Cal was a 5.5-point underdog in that game.
The Golden Bears are 7-point underdogs and the smart upset college football week 3 betting pick against the spread in this tilt.. I think Cal bounces back with a spirited effort against a Texas team due for a letdown after 2 straight weeks of excellent football.
College Football Week 3 Upset Pick: California +7
USC at #7 Stanford (-6.5)
When: Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
Analysis: Stanford could be a close to touchdown or more favorite against USC right before they kick it off on Saturday. Stanford played remarkably well in their first game of the season against Kansas State. They beat the Wildcats 26 to 13. Not only did they win, but they covered the -12-point spread.
The Cardinal faces one of its biggest rivals in the Pac-12 in the tough USC Trojans. USC looked great in the first quarter of their 6 to 52 loss to Alabama in Week 1. Then, Alabama became Alabama and the game got away from USC. The Trojans bounced back in Week 2 with a huge 45 to 7 win over Utah State as a 15.5-point home favorite.
USC is a good football team. There are few teams that can stay on the field against a motivated Alabama squad. The fact that the Trojans came back with a big win over Utah State is what impresses me. I’m all over the Trojans ATS as the smart college football week 3 upset pick