Ten Betting Tips: College Football Betting Bits To Watch For Week 3

After another great week of the college football betting season, we are back for Week 3, as we look at the top teams, players, and trends of note for the this week on NCAA football schedule.

There aren’t all that many teams that QB Matt Barkley hasn’t beaten in his collegiate career that he has played. In fact, the only one that he has taken on that he has zero career wins against is the Stanford Cardinal, whom he and his USC Trojans get a chance to battle this week. The Men of Troy have been dominating for the most part over the course of their first two weeks of play, though they have yet to cover a spread either. Still, the Trojans are just 1-4 SU and 1-4 ATS over the course of the last five meetings in this series, and they are going to be laying nine on the road down on “The Farm” on Saturday night in one of the biggest games of the day. That might be an impressive streak of domination, but it isn’t as impressive as what the…

Rutgers Scarlet Knights have been able to do to the South Florida Bulls over the course of the last five years. Rutgers is 4-1 SU, and that includes pulling off three outright upsets as underdogs against South Florida, and now, it gets to catch USF in a terrible scheduling spot. The Bulls played just five days ago over in Reno in a game that came right down to the wire and was always close. Now, they have their Big East opener on national television against a bunch of Scarlet Knights that are hungry and eager to prove that they belong in the discussion for the BCS this year. If the upset is happening, it is happening as 7.5 point underdogs. It’s a longshot to think that Rutgers can get to the BCS, but it might not be all that farfetched to think that the…

BYU Cougars could get there instead. There just doesn’t seem to be a team out of the mid-major conferences this year that will finish in the Top 8 in the BCS rankings, thus forcing an automatic spot into the BCS, but BYU could be that team if it could run the table. Granted, we know that it isn’t going to be easy, starting this week against the Utah Utes, especially knowing that a BCS elimination game against the Boise State Broncos is on deck in just five days. The “Holy War” is as brutal of a battle as there is in the landscape of college football, as these two teams really do hate each other. The Utes are going to have to go into this one without QB Jordan Wynn, who unexpectedly retired from football after suffering a shoulder injury in last week’s win. That’s going to put a lot of pressure on QB Jon Hayes to come off of the bench and perform, but he has a Utah team in front of him that was able to go into Provo last year as four point underdogs (just as the Utes are this year) and crunch the Cougs. Hays isn’t as much as pressure now as…

Tommy Rees was under last week for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. We just don’t understand what Head Coach Brian Kelly is thinking. He went ahead and started QB Everett Golson against the Purdue Boilermakers last week, and after Golson played the whole game, he turned the final drive of the game over to Rees, the man that was the starting quarterback for the majority of last season. Rees came off of the bench and was a hero, beating the Boilers by setting the team up for a chip shot of a field goal that prevented Purdue from pulling off the big two-touchdown upset in South Bend. So Rees won the game. And now, Golson is going to be back under center again as the starter against versus the Michigan State Spartans on the road as 3.5 point underdogs. It almost makes you wonder what in the heck these coaches are thinking. Just like we’re wondering what…

Bobby Hauck was thinking when he said that his team lacked the “killer instinct” to put away Northern Arizona last week. Wait, what? Your FBS team doesn’t have the killer instinct to put away an FCS school, and nothing more than an above average FCS school at that? The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels have now lost to an FCS school in each of the last three seasons, and Hauck now has just four wins to show for his three years and two games worth of work in Sin City. Now, the team gets to be on national television for some god unknown reason this week on Friday against the Washington State Cougars. UNLV is an 8.5 point underdog at home against a team that doesn’t have its starting quarterback in a new installed pass happy system. This may as well be an FCS team coming to Sam Boyd Stadium this week. It’s sort of like the way that we think of the…

Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams last week. Yuck. Both were beaten outright by FCS schools in Week 2, and the two teams are now a combined 1-3 SU and ATS, with that one win coming for the Rams over the Buffs in their annual game that was played in Denver. Things don’t look all that good for either team this week either. The Rams are getting 11 on the road at the San Jose State Spartans, while the Buffs are +15.5 at the Fresno State Bulldogs. Yikes. These two teams are bad, but at least they aren’t the…

Massachusetts Minutemen, who are the biggest underdogs on the board this week at +47 against the Michigan Wolverines. UMass has gotten obliterated this year by 37 by the Connecticut Huskies (who figured to win about two games all season long) and by 39 by the Indiana Hoosiers (who figured to win about half as many games all season long). Michigan’s offense has yet to let loose this year with QB Denard Robinson, and he is going to probably put up some absolutely amazing numbers against a team that just totally looks like a fish out of water playing at the FBS level. Robinson was once a Heisman Trophy favorite, but now, he might not even be the favorite out of his own conference. That title clearly goes to…

Braxton Miller of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Miller hasn’t had the greatest year in the world as a passer, though his numbers certainly aren’t terrible. The OSU standout sophomore doesn’t have the greatest receivers, and he has only thrown the ball 24 times per game, but he also averages rushing it 22 times per game. Between rushing and passing, Miller is good for 664 yards and seven TDs against just one pick thus far this year, and he is fifth in the land in rushing yards. More big numbers should be on the way this week against a bad Cal Golden Bears team that is getting 16.5 points on Saturday. Inevitably, this is a man that is going to rush for at least 1,500 yards and throw for at least 2,000 yards this year if he stays healthy, and though the Buckeyes aren’t eligible for the postseason in 2012, a 12-0 or 11-1 season and a Top 10 finish in the country could make Miller difficult to leave out of New York. Just like right now, it would be really hard to not at least consider…

AJ McCarron, of the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Heisman is usually awarded to the best player on the best team in the country, and that’s why both RB Montee Ball and DB Tyrann Mathieu were finalists for the award last year. Sure, QB Robert Griffin III actually won the award, but this year, at least at this point, there are no sure things for finalists (save for one man…). Thus far, McCarron has only thrown 40 passes and has 418 yards and six scores, but he also hasn’t thrown a pick. The running backs seem to be split, and there is no doubt that McCarron is going to put up more numbers than this as the year goes on. This is a big game this week for the Bama signal caller against the Arkansas Razorbacks on the road, where his team is laying 20.5 points, so the expectations are quite high for the romp. But of course, all of these players are chasing…

Matt Barkley, who is going to be facing one of his toughest tests of the year for the Men of Troy against the Cardinal. Stanford does rank just No. 102 in the nation against the pass though, and that has to have Barkley and his 559 passing yards and 10 TD passes in just two games salivating. If Barkley can get some payback for all of those bad games against Stanford in the past, not only will he probably be an odds on favorite really soon to win the Heisman Trophy, but he will probably be well on his way to leading the Trojans to the National Championship Game as well.

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Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.

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