NCAA Football Odds: Week 3, Saturday College Football Picks

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College football betting action is here again! Here at Cappers Info, we’re making our running tally of NCAA football picks this year, continuing with action on Saturday, September 17th!

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Week 3 College Football Matchup: West Virginia Mountaineers @ Maryland Terrapins
Date: Saturday, September 17th, 12:00 ET
Location: Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
College Football Lines: Maryland -1
Over/Under 58
Week 3 College Football TV Schedule: ESPNU

You’re going to see this explanation quite a bit this week. Here, we have a home team that is unranked, favored against a road team that is ranked. This is always a fishy spot for teams to be in, and this won’t be an exception for the ‘Neers. West Virginia hasn’t been all that impressive this season, and the little that we’ve seen of the Terps against Miami, we’ve liked. This one reeks of a blowout by the hosts, especially with WVU looking forward to that game next week with LSU.

Week 3 NCAA Football Pick: Maryland -1

Week 3 College Football Matchup: Kansas Jayhawks @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Date: Saturday, September 17th, 12:30 ET
Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
College Football Lines: Georgia Tech -14.5
Over/Under 61
Week 3 College Football TV Schedule: Local TV

It’s a high number this week, but if the high scores keep coming in with these two teams on the field individually, we don’t see why both can’t at least threaten being in the 30s this time around when they play each other either. Sure, the Jackets run that crazy triple option offense that ultimately ends up keeping the clock running in a hurry, but QB Tevin Washington looks comfortable running it. The Jayhawks are still a wreck defensively, and we tend to believe that this unit will really struggle. Head Coach Turner Gill’s guys won’t give up though, and the end result should be a game that coasts into the mid-60s at least.

Week 3 NCAA Football Pick: Kansas/Georgia Tech Over 61

Week 3 College Football Matchup: Tennessee Volunteers @ Florida Gators
Date: Saturday, September 17th, 3:30 ET
Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL
College Football Lines: Florida -9.5
Over/Under 50.5
Week 3 College Football TV Schedule: CBS

Simply put, the Gators are going to romp in this game. Tennessee has looked okay so far, and though its receivers are some of the most talented in the nation, they’re all still raw, as is second year starting QB Tyler Bray. The Gators really manhandled Bray last year on Rocky Top, and though Florida will surely be worried about his increased experience over the past year, playing at home far overshadows all of that. Head Coach Will Muschamp won’t want to take anything for granted in this game, and the end result should be a romp in the Swamp.

Week 3 NCAA Football Pick: Florida -9.5

Week 3 College Football Matchup: Michigan State Spartans @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Saturday, September 17th, 3:30 ET
Location: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN
College Football Lines: Notre Dame -5
Over/Under 51.5
Week 3 College Football TV Schedule: NBC

Unranked team hosting a ranked team again… This time, the Irish really have to be the choice, though. Michigan State is fool’s gold to say the least, and the truth of the matter is that last year, Notre Dame was every bit as good as the Spartans probably were. QB Tommy Rees is the man for the job for certain, and we tend to think that he’ll figure out how to get the job done this week at home in a game that Head Coach Brian Kelly absolutely has to win if he wants to continue making his permanent address in South Bend.

Week 3 NCAA Football Pick: Notre Dame -5

Week 3 College Football Matchup: Navy Midshipmen @ South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Saturday, September 17th, 6:00 ET
Location: Williams Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC
College Football Lines: South Carolina -16
Over/Under 58
Week 3 College Football TV Schedule: ESPN2

Don’t be so sure that the Gamecocks are the easy choice in this game. Sure, it’s the home opener in Columbia, but this is also a game against a relatively experienced Navy team that has a rich tradition of being able to hang in games like this one. QB Stephen Garcia and company are playing well offensively, but other teams are just gashing this defense. Perhaps playing against the triple option will help a tad (it certainly can’t hurt), but in the end, we just don’t think that there is enough defense, especially off of the emotional win last week to keep the Middies outside of this number for any period of time. Don’t be shocked if the Naval Academy pulls off the upset, but take the points just to be safe.

Week 3 NCAA Football Pick: Navy +16.5

Week 3 College Football Matchup: Arizona State Sun Devils @ Illinois Fighting Illini
Date: Saturday, September 17th, 7:00 ET
Location: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL
College Football Lines: Illinois -1.5
Over/Under 57
Week 3 College Football TV Schedule: Big Ten Network

Last week, the Sun Devils were the team that was the unranked squad going against the ranked team at home and was favored. Now, after winning that game, the shoe is on the other foot. Illinois is now the unranked team that is looking for some respect, and at home, with a budding QB Nathan Scheelhaase calling the shots, the Illini are going to get their win and at least threaten a spot in the Top 25.

Week 3 NCAA Football Pick: Illinois -1.5

Week 3 College Football Matchup: Louisiana Monroe Warhawks @ TCU Horned Frogs
Date: Saturday, September 17th, 2:00 ET
Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
College Football Lines: TCU -28.5
Over/Under 52.5
Week 3 College Football TV Schedule: MTN

The Warhawks aren’t going to threaten the Horned Frogs in this one, but if their offense can pick it up just a smidge from the game two weeks ago against Florida State, there should be enough here to stick inside of this number. Louisiana Monroe is an experienced team, and asking a relatively inexperienced bunch of Horned Frogs, even after the big win at Air Force last week, to come home and win by nearly 30 is just too much to swallow. QB Kolton Browning and the Warhawks stick around, dropping at TCU by around 20 or so.

Week 3 NCAA Football Pick: Louisiana Monroe +28.5

Week 3 College Football Matchup: Arkansas State Red Wolves @ Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Saturday, September 17th, 4:00 ET
Location: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
College Football Lines: Virginia Tech -24
Over/Under 54
Week 3 College Football TV Schedule: Local

We’ve been on the Red Wolves for two straight weeks, and they have cashed for two straight weeks, and now, we’re going to give it a go one more time with our favorite team in the Sun Belt. This is really just a case of Virginia Tech being hyped up because of its fantastic offense. Arkansas State is better than East Carolina was last week though, and that being said, this might turn out to be more of a game in Blacksburg than any of the fans are bargaining for. The Hokies have a history of struggling in spots like this, and though they rarely do lose, they often get challenged. This will be another of those spots.

Week 3 NCAA Football Pick: Arkansas State +24

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