College Football Week 3 Opening Odds Report
College Football Week 3 odds don't include any real jump-off-the-page matchups. But there are a few noteworthy nonconference contests between Power 5 schools.
Among those games: Penn State at Auburn, in a battle of 2-0 teams, and BYU at Oregon, with the Cougars aiming to continue their climb up the rankings.
Let's dive into Week 3 college football odds and action, with insights from multiple oddsmakers and sportsbooks. Check back regularly for updates.
College Football Week 3 Odds
No. 13 Miami at No. 24 Texas A&M
Opening line: Texas A&M -6; Over/Under 48.5
Time: 9 p.m. ET Saturday (ESPN)
UPDATE 8 P.M. ET SATURDAY: An hour before kickoff, Texas A&M is a 6.5-point home chalk at WynnBet. The Aggies opened -6 and spent the first half of the week at -5.5, then returned to -6 Thursday afternoon. On Friday afternoon, A&M climbed back to -6.5, and the number has been stable since.
Miami is taking 63% of spread tickets, while 55% of spread money is on Texas A&M. Moneyline tickets are running almost dead even, but 68% of moneyline cash is on underdog Miami (+195) to pull the outright upset.
The total plunged from 48.5 to 44.5 by midweek at WynnBet, then rebounded to 45.5 late this morning. It's currently at 45, with ticket count almost 2/1 on the Over, but money just shy of 2/1 on the Under.
UPDATE 3 P.M. ET FRIDAY: The Aggies hit BetMGM's college football Week 3 odds board as 6.5-point favorites. By late Sunday night, A&M was down a point to -5.5, where the number stuck until rising to -6 (-115) Thursday afternoon.
Miami is landing 63% of early spread bets/70% of early spread money.
The total tumbled from 48.5 to 44.5 by Tuesday afternoon, and it hasn't moved since. That said, 62% of bets/70% of dollars are on the Over.
UPDATE 2:30 P.M. ET THURSDAY: Coming off a stunning upset home loss to Appalachian State, the Aggies opened -5.5 at DraftKings. The line rose to A&M -6 Monday morning, then backed up to -5 (-115) Monday afternoon.
Texas A&M is now -5 flat (-110), with Miami seeing a modest majority of spread tickets and cash, at 58% and 54%, respectively.
The total took a big dive, opening at 49 and bottoming out Wednesday night at 44.5, where it sits now. The Over is netting 73% of bets, but 72% of money is on the Under. Miami will be without star receiver Xavier Restrepo (foot).
UPDATE 3:30 P.M. ET MONDAY: Texas A&M (1-1 SU, 0-2 ATS) is coming off one of the most shocking of several Week 2 losses by Top 25 teams. The Aggies closed as 18-point home favorites against Appalachian State and lost outright 17-14.
Miami (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) had no such issues as a 27.5-point home chalk against Southern Mississippi. But the Hurricanes failed to cover in a 30-7 victory.
TwinSpires is already down a half-point to A&M -5.5, with early tickets and money in the 2/1 range on Miami.
"No surprise after what happened to A&M last week. Bettors are piling up on Miami," Lucas said. "It's one of the rare times we'll likely need A&M."
The total is stable at 48.5, with 54% of tickets/58% of cash on the Under.
No. 11 Michigan State at Washington
Opening line: Washington -1; Over/Under 55
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday (ABC)
UPDATE 5:30 P.M. ET SATURDAY: Two hours before kickoff, Washington is a 3.5-point favorite on WynnBet's college football Week 3 odds board. That's after Washington opened -1 Sunday night and quickly advanced to -3.5.
The Huskies then toggled between -3.5 and -3 a couple of times before stabilizing at -3.5 late Friday morning. Michigan State is netting 57% of spread tickets, but 75% of spread cash is on Washington.
The total moved from 54.5 to 56.5 by Monday, receded to 55.5 Wednesday and has been at 56.5 since Thursday evening. The Over is nabbing 84% of tickets and 92% of money.
UPDATE 3 P.M. ET FRIDAY: Unranked Washington opened as a 2.5-point home fave at BetMGM and initially backed up to -1.5 Sunday night. But by late Monday morning, the Huskies were out to -3.5, and they've spent the days since toggling between -3.5 and -3.
Washington rose from -3 to -3.5 late this morning. However, point-spread ticket count is running 3/1 and spread money almost 4/1 for Michigan State in the college football Week 3 odds market. BetMGM attributes that in part to strong Spartans support in the Michigan market.
The total opened at 54.5, peaked at 57.5 late Monday morning and has been at 56.5 since Tuesday evening. The Over is drawing 53% of bets/67% of money.
UPDATE 2:30 P.M. ET THURSDAY: Washington opened -1 at DraftKings and steadily climbed to -3.5 by late Monday morning. The number has since toggled between Huskies -3.5 and -3, and it's currently Huskies -3 (-120).
That said, early tickets and money are squarely on Michigan State, with 79% of bets/66% of dollars on the Spartans.
The total opened at 54.5 and shot to 58 by late Monday morning. It's since backed up to 56.5, with 61% of bets on the Over/53% of money on the Under.
UPDATE 3:30 P.M. ET MONDAY: Michigan State is 2-0 SU and ATS, ranked 11th in the nation, yet is catching points at unranked Washington. The Spartans beat up on the MAC in their first two games, including a 52-0 smacking of Akron laying 34.5 points at home.
Washington is also 2-0 SU and ATS, also against subprime competition. In Week 2, the Huskies closed as 31-point home favorites vs. Portland State and won 52-6.
Washington was quickly bet up to -2 at TwinSpires and got to -4 by this morning, before backing up to -3. The Huskies are drawing 57% of early bets/74% of early cash on the spread.
"Sharp play on the Huskies early in the week," Lucas said.
The total is also on the move early, rising 3 points to 58, with 59% of bets/68% of cash on the Over.
Texas Tech at No. 16 North Carolina State
Opening line: North Carolina State -9.5; Over/Under 55.5
Time: 7 p.m. ET Saturday (ESPN2)
UPDATE 5:30 P.M. ET SATURDAY: WynnBet pegged N.C. State a 9-point favorite Sunday night, went to -10 Monday, then to -10.5 Thursday. As kickoff approaches, the Wolfpack remain -10.5, with point-spread ticket count 2/1 and money beyond 9/1 on the home favorite.
The total opened at 55.5, bottomed out at 54 midweek and on Thursday night rose to 56, where it remains now. Ticket count is 3/1-plus and money almost 2/1 on the Over.
UPDATE 3 P.M. ET FRIDAY: North Carolina State opened as a 9.5-point chalk at BetMGM, rose to -10.5 Monday morning, then toggled between -10 and -9.5. The Wolfpack have been stable at -10 since Wednesday afternoon, while Texas Tech is getting 64% of spread bets/53% of spread cash.
The total bounced around a bit at BetMGM, opening at 55.5, falling to 53.5 Wednesday night, then rebounding to 56 Thursday morning. Contrary to that rebound, 56% of bets/69% of dollars are on the Under.
UPDATE 2 P.M. ET THURSDAY: DraftKings opened the Wolfpack as 9.5-point favorites and advanced to -10.5 by Monday morning. On Tuesday afternoon, the number returned to N.C. State -9.5, and the Wolfpack have been at various iterations of -10 since Tuesday evening.
North Carolina State is currently -10 (-110), and early spread bettors are leaning into Texas Tech. Ticket count is 3/1 and money 2/1-plus on the Red Raiders.
The total opened at 55, spent a couple of days at 55.5, then made its way down to 53.5 by Wednesday night. However, by late this morning, the total climbed back to 56. The Over is attracting 83% of early tickets and 95% of early cash.
UPDATE 3:30 P.M. ET MONDAY: N.C. State (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) barely held off East Carolina on the road in Week 1. The Wolfpack fared much better in Week 2 against FCS foe Charleston Southern, hammering out a 55-3 home win as massive 45.5-point faves.
Texas Tech (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) nabbed a nice Week 2 home win against No. 25 Houston. The Red Raiders prevailed 33-30 in double overtime.
TwinSpires opened N.C. State -9.5 and is already up to -10. Texas Tech is netting 64% of early spread tickets, while 58% of early spread dollars are on N.C. State.
"This has a Pros vs. Joes feel to it already. The public sees two 2-0 teams and is grabbing the points," Lucas said.
The total nudged down to 55, with 66% of bets/60% of cash on the Over.
No. 6 Oklahoma vs Nebraska
Opening line: Oklahoma -14; Over/Under 65
Time: Noon ET Saturday (FOX)
UPDATE 11:45 A.M. SATURDAY: Shortly before kickoff, PointsBet USA has Oklahoma down to -10.5, after opening the Sooners -13.5. Multiple books have seen sharp on Nebraska play throughout the week, and perhaps PointsBet is in that mix, as well.
Oklahoma is netting 72% of point-spread bets and 61% of point-spread dollars.
The total opened at 65, peaked at 67 Tuesday, bottomed out at 64.5 Friday and is now 65.5. Ticket count and money are in the 2/1 range on the Under.
UPDATE 3 P.M. ET FRIDAY: Oklahoma hit BetMGM's college football Week 3 odds board as a 14.5-point favorite Sunday evening. As was the case at other books, that number didn't last long at all, as Nebraska backers – certainly sharp bettors among them – took all those points.
BetMGM dipped to Sooners -13.5 late Sunday night, then went straight from -13.5 to -11.5 late Monday morning. Oklahoma bottomed out at -10.5 Wednesday afternoon, and the line finally climbed this morning, to -11.
However, tickets and money are still solidly on the favorite, with bet count of 3/1 and money running almost 2/1 on the Sooners. BetMGM said it needs double-digit 'dog Nebraska at the moment, and that's unlikely to change.
The total opened at 66.5 and backed up to 64.5 early Monday. By Wednesday morning, the number climbed to 67.5, but it's been on the decline since and is currently 65.5. Ticket count is 4/1 and money 3/1 on the Under.
UPDATE 2 P.M. ET THURSDAY: Oklahoma landed on DraftKings' college football Week 3 odds board as a 13.5-point road favorite Sunday. Within an hour, the Sooners advanced to -14.5. However, that was followed by a steady decline, with Oklahoma hitting -11 by late Monday evening.
Early Wednesday afternoon, the Sooners bottomed out at -10 and quickly returned to -11, where the line rests now. Point-spread ticket count at DK is 5/1-plus and spread money almost 3/1 on Oklahoma. Multiple sportsbooks reported early sharp play on Nebraska helped drive the line down, but the public will clearly be on the double-digit road chalk.
The total opened at 64.5 and climbed to 67.5 a couple of times by midweek, but has since receded to 66. At DraftKings, ticket count and money are running 2.5/1 on the Under for this lofty total.
UPDATE 3:30 P.M. ET MONDAY: It didn't take long this season for Nebraska (1-2 SU, 0-3 ATS) to figure out it needs a new coach. Beleaguered Scott Frost, long on the hot seat, got broomed after losing two of the first three games this year. Last week's setback was the final straw.
The Huskers, 23-point home favorites against Sun Belt foe Georgia Southern, lost outright 45-42. Frost was summarily dismissed Sunday, and Mickey Joseph was elevated to interim coach.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) has coasted by two overmatched foes. In Week 2 vs. Kent State, the Sooners rolled 33-3, but failed to cover giving 33 points at home.
Interestingly, Oklahoma is already down to -11.5 at TwinSpires, after opening at -14. Early ticket count is 3/1 Sooners, but early money slightly favors the Huskers (53%).
"Sharp play on Nebraska," Lucas said. "They must feel really good about Scott Frost being fired."
The total is down a point to 64, although 74% of tickets/61% of dollars are on the Over.
No. 22 Penn State vs Auburn
Opening line: Penn State -3; Over/Under 48
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday (CBS)
UPDATE 1:15 P.M. ET SATURDAY: With 2.5 hours until kickoff, Penn State is a 2.5-point favorite in PointsBet USA's college football Week 3 odds market. The Nittany Lions opened -3 Sunday night and stuck there almost all week, though at various prices. On Friday afternoon, PointsBet moved to Penn State -2.5, where the number remains now.
Penn State is seeing 57% of point-spread tickets and 61% of point-spread dollars.
"We’re seeing more action on the moneyline for this game, where both tickets and handle are about dead even," PointsBet's Wyatt Yearout said. The moneyline is currently Penn State -135/Auburn +115.
The total opened at 48, stretched to 49.5 by late Monday night, then dove to 47 by lunchtime Tuesday. Since then, the number has toggled between 47.5 and 48 a couple of times, and it's been steady at 48 since Friday morning.
Ticket count is almost dead even, while money is running 2/1 on the Under.
UPDATE 3 P.M. ET FRIDAY: Penn State has been pinned to -3 all week at BetMGM, with the only change being a brief stint at -3 (-115) Monday. It's two-way point-spread action with a lean toward the road favorites. The Nittany Lions are netting 57% of bets/53% of money.
BetMGM opened the total at 48.5 Sunday evening and initially went to 49.5 Monday afternoon. By lunchtime Tuesday, the number dialed down to 46.5, before rebounding to 48.5 Wednesday. The total is now at 48, with 64% of bets/72% of cash on the Under.
UPDATE 2 P.M. ET THURSDAY: DraftKings opened Penn State as a 2.5-point road chalk Sunday. Other than a very brief Monday stint at -3.5, the Nittany Lions have spent most of the week at various iterations of -3.
Penn State is currently -3 (-105), while taking 65% of early spread tickets/54% of early spread cash.
The total opened at 49 and bottomed out at 46.5 late Tuesday afternoon. By Wednesday afternoon, the number rose to 48.5, and it's now at 47.5. The Over is seeing 62% of tickets/58% of money.
UPDATE 3:30 P.M. ET MONDAY: After narrowly escaping in Week 1 at Purdue, Penn State had a much easier go of it in Week 2. The Nittany Lions (2-0 SU and ATS) rolled over Ohio 46-10 as 27.5-point home favorites.
Auburn is out of the gate 2-0 SU, as well, but failed to cover in either game, against lesser lights Mercer and San Jose State. In Week 2, the Tigers were 24-point home faves against San Jose State and actually trailed 10-7 at halftime. Auburn ultimately got a none-too-convincing 24-16 victory.
Penn State initially rose to -3.5 at TwinSpires Sportsbook, then returned to the -3 opener. The Nittany Lions are seeing 62% of early spread tickets and 55% of early spread money.
These two teams met last season in Happy Valley, with the Nittany Lions posting a 28-20 win as 4-point favorites.
"We've seen some early sharp play on both sides so far. Three feels like the right number," TwinSpires director of retail sports Zachary Lucas said.
The total is already up a point to 49, with ticket count 2/1-plus and money almost 3/1 on the Over.
No. 12 BYU vs No. 25 Oregon
Opening line: Oregon -3.5; Over/Under 57
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday (FOX)
UPDATE 1:15 P.M. ET SATURDAY: PointsBet USA pegged Oregon a 4-point home chalk when this game opened Sunday night. Since Monday morning, the Ducks have been at various iterations of -3.5, and they're currently at -3.5 flat. BYU is drawing 57% of spread tickets, while Oregon is taking 67% of spread money.
PointsBet opened the total at 57, bottomed out at 56 Monday morning, and quickly rebounded to 57.5 Monday afternoon. The total has been at 58 since Tuesday afternoon, with 65% of bets on the Over/53% of cash on the Under.
Both teams are landing plenty of moneyline action, as well, with Oregon -170/BYU +140 at the moment.
"This is another moneyline heavy matchup. In that market, Oregon has the slight edge, with 56% of bets and 55% of handle," PointsBet's Wyatt Yearout said.
UPDATE 3 P.M. ET FRIDAY: BetMGM hasn't moved off Oregon -3.5 all week, not even so much as a juice shift in the college football Week 3 odds market. Road underdog BYU is getting the bulk of spread tickets and money, at 71% and 65%, respectively.
The total opened at 57.5, dipped to 56.5 for a few hours Monday, then returned to 57.5, where it's stuck ever since. The Over is seeing 56% of bets/71% of cash at BetMGM.
UPDATE 2 P.M. ET THURSDAY: Oregon hit DraftKings' college football Week 3 odds board as a 3.5-point home favorite. The Ducks quickly got to -4, then Monday morning went to -3.5 (-115). Oregon has since spent the week at various iterations of -3.5, currently at the flat -110.
Road underdog BYU is seeing a majority of spread bets, at 61%, and a stronger majority of spread cash, at 78%.
The total opened at 56.5 and steadily climbed to 58 by Wednesday morning. This morning, the number dipped to 57, with 62% of bets/55% of cash on the Under at DK.
UPDATE 3:30 P.M. ET MONDAY: BYU (2-0 SU and ATS) notched a high-quality win over a highly ranked Power 5 opponent in Week 2. The Cougars were 2.5-point home favorites vs. No. 9 Baylor and won 26-20 in overtime.
After getting hammered by defending national champion Georgia in Week 1, Oregon practically scheduled a bye in Week 2. The Ducks throttled Eastern Washington 70-14 laying 27 points at home.
Oregon briefly rose to -4 early at TwinSpires, then returned to the -3.5 opener. The Ducks are seeing 54% of tickets/59% of money on the spread.
"It's a low-handle game so far. Not much to report," Lucas said.
The total is stable at 57, with 57% of tickets/58% of money on the Over.
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