This week doesn’t have as many big match-ups as last week, but there are still some exciting games on tap. The week 3 betting lines have seen a lot of movement. Check out our college football betting lines page to get a look at where spreads are sitting. Here’s a sampling of some of the bigger match-ups for the week along with what the lines have done from opening til now.
West Virginia (-10) vs. Maryland – Sharps and squares have both moved this line. West Virginia opened as 13 ½ point favorites, but the line has steadily come down. Some books have gone as low as 9 ½, but most are posting the game at 10 points. The Mountaineers have been uninspiring, especially last week against Marshall. Maryland can run the ball, and West Virginia’s 3-3-5 defense will be put to the test.
Georgia (-2) vs. Arkansas – This line has seen some movement both ways. The game started as a pick, moved up to Georgia favored by 3 points, and now has come back down to 2 points. The NCAA listened to A.J. Green’s appeal this Friday, but Green will still be out for this big, SEC cross-division clash. Georgia’s new 3-4 defense needs to keep Ryan Mallett in check, but it can’t get gashed on the ground like last week, either. Georgia has never started 0-2 in SEC play under Mark Richt. The Razorbacks might be preoccupied with visions of Alabama next week.
Virginia Tech (-20) vs. East Carolina – The wiseguys have been hitting this one hard. The home Hokies opened as 17 point faves, but the line has moved up to 20 points at most sites despite the public playing the Pirates 3:1. Tech is looking to rebound from a humiliating loss to James Madison, while East Carolina has already exceeded expectations. The Hokies are clearly the better team, as long as they play like it.
Nebraska (-3) at Washington – This game is a tough read. The road Huskers opened as 3 ½ point favorites, and after books jumped up to 4 or 4 ½ points, the line has come back down to 3 at most sites. Early money on the Huskers pushed the line, but some sharp money brought it back down. Taylor Martinez has had two home cupcakes to prepare for this game. Playing in Husky Stadium might be a rude awakening. The Huskers can’t afford 8 fumbles like last week. Nebraska’s defense is for real, and even if Martinez struggles, that doesn’t mean Washington will score much. Is under 52 points the best play here?
Oklahoma (-18) vs. Air Force – This is another line that has seen some correction. The Sooners opened as 16 ½ point favorites and initially moved up to 18 or 18 ½ points, but has come back down to 16 ½ points, probably due to sharp money. Can the Sooners be disciplined enough to handle the machine-like triple-option attack of the Falcons? The last time Oklahoma played a Mountain West school was BYU in week 1 of last season, which they lost 14-13.
Auburn (-7) vs. Clemson – In the battle of the Tigers, the home Tigers opened as a 6 ½ point favorite. After the line came down to 6 points it moved back up to 7 ½ and has settled at 7 points. The ACC has taken a lot of heat. Can Clemson silence the conference’s critics? Kyle Parker is an underrated quarterback and the Clemson secondary is as good as any in the country. Auburn’s offense is prolific, but Cam Newton hasn’t faced a defense this good.
Arizona (-1) vs. Iowa – The wiseguys have been all over the Wildcats in this game. The Hawks opened as 1 ½ point road favorites, moved up to 2 points, but in the past few days Arizona has become the small home favorite. The public is playing the Hawks at over 80%. Iowa has to travel a long way to Tucson to play the late game against a fast, talented Wildcat team. If the Hawks can find a way to win this game, it might be the best road win for any team in the young 2010 season.
Maddux Sports has isolated 7 strong games for Saturday including our NCAA Non conference game of the year. Get on board for these winners by visiting the college football betting picks page of our website.