Three top-10 teams went down in defeat in Week 2, including Texas A&M and Notre Dame as 18-21 point favorites. That caused another shakeup in this week’s top-25 AP Poll, and added adjustments in the college football betting lines and odds.
Alabama completely escaped at Texas in a late 20-19 win, but the Crimson Tide did fall from No. 1 to No. 2 behind Georgia this week. The Georgia Bulldogs (+180) are now the favorite to win the national title ahead of Alabama (+200) and Ohio State (+300), according to National Championship odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
The USC Trojans have also shot up into the top-10 to No. 7 in the AP Poll with Trojans QB Caleb Williams joining Alabama QB Bryce Young and Ohio State QB CJ Stroud as co-favorites to win the Heisman Trophy.
AP Poll Top-25 Matchups and Betting Lines Week 3
Here are this week’s Top 25 match-ups, TV times and betting lines with favorites from FanDuel Sportsbook for the Top 25 college football teams.
- No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon (-3.5) – 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX
- No. 13 Miami, FL at No. 24 Texas A&M (-5.5) – 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
Types of bets and how to read the odds.
Saturday, Sept. 17
- No. 1 Georgia (-24.5) at South Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN
- No. 2 Alabama (-48.5) vs. UL Monroe | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
- No. 3 Ohio State (-31.5) vs. Toledo | 7 p.m. | FOX
- No. 4 Michigan (-47.5) vs. UConn | 12 p.m. | ABC
- No. 5 Clemson (-33.5) vs. Louisiana Tech | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
- No. 6 Oklahoma (-10.5) at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | FOX
- No. 7 USC (-12.5) vs. Fresno State | 10:30 p.m. | FOX
- No. 8 Oklahoma State (NL) vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff | 7 p.m. | Big 12/ESPN+
- No. 9 Kentucky (NL) vs. Youngstown State | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
- No. 10 Arkansas (NL) vs. Missouri State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+/SECN+
- No. 11 Michigan State at Washington (-3.5) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
- No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon (-3.5) | 3:30 p.m. | FOX
- No. 13 Miami (Fla.) at No. 24 Texas A&M (-5.5)| 9 p.m. | ESPN
- No. 14 Utah (-20.5) vs. San Diego State | 10 p.m. | ESPN2
- No. 15 Tennessee (-47.5) vs. Akron | 7 p.m. | ESPN+/SECN+
- No. 16 NC State (-10.5) vs. Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
- No. 17 Baylor (-29.5) vs. Texas State | 12 p.m. | FS1
- No. 18 Florida (-24.5) vs. South Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
- No. 19 Wake Forest (-16.5) vs. Liberty | 5 p.m. | ACC Network
- No. 20 Ole Miss (-16.5) at Georgia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
- No. 21 Texas (-12.5) vs. UTSA | 8 p.m. | Longhorn Network
- No. 22 Penn State (-3.5) at Auburn | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
- No. 23 Pitt (-10.5) at Western Michigan | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
BYU at Oregon
BYU is 2-0 SU/ATS following their double-overtime win over top-10 Baylor last week. The Cougars can now move into the top-10 with a win in this evenly-matched contest, but check the status of WR’s Puka Nacua and Gunner Romney, who both missed last week’s game. Oregon is 1-1 with many fans and bettors still remembering the Ducks getting whacked by Georgia 49-3 in Week 1.
Miami at Texas A&M
ESPN GameDay will not be in College Station as planned this week, but rather in Boone, NC to cover the Sun Belt’s Appalachian State after the Mountaineers major upset over A&M last week, 17-14. Now A&M and QB Haynes King tries to bounce back after a poor performance against a resurgent Hurricanes team that has scored 100 points in two games while rushing for nearly 500 yards. The Miami opportunistic defense has allowed just 20 points with 5 sacks and numerous big plays including 3 interceptions in their opening week win and 3 forced turnovers last week in a 31-7 win over Southern Miss.
Two other Sun Belt teams pulled major upsets last week as well with Marshall over Notre Dame 26-21, and Georgia Southern over Nebraska, 45-42.
Other notable games of interest
Oklahoma at Nebraska. The Cornhuskers fired head coach Scott Frost after another loss last Saturday. Now Nebraska tries to bounce back against No. 6 Oklahoma. Sharp bettors bet the underdog Cornhuskers +16 at the opener and down to +13, and the line has now settled at Oklahoma -10.5 point favorite.
Penn State at Auburn. Great non-conference Big Ten / SEC match-up and rerun from last year’s instant classic won by Penn State, 28-20. The Nittany Lions have scored 81 points in a pair of wins including a thrilling 35-31 win at Purdue. The Tigers are also unbeaten and have out-rushed their first two opponents by a combined 495-128. Penn State has covered the spread in both their games this season while Auburn is 0-2 against the spread (ATS). The Playbook Sports newsletter points out a number of situational and technical ATS situations favoriting undefeated Auburn as a home underdog including 45-19 ATS and subset situations of 33-11 ATS and 19-2 ATS.
That’s some strong situational support on the underdog Auburn Tigers, and another upset would not be a surprise.
You can bet on it.