NCAA Football Week 3 Report

It’s time to recap the last week of CFB in our NCAA football Week 3 report. We’ll also look at this week’s upcoming NCAAF Week 4 schedule and identify betting trends that have emerged.

First off, let’s look at how Sports Hub handicappers performed in our NCAA football Week 3 report.

NCAA Football Week 3 Report – Handicapper Review

For the third consecutive week, we have a new leader on our NCAA football Week 3 report.

Robert Ferguson went 6-2 (+$380) in Week 3 to lead all NCAAF handicappers in profit. Mario Deluca was 3-0 in Week 2 and he followed that up with another 3-0 (+$300) performance in Week 3.

Here’s a breakdown of the how the top cappers performed in NCAA football Week 3:

  • Robert Ferguson: 6-2 (+$380)
  • Mario Deluca: 3-0 (+$300)
  • Scott Wetzel: 5-2 (+$280)
  • Logan Wilson: 6-3 (+$270)
  • Gino Russo / Sal Lombardi / Frankie the Fan: 2-0 (+$200)
  • Diego Garcia / Pro Picks – James: 3-1 (+$190)

Numerous handicappers also went 1-0, but we only list the biggest winners on our NCAA football Week 3 report. There wasn’t a ton of volume, but our top nine cappers went 32-9 (+$2,210), which is incredible.

If you could have added over $2200 to your bankroll last week, it’d be a no-brainer.

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NCAA Football Week 3 Report – Game of the Week

  • Game of the Week: Colorado State (35) vs. #18 Colorado (43)

Several games could have been the “Game of the Week”, but we went with the Buffaloes. Colorado were big favorites (-23) and failed to cover, but it was an incredible game to watch, with lots of fireworks.

Shilo Sanders opened the scoring with an 80-yard pick-six, but that was just the beginning. Travis Hunter was injured and will miss at least the next three weeks. Shedeur Sanders threw his first interception of the season, but he went 38/47 for 348 yards and 4 TDs. The Rams kept pace, though.

Colorado State could have won if it weren’t for four turnovers. The Buffaloes still needed double overtime to seal the victory at home. The Cinderella story continues, but losing Hunter will sting.

The game set a record for the most-watched CFB late-night game ever on ESPN (9.3 million viewers).

Here are some of the other big storylines included in our NCAA football Week 3 report:

  • #11 Tennessee (16) vs. Florida (29): The Volunteers lost their tenth consecutive game against Florida at The Swamp and any hope they had of making the playoffs has been diminished.
  • #15 Kansas State (27) vs. Missouri (30): KSU (-3.5 favorites) were upset on the road against Mizzou. The Tigers are now 3-0. QB Brady Cook has thrown for 732 yards, 5 TDs and 0 INTs.
  • #3 Florida State (31) vs. Boston College (29): FSU were lucky not to lose on Saturday. BC beat themselves, as they set a school record in penalties and missed opportunities to add points.
  • #10 Alabama (17) vs. South Florida (3): UFS haven’t won an FBS game since October 2021, but Alabama’s weak offense failed to put them away. This game was 3-3 at halftime.
  • South Carolina (14) vs. #1 Georgia (24): Georgia almost suffered a scare, but they had a strong second half. Down 14-3 at halftime, Georgia outscored the Gamecocks 21-0 in the second half.
  • Miami (OH) (31) vs. Cincinnati (24): After upsetting Pittsburgh in Week 2, the Bearcats fell flat at home against Miami (OH). They were -14.5 favorites, but ended up losing straight up in overtime.
  • BYU (38) vs. Arkansas (31): BYU are 3-0 to start the season after upsetting Arkansas. Arkansas dominated in total yards (424 vs. 281), but lost as -9 point favorites at home.
  • Vanderbilt (37) vs. UNLV (40): It wasn’t a great week for Vandy. UNLV of the Sun Belt were able to defeat Vanderbilt as dogs (+4.5). Up 10-0 after Q1, Vandy couldn’t close out the game.
  • South Alabama (33) vs. Oklahoma State (7): The Cowboys were blown out by the Jaguars. It was a terrible offensive performance. OSU didn’t score until the fourth quarter.

NCAA Football Week 3 Report – Betting Trends

Here are some betting trends we uncovered for our NCAA football Week 3 report:

  • Top 25 in Week 3: #5 USC weren’t in action. Top 25 teams went 11-13 ATS, but it’s worse near the top of the rankings. The top four teams went 0-4 ATS and the top 10 teams went 3-6 ATS. Top 5 teams are now 3-11 ATS this season and should be faded unless the public adjusts.
  • Pac-12 Dominate Non-Conference Schedule: In Week 3, Pac-12 teams went 9-2, but they only went 4-7 ATS. Pac-12 teams went 29-6 (22-12-1 ATS) during the non-conference schedule. All 12 teams will start conference play in Week 4, which should offer plenty of exciting football.
  • Big Ten East Profitable: The Big Ten East teams went 5-2 (5-2 ATS) in Week 3. Michigan State and Indiana both lost (Hoosiers covered), while Michigan failed to cover a huge point spread.
  • NCAAF ATS Trends: There are 14 teams sitting at 3-0 ATS to start the season. Those teams are Indiana, Rice, Oregon, Arizona, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Penn State, UNLV, Syracuse, Texas State, Coastal Carolina, Liberty and Oklahoma. A number of teams have failed to cover a point spread yet, including Georgia, Michigan, Illinois, Baylor, Minnesota, NC State and Arizona State.
  • NCAAF Over/Under Trends: There are only 11 teams left that have gone over in every game so far, including Appalachian State, Vanderbilt, Buffalo, Georgia Tech, Colorado State, Cincinnati, Boston College, LSU, North Texas, Florida State and Virginia.

What to Watch for Next Week in College Football

Conference schedules are going to start heating up, which means better football games. Here are some of the best Week 4 games that we wanted to highlight in our NCAA football Week 3 report:

  • #6 Ohio State vs. #9 Notre Dame: The Buckeyes play the Fighting Irish on NBC on Saturday at 7:30 PM ET. One of these undefeated teams will lose and likely be out of the top 10.
  • #15 Ole Miss vs. #13 Alabama: Alabama dropped out of the top 10 this week. Bama will be at home hosting Ole Miss in Week 4 and are currently touchdown favorites (-7).
  • #19 Colorado vs. #10 Oregon: Could the Buffaloes enter the top 10 with a win against Oregon? They’ll be without Travis Hunter and the defense is going to struggle stopping the Ducks.
  • #22 UCLA vs. #11 Utah: These two teams open up Pac-12 play and both are undefeated. That’ll change on Saturday afternoon. You can watch the action live on FOX starting at 5:30 PM ET.
  • #24 Iowa vs. #7 Penn State: The Nittany Lions will be tested in Week 4, as they open up Big Ten play against undefeated Iowa. Penn State are -14.5 favorites at home, which might be a bit high.

AP Top 25 Rankings Heading Into Week 4

Here are the latest AP top 25 college football rankings heading into Week 4:

  1. Georgia (57)
  2. Michigan (2)
  3. Texas (3)
  4. Florida State (1)
  5. USC
  6. Ohio State
  7. Penn State
  8. Washington
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Oregon
  11. Utah
  12. LSU
  13. Alabama
  14. Oregon State
  15. Ole Miss
  16. Oklahoma
  17. North Carolina
  18. Duke
  19. Colorado
  20. Miami
  21. Washington State
  22. UCLA
  23. Tennessee
  24. Iowa
  25. Florida

*First place votes are in brackets

Georgia were flat in the first half in Week 3, but remain the top dog in college football. Texas and FSU swapped places in the rankings. Oregon entered the top 10 and Alabama are down to #13.

Tennessee seen the biggest movement after losing, as they moved from #11 to #23. The Gators are back in the AP top 25 rankings after defeating the Volunteers, but that won’t last too long.

Only two ranked teams lost in Week 3 (#11 Tennessee and #15 Kansas State).

That wraps up our NCAA football Week 3 report. Be sure to tune in next week and make sure you open a Sports Hub account so that you can tail our expert college football handicappers in Week 4.

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