Welcome to Week 3 of the new college football season! There’s certainly a lot in store for you in this week’s college football betting lines and odds, and to help you unlock your way into entertainment and profits, here are our select ATS picks specially prepared for your perusal and consideration.
A Closer Look at the Best ATS Picks For Week 3 College Football Betting
South Carolina at Georgia
ATS PICK: SOUTH CAROLINA (+16.5)
The Gamecocks, even without their starting quarterback, are still a force to reckon with, so although losing to Georgia looks very likely this week, they should be able to keep the run-oriented Bulldogs tame enough with their good-enough run defense. Oh, and in case you are asking, you would have to go back to the 2006 season to find the last time the Gamecocks lost to the Bulldogs by 17-plus points.
Nevada at Texas A&M
ATS PICK: NEVADA (+34)
Look, Nevada is a bad team (on both sides of the ball) while the Aggies are a good/great team (mainly because of their solid offense). But after watching this line get inflated and constantly moving in favor of Texas A&M, I’m starting to be wary if it’s a trap setting up bettors to bank on the home team, or if it is a legitimate representation of the Aggies’ strengths. And having researched on every possible corner I know and found nothing special about the Aggies (apart from their solid offense a loyal fan base that is often excessively hopeful), the 34 points feel exaggerated and unwarranted. And for that, Nevada should offer good value on the points.
California at Texas
ATS PICK: TEXAS (+7)
It is one thing to love California’s well-gelled offense and how the team is looking improved. But it is another thing altogether to believe that the Bears team (which had a winless season barely two years ago) will be able to beat the Longhorns, and doing so by as many as 7 points. Give me the Longhorns to prove the Oddsmakers wrong by covering the spread.
SMU at TCU
ATS PICK: TCU (-37)
Unless some galactic mistake happens this Sunday, the Frogs should be claiming the win over SMU in this clash. The only remaining question is; can the Horned Frogs cover the massive points against the slightly improved Mustangs? Well, for the SMU team that ranks 98th in the FBS after allowing 551 yards in its first two games, and the TCU team that is known to hand beatdowns to low-tier defenses and is coming off a 70-7 blowout win over Stephen F. Austin in Week 2; covering the 37-point spread should be within the means of Heisman favorite Quarterback Trevone Boykin and his very talented targets.
No. 15 Ole Miss at No. 2 Alabama
ATS PICK: OLE MISS (+7)
With Everett Golson’s not-so-consistent QB play, it’s hard to be convinced that the Alabama will be able to beat the mean-defending, lethal-attacking Rebels of 2015. But even if the Tide secondary comes to the rescue, and Derrick Henry explodes for another big game (along with Golson), Ole Miss’ well-oiled offense that has recorded two 70-point games should be able to keep the game very close to cover the spread as 7-point road underdogs. Fun Facts: The Rebels beat and cover the spread as 4.5 underdogs last season; and Mississippi’s coach Hugh Freeze boasts of having the highest career ATS win-loss percentage of any coach at 36–16 (69%).
BYU at UCLA
ATS PICK: BYU (+16.5)
After posting back-to-back upset wins in their non-conference matchups against Nebraska in Week 1 and Boise State in Week 2, both coming largely because of a clutch performance from QB Tanner Mangum (Taysom Hill’s replacement after the starter suffered a season-ending Week 1 injury); it is a mockery that the No. 19 Cougars are placed as massive underdogs against to the No. 10 Bruins. With Josh Rosen coming off a shaky performance that saw him bailed out by UCLA’s running game, BYU should be able to do enough to cover the huge spread, if not deliver a third straight non-conference upset this season.