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Top College Football Week 3 Betting Picks & Predictions

Written by on July 19, 2017

The third week of the college football season is when some teams – those that have nine conference games – play their final non-conference matchups of the season. But there are plenty of great in-conference matchups too. Here’s a look at three of the biggest College Football Week 3 games of this season and betting recommendations.

Top College Football Week 3 Betting Picks & Predictions

Oklahoma State Cowboys at Pittsburgh Panthers

When: Saturday, Sept. 16, Noon ETWhere: Heinz Field, PittsburghTV: ESPN2Radio: KSPI-FM 93.7 (Oklahoma State) / 93.7 The Fan (Pittsburgh)Stream: WatchESPNCollege Football Week 3 Odds: TBADon’t laugh, but this could be an important game for the College Football Playoff. With star quarterback Mason Rudolph and receiver James Washington both opting to return to Stillwater this season instead of entering the NFL Draft, this could be the best Oklahoma State team in a long time. I believe the Pokes will win the Big 12 title game.Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is a sleeper in the ACC after finishing 8-5 last year and tied for second in the Coastal Division. Coach Pat Narduzzi has done a fine job there and is recruiting well. The Panthers are on the rise. The likely will be home underdogs here, though.

Who Won Last Year’s Encounter?

Last year these teams played in Stillwater and it was a 45-38 OSU victory. Rudolph was 26 of 46 for 540 yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys, while Washington pulled in nine receptions for 296 yards.Rudolph had 372 yards passing and Washington 231 receiving in the first half alone, both OSU school records for one half. The Cowboys’ 467 yards of total offense in the opening half also set a school record.After starting its final possession on its own 8-yard- line with 1:21 to go, Pitt advanced to the OSU 45-yard- line before Nathan Peterman’s pass was intercepted by Ramon Richards with 15 seconds left. Pitt had 527 yards of offense and was 2-for- 2 on fourth down. But Okie State had 640 yards of offense.

College Football Series History

  • Total Meetings: 1
  • First Meeting: September 17th, 2016. Stillwater, TX.
  • Last Meeting: September 17th, 2016. Stillwater, TX.
  • All-Time Series: Oklahoma State 1-0-0
  • Largest Margin of Victory: OSU 45-38 (2016)
  • Longest Win Streak: OSU 1 (2016)
  • Current Win Streak: OSU 1 (2016)

Tennessee Volunteers at Florida Gators

When: Saturday, Sept. 16, 3:30 PM ETWhere: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, GainesvilleTV: CBSRadio: WIVK 107.7 FM (Tennessee) / Gator IMG Sports Network (Florida)Stream: CBSSports.comCollege Football Week 3 Odds: TBAThe winner of this game should be the primary challenger to Georgia in the SEC East, a division that Florida has won the past two years. Tennessee coach Butch Jones enters this season on the hottest seat in the conference. If he loses the SEC opener, he’s in major trouble. Especially since the Vols still would have to play Georgia, LSU and at Alabama – all potential losses as well.Florida should again have one of the better defenses in the country, but the Gators still don’t know who their QB will be. After a limited career at Notre Dame, transfer QB Malik Zaire comes to Florida with expectations that he can give the Gators that extra juice needed to get over the hump and beat Alabama.

What Happened in Last Year’s Game?

Tennessee finally ended a long losing streak to the Gators last year with a wild 38-28 home win. Joshua Dobbs (now in the NFL) accounted for five second-half touchdowns and No. 14 Tennessee erased a 21- point deficit to beat No. 19 Florida and end their 11-game losing streak in the annual series.The Volunteers had lost to Florida by one point each of the previous two years despite leading in the fourth quarter of both games. UT scored 38 straight points in last year’s game.

College Football Series History

  • Total Meetings: 46
  • First Meeting: October 28th, 1916. Tampa, FL.
  • Last Meeting: September 24th, 2016. Knoxville, TN.
  • All-Time Series: Florida 26-20-0
  • Largest Margin of Victory:  Florida 59-20
  • Longest Win Streak: Florida 11 (2005-2015)
  • Current Win Streak: Tennessee 1 (2016)
The Vols are underdogs against Florida in College Football Week 3.

Clemson Tigers at Louisville Cardinals

When: Saturday, Sept. 16, 3:30 PM ETWhere: Papa John’s Stadium, LouisvilleTV: TBARadio: WCCP-FM 105.5 (Clemson) / WHAS 840 AM (Loisville)Crucial game in the ACC’s Atlantic Division, which Clemson has won the past two seasons on the way to the national championship game. But those Tigers had star QB Deshaun Watson. His replacement is one of many story lines surrounding the 2017 Tigers. Louisville has no QB worries as it returns reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, who had one of the best offensive seasons ever last year. (Louisville)Stream: TBACollege Football Week 3 Odds: TBAHowever, the Cards faded late and lost their final three games when the offensive line couldn’t protect Jackson. The loser here probably is out of the Atlantic race because Florida State is the favorite and both have to play the Noles.

Who Won the Series Last Year?

Last year, Clemson was ranked No. 5 and beat visiting No. 3 Louisville 42-36 in a great game. The Tigers rallied behind Watson’s five touchdowns, the last two coming in the final seven minutes, after Louisville wiped out an 18-point lead behind a stellar performance by Jackson.However, Jackson was stopped a yard short on fourth down with 33 seconds left. The Cardinals gained 568 yards, but Clemson finished with 10 tackles for loss and five sacks of Jackson.

College Football Series History

  • Total Meetings: 3
  • First Meeting: October 11th, 2014. Clemson, SC.
  • Last Meeting: October 1st, 2016. Clemson, SC.
  • All-Time Series: Clemson 3-0-0
  • Largest Margin of Victory: Clemson 23-17 (2014)
  • Longest Win Streak: Clemson 3 (2014-2016)
  • Current Win Streak: Clemson 3 (2014-2016)

Expert College Football Week 3 Predictions

It’s still a bit to early to call yet and we wave to wait for the spreads of course, but from a straight-up perspective I like Oklahoma State, Florida and Louisville taking this matchups in College Football Week 3.
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