College football Week 3 opening lines: Alabama favored by 15 points over Florida

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Ricky Dimon

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

The college football season is starting to heat up, as the third full week of action features plenty of conference rivalry games. Yes, a lot of teams are ready to embark on the meat of their schedules. There are 3 all-top 25 contests this coming weekend, including an SEC showdown between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida Gators.

College football Week 3 lines

It’s never too early to look ahead to the betting slate once the lines have come out. So without further ado, let’s dive into the numbers and discuss some potential opportunities on which to capitalize (lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook).

Thursday
Ohio +20 at Louisiana

Friday
UCF -7.5 at Louisville
Maryland -8 at Illinois

Saturday
Nebraska +22 at Oklahoma
Michigan State +6.5 at Miami (FL)
Cincinnati -3.5 at Indiana
Virginia Tech +3 at West Virginia
Coastal Carolina -10.5 at Buffalo
Minnesota +2 at Colorado
Purdue +7 at Notre Dame
Alabama -15 at Florida
Georgia Tech +28.5 at Clemson
USC -8.5 at Washington State
Florida State +6.5 at Wake Forest
Baylor -17 at Kansas
Northwestern -3 at Duke
Mississippi State -3 at Memphis
South Carolina +30 at Georgia
Auburn +5 at Penn State
Virginia +9 at North Carolina
Stanford -11 at Vanderbilt
Oklahoma State +5 at Boise State
Arizona State -3 at BYU
Fresno State +10.5 at UCLA

Make sure you check out our previews for all of these games later in the week

Week 3 games to watch

Alabama vs Florida is obviously among the games to watch this week. The Crimson Tide’s biggest rival also has a fun matchup on its hands, as the Auburn Tigers are paying a visit to the Penn State Nittany Lions. On the other side of the country, both the Arizona State Sun Devils and BYU Cougars are 2-0 heading into their head-to-head meeting.

Normally I wouldn’t be too enthused about giving more than two touchdowns to a team ranked 11th in the country and playing at home. However, Alabama beat then-No. 14 Miami (FL) 44-13 and that was in Bryce Young’s debut. Now he has two games under his belt and the Crimson Tide are already looking like a well-oiled machine. Bama is a +180 favorite to win the National Championship and Young is a +350 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.

I’ll take them as -15 favorites over the Gators.

I also see a potential opportunity in the ACC. The Virginia Cavaliers are getting 9 points as they prepare to go on the road to face the North Carolina Tar Heels. Virginia is 2-0 and coming off a 42-14 shellacking of Illinois. North Carolina eased past Georgia State last weekend, but you can’t forget that the Heels lost their opener to Virginia Tech 17-10. It’s also worth noting that UVA won the 2020 contest 44-41.

Give me the Wahoos and the points.

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