College Football Week 3 Odds and Lookahead Lines: 4 Bets to Make This Weekend

Week 3 College Football odds and lines are officially posted. Find the most updated College Football odds for Week 3 as well as predictions for marquee matchups such as Penn State vs Illinois, Mississippi St vs LSU, and North Carolina vs Minnesota below.

Week 3 College Football Odds & Lines

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Early College Football Week 3 Bets To Place

Once a pretty fun Week 2 slate around college football wraps up, all eyes will turn to Week 3. Many premier teams are treating Week 3 as a de facto bye week, playing non-conference games against inferior opponents, but there are some intriguing matchups on the docket, including Washington’s visit to Michigan State.

Let’s take a look at which Week 3 bets are worth locking in now, before the lines start to move.

Penn State (-12.5) vs. Illinois

If this line moves at all, chances are it will push toward Penn State by two touchdowns. The Nittany Lions can essentially do nothing to hurt themselves in Week 2 as they face Delaware. Another strong week by Drew Allar and the offense will give bettors more confidence that Penn State can be a national force this season, which means overpowering limited teams like Illinois.

The Illini, on the other hand, have a very tough matchup in Lawrence against Kansas. The Jayhawks have QB Jalon Daniels back in the fold and don’t look like they’ve slowed down after last season’s impressive offensive season.

Illinois thrives on its defense, but after allowing 28 points against Toledo at home, Kansas could put a dagger in the idea that Illinois’ defense is ready to contain Penn State in any way. I’m on the Nittany Lions’ spread while it stays under two touchdowns.

Mississippi State (+7.5) vs. LSU

This line is currently hovering just north of a touchdown in favor of LSU, despite the game being in Starkville. It wouldn’t be surprising if some money came in on Mississippi State to keep it close as gameday approaches.

There’s still some uncertainty surrounding the Bulldogs without Mike Leach, but this team still has Will Rogers at QB, an efficient running game led by Jo’Quavious Marks, and a defense loaded with fourth and fifth-year players. A strong showing against Arizona in Week 2 should build confidence in Mississippi State.

LSU, meanwhile, disappointed against Florida State and can’t prove much against Grambling State this week. Mississippi State should handle business against Arizona and can play a competitive game against LSU at home. I’m taking Bulldogs -7.5 right now.

Colorado (-17) vs. Colorado State

There’s some risk involved with Colorado, given how little we still know about Deion Sanders’ new-look Buffaloes, but a double-digit home win over Nebraska would have bettors feeling like Colorado should be favored by more than 17 against Colorado State the following week.

The Rams just let up 50 points at home against Washington State in Week 1, getting torched by Cougars QB Cameron Ward for 451 yards and three touchdowns. If Shedeur Sanders can keep the momentum going against a pretty strong Nebraska defense, there will be little doubt that Colorado can just pass its way to a blowout win vs. Colorado State and move this line past 17 points.

The Cornhuskers’ offense doesn’t look prepared to keep up with Colorado’s on the road, so the chances of that sizable Buffaloes win happening seem strong.

North Carolina (-6) vs. Minnesota

As long as this line stays under a touchdown, the value on UNC is pretty nice. The Tar Heels earned a 31-17 neutral-site win over South Carolina in Week 1, and it may have been even more of a blowout had Drake Maye not suffered some bad luck.

The defense allowed nearly 400 passing yards but completely shut down South Carolina’s running game. At home against a Minnesota team that was totally ineffective from a passing standpoint in Week 1, the Tar Heels should be able to win comfortably.

It won’t be easy for the Gophers to take advantage of UNC’s pass defense unless they take a major step forward. Minnesota has a layup this week against Eastern Michigan, but North Carolina has a chance to push this line by handling business against Appalachian State after last year’s thriller. The Tar Heels look much better positioned to cruise vs. the Mountaineers this season with defensive improvements in place.

Dan is a lifelong sports fan and graduate of Boston University. He’s covered several sports on Instagram since he was 12 and now writes about everything from betting trends to breaking news for Lineups.

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