Oregon wide receiver Kris Hutson carries the ball for the Ducks during their home opener Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, against Eastern Washington
Oregon wide receiver Kris Hutson carries the ball for the Ducks during their home opener Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, against Eastern Washington

College Football Week 3 Betting Guide: Breaking Down Every Key Matchup

The college football calendar rolls on to Week 3 in what is an underwhelming slate overall. Marquee matchups are few and far between with only a handful of notable non-conference games to speak of.

Below is an overview of the top four contests this weekend along with the betting details for each.

(22) Penn State (2-0) vs. Auburn (2-0)

Moneyline: Penn State -160, Auburn +130

Spread: Penn State -3

Total: 47

ESPN’s gameday crew is headed to Auburn for this matchup. Both teams enter with a 2-0 record, though the Nittany Lions are 2-0 ATS while Auburn is yet to cover. You’ll see strength-on-strength in this game with Penn State’s defense allowing just 80.5 rushing yards per game while Auburn’s rushing offense has racked up 247.5 yards per game. The success, or lack thereof, of Auburn running backs Tank Bigsby and Robby Ashford will play a significant role in this result.

(12) BYU (2-0) vs. (25) Oregon (1-1)

Moneyline: BYU +135, Oregon -165

Spread: Oregon -3.5

Total: 57.5

It’s always fun when you get a matchup featuring a top mid-major against a traditional Power 5 powerhouse. BYU is coming off an emotional overtime win against 17th-ranked Baylor. The Cougars possess a balanced offense that has totaled 272 passing yards per game and 197.5 rushing yards per game. It’s hard to know what to make of Oregon. A blowout victory over Eastern Washington last weekend doesn’t make up for getting smoked by Georgia in their opener. BYU is a perfect 2-0 ATS out of the gate, but your move here will ultimately depend on how much faith you have in the Bo Nix-led Ducks.

(11) Michigan State (2-0) vs. Washington (2-0)

Moneyline: Michigan State +140, Washington -170

Spread: Washington -3

Total: 56.5

This will a third-straight home game for the Huskies to open the season, although this will be their first real test. Washington managed to cover in a pair of blowouts against Kent State and Portland State and open as favorites against the visiting Spartans. Michigan State is another team we know little about at this juncture given their pair of home cupcake contests against Western Michigan and Akron, both of which resulted in blowouts. The Spartans defense lead the country with 12 sacks. That pass rush against Washington’s sixth-ranked passing offense will serve as the matchup of the game. Indiana transfer Michael Penix Jr. has thrown for 682 yards and six touchdowns in his first season with the Huskies thus far. He and first-year head coach Kalen DeBoer will have the chance for a signature win that the PAC-12 desperately needs.

(13) Miami vs. (24) Texas A&M

Moneyline: Miami +180, Texas A&M -220

Spread: Texas A&M -5.5

Total: 45.5

The Aggies are looking to bounce back from an embarrassing home loss to Appalachian State last weekend. A&M is one of the few schools in the country averaging fewer than 100 yards rushing per game offensively (99.5). The Aggies are averaging a meager 341.5 yards per game while Miami’s offense has racked up 519 yards of total offense per game thus far. Defensively, Miami is allowing just 63 rushing yards per game and 291 yards in all. A&M owns one of the best passing defenses in the country having allowed just 112.5 yards per game, good for sixth in the country. The spread feels like too many points, although can you really trust Miami with wins against Bethune-Cookman and Southern Miss?

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