- The #1 Alabama Crimson Tide is favored heavily on the road to beat the #11 Florida Gators.
- The #23 BYU Cougars are underdogs at home against the #19 Arizona State Sun Devils.
- The #10 Penn State Nittany Lions are -6.0 favorites at home against the #22 Auburn Tigers.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Week 3 of the 2021 college football season is this weekend, and betting fans have a lot of AP Top 25 matchups to wager on with sportsbooks.
The #11 Florida Gators are hosting the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide, the #19 Arizona State Sun Devils are facing the #23 BYU Cougars, and the #10 Penn State Nittany Lions are matched up against the #22 Auburn Tigers.
These are big matchups for college football sportsbooks, as they are seeing a lot of action by betting fans. With each team being a top-ranked program, upsets are far more likely than one may expect.
Alabama Vs. Florida, Saturday, September 18, 3:30 PM ET, CBS
Alabama is heavily favored to beat Florida and it comes as no surprise. Alabama is the #1 ranked program in the nation and the defending NCAAF Champions.
Alabama Crimson Tide Vs. Florida Gators
- Moneyline: Alabama -800, Florida +525
- Spread: Alabama -16.0
- Totals: O/U 59.0
Those looking to bet on the favorites should consider taking them to cover the spread. Alabama is favored by 16 points and is 7-1 against the spread in their last 8 conference games.
Taking Alabama on the moneyline would net far less return than betting on the Crimson Tide to cover -16.0. The Gators are cold going into this matchup with 1-6-1 against the spread in their last 8 games overall.
However, one thing that is consistent across both teams is that they have hit the OVER at a steady rate, making the (-110) odds on OVER 59.0 tempting. Alabama is 4-0-1 for hitting the OVER and Florida is 5-0 for hitting the OVER in their last 5 games.
Arizona State Vs. BYU, Saturday, September 18, 10:15 PM ET, ESPN
The BYU Cougars are underdogs at home against the Arizona State Sun Devils. BYU has been on a hot streak to start the CFB season, however, some underdog sports betting enthusiasts should keep their eye on this game.
Arizona State Sun Devils Vs. BYU Cougars
- Moneyline: Arizona State -175, BYU +150
- Spread: Arizona State -3.5
- Totals: O/U 51.5
The Cougars beat the Utah Utes for the first time since 2009 which has allowed them to crack the AP Top 25 polls. A win against the Sun Devils will give them their first 3-0 start since 1952.
Sophomore QB Jaren Hall has excelled as the starter this season, already putting up 347 passing yards and 5 TDs across 2 games. If Hall continues to dominate in this manner, it could lead to a big upset win against Arizona State.
The Sun Devils defense has been solid so far this season, but they have not played against a Top 25 team and have allowed 14 and 10 points in their first two games of the season. This will be the first real test for the ASU defense.
The Sun Devils and the Cougars are on 5-0 streaks of hitting the UNDER in their games, so sports bettors who are not sure which way to lean on this matchup could cash in on betting totals.
Penn State Vs. Auburn, Saturday, September 18, 7:30 PM, ABC
The Penn State Nittany Lions are favored against the Auburn Tigers but not by much. This is a closer matchup, according to regulated sports betting sites, more than expected for a Top 10 team facing a team sitting outside of the Top 20.
Auburn Tigers Vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
- Moneyline: Penn State -230, Auburn +190
- Spread: Penn State -6.0
- Totals: O/U 53.0
The Nittany Lions are 6-0 against the spread in their last 6 games so sports bettors who are leaning on Penn State to win should consider taking them to cover as well. The spread is only set at –6.0 so if they win by a touchdown that’s a bigger return for college football gamblers.
Penn State did, however, prove themselves to be vulnerable, struggling against the Wisconsin Badgers in Week 1 and needing a fourth-quarter push to fend them off. Wisconsin is ranked #18.
This being the Nittany Lions’ second Top 25 team in three weeks may lend an advantage to the Tigers to pull off the upset.
Additionally, Auburn’s offense has been on fire. In Week 1, the Tigers beat Akron 60-10 and in Week 2 they beat Alabama State 62-0.
While neither of these programs have good defensive lines, Auburn has still proven that their offense is firing on all cylinders and can exploit lapses in defense. Longshot betting fans may want to take note of the (+190) odds for the Tigers to win.
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