Week 3 of the college football season involves each of the top three teams going on the road to face a fellow Top 20 team, including the Ohio State Buckeyes’ much anticipated matchup against the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday.
Ohio State, led by QB J.T. Barrett, is listed as a 1.5-point favorite against Oklahoma with a total of 63 points at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Buckeyes are 18-0 straight-up in their last 18 road games and 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games in September, according to the OddsShark College Football Database. Oklahoma is 7-0 SU in their last seven home games.
The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide are 11-point favorites with a 54.5-point total against the Mississippi Rebels, who defeated them in 2014 and 2015. Alabama is 9-1 SU but 4-6 ATS in its last 14 road games where it was favored by 7.5 to 14 points. Mississippi is on a streak of 5-0 SU against teams with winning records.
The Florida State Seminoles are two-point favorites against the ACC rival Louisville Cardinals, with a total of 65.5. Florida State is 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS over its last 10 road games against the ACC. Louisville is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 7.5-point favorites against the Michigan State Spartans, with a total of 52. Notre Dame is 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine home games against MSU, but the visiting team is 1-5 SU in the last six editions of this matchup. Michigan State is 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in its last seven road games after a road loss.
Star QB Greg Ward Jr. is rejoining the Houston Cougars, who are 7.5-point favorites, with a total of 64, against the host Cincinnati Bearcats on Thursday. Houston is 8-1 SU in its last nine conference games. Cincinnati is 11-3-1 ATS in its last 15 conference games.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are three-point favorites, with a total of 73, in a home game against the Oregon Ducks. Nebraska is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games in Week 3. Oregon is 6-1 SU and ATS in its last seven games against teams with winning records.
The Stanford Cardinal are nine-point favorites against the USC Trojans, with a total of 53. The Cardinal are 11-1 SU and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 conference games. Southern Cal is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games against Stanford.
The Texas Longhorns are eight-point favorites in an anticipated scoring battle against the California Golden Bears that has a total of 80. Texas is 5-1 ATS in its last six games against the Pac-12. California is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games at home after a win at home.