College Football Opening Line Report – Week 3

Every Tuesday, we take a look at the early line movement and college football betting trends for the 15 most heavily bet games, in terms of the number of total bets.

Team Betting % Current Open Notes
LSU 81% -3.5 -3 The public is still buying LSU after their 2-0 start, and Mississippi State’s loss to Auburn is still fresh in their minds.
Miss. State 19% 3.5 3
Oklahoma 73% -3 (-115) -3.5 In a top-5 battle, the public is having no trouble laying the points with Oklahoma on the road.
Florida State 27% 3 (-105) 3.5
Boise State 80% -19.5 -17.5 Four out of five bets are taking the Broncos which has pushed the line up two points.
Toledo 20% 19.5 17.5
Michigan St. 76% 4.5 5.5 An 0-2 start has people jumping off of the Notre Dame bandwagon.  Laying points against the 15th ranked Spartans doesn’t interest most bettors.
Notre Dame 24% -4.5 -5.5
Oklahoma St 89% -13.5 -14 Sports Insights has seen some early betting system plays on Tulsa, causing the reverse-line movement.
Tulsa 11% 13.5 14
Penn State 66% -8 -10 There is also some reverse-line movement in this game which suggests some sharp money taking Temple as a home dog.
Temple 34% 8 10
Tennessee 53% 8.5 8.5 The betting percentages are split for this SEC matchup, which is why the betting line has remained steady at 8.5 points.
Florida 47% -8.5 -8.5
Wisconsin 84% -17 -16 The public continues to love the Badgers.  They have no problem laying a large amount of points on the road.
No. Illinois 16% 17 16
Texas Tech 86% -20.5 -19 The lopsided betting has moved the line 1.5 points already, but it will be interesting to see if it gets to the key number of 21.
New Mexico 14% 20.5 19
Idaho 19% 35.5 37 Another example of the line moving the opposite way of the betting percentages.  There is some money saying that Idaho can keep it within 5 touchdowns.
Texas A&M 81% -35.5 -37
Auburn 86% 3.5 4 One of the few games where the majority is taking the underdog.  No surprise though, as Auburn already has two highly publicized wins.
Clemson 14% -3.5 -4
Houston 86% -7.5 -7.5 The line has yet to budge despite a heavy backing of Houston.  Not much respect for Louisiana Tech at home this week.
La. Tech 14% 7.5 7.5
Stanford 89% -10 -10 The more people hear about Andrew Luck, the more they keep betting on Stanford to cover.
Arizona 11% 10 10
West Virginia 62% 1 pick Maryland’s uniforms got all of the coverage last week, but a good win over Miami has them relatively even against No. 18 West Virginia.
Maryland 38% -1 pick
Texas 76% -3.5 (-105) -3 The heavy betting on Texas has moved the line off of the key number of 3, which is a bit surprising considering they barely beat BYU last week.
UCLA 24% 3.5 (-115) 3

* Betting Percentages reflect Sports Insights’ Spread Betting Trends Data
** Opening and Current Lines from 5Dimes

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