2017 College Football Week 3 Opening Line Report

2017 College Football Week 3 Opening Line Report

Week 3 lines are out and below we’ve compared how the odds look at CRIS compared to the lookahead lines from Golden Nugget over the summer.

MatchupSep 11 Current
(CRIS)
Sep 10 Opener
(CRIS)
June 24 Lookahead
(Golden Nugget)
Clemson at LouisvilleClemson -2.5Clemson -2.5Pick 'Em
Tennessee at FloridaFlorida -6Florida -5Florida -9.5
Texas at USCUSC -17USC -14USC -12.5
Wisconsin at BYUWisconsin -13Wisconsin -13Wisconsin -10
Oklahoma St at PittOkla St -13.5Okla St -10Okla St -3.5
Oregon at WyomingOregon -13.5Oregon -14Oregon -10.5
Stanford at San Diego StateStanford -9Stanford -7.5Stanford -9.5
UCLA at MemphisUCLA -2.5UCLA -4.5No Line
Notre Dame at BCND -13ND -11.5No Line

Clemson at Louisville:
The market appears to be in some agreement on this one, as Clemson opened -2.5 or -3 everywhere. The Tigers are getting the slight majority of early spread tickets after earning an impressive win over Auburn last week, and actually moved up to -3.5/-4 before coming down to -2.5/-3.

Louisville got a solid road win last week and have the Heisman favorite Lamar Jackson at QB so fans should be excited to see how he does against Clemson’s D. It does appear that the early sharp money took Clemson at -2.5, but already some quick buyback on Louisville at +3.5/+4.

Tennessee at Florida:
On Sunday (9/10), BetOnline opened Florida -8.5 but that line was bet down to Florida -5. The rest of the market then opened Florida -5, and Bookmaker has since moved to Florida -6. Over the summer the lookahead line was Florida -9.5. The public has been very heavy on Tennessee in early betting, getting over 70% of tickets. Florida’s game last week was cancelled so they have a slight advantage of being rested and at home. Even with the public on the Vols, we could see the line rise to Florida -7 at some point.

Texas at USC:
Sharper money appears to be all over USC in this one, opening -14 at some of the sharp books like Bookmaker and already moving up to -17. Texas got a huge 56-0 win over SJSU last week but QB Shane Buechele is questionable with a shoulder injury. USC comes off a big 42-24 home win over Stanford, but the Trojans are only getting 49% of early spread tickets. There’s some balance among public bettors, but money on USC keeps pushing the line up.

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Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire is the Operations Manager and soccer specialist at Sports Insights. He can be reached at dan.mcguire@sportsinsights.com.

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