College Football Betting Lines: Week 3
In college football's marquee matchup this week, Alabama opened a 7-point favorite against Texas A&M and controversial quarterback Johnny Manziel for Saturday's kickoff at Kyle Field in College Station.
Whether or not it's because of the distractions A&M have dealt with thanks to Manziel, or because Texas A&M's defense looked mediocre against FCS-school Sam Houston State, allowing some big plays in a 65-28 win on Saturday, the line has moved to 8.5 at 5Dimes.
Nonetheless, it's not just Manziel that Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin is dealing with, as he'll welcome back several suspended defensive starters this week. Cornerback De'Vante Harris, linebacker Steven Jenkins, and defensive end Gavin Stansbury return this week after missing the first two games serving suspensions for violating team rules. Sumlin said his team has been forced to run a "vanilla" defense with so many starters on the bench, so he has to be looking forward to seeing his defense at full-strength.
The highly-anticipated conference-opener is a revenge rematch for the defending national champs, who laid -13.5 and lost at home to Texas A&M last November in a game the Crimson Tide outgained the Aggies 431-418.
Other games to note include a Texas tussle on Thursday, with TCU laying 3.5 at Texas Tech at 5Dimes. The Horned Frogs opened as 6-point favorites. Boise State finally scored an offensive touchdown in a 49-point rout of UT Martin, and opens Mountain West play laying -23 to Air Force in Friday's lone game. In a battle of the Bluegrass State, Louisville opened -10.5 at Kentucky and is now -13. An intriguing Pac 12-Big 10 battle in Lincoln finds Nebraska laying -4.5 to UCLA.
One of the Mountain West favorites, Fresno State, heads to Boulder to take on the Colorado Buffaloes laying 9.5 points at 5Dimes after opening a 10-point road chalk. The seemingly inept Southern Cal Trojans opened -16 to visiting Boston College, but that has been bet down to -14. The Hawkeye State showdown finds Iowa laying 1.5 at Iowa State, after the Hawkeyes opened a 3-point chalk.