The SEC on CBS returns in a huge way when No. 1 Alabama takes on No. 11 Florida in a showdown at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The latest Week 3 college football odds from Caesars Sportsbook list the Crimson Tide as 15.5-point favorites. Alabama has won seven straight in the series, and only two games during that span have been decided by two scores or fewer. Is this a good spot to back the Tide, or can Florida keep it competitive in The Swamp?
Alabama’s top rival, meanwhile, has a big non-conference game as No. 22 Auburn travels to No. 10 Penn State. The Nittany Lions are -6.5 in that matchup, according to the latest Week 3 college football spreads. Which Week 3 college football lines should you target in those matchups and others? Before making any Week 3 college football picks, be sure to see the latest college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,500 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters Week 3 of the 2021 season on a 67-50 run on all top-rated college football picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.
Top Week 3 college football predictions
One of the top college football picks the model is recommending for Week 3: No. 12 Notre Dame (-7) covers at home against Purdue in a 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday matchup. The Fighting Irish are off to a 2-0 start, and their passing game has been clicking. They rank 11th nationally in passing yards per game (341.5) and they’re in the top 50 nationally in scoring offense (36.5 ppg) and total offense (440 ypg).
The run game is struggling, but Kyren Williams could certainly break out at any point. SportsLine’s model is calling for Williams to rush for 80 yards, while Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan throws for almost 300 passing yards and two touchdowns. Notre Dame covers in well over 50 percent of simulations, while the under (59) also hits.
Another one of the college football predictions from the model: No. 8 Cincinnati (-3) covers at Indiana in a noon ET kickoff on Saturday. The Bearcats are aiming for the College Football Playoffs this season. But if they’re going to be serious contenders, they’ll need to make statements in the next two weeks with Indiana and Notre Dame on the schedule.
Indiana was overwhelmed by Iowa in its opener, and now the Hoosiers take on another talented and physical team in the Bearcats. SportsLine’s model sees this as a low-scoring game that stays in the 40s. That helps the under (51) hit with plenty of room to spare, while the Bearcats pick up the double-digit victory and cover almost 60 percent of the time.
How to make Week 3 college football picks
The model has also made the call on who wins and covers in every other game on the Week 3 college football schedule, and it’s calling for a Top 25 favorite to go down hard. You can only get every pick for every game at SportsLine.
So what college football picks can you make with confidence? And which Top 25 favorite goes down hard? Check out the latest college football odds below, then visit SportsLine to see which teams win and cover the spread, all from a proven computer model that has returned $3,500 in profit over the past five-plus seasons, and find out.
Week 3 College football odds (via Caesars)
Here are the college football lines for some of Week 3’s most notable matchups:
Thursday, Sept. 16
Friday, Sept. 17
Saturday, Sept. 18
Cincinnati vs. Indiana (+3, 51)
Purdue vs. Notre Dame (-7, 59)
Alabama vs. Florida (+15.5, 57)
Kent State vs. Iowa (-22.5, 54.5)
Auburn vs. Penn State (-6.5, 53)