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College Football Betting Trends to Know for Week 3: Remember When Nebraska vs Oklahoma was ‘The Game?’

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in College Football

Sep 14, 2022 · 1:36 PM PDT

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Oklahoma's Marvin Mims (17) tries to get past Nebraska's Quinton Newsome (6) after a reception during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Oklahoma won 23-16. Lx16138
  • The Oklahoma Sooners are 6-1 straight up in the last seven games against the Nebraska Cornhuskers
  • Cincinnati has won 15 in a row over Miami (Ohio)
  • All of the best Week 3 college football betting trends are assessed in the story below

For starters, here’s a one-of-a-kind college football betting trend from last week – Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and North Carolina, the four winningest programs in college basketball history, saw their football teams all win road games during Week 2.

That had never previously happened in college football history.

History lesson concluded, on to the Week 3 college football betting trends.

There was a time in NCAA gridiron history when no game was bigger than Nebraska vs Oklahoma. They’ve renewed this once-revered rivalry, but is it really worth your time?

The Miami (Ohio) Redhawks must feel like they’re doing time when it’s Cincinnati week on the schedule. The Bearcats have whipped the Redhawks 15 games in a row.

Oh, and a general rule of thumb when the Georgia Bulldogs are playing the South Carolina Gamecocks – don’t bet on the favorite to cover.

Let’s delve more deeply into these key college football betting trends and see where the smart money will be going in Week 3.

Cornhuskers Close But No Cigar College Football Kings

Long-time rivals in college football history, the legendary history between the Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-2) and Oklahoma Sooners (2-0) came to an end when Nebraska joined the Big Ten for the 2011 season.

They renewed the rivalry last year, and Nebraska did what the Cornhuskers do perhaps better than any college football team. They played a good team tough before ultimately succumbing.

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Oklahoma won 23-16. Against other ranked schools last season, Nebraska also lost by three to the Michigan Wolverines and by nine to the Ohio State Buckeyes.  The Cornhuskers, who fired coach Scott Frost this week and replaced him with Mickey Joseph, have dropped two games this season by a combined total of six points.

Eight of Nebraska’s nine losses last year were by a margin of one score. Overall, 12 of the past 13 setbacks suffered by the Cornhuskers were settled by a difference of one score.

The Sooners are 32-4 straight up in their past 36 road games. Oklahoma is 6-1 SU in the past seven times facing the Cornhuskers. However, it’s Nebraska that is 7-4 against the spread over the past 11 games between the two schools.

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Oklahoma is an 11-point road favorite Saturday at noon ET on FOX. Recent history suggests that taking Nebraska to cover would be the smart play.

Cincinnati W-W-W-W . . . and so on

The longest-running non-conference rivalry in college football, Cincinnati (1-1) and Miami (1-1) play for the Victory Bell. As the story goes, Miami would ring the bell in order to signify a win over Cincinnati. For the longest time, though, when these two schools play, it’s been about the RedHawks getting their bell rung.

The first meeting between these two schools was also the first college football game played in the state of Ohio on December 8, 1888. It ended 0-0. Amazingly, the all-time series is deadlocked at 59-59-7.

It’s amazing, because the Bearcats are 15-0 SU in the past 15 meetings. Miami hasn’t beaten Cincinnati since 2005. Cincinnati is 10-5 ATS over the course of this 15-game winning streak.

The Bearcats are set as a 22-point road favorite in this game on Saturday. ESPNU has all the action beginning at 12pm ET.

Georgia vs South Carolina an Underdog’s Paradise

The college football betting trends are displaying Georgia as the 24.5-point road chalk over South Carolina (1-1) on Saturday at noon ET on ESPN. The defending national champion Bulldogs (2-0) are the second betting choice in the National Championship odds at +225.

Bet on the Bulldogs to win this game. Georgia is 6-1 SU in the last seven games against the Gamecocks. At the same time, the smart money will be going on South Carolina to cover.

In the last 15 Bulldogs vs Gamecocks games, the favorite is 6-9-1 ATS. Georgia is 4-5-2 ATS in the last 11 games at South Carolina. Under head coach Kirby Smart, the Bulldogs are 1-3 ATS against the Gamecocks when favored by 20+ points.

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