Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Terry Godwin (5) and running back Brian Herrien (35) celebrate his score against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium.
- Leading the most popular college football picks of Week 3 are Georgia, Tennessee, and Houston.
- Public bettors will be looking to build off a sweep in Week 2, as all three of last week's most popular teams covered the spread.
Behind huge wins from Ohio State and Alabama, the public swept the board last week, going 3-0 on Week 2’s most popular college football plays.
This week’s list of most popular bets includes two more spreads of 30+ points, but also features a matchup that’s expected to be one of the tightest of the weekend.
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Tennessee (-31) vs. UTEP
12 p.m. ET
Tennessee has attracted 81% of bets accounting for 84% of dollars this week. The line has inched up a bit as a result, moving from its opener of -30 to -31.
Why the public loves Tennessee: There’s a good chance this is going to be the Vols’ one and only appearance on the list of most popular bets this season, which should tell you that their heavy backing has more to do with their opponent.
Our Collin Wilson pegged UTEP as the worst FBS team in the country before the season kicked off, and the Miners remain dead last in his power ratings after the first two weeks.
Georgia (-33.5) vs. Middle Tennessee State
12 p.m. ET
No team has drawn a higher percentage of bets this weekend than the Bulldogs. They’re making up 85% of tickets placed on this game, and those tickets have accouted for 97% of dollars. As a result, this line has shifted from -30.5 to -33.5.
Why the public loves Georgia: Last week was supposed to be a good test for Georgia. With the Bulldogs going into Columbia to face a Top-25 South Carolina team, many people — including yours truly — thought the Gamecocks had a chance to win that game.
With Georgia coming off a 24-point road win against a ranked SEC opponent, 34 points at home against Middle Tennessee State looks like an easy winner.
Houston (-1.5) at Texas Tech
4:15 p.m. ET
Of the games listed here, this one is the most heavily bet matchup overall, and Houston has accounted for 80% of those bets. The Cougars have landed only 69% of dollars, but this line has jumped the fence from Tech -1.5 to Houston -1.5.
Why the public loves Houston: Houston looked like a top team in the country during the first half last week, jumping out to a 31-0 lead over Arizona. The Cougars went on to win, 45-17, easily covering the three-point spread.
And how many times have you heard that Ed Oliver is the “best player in college football?” Five or six today? The more that phrase gets thrown around, the more likely casual bettors are to put their money behind Houston.