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Ten Against the Spread: Week 3

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We have our first push of the season thanks to Fresno State, and Mack Brown went 2-0 on his coordinator revenge tour. Now that conference play is starting up for a few teams around the country, let’s look at some lines.

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All lines via Bovada

Boston College -21.0 vs. Kansas

I placed too much faith in Les Miles at Kansas last week against Coastal Carolina. I won’t make that mistake again, especially with Kansas facing a competent Power 5 school.

Georgia –32.5 vs. Arkansas St.

This will be a sleepwalk beatdown for UGA as they traverse that daunting SEC East schedule.

Illinois -8.0 vs. Eastern Michigan

Against a MAC team and an AAC team, the Illini put up 73 combined points and allowed just 26, including one game against Akron where the Zips put up three.

Lovie Smith has the Illini scoring, and this might be their last win for a few weeks as Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin are on the docket for October. Eight is a strange number, but it’s one Illinois can manage against Eastern Michigan at home.

Oklahoma St. -14.0 at Tulsa

Odd road game for the Cowboys, but after scoring 50 points in each of their first two games I’d look for Oklahoma State to do that again versus their in-state companion.

Florida -8.0 at Kentucky

Jump on this before the number moves closer to 10.

Maryland -7.5 at Temple

Whatever Mike Locksley is doing in Maryland is working. The Terps lead the nation in points per game with two 60+ point efforts, one against ACC contender Syracuse. They have to go to Philadelphia to play the Owls, but 7.5 seems like an easy number for the 2019 version of Maryland.

Ohio State -17.0 at Indiana

Maybe my Justin Fields Heisman sleeper pick wasn’t too off after all?

Iowa -3.0 at Iowa St.

College AMESday will be just outside Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones are coming off a bye, while Iowa just won their first conference game of the year 30-0 against Rutgers.

This game means a lot to both fanbases. If Iowa State was playing conservative against Northern Iowa, this is a game to let loose.

However, things just didn’t seem right for ISU. Even if they were staying vanilla, Northern Iowa pushed them to OT. Vegas knows here.

Virginia -7.5 vs Florida St.

Virginia is ranked after defeating Pitt and William & Mary. The state of football in the Commonwealth appears to be approaching a turning point. The last bastion of the Frank Beamer era will retire following this season, and Justin Fuente will have to answer for everything at Virginia Tech.

Meanwhile, the ‘Hoos have cracked the top 25 and Bronco Mendenhall has improved his record every year at UVA.

Florida State has a lot of problems, namely o-line and defense. Virginia wins convincingly at home.

Oklahoma -23.5 at UCLA

This will be a bad game. UCLA doesn’t have reliable QB play. The same cannot be said for Oklahoma. 50+ for the Sooners.