After a Week 2 that saw numerous upsets, crazy endings, and a huge firing, the oddsmakers have had their hands full in setting the lines for Week 3. The early lines are out, and after looking things over, we’ve found a couple of games that we’re pretty confident in. We think we’ve found two sure winners for you. Let’s take a look at those two games, and we’ll give you our picks so you can place your bets against their NCAA Football Odds.
Sure Winners For Week 3 of the 2022 Season | College Football Betting Picks
Oklahoma Sooners @ Nebraska Cornhuskers (+15)
These two renewed their Big 12 rivalry last season, and the game was closer than expected. But since then, both teams have undergone a lot of changes. Let’s start with Oklahoma. Lincoln Riley left for USC, and took a lot of Oklahoma’s top players with him, or they entered the transfer portal. Brent Venables, who was Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator the last time they played in Lincoln, is now the head coach at Oklahoma.
After two terrible losses, including Saturday’s loss to Georgia Southern at home, Nebraska Athletic Director Trev Alberts made the decision to fire head coach Scott Frost. Frost’s tenure at Nebraska was marred by bad losses and bad decisions. Interim coach Mickey Joseph, a former Husker quarterback, now has the envious task of taking on the Sooners.
Oklahoma got off to a slow start last week, but went on to defeat Kent State by a score of 33-3. Venables defense held the Golden Flash to a lone field goal. Sooner quarterback Dillon Gabriel threw for nearly 300 yards with three touchdowns. Star receiver Marvin Mims had over 160 yards and two touchdowns.
This one will be interesting, as Nebraska has to regroup after the firing of Frost. We’ve seen a team go both ways after a coach gets fired. At times they’ve been inspired, while at others, they’ve struggled to continue.
While we think the Cornhuskers will come out and play with passion early on, we don’t think that they can keep it up throughout the whole game. Oklahoma is the more talented team, and it will show at the end. The Sooners will pull away late and will leave Lincoln with a 21-point victory.
California Golden Bears @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-13)
Who would’ve thought that coming into this game, the Cal Golden Bears would be 2-0, and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame would be 0-2. After last week’s stunning upset by Marshall in South Bend, Marcus Freeman’s squad has started the season off winless. Notre Dame will welcome Cal to town on Saturday, hoping for their first victory of the season.
Cal has beaten UC-Davis and UNLV, so they haven’t really played anyone as of yet. Cal knows that this is their chance to make a name for themselves if they can beat Notre Dame. Prior to Saturday’s loss, Notre Dame had won 30 of their last 31 home games.
Even though Notre Dame lost to Marshall, we look for them to rebound and beat Cal on Saturday. This has already been a learning experience for the Irish, and we think that they’ll come out inspired and will take it to Cal. Notre Dame wins 31-14, covering the spread, and winning their first game.
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