College football odds, picks, predictions for Week 3, 2020: Advanced model backing UNC, Boston College

College football odds, picks, predictions for Week 3, 2020: Advanced model backing UNC, Boston College

The 2020 college football schedule has already seen a number of surprising upsets through the first two weeks. Geoff Collins and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets went on the road and stunned Florida State as double-digit underdogs last week, beating the Seminoles 16-13. The Yellow Jackets were down 10-0 at halftime, but used a second half surge to secure their first win at Florida State since 2009. 

Despite that impressive victory on the road, the latest Week 3 college football odds from William Hill list Georgia Tech as a seven-point underdog at home against UCF. Is there value on Georgia Tech or should you look elsewhere when evaluating the Week 3 college football lines? Before making any Week 3 college football picks, be sure to see the latest college football predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four 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 is a stunning 9-0 on top-rated picks through two weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning almost $800 in profit already. Anybody who has followed it is way up. 

Now, it has turned its attention to the latest college football odds for Week 3 and locked in picks for every FBS matchup. Head to SportsLine to see every pick.

Top Week 3 college football predictions 

One of the top Week 3 college football picks the model is recommending: North Carolina (-27.5) covers at home against Charlotte at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Tar Heels are coming off an impressive 31-6 victory over Syracuse in their season-opener. Running back Javonte Williams had a strong showing for Mack Brown’s team, scoring three touchdowns while averaging 4.1 yards per carry against the Orange. Quarterback Sam Howell also played well in UNC’s season debut, completing 73.5 percent of his passes for 295 yards and a touchdown. 

Meanwhile, Charlotte is coming off a disappointing loss against Appalachian State, falling 35-20. Quarterback Chris Reynolds completed just 11 of his 30 pass attempts for 140 yards and two interceptions. The model predicts that UNC’s defense will give up just 15 points, while Howell will throw for over 350 yards for the Tar Heels, leading UNC to a cover in over 60 percent of simulations.

Another one of the top Week 3 college football predictions: Duke fails to cover as a 4.5-point home favorite against Boston College. The Blue Devils played well against Notre Dame, despite losing by a final score of 27-13. Duke had three receivers record 60 or more receiving yards against the Fighting Irish, while quarterback Chase Brice threw for over 250 yards. 

However, Duke has struggled mightily to cover the spread as the favorite. In fact, the Blue Devils are just 2-8-1 against the spread in their last 11 games when favored, one of the main reasons the model projects Boston College covers the spread nearly 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 every other FBS game in Week 3, and it also says a favorite goes down hard in a shocking upset this week. You can only get every pick for every game at SportsLine.

So what college football picks can you make with confidence in Week 3? And which surprising underdog pulls off a shocking upset? Check out the latest Week 3 college football odds below, and then visit SportsLine to see which teams win and cover the spread, all from a proven computer model that has returned over $3,500 in profit over the past four seasons, and find out.

Week 3 college football odds (via William Hill)

Houston at Baylor (-6.5)
Syracuse at Pittsburgh (-21.5)
Boston College at Duke (-4.5)
Louisiana at Georgia State (+16.5)
Liberty at Western Kentucky (-14)
Navy at Tulane (-8)
Tulsa at Oklahoma State (-22.5)
Appalachian State at Marshall (+3.5)
South Florida at Notre Dame (-26)
Charlotte at North Carolina (-27.5)
UCF at Georgia Tech (+7)
Troy at MTSU (+3.5)
SMU at North Texas (+14)
Miami (Fla). at Louisville (-2.5)
Texas State at UL-Monroe (+3.5)
Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss (-4.5)

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