Each week in college football, the lines move up and down on games from the time they are posted until the game starts.
Sometimes those lines move a little and other times a lot. This week, four games on the college schedules had their lines move 6 or more points, with two of the teams involved from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Duke Blue Devils both have home games this week, yet each game has seen bettors putting significant money with their opponents.
Georgia Tech opened at -25 against FCS perennial power Georgia Southern. That line on Bovada and topbet has dropped to -17.5. Georgia Southern is in its first year of Division I-A
One reason could be that Georgian Southern was 21.5-point dog against North Carolina State and nearly won the game outright. Then last week they routed unmercifully a Savannah State team that is very bad.
Therefore, bettors are starting to believe the team could stay close in their game with the Yellow Jackets.
However, Georgia Tech is not going to just rollover, the Yellow Jackets are 2-0 and have one of the nation’s best ground games.
Duke opened as a favorite by 20.5 points versus the Kansas Jayhawks on betonline and sportsbook.com.
As of late Friday, the line was bet down to its current -14.
Name recognition is part of the answer. If Duke plays Troy, the name is not as recognizable as Kansas.
The line started out high due to Kansas struggling against SE Missouri State a non-Division I team, barely winning 34-28.
Even though Duke has put some good numbers up both last season and to start this one, it is hard to consider them a good football team since they have not been for that long.
Other line moves in Week 3 that have been big include a battle between the Indiana Hoosiers moving down from a road favorite of 1.5 points versus Bowling Green to -7.5.
Old Dominion started the week as a home favorite by 11 points over Eastern Michigan but is now favored by 18 points.
Other lines that have made notable moves in Week 3
Navy -13 to -10 vs. Texas State
Cincinnati -12.5 to -10 hosting Toledo
Notre Dame -31.5 to -28.5 vs. Purdue
Louisville -9 to -6 vs. Virginia
Texas A&M -29.5 to -32.5 vs. Rice
Northern Illinois -13.5 to -10.5 vs. UNLV
USC -20.5 to -17 vs. Boston College
Make sure that you visit reputable sites such as Bovada, topbet, sportsbook.com and betonline prior to the kickoff of each game to see the up to the minute lines before making a wager.