Let’s take a look at the College Football Week 3 odds, picks, and predictions for this week’s game: Western Kentucky at Indiana.
And check out our other Week 3 College Football Game Previews & Picks:
- Fresno State vs. USC
- Mississippi State vs. LSU
- Penn State vs. Auburn
- Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech
- BYU vs. Oregon
- Washington State vs. Colorado State
- UConn vs. Michigan
- Georgia vs. South Carolina
- Oklahoma at Nebraska
- Charlotte at Georgia State
- Notre Dame vs. California
- New Mexico vs. UTEP
- Houston vs Kansas
- Texas vs UTSA
- Marshall at Bowling Green
- New Mexico State at Wisconsin
- Toledo at Ohio State
- Tulane at Kansas State
- Miami at Texas A&M
College Football Week 3 Early Odds, Picks & Prediction: Western Kentucky at Indiana
You may remember the Hilltoppers as one of college football’s emerging teams from a season ago, as a high-powered passing game led by Bailey Zappe went 9-5 in 2021. Zappe is gone, but the 2-0 Hilltoppers still have a top-50 passing game nationally.
Western Kentucky will face its toughest test of the young season when they travel to Bloomington for a battle with the Hoosiers, who have struggled out of the gates. Despite a 2-0 record, things haven’t been pretty for IU. The Hoosiers won in Week 1 thanks to a late-game meltdown from Illinois. Last week, they trailed 10-0 to Idaho before rallying in the second half.
Indiana is a transfer-laden team that still seems to be getting its footing. Missouri transfer QB Connor Bazelak hasn’t been great, and neither has a pass defense that ranks 106th in the country in coverage, per Pro Football Focus.
Austin Reed, who transferred in from West Florida this offseason, now leads Western Kentucky. He’s so far been a good fit in coach Tyson Helton’s offense, and he should be able to move the ball against a lackluster Hoosiers defense.
I pounced on the opening number of Western Kentucky +9, but even at +6.5, this line has value.
The pick: Western Kentucky +6.5
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