Big 12 Football-Week 2 Handicapping Guide
The Big 12 will be looking to duplicate its success this weekend after going a perfect 9-0 straight-up in Week 1 (TCU was idle). The conference was also 8-0 against the spread in games with posted lines. The following is a look at a couple of the top matchups this week in the Big 12 along with the opening spreads as provided by BetOnline.
Saturday, Sept. 8
Miami Hurricanes vs. Kansas State Wildcats (-7)
Miami started the season with an ACC showdown against Boston College as two-point favorite on the road and came away with the 41-32 win. The total went well OVER the 43.5-point line. The Hurricanes trailed by two points in the third quarter, but pulled away for good on a Duke Johnson 56-yard run for a score.
Kansas State crushed Missouri State 51-9 on opening day as a 34-point home favorite. There was no total line for this game. The Wildcats rushed for an amazing 324 yards led by John Hubert’s 12 carries for 152 yards and one touchdown.
The Hurricanes are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last seven games overall, but it has gone OVER in four of their last 6 games on the road. The Wildcats are 4-1 SU in their last five games and 8-1 SU in their last nine games at home. The total has gone OVER in six of their last seven games.
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (-4.5)
Iowa State bounced back from an early 16-7 hole in the first quarter to roll over Tulsa 38-23 as a two-point home underdog to kick off the season. The total went OVER the 50.5-point line. Steele Jantz threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, while Shontrelle Johnson added 120 yards on the ground and one TD.
Iowa snuck by Northern Illinois 18-17 as a 7.5-point road favorite in its season opener. The total stayed UNDER the 47-point line. The Hawkeyes actually trailed midway through the fourth quarter, but took a one-point lead on a Damon Bullock 23-yard run.
The Cyclones are 1-4 SU in their last five road games while the Hawkeyes have won seven of their last eight games at home SU. Iowa State has lost four of its last six games against Iowa SU but is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The total has stayed UNDER in six of the last seven meetings.
Oklahoma State Cowboys (-13) vs. Arizona Wildcats
Oklahoma State put up a basketball score in its home opener while shutting-out Division IAA Savannah State 84-0 in a game with no posted line. In what amounted to nothing more than a brief workout, the Cowboys piled-up 35 points in the first quarter and ended the day with 682 yards of total offense.
Arizona needed overtime to pull-out a 24-17 win over Toledo in its home opener as a 10-point favorite. The total line stayed UNDER the 41-point line. Terrence Miller’s 10-yard touchdown reception from Matt Scott in the first extra period proved to be the difference. Scott ended the day completing 30-of-46 attempts for 387 yards and two touchdowns.
The Cowboys are 10-1 SU in their last 11 road games and 15-1 SU in their last 16 games overall. The total has stayed UNDER in 10 of their last 14 games on the road. The Wildcats are 5-13 SU in their last 18 games and 1-5 ATS in their last six at home. The total has gone OVER in seven of their last 10 games.
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