September 5, 2013

NCAA Football Betting: College Football Matchups for Week 2

Here at Bang the Book, we have all of the top matchups of the 2013 NCAA football betting campaign covered! Today, we’re taking a look at the best matchups for Week 2!

San Diego State Aztecs (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ #2 Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Ohio State -27.5, Total: 54.5

Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH – Saturday, September 7th, 3:30 ET

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Ohio State came out of the blocks last week with a 23-0 lead against Buffalo and looked poised to romp. The team though, as it did some at the beginning of last season, took its foot off of the gas pedal and ended up getting outscored for the rest of the game. At least the Buckeyes held on to win, though. That’s a heck of a lot more than we can say for the Aztecs, who were pummeled by Eastern Illinois by three touchdowns. SDSU is uncharacteristically down this year, but the team isn’t as bad as that loss to the FCS reps seems. QB Adam Dingwell after all, did go onto the Smurf Turf and beat Boise State last season in shocking fashion. These two teams actually have met three times in the last decade and a half, and though Ohio State won all three games, it didn’t even score enough points to cover any of the three. The Aztecs are 3-0 ATS in those outings, and they have stuck around into the second half of all three clashes as well.

#3 Oregon Ducks (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ Virginia Cavaliers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Oregon -21.5, Total: 61.5

Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA – Saturday, September 7th, 3:30 ET


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The Ducks are the heavily favored team in this one, but we aren’t all that sure that they are deserving of all that it seems. Yes, they beat up on Nicholls State 66-3 last week and held the ball for just under 20 minutes and racked up over 700 yards, but this is a big time upgrade in talent level. The Virginia defense is deceptively very good, and that showed last week against BYU when the team pulled off the upset. The Cavaliers play against teams like this all the time, and they aren’t going to be intimidated taking on one of the big boys of the Pac-12. Oregon though, is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games dating back to last season, and four of those games were on the road in conference. As long as the U of O can figure out how to get past all of the travel to the East Coast associated with this one, this should be another victory for the Quack Attack.

San Jose State Spartans (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ #4 Stanford Cardinal (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS)
Spread: Stanford -26.5, Total: 48.5

Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, CA – Saturday, September 7th, 11:00 ET

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If there was a circumstance on the face of the earth in which San Jose State could beat Stanford, this would be that circumstance. The Spartans played a solid game last week, albeit against Sacramento State, but that 24-0 win really didn’t show a whole heck of a lot of creativity. QB David Fales only completed half of his passes, but he has one of the best completion percentages that you’ll find in the nation for his career. Now, he’s going into Palo Alto, a place where he and his mates nearly pulled off the upset last season to take on a Stanford team that was off last week. The Cardinal did cover four of their last five games last season, but in games in which they were favored by more than four points, they went 2-5 ATS. Be very careful on Saturday, Stanford. San Jose State is coming to get you.

South Carolina State Bulldogs (0-1 SU, 0-0 ATS) @ #5 Clemson Tigers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Clemson -52.5, Total: Off

Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC – Saturday, September 7th, 12:30 ET

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There’s always a bit of a fear after winning a game like the one that Clemson won over Georgia that there will be a level of complacency the next time out, but this time, we aren’t all that worried about the Tigers. Yes, there were seven FCS teams that were able to knock off FBS teams over the course of the first week of the season, and there likely will be at least a couple more upsets this week when push comes to shove. That being said, this isn’t going to be one of those games. Clemson should continue to roll in this one, and though we aren’t all sure that it will be by more than 52 points, the SU victory by a relatively healthy margin is all that Head Coach Dabo Swinney should be concerned about. The Tigers are the biggest favorite of the week in FBS football by a country mile.

#6 South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ #12 Georgia Bulldogs (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Georgia -3, Total: 56

Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA – Saturday, September 7th, 4:30 ET

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This is the game of all games on Saturday. The winner is going to have the inside track to win the SEC East title, while the loser is probably not just going to be out of the SEC picture, but the National Championship picture as well. South Carolina wasn’t at its best on either side of the ball last week, but the defense was able to do enough to keep from being pressed by North Carolina. Meanwhile, UGA lost out to Clemson on the road. It wasn’t a damning loss by any stretch of the imagination, but all of a sudden if this game is lost, Head Coach Mark Richt might be answering some questions about the status of his job once again. The problem? This is a South Carolina team that has won three in a row in this series, and it has covered four straight visits here to Athens. This won’t be the easiest game in the world on Saturday for the hosts.

Sam Houston State Bearkats (1-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) @ #7 Texas A&M Aggies (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS)
Spread: Texas A&M -40, Total: Off

Kyle Field, College Station, TX – Saturday, September 7th, 7:00 ET

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What type of antics will QB Johnny Manziel pull in this one? That’s probably about the only intriguing question, though we do recognize the fact that Sam Houston State is a lot better than the average FCS school. The Bearkats can play with anyone in America if they are at their absolute best, and though ultimately, they will end up failing in this one because the Aggies will eventually show up, if Manziel starts barking and looking ahead to that matchup with Alabama, you never really know what could happen. The dynamic between Manziel and Head Coach Kevin Sumlin will be worth watching. If Manziel got himself benched for taunting against Rice, what will he do against Sam Houston State? We know that it could be ugly for sure. Last year, these two teams met, and the Bearkats covered in a 47-28 loss here in College Station.

Eastern Kentucky Colonels (1-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) @ #9 Louisville Cardinals (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Louisville -41, Total: Off

Papa John’s Stadium, Louisville, KY – Saturday, September 7th, 12:00 ET

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Eastern Kentucky is going to have its work cut out for it in this one. Ohio isn’t a bad team whatsoever, and the fact of the matter is that it was just train wrecked by a clearly superior Louisville side. Odds have it, Louisville is just going to roll right through this one as well. The last time these two teams met, the Cardinals ended up surviving in a 23-13 victory as 30-point favorites. We’ve seen FCS teams pull off shockers already this season, but this would be the shock of all shocks. Louisville clearly has to win this game by a million points to get any recognition from it whatsoever. Even winning 50-0 isn’t going to do anything to change the perception. This schedule is just flat out weak, and this game won’t help the cause for QB Teddy Bridgewater and the gang, short of some stat-padding when the game is already out of reach.

#9 Florida Gators (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ #24 Miami Hurricanes (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Florida -3, Total: 49

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL – Saturday, September 7th, 12:00 ET

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The Hurricanes are back in the Top 25, and there is a real chance for them to flex their muscles if they can win this game at home against a legit Top 10 team in the land. The Gators didn’t look remarkable last week against Toledo, but they did get the win and were never really in any doubt of losing the game. QB Jeff Driskel is going to have to do some more in this one than what we saw last week, though he did have a few great drives to lead Florida to scores. RB Duke Johnson is one of the best rushers in the nation, but he isn’t going to put together carries of 10 yards a rip like he did against Florida International. This is a huge game in recruiting too, as Miami is trying to get past the Gators with some of these kids that are up in the air in the heavily football talented Sunshine State.

UAB Blazers (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ #11 LSU Tigers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: LSU -34.5, Total: 61.5

Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA – Saturday, September 7th, 7:00 ET

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This new version of the Bayou Bengals offensively looked darn good against TCU last week. If new OC Cam Cameron can really get this team moving in the right direction, this could be the shocking team in the National Championship race this season. LSU is going to be playing at home at Tiger Stadium in the home opener, and that’s generally a recipe for disaster for visitors. That said, LSU is only 2-8 ATS over the course of its last 10 games when favored by 18 points or more, and this could be a bad situation against a UAB team that is probably a heck of a lot better than most are figuring coming into this season. The Blazers didn’t disappoint by scoring 31 against Troy last week, a real sign that their offense is a lot better than it was last season.

#13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ #17 Michigan Wolverines (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Michigan -3.5, Total: 52

Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI – Saturday, September 7th, 8:00 ET

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This is the last time that the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines are scheduled to play in Ann Arbor in this series, and we can only hope that the game is anywhere near as good as it was the last time these two met here at the Big House. The game went back and forth over the course of the last few minutes until the Wolverines came through with a victory at the death. Last season’s triumph for Notre Dame was the first win or cover for the Golden Domers against Michigan since 2008. The Big Blue Nation is 5-2 SU and ATS in this series since 2006, and the Fighting Irish haven’t won a game in this building since 2005. Both teams started with convincing wins in Week 1, and the possibility is there that the winner of this one could have a spot in the Top 10 waiting for them by this time next week.

#14 Oklahoma State Cowboys (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ Texas San Antonio Roadrunners (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Oklahoma State -27.5, Total: 59.5

Alamodome, San Antonio, TX – Saturday, September 7th, 12:00 ET

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Texas San Antonio probably isn’t ready to win a game quite like this one yet, but there is no doubt that of all of the teams that have come up to the ranks of the FBS from the FCS over the course of the last few years that this has been one of the most successful of the clubs. The Roadrunners can score some points, and they covered their last five games of the season last year. This is clearly the biggest game in the school’s young history though, as it gives the team a chance to really stack up against a big time team from the Big XII. This is the first time, in fact, that a BCS qualifying school has come to the Alamodome to take on UTSA. The problem? The Cowboys have a history of really taking teams like this behind the woodshed, and after flexing some defensive muscles last week against Mississippi State, we have no doubt that Head Coach Mike Gundy and the gang are going to put up a good fight against a subpar opponent.

West Virginia Mountaineers (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ #15 Oklahoma Sooners (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Oklahoma -21, Total: 57.5

Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK – Saturday, September 7th, 7:00 ET

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The Sooners were one of the most impressive teams in the land last week, as they were able to post a shutout against a Louisiana Monroe team that has the ability to put some points on the board. There is some concern over this offense, and QB Trevor Knight definitely didn’t look good throwing the football in that game, and that could prove to be problematic here. West Virginia was a wreck last week though, and it was very, very lucky not to lose outright to William & Mary. The Mountaineers and QB Paul Millard have to be a ton better if they are going to have any chances whatsoever to stick around with the Sooners in Norman, but they have some history on their side. Over the course of the two meetings between these two in recent history, the ‘Neers are 1-1 SU and 2-0 ATS, and the loss last year only came by one point in an excellent 50-49 game in Morgantown.

#16 Texas Longhorns (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ BYU Cougars (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Texas -7, Total: 55.5

Lavell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT – Saturday, September 7th, 7:00 ET

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Texas and BYU are teams that really should be playing each other more often as we see it. This is a clash of two cities that really love their football, and this trip to Provo could be crazy for the Longhorns. Texas did well last week against New Mexico State, and though the Cougs are a mess offensively right now, they have a defense that can definitely stick with the high powered UT offense. Remember that two seasons ago, the Cougars came to Austin and darn near upset the Longhorns, and BYU is 3-0 ATS in this series since the late-80s. Texas is going to be one of the squarer teams in Week 2 on the college football odds, so if you want a piece of the men in burnt orange, the sooner you can get on board, the better.

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ #19 Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Nebraska -28.5, Total: 59.5

Lincoln Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE – Saturday, September 7th, 6:00 ET

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Last week was supposed to be the end of the losing streak for the Golden Eagles, but alas, they were upset once again by Texas State at home. Things are getting worse for this program a lot faster than they are getting better, and there could be some real problems going forward in the long run. Remember that before the 0-12 campaign, people were asking if this was a BCS-busting type of team. Now, the club is greater than a four-touchdown underdog on the road against a team that darn near lost to Wyoming last week in its home opener. Nebraska has a lot of work to do to be amongst the best in the Big Ten this year, but this shouldn’t be a struggle of a game. These teams are no strangers to one another, as last season, QB Taylor Martinez and the gang rolled up 632 yards in a 49-20 win and cover for Big Red.

Syracuse Orange (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ #20 Northwestern Wildcats (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Northwestern -12, Total: Off

Ryan Field, Evanston, IN – Saturday, September 7th, 6:00 ET

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Northwestern has a lot of injury problems right now, as both QB Kain Kolter and RB Venric Mark, the two men that are the heart and soul of this offense, have injury concerns leading up to the game. That said, the Wildcats still have to feel good, especially if their stars can play. The Orange looked horrid last week offensively in a loss to Penn State, and it is clear that this team has a lot of work to do this year to get to a bowl game in its first season in the ACC. We can only hope that this game is as good as the last two that these two have played against one another. Last year, the Cats pulled out a 42-41 win at the Carrier Dome on the first Saturday of the season, while in 2009, the Orange blew a 24-0 lead but ultimately came back to win 37-34. In both cases, the very slight underdog was able to win the game outright.

Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (1-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) @ #21 Wisconsin Badgers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Wisconsin -44.5, Total: Off

Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI – Saturday, September 7th, 12:00 ET

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We really hate it that the Badgers get to go out and schedule games like this one every single season. First, they schedule UMass, a team that just transitioned out of the FCS a few seasons ago, and now, they get Tennessee Tech, a team that was lousy last season in the FCS ranks. The Golden Eagles went on the road last season against Oregon and were beaten 63-14 in a game that was, of course, not nearly even as close as the final score suggests (they were outgained by 475 yards on the day), and they are now expected to put up a fight on Saturday at the Bounce House. This will be another yawner when push comes to shove. Don’t be shocked if Wisky, without a truly formidable defense, goes into Week 3 having outscored its two lousy foes 90-0 combined.

Washington State Cougars (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ #22 USC Trojans (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: USC -14.5, Total: 53

Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA – Saturday, September 7th, 10:30 ET

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Head Coach Lane Kiffin had better hope that his lousy offense gets a little bit better over the course of this week, or Washington State might be able to pull off a bit of an upset in this one. The Cougs have had no business playing games in this series for over a decade, but this is a respectable chance at an upset. Wazzu didn’t play poorly at Auburn last week and was deserving of perhaps more than a cover, and QB Connor Halliday actually looked pretty darn sharp. USC simply looks flat and never felt like it had any chance to cover at Hawaii. The Men of Troy have now failed to cover four straight games, and there is a decent chance that they are going to be one of the worst ATS teams in America once again this season. This could be another step in the wrong direction.

Southeastern Louisiana Lions (1-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) @ #24 TCU Horned Frogs (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: TCU -43, Total: Off

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX – Saturday, September 7th, 12:00 ET

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This isn’t exactly the prettiest game on the docket, but at least it is a “get better” game for TCU. The Horned Frogs were competitive with what might really turn out to be a really, really good LSU team on Saturday night, but there was really never a sense that they were the better team on the field at any point. Still, we’re not taking anything away from Head Coach Gary Patterson and the gang. These boys can play, and we still think that this is one of the best teams in the Big XII when push comes to shove. Will Southeastern Louisiana put up any fight whatsoever? As long as TCU comes out to win and doesn’t just completely flub the game after the loss last week, there is no doubt that the hosts will be toasting their first win of the season by halftime.

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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