Here at Bang the Book, we have all of the top matchups of the 2012 NCAA football betting campaign covered! Today, we’re taking a look at the best matchups for Week 2!
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Alabama -40, Total: 54.5
Bryant Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL – Saturday, September 8th, 3:30 ET
The top team in the country is once again Alabama, and this marks the fifth straight season in which it has spent at least one week sitting atop the AP Poll. It is clear that the Tide are just running a mill at this point. They just keep producing NFL players, and seemingly no matter how many players they lose to the NFL, the next year, they just have yet another crop of big time men that are waiting in the wings that are probably set to get their shot at the big time as well. Don’t rest on this Western Kentucky team, though. This is a squad that has a heck of a lot of potential in the long run, and it hopes to get to a bowl game this year for the first time in school history. Last year, the Hilltoppers were able to go into LSU right after the game against Alabama and swipe what amounted to be a very easy cover against a huge point spread. This year, WKU might be able to pull it off again versus the Tide.
#2 USC Trojans (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ Syracuse Orange (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: USC -26, Total: 59
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ – Saturday, September 8th, 3:30 ET
The Trojans have to feel a bit disrespected based upon the fact that they blew out Hawaii last week and still dropped out of the top slot in the nation very quickly. They still think that they have the best quarterback in the land in QB Matt Barkley, and they have a ton of swagger about the way that they come out and play. The Orange very nearly were able to pull off the stunning comeback last week against Northwestern, but in the end, QB Ryan Nassib throwing for nearly 500 yards just wasn’t enough when push came to shove. The task is harder this week, and we are right on the verge of saying that there is no chance whatsoever for Syracuse to get off of the mat and ready to compete with arguably the most talented team in the nation.
Washington Huskies (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ #3 LSU Tigers (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: LSU -23.5, Total: 53
Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA – Saturday, September 8th, 7:00 ET
When are these Pac-12 teams going to learn not to challenge the Bayou Bengals? That’s what the Oregon Ducks found out last year when they came to Arlington to play against LSU, and they were blown out of the water. Now, a significantly worse Washington team that has bowl game aspirations this year is going to try to do the deed, and the end result might be much different. QB Keith Price just hasn’t looked the role yet of a dominating Pac-12 quarterback, and unless he challenges that inner Jake Locker, he isn’t going to stand a chance against this tremendously talented defense. This is a game that sets up well for LSU to romp, knowing that it has really just demolished foes of late.
Fresno State Bulldogs (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ #4 Oregon Ducks (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Oregon -34, Total: 75
Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR – Saturday, September 8th, 6:30 ET
It’s going to be a long, long day for the Bulldogs for sure when they step on the turf on Saturday. The Ducks took a lot of heat for the way that they basically went into the tank against Arkansas State last week after racing out to a 50-3 lead before halftime and then basically just throwing in the towel, and Head Coach Chip Kelly and the gang might want to make sure that that doesn’t happen again. Fresno State has a great offense, but outside of the play of RB Robbie Rouse and QB Derek Carr, there isn’t a heck of a lot for anyone to care all that much about. This isn’t nearly the same, “Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere” team that Pat Hill used to coach.
#7 Georgia Bulldogs (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ Missouri Tigers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Georgia -1.5, Total: 54.5
Memorial Stadium, Columbia, MO – Saturday, September 8th, 7:45 ET
There aren’t all that many teams that have massive weeks in front of them, but Georgia is one of them. This is most certainly hostile territory for the defending SEC East champs. The Bulldogs know that this is going to be a tough game by nature because it is an SEC game on the road, but the task becomes even tougher, knowing that Missouri is going to be in its first SEC home game and ready to pounce. Both starting running backs, Henry Josey for the Tigers and Isaiah Crowell for the Bulldogs are out for the year, which might cause this one to feature some more passing yards. Either way, this is a point spread though, that has really dropped since first opening at the outset of the year. UGA might be a Top 10 ranked team, but the oddsmakers and the betting public have still bet this game down from six to where it sits as of Wednesday at 1.5.
East Carolina Pirates (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ #9 South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: South Carolina -21.5, Total: OTB
Williams Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC – Saturday, September 8th, 12:20 ET
The Pirates have had a pretty good history of being able to come on the road and do some damage against some of the top teams in the country. That being said, most of the good times came with Skip Holtz roaming the sidelines, and for the last year and change, he has been at South Florida, not here at ECU. South Carolina is going to want to play a heck of a lot better ball than it did against Vandy in its opener, but with QB Connor Shaw still battling an arm injury, it could be tough to do so. No matter who the quarterback is, we see a bunch of yards being put together, but yards and points are two totally different things. This could be a dangerous opener in Columbia for what might be an overrated set of Gamecocks.
#10 Arkansas Razorbacks (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ Louisiana Monroe Warhawks (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS)
Spread: Arkansas -30.5, Total: 60
War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock, AR – Saturday, September 8th, 7:00 ET
The Hogs face Sun Belt teams all the time, and they do have a large history and sample set of games against the Warhawks coming into this game in Little Rock on Saturday. It feels like Arkansas is good for one of those games against lousy teams that make you shake your head on an annual basis, and the hope is that last week’s suspect win over Jacksonville State was merely that one rare case. Still, this ULM team was a lot better last year than a 4-8 record suggests. QB Kolton Browning has a lot of weapons returning around him, and the chance is there for this to be one of the better teams in the Sun Belt. No, that doesn’t mean that the Warhawks actually stand any chance whatsoever of pulling off the upset, but yes, it does mean that this one might be a bit closer than what the college football odds suggest.
#11 Michigan State Spartans (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ Central Michigan Chippewas (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Michigan State -22, Total: 48.5
Kelly Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, MI – Saturday, September 8th, 3:30 ET
It is interesting to see Michigan State play a game on the road against a team like Central Michigan. We know that this is one of those deals where the Chippewas are getting a bone for coming to East Lansing time and time again and getting their heads bashed in by the Spartans, but it is still odd and at least a bit treacherous for this game to appear in this spot on the schedule. Michigan State is coming off of that big time win against Boise State, and though that was a great win, it could have been a confidence killer for QB Andrew Maxwell, who was picked off three times in the ‘W’. Central Michigan would love to be able to get back on the map, and this is the type of game that could change the culture of a program, especially with a shot at knocking off one of the instate big boys. This game is the equivalent of the Super Bowl for the Chippies, and that’s saying a lot for a team that clearly isn’t one of the Top 60 teams in the land this year.
Ball State Cardinals (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ #12 Clemson Tigers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Clemson -27, Total: 65.5
Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC – Saturday, September 8th, 12:30 ET
Clemson played in one of those gritty games over the course of last week, knocking off a game Auburn team in a tight clash. This time around, the Tigers are expected to roll against a Ball State team that doesn’t figure to be all that much more than a .500 team in the MAC. However, it could be a dangerous game. It comes on the heels of the big win over Auburn, and it comes without WR Sammy Watkins, who will miss his second straight game via suspension for Clemson. Ball State dropped 37 points last week against Eastern Michigan, and it has an offense that has the ability to get up and down the field in a hurry. The Cardinals are outclassed for sure by QB Tajh Boyd, RB Andre Ellington, and the boys in purple and orange, but they do have the ability to come into Death Valley and put some points on the board if the Tigers come out lax.
#13 Wisconsin Badgers (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ Oregon State Beavers (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS)
Spread: Wisconsin -8.5, Total: 51.5
Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR – Saturday, September 8th, 4:00 ET
This one just feels odd to us. The Beavers were blown to bits by the Badgers last year 35-0 when these two teams met in Camp Randall, and now, they are underdogs by just over a touchdown when they meet over at Reser Stadium. Wisconsin has had no troubles going on the road to the West Coast in the past, and this should be no exception. The general public might really be overlooking what happened last week against Northern Iowa. Yes, the Panthers did come close to upsetting the Badgers, but in the end, there was a lot of just running the ball up the middle and getting whatever they could get. There will be more creativity this time around, and new QB Danny O’Brien will have to prove his worth. QB Sean Mannion and Head Coach Mike Riley know that this could be an absolutely crucial game to start off their season, and it comes just a week after having their game against Nicholls State put on the backburner because of Hurricane Isaac.
#14 Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ UCLA Bruins (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Nebraska -5, Total: 60
Rose Bowl Stadium, Los Angeles, CA – Saturday, September 8th, 3:30 ET
The Cornhuskers had one of their best offensive games that we have seen in quite some time last week, as just about everything that they tried worked against Southern Miss. QB Taylor Martinez had a virtually perfect game, throwing for five touchdowns and hardly any incomplete passes. RB Rex Burkhead went down with an injured knee though, and though it didn’t make a difference against SMS, it could be a real detriment out on the West Coast. UCLA dropped 49 points as well in its opener against Rice, and though we do recognize that playing Nebraska isn’t the same as playing the Owls, it at least is a step in the right direction for a team that badly needs to get over some bad coaching regimes of late. Head Coach Jim Mora Jr. would love to be able to pull off this upset to get the Bruins headed in the right direction once again.
New Mexico Lobos (1-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) @ #15 Texas Longhorns (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Texas -38, Total: 52
Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX – Saturday, September 8th, 8:00 ET
Don’t get all that excited that New Mexico is a 1-0 team, because that might be the last time that you get to see the Lobos pick up a victory on the campaign. They just aren’t very good, and the 66 points that they scored last week against Southern will probably match what they score over the course of the next four weeks combined (and we might be being nice). The Texas defense should be able to put the Lobos in their place, and we would be surprised, as long as QB David Ash doesn’t make a plethora of stupid mistakes, if the visitors do much more than put 10 points on the board. It should be yet another confidence boosting game for the men in burnt orange for sure.
#16 Oklahoma State Cowboys (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ Arizona Wildcats (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Oklahoma State -10.5, Total: 69.5
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ – Saturday, September 8th, 10:30 ET
This sucker isn’t going to quite have the same feel as to when these two teams met up in the Alamo Bowl a few years ago, but the potential definitely is there for it to be a great game. Okie State comes in off of that shellacking of Savannah State that could have gone into the record books, but it knows that it has a severely different challenge this time around. The Wildcats are looking for a signature victory over a great foe, and this is a great chance for that to happen here at home. QB Matt Scott is no joke, and with Head Coach Rich Rodriguez calling the shots, he is going to have the chance to stand toe to toe with the Pokes. Of course, if last week’s overtime win over Toledo is any indication, there are going to be some struggles for the UA offense, and that is going to be tough to overcome against an Oklahoma State offense that, in spite of the fact that WR Justin Blackmon and QB Brandon Weeden are gone, still looks to be one of the better and more explosive units in the country.
Air Force Falcons (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ #19 Michigan Wolverines (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Michigan -21, Total: 61.5
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI – Saturday, September 8th, 3:30 ET
The Wolverines are the only team in America that lost last week that still garnered a spot in the Top 25, and they are going to try to prove that they are worthy of that spot when they take on Air Force on Saturday afternoon. It isn’t the greatest competition in the world, but the Falcons are always tough with their triple option attack. Michigan has the raw talent to be able to stuff this team up as long as it stays focused and doesn’t take its eyes off of the prize of getting that first win of the season. This is a short week off of an emotional loss to the No. 1 team in the land from last week though, so Head Coach Brady Hoke has his work cut out for him. Either way, QB Denard Robinson should be able to put up some monster yardage and touchdown totals, and Big Blue should put one in the win column. The question though, is whether the final margin reaches three TDs against an Air Force team that never, ever gives up games.
Miami Hurricanes (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ #20 Kansas State Wildcats (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Kansas State -6.5, Total: 54.5
Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS – Saturday, September 8th, 12:00 ET
Last year, Miami took a big time blow when it was beaten by Kansas State in South Beach, and now, it is going to be looking for a degree of revenge for sure when the two meet in Manhattan. QB Collin Klein is back, and he is doing a better job of throwing the football this year, making these Wildcats all the more dangerous offensively. Miami got the job done last week on the road against Boston College, and this is the type of game that could make it look a heck of a lot more like “The U” once again. Still, will RB Duke Johnson and QB Stephen Morris really be able to make this offense look explosive for a second straight week? If the defense doesn’t show up for the Canes this time around, it isn’t going to make all that much of a difference.
Duke Blue Devils (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ #21 Stanford Cardinal (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Stanford -14.5, Total: 58.5
Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, CA – Saturday, September 8th, 10:30 ET
Last week was a telling week for both of these teams, and if we see them both play at the same type of level that they did seven days (eight days in the case of Stanford) ago, there could be a massive upset in the cards. Duke really played well against an up and coming Florida International team in a rare home victory against an FBS school. The Cardinal meanwhile, looked absolutely atrocious, especially offensively against lowly San Jose State, and they were nearly upset. The Dookies have an offense that can put points on the board, and Head Coach David Cutcliffe knows it. This is the type of win that really could get a program turned around in a hurry, and the Blue Devils know that this could be there for the taking if all goes well. It is still a huge reach to think that the boys from Durham are going to come all the way out to Palo Alto and be able to pull off the shocker.
Purdue Boilermakers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ #22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Notre Dame -14, Total: 51.5
Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN – Saturday, September 8th, 3:30 ET
Be very, very careful, Notre Dame. The Irish could very well be on upset alert on Saturday afternoon. They were most certainly overrated for the way that they trounced Navy, a team that just isn’t all that good in Dublin, and now, they have to come all the way back to the states and prepare for a Purdue team that is sneakily good this year. QB Robert Marve is going to be the most talented quarterback on the field, and you can bet that the boo birds are going to be out in South Bend if QB Everett Golson struggles, especially with both QB Andrew Hendrix and QB Tommy Rees available to come into the game to replace him. The Boilermakers have lost four in a row in this series, but they have split the ATS proceedings in those games. This could be Purdue’s lucky day at Notre Dame Stadium.
#23 Florida Gators (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ Texas A&M Aggies (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS)
Spread: Texas A&M -1.5, Total: 51
Kyle Field, College Station, TX – Saturday, September 8th, 3:30 ET
There is just one Top 25 team that is going to be an underdog this week, and Florida is that team. The Aggies probably aren’t all that much more than an average, if not even a below average team in the SEC this year, and they are going to get a real taste as to what SEC play is like right away in their first game of the campaign. However, is Florida even a mediocre team in the SEC in 2012? It sure didn’t look like it last week when the offense was laughable against Bowling Green. QB Jeff Driskel has the job as the starting signal caller for now, but it is a real question how long Head Coach Will Muschamp is willing to commit to him when he had QB Jacoby Brissett ready to go last week against the Falcons as well.
Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.
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