Ten Betting Tips: College Football Betting Bits To Watch For Week 2

After a great first week of the college football betting season, we are back for Week 2, as we look at the top teams, players, and trends of note for the second week of the campaign.

Over the course of the year, there are going to be a bunch of teams that we see debut in their new conferences. The team that is clearly going to be under the gun this week is the Texas A&M Aggies, who have virtually everything new about them. They have a new quarterback in QB Johnny Manziel, a new coach in Head Coach Kevin Sumlin, a new conference in the SEC, and now, they have their first conference game of the year in their first overall game of the year against Florida. Think that Texas A&M has some problems in games against the SEC? They’re an ugly 0-7 SU and ATS in games against this conference since 2000, but they are favored by a couple of points. That’s about as bad of shape as the…

Utah State Aggies have been in of late against the Utah Utes, the team that they’ll be taking on this Friday night as 7.5-point underdogs. The Aggies have never had all that much of a chance of sticking around with Utah, and one would figure that the Utes’ move to the Pac-12 is only going to make this already one-sided rivalry all the more laughable. Still, QB Chuckie Keeton is expected to be the man that can finally win the “Battle of the Brothers” for the first time since 1997. The Utes lead the all-time series 77-28-4. Keeton had one of the best games for a quarterback off the radar last week, throwing for 304 yards and averaging almost 12 yards per pass attempt. However, he didn’t have the same meaningful type of game that…
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Tyler Tettleton had. Tettleton led the Ohio Bobcats back from the depths against the Penn State Nittany Lions last week, throwing for 324 yards and two scores and rushing for another 47 yards and a TD. It was arguably the biggest game ever for the Ohio program, and now, the team knows that it will probably be favored in every game the rest of the way. This week’s game against the New Mexico State Aggies is no exception, as the Bobcats are laying three TDs. It’s tough for a MAC school to bust the BCS, but Conference USA might be a different story. That’s why all eyes should be on the…

UCF Knights this week. The Knights still have all sorts of problems off the field with potential NCAA sanctions, but it looks like they are going to be able to play in a bowl game this year after appealing their bowl ban for this year with the NCAA. There has been a lot of talk that this UCF club could run the table in C-USA this year, and if that’s the case and the squad can figure out how to somehow beat the Buckeyes at the ‘Shoe this week, it will be a remarkable feat. There aren’t many teams out there that are catching 18 points that could legitimately pull off the upset though, but UCF is one of them. Just like the…

Central Michigan Chippewas could do against the Michigan State Spartans. Okay, maybe we’re grasping for straws here, knowing that there clearly is a massive talent gap between these two teams. That’s why Sparty is laying 20.5. Still, the Big Ten already got off to an awful start to the season last week, as Wisconsin nearly lost to Northern Iowa, Iowa nearly lost to Northern Illinois, Northwestern should have lost to Syracuse, Minnesota needed overtime to beat UNLV, Indiana was challenged by Indiana State, Penn State lost to Ohio, and Michigan had its doors blown off by Alabama. Yikes. Central Michigan isn’t great, but it does have an experienced quarterback in QB Ryan Radcliff that can do some remarkable things under center. We just don’t totally trust the Spartans in this one. Still, if RB Le’Veon Bell can get the job done and rush for 200+ yards again this week, there will be no problems. That’s the same thing that the UCLA Bruins are saying about…

Johnathan Franklin. Franklin led the nation last week in yards per carry for backs that had at least 10 touches. He accounted for 214 yards on just 14 carries in the win over the Rice Owls. Of course, this week the challenge is going to be a heck of a lot bigger against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The good news is that the game is at home though, and that should give the Bruins a lot of confidence. However, the team is still getting 5.5 points at home at the Rose Bowl. Franklin really isn’t a Heisman Trophy candidate at this point quite yet, but another 200+ yard game this week, and he’ll be in the discussion if the Bruins can pull off the upset. Franklin isn’t, but one man that lived up to the hype for sure in Week 1 was…

Matt Barkley. Yep, the Men of Troy really are that good. Granted, we know that USC isn’t going to be playing the Hawaii Warriors every single weekend, but it does get the Syracuse Orange this week in an outdoor game at MetLife Stadium. It should be another romp for sure, knowing that USC is laying three TDs to the Orange, who were torched for 42 points last week by the Northwestern Wildcats. Barkley threw for 372 yards and four scores last week, and he could have had more had his receivers held onto the football more often. Barkley is just 574 passing yards away from 10,000 in his career, and there is only one active player that has at least 10,000 passing yards, and that’s…

Landry Jones of the Oklahoma Sooners. Jones has 12,601 passing yards for his career, but he certainly didn’t have his most stellar game of the year last week against the UTEP Miners. Jones threw for just 222 yards and two TDs, and he only completed 58.3 percent of his passes. If he doesn’t do a heck of a lot more than that this week against Florida A&M, it is going to likely be a long, long senior year for the highly touted man out of New Mexico. Jones was the No. 1 quarterback in the country coming out of high school, just like…

Jeff Driskel was for the Florida Gators. Driskel only just won the starting job over QB Jacoby Brissett in last week’s win over the Bowling Green Falcons, but we aren’t all that sure that Driskel is going to be able to keep the job for the long run. He’s got a decent arm, but he just doesn’t have that ‘it’ factor that coaches are often looking for in their quarterbacks. The argument could be made that having two quarterbacks is as good as having no quarterbacks, and that’s why Florida is probably going to be in some trouble when it travels to play the…

Texas A&M Aggies this weekend. Sumlin, a man that is going to want to throw the ball all over the field, made it clear that Manziel, a redshirt freshman, is his man under center. There will be no quarterback controversy in College Station this year, and for as long as there is still that hint of animosity between Driskel and Brissett, there will always be problems for the Gators.

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