Are you all revved up and ready to go for the 2013 college football season? Week 2 is here, and that means it’s time to break down all of the NCAA football odds that you have in front of you to sink your teeth into!
One week of college football betting action is in the books, and that means that we are going to start to settle into a routine of games on Thursday, Friday, and the big time slate on Saturday. What we aren’t used to yet is the idea of FOX Sports 1 having some of the top games on in the land, especially when you’re talking about some of the midweek games. The Thursday night national game this week though, pits the Florida Atlantic Owls up against the East Carolina Pirates in the first ever Conference USA game for FAU. The Pirates are laying 20.5, but if they play defense in this one as poorly as they did against Old Dominion in Week 1, this is going to be a long, long game for the favorites.
There are two other games featuring a pair of FBS teams to whet our appetite before the main course is served on Saturday. The one from the Sunshine State pits the Florida International Golden Panthers up against the UCF Knights. The Knights opened up favored by 21 points, but as of Tuesday, they are already up to 24 and might be rising against a clearly overmatched team. Boston College and Wake Forest both survived games against lousy teams in Week 1, and they are going to be playing against each other as well on Friday in a game that very well could ultimately determine which team goes bowling at the end of the year if either can sneak up to six wins.
When we get to Saturday, there are, as usual, a ton more of these mismatch games that we are going to have to watch out for. Remember that last week, there were seven FCS schools that toppled FBS schools, and we almost had some mammoth upsets between FBS and FBS schools as well. Nothing can be taken for granted, and we know that no game is truly all that easy when push comes to shove.
In the early games, the Penn State Nittany Lions hope to get to 2-0 when they face the Eastern Michigan Eagles as 22.5-point favorites. The Nittany Lions are riding an 11-1-1 ATS streak over the course of their last 13 games dating back to last season.
Over in the Big Ten in the 12:00 ET hour, a pair of middle of the road teams are going to be taking on teams from the AAC. The Michigan State Spartans should have no troubles rolling to 2-0 against a South Florida Bulls outfit that was trashed by the McNeese State Cowboys last week. Sparty is -23.5. Meanwhile, the Illinois Fighting Illini are catching 7.5 against the Cincinnati Bearcats, who beat down another Big Ten team last week, the Purdue Boilermakers.
The big game right off the bat at noon though, is an old school rivalry game that hasn’t been played all that much in recent years. The Miami Hurricanes and the Florida Gators will go to battle in South Beach in a game that promises to be tremendous. Both teams won, but neither covered last week, and both are trying to make a statement that they have the best team in the state of Florida. Dating all the way back to 1986, “The U” is 6-1 SU and ATS in this series against the Gators, but they are catching three in this one at home. Florida, which went 4-0 SU and ATS last season in legitimate road games, will have its work cut out for it for sure.
Unlike the norm, there aren’t a heck of a lot of games in the middle of the afternoon of all that much interest. The team that covered Florida last week, the Toledo Rockets are going back to SEC country to tangle with the Missouri Tigers as 17.5-point underdogs this week, while the Ohio State Buckeyes are in the one of the national games against the San Diego State Aztecs. SDSU was trashed by an FCS team last week, and it is now getting four touchdowns on its road trip to the ‘Shoe. The other 3:30 ET game of note pits the Oregon Ducks up against the Virginia Cavaliers. This is a long road trip for the Quack Attack, but the oddsmakers don’t see any problems coming. Oregon is giving 21.5 to a UVA team that knocked off the BYU Cougars last week.
The big kahuna game of the afternoon though, takes place at 4:30 p.m. ET “Between the Hedges.” The Georgia Bulldogs were beaten last week by the Clemson Tigers on the road, dropping them to 11th in the AP Poll, but they are still in the thick of the fight for the SEC title and the National Championship. They have the South Carolina Gamecocks this week though, marking one of the rare times that a team is going to have to face back-to-back Top 10 teams in consecutive weeks to start off the season. The Gamecocks knocked off the North Carolina Tar Heels last week 27-10, and they have had a long week of preparation for this one in Athens. QB Aaron Murray has never beaten, nor has he ever covered against South Carolina in his time at UGA, and his team is only -3 in this one. The Gamecocks are 5-0-1 ATS over the course of the last six seasons in this series, and they are 4-0 ATS in their last four trips to Athens.
The evening games feature a bunch of prospective blowouts and not a heck of a lot of competitive looking games. The games that could be good though, look to be remarkable. The BYU Cougars are going to be at home to give the first real test of the year to the Texas Longhorns. UT is only favored by seven, which is a bit surprising considering the fact that the Cougs were beaten last week and the Horns dropped 56 (and over 700 yards of offense) on the New Mexico State Aggies.
The big one though, is the duel in Ann Arbor. It’s the last time that the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are scheduled to play at Michigan Stadium in the history of this rivalry, and it should be a good one. There have already been plenty of fighting words between these two about what should be a great game with potential National Championship implications. When these two met last year, it was a classic game at night in the Big House, and it was the first time that Michigan had ever hosted a night game. Now this one is back under the lights, and UM is going to hope to pick up its sixth cover in the last eight games in this series.
The last team in the country to kick off this season is going to be the Stanford Cardinal. We have yet to see this team put toe to leather this year yet, as it had a bye in Week 1. The team is going to be the last to kick off this week as well, as it has to go up against the San Jose State Spartans at 11:00 p.m. ET. The Spartans are no joke, and they have an offense that can put a lot of points on the board, but they are still getting 26.5 points on Saturday night. This is one of the seven games that kick off at 7:00 p.m. ET or later that are featuring point spreads of 14.5 or bigger.
Last week, we had a number of games with point spreads in the high-30s and 40s. This week, there is only one game which features a team that is favored by more than 28.5. The LSU Tigers, who looked very impressive last week against the TCU Horned Frogs are giving 34 to the UAB Blazers. The biggest overall favorite of the week including FBS vs. FCS games are the Clemson Tigers. After Clemson’s impressive win against the Georgia Bulldogs last week, QB Tajh Boyd and the gang take on the South Carolina State Bulldogs, who are getting a 52.5-point head start from the oddsmakers.
College Football Week 2 – Free Picks, Previews, Odds, & Totals
|Thursday, Sept 5|
|7:30 PM||FS1||Florida Atlantic at East Carolina||ECU -20.5||54|
|Friday, Sept 6|
|8:00 PM||ESPN2||Wake Forest at Boston College||BC -3||48.5|
|8:00 PM||CBS SN||UCF at Florida International||UCF -22.5||53|
|Saturday, Sept 7|
|12:00 PM||ESPN2||Cincinnati at Illinois||CIN -10||54|
|12:00 PM||ESPN 3||Eastern Kentucky at No. 9 Louisville|
|12:00 PM||ESPN||No. 10 Florida at Miami (FL)||UF -3||49|
|12:00 PM||FS1||No. 13 Oklahoma State at UTSA||OKST -28|
|12:00 PM||FS1||Southeastern Louisiana at No. 20 TCU|
|12:00 PM||BTN||Tennessee Tech at No. 23 Wisconsin|
|12:00 PM||ESPN 3||Miami (OH) at Kentucky||UK -17||56.5|
|12:00 PM||ESPNU||South Florida at Michigan State||MSU -23||43.5|
|12:00 PM||Norfolk State at Rutgers|
|12:00 PM||BTN||Eastern Michigan at Penn State||PSU -24.5|
|12:00 PM||ESPN 3||Houston at Temple||HOU -3|
|12:00 PM||BTN||Missouri State at Iowa|
|12:00 PM||ESPN 3||Bowling Green at Kent State||BG -8|
|12:00 PM||BTN||Indiana State at Purdue|
|12:21 PM||ESPN 3||Western Kentucky at Tennessee||TENN -12.5||55.5|
|12:30 PM||ESPN 3||South Carolina State at No. 8 Clemson|
|12:30 PM||ESPN 3||Middle Tennessee at North Carolina|
|1:00 PM||ESPN 3||Army at Ball State||BALL -7||60.5|
|1:30 PM||ESPN 3||Western Carolina at Virginia Tech|
|2:00 PM||ESPN 3||Maine at Massachusetts|
|2:00 PM||P12N||Weber State at Utah|
|2:00 PM||ESPN 3||Chattanooga at Georgia State|
|3:00 PM||ESPN 3||Tennessee-Martin at No. 19 Boise State|
|3:00 PM||ESPN 3||New Hampshire at Central Michigan|
|3:30 PM||ABC||San Diego State at No. 2 Ohio State||OSU -28.5||54.5|
|3:30 PM||ABC||No. 3 Oregon at Virginia||ORE -22||61|
|3:30 PM||ESPNU||Toledo at Missouri||MIZZ -16.5||66.5|
|3:30 PM||FS1||Buffalo at Baylor||BAY -26.5||66|
|3:30 PM||ESPN 3||Alcorn State at Mississippi State|
|3:30 PM||CBS SN||Utah State at Air Force||UTST -10.5|
|3:30 PM||South Alabama at Tulane||TUL -6|
|4:00 PM||ESPNews||Old Dominion at Maryland|
|4:00 PM||Idaho at Wyoming||WYO -24.5|
|4:30 PM||ESPN||No. 6 South Carolina at No. 5 Georgia||UGA -3||56|
|4:30 PM||ESPN 3||Duke at Memphis||DUKE -5.5|
|5:00 PM||P12N||Portland State at California|
|6:00 PM||BTN||Southern Miss at No. 18 Nebraska||NEB -27.5|
|6:00 PM||BTN||Syracuse at No. 22 Northwestern||NW -12|
|6:00 PM||BTN||Navy at Indiana||IND -12.5|
|6:00 PM||ESPN 3||Richmond at North Carolina State|
|6:00 PM||ESPN 3||James Madison at Akron|
|6:30 PM||Gardner-Webb at Marshall|
|6:30 PM||FS1||Louisiana-Lafayette at Kansas State||KSU -10|
|7:00 PM||ESPN 3||Sam Houston State at No. 7 Texas A&M|
|7:00 PM||ESPNU||UAB at No. 12 LSU||LSU -34||62|
|7:00 PM||ESPN2||No. 15 Texas at Brigham Young||TEX -6.5||55|
|7:00 PM||FOX||West Virginia at No. 16 Oklahoma||OKL -19||57.5|
|7:00 PM||ESPN 3||Samford at Arkansas|
|7:00 PM||ESPN 3||Southeast Missouri State at Ole Miss|
|7:00 PM||ESPN 3||North Texas at Ohio|
|7:00 PM||CBS SN||Colorado State at Tulsa|
|7:00 PM||ESPN 3||Prairie View A&M at Texas State|
|7:00 PM||ESPN 3||South Dakota at Kansas|
|7:00 PM||Lamar at Louisiana Tech|
|7:00 PM||ESPN 3||Grambling State at Louisiana-Monroe|
|7:00 PM||FS1||Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech|
|7:00 PM||ESPN 3||Savannah State at Troy|
|7:00 PM||ESPN 3||Nicholls State at Western Michigan|
|7:30 PM||ESPN 3||Arkansas State at Auburn||AUB -13|
|7:30 PM||ESPN 3||Austin Peay at Vanderbilt|
|8:00 PM||ESPN||No. 14 Notre Dame at No. 17 Michigan||MICH -3.5||51|
|8:00 PM||P12N||Hawaii at No. 25 Oregon State||ORST -27||53|
|8:00 PM||P12N||Central Arkansas at Colorado|
|8:00 PM||Minnesota at New Mexico State||MIN -16.5|
|8:00 PM||ESPN 3||Montana State at Southern Methodist|
|8:00 PM||New Mexico at UTEP|
|9:05 PM||UC Davis at Nevada|
|10:00 PM||ESPN 3||Cal Poly at Fresno State|
|10:30 PM||FS1||Washington State at No. 24 USC||USC -16.5||53|
|10:30 PM||CBS SN||Arizona at UNLV||ARI -11||61|
|11:00 PM||P12N||San Jose State at No. 4 Stanford||STAN -25.5||48.5|
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