Week 2 College Football Preview

Week 1 Recap

Auburn and Oregon Down to the Wire

Oregon seemed like the better team. Their offensive line held there own and their defense held Bo Nix to 13/31 177 yards passing. But a few late drives and a late touchdown throw put Auburn on top. Auburn proved to be a top 20 team, but I still don’t trust Bo Nix.

Oklahoma’s Defensive Improvement the Real Story

Jalen Hurts played great, but we knew the Oklahoma offense can score. What we didn’t know is if the Oklahoma defense has improved. After the first game it is evident Oklahoma defense looks improved… to average. Still they are a top team without many competitors in the Big 12.

Bottom of the SEC is Historically Bad

Ole Miss, South Carolina, Missouri, and Tennessee all lost. This doesn’t even include Arkansas winning by just seven against Portland State.  The conference is still strong at the top with Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, and Auburn.

Week 2 Game of the Week

LSU (-5.5) at Texas – Saturday 6:30pm

Game Preview: It’s going to be wild in Austin. The Texas defense will get their first test of the season as they only return two starters from last years team. Believe it or not LSU has a very good offense. This will be Sam Ehlinger’s biggest test and to see if Texas will actually be a playoff contender and “back”. I trust LSU’s offense and defense more.

Pick: LSU 34-24

Top Picks of the Week (All Times CST)

SEASON RECORD: 8-3

Cincinnati at Ohio State (-15.5) – Saturday 11:00am

Yes, Cincinnati beat UCLA and looked good defensively. But I have a feeling that had more to do with UCLA’s bad offense rather than Cincinnati’s defense. Ohio State is three touchdowns better.

Syracuse (+1.5) at Maryland – Saturday 11:00am

Maryland won 79-0 against Howard and all of a sudden Maryland is favored. Hate to break it to Maryland fans, but Howard is terrible. Syracuse is the better football team and to get them as an underdog is too good to pass up.

Army (+23) at Michigan – Saturday 11:00am

I told a friend last week to never bet Army (triple option team) when they are favored over three touchdowns. The same theory works when they are over three touchdown underdogs. Michigan is the much better team, but Army’s style of play keeps it within the line.

Vanderbilt (+7) at Purdue – Saturday 11:00am

Purdue lost to Nevada and are still a seven point favorite. Vanderbilt isn’t a bad football team and this one should be close.

Texas A&M (+17.5) at Clemson – Saturday 2:30pm

Second best game of the week and the line is way too high. Trevor Lawrence looked a little shaky the first week against Georgia Tech, but he should turn it around. Unlike Georgia Tech, A&M has an offense that can actually score. This is a single digit game and Texas A&M has a chance to pull the upset. This will be Clemson’s toughest game all year.

Wyoming (-7) at Texas State – Saturday 6:00pm

I believe the upset Wyoming pulled against Missouri wasn’t a fluke. Coach Bohl has a really tough football team. Meanwhile, Texas State’s offense is pitiful. Wyoming by double digits.

BYU at Tennessee (-3) – Saturday 6:00pm

Tennessee is still a better team than BYU despite losing to Georgia State. Also, Knoxville will burn if the Vols lose this game.

UCF at FAU Over 68 – Saturday 6:00pm

I’m not as confident in this because I haven’t seen UCF QB Brandon Wimbush play an actual D1 football team. However, both teams will go fast and like to score. 68 points is too low of a total.

Miami (-3.5) at North Carolina – Saturday 7:30pm

Miami lost a close one to a good Florida team. North Carolina upset a bad South Carolina team. I’m honestly confused why the line is so low. Miami’s offensive line isn’t good, but they should be able to handle the Tar Heels. Miami is double digit points better than North Carolina.

Stanford (+1) at USC – Saturday 9:30pm

USC lost their starting QB and are still one point favorites? This line doesn’t make sense. Stanford wins a low scoring game.

Top 25

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Georgia
  4. LSU
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Ohio State
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Michigan
  9. Utah
  10. Washington
  11. Texas A&M
  12. Texas
  13. Auburn
  14. Florida
  15. Wisconsin
  16. Oregon
  17. Boise State
  18. Iowa
  19. Michigan State
  20. Penn State
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. UCF
  23. Virginia
  24. Miami
  25. Stanford
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