Going into Week 2 of the college football season, most teams will be playing in non-conference games, most of which having high spreads to try and cover (Alabama, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame all favored 30+). There is also two Top 25 match-ups this week which are both in conference games as #3 Georgia will face an early road test in #24 South Carolina and #17 USC will take on #10 Stanford in a battle that usually is decided on what team makes more big plays down the stretch. Here is a list of the top 5 games you will want to go put your money on this weekend for some loot in return, and I will also give my predictions on the top match-ups for the week!
Nebraska (-3.5) over Colorado
Scott Frost, the former Cornhusker’s quarterback from 1995-1997 and co-national champion will make his return to Lincoln as the head coach of Nebraska. With a line of -3.5 at home against a Colorado team who just defeated Colorado State 45-13, it makes since why Vegas would make it close. However expect more athleticism on both sides of the line of scrimmage from Nebraska and an energized crowd to help the Cornhuskers run away with this game inside Memorial Stadium.
#15 TCU (-23.0) over SMU
Looking for a game tonight? Shawn Robinson and the Horned Frogs are looking to get back to the Big 12 Championship picture again and even though it’s a road game, a 30 minute drive from Fort Worth to Dallas is nothing to be worried about. Robinson (17-24, 182 yards, 3 TD’s) looked good in a slaughtering against Southern University. Mix it in with Gary Patterson’s defense, this should be a fairly easy spread to cover. Heck, SMU lost to North Texas last week 46-23!
#18 Mississippi State (-8.0) over Kansas State
Bill Snyder’s Wildcats survived a nightmare last week as they prevailed 27-24 against South Dakota! Mississippi State however looks like a nightmare to deal with as they defeated SF Austin 63-6 and get their starting quarterback, Nick Fitzgerald back. Whether Fitzgerald or Keytaon Thompson in the line-up, expect the Bulldogs to get whatever offensive production they want.
iowa (-3.5) over Iowa State
The Cyclones have lost their last three meetings to the Hawkeyes. Plus they haven’t played yet this season and have to go on the road. Look for Nate Stanley to find TJ Hockenson for a couple receptions and the Hawkeyes defense to solidify a touchdown victory.
#5 Wisconsin (-34.5) over New Mexico
Out of all the 30 and up spread games this week, I believe all the teams can cover spread, but I feel most comfortable with the Badgers. Weapons all around the board with Heisman contender Jonathon Taylor who ran up 145 yards and a couple TD’s last week and Alex Hornibrook who lit up over 250 yards and 2 TD’s last week against Western Kentucky. As good as they look, I am more comfortable because New Mexico allowed 30 points and 566 yards to Incarnate Wood, yes Incarnate Wood!
I like Georgia over South Carolina but it’s too early too decide if 10 points is a large spread or not.
I like USC (+6) underdog to pull off the upset against Stanford