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College Football Week 2 Predictions and Best Bets

Week One Results

Straight Up: 30-4 //  88% Correct (Houston-UTSA Cancelled)
ATS: 14-14 // 50% Correct (2 Pushes, 4 No Lines, Houston-UTSA Cancelled)
ATS “Best Bets”: 3-1 // 75% Correct

Best Bets For Week 2 (Went 75% last week)

Iowa -2.5 over Iowa State
Nebraska +14 over Oregon
Purdue -3 over Ohio
Indiana -3 over Virginia
Hawai’i +24.5 over UCLA
UTSA +17 over Baylor
San Diego State +4 over Arizona State
Minnesota +2 over Oregon State
Houston -1 over Arizona

Tier 1 Game Predictions (80% SU Last Week)

#23TCU (1-0) @ Arkansas (1-0) – 3:30PM ET, CBS

Last year these two played in a heart-throbbing, double overtime thriller that ended in a 41-38 Arkansas victory. Just one year later, the matchup looks very different. TCU’s defense should be back to the Gary Patterson standard after a down year in 2016, and in last week’s 63-0 beatdown of Jackson State, quarterback Kenny Hill went 18/23 with 206 yards and four touchdowns. Now, it was against an FCS team, but the Horned Frogs looked great. This game won’t be the shootout last year’s Week 2 showdown was, both defenses are going to be a lot better, and this is a tossup, it’s my #25 team on the road against my #28 team. Austin Allen is going to be excellent at quarterback for Arkansas, but on defense I have to give the edge to Patterson, and I see the Horned Frogs squeaking out a close win.

Prediction: TCU 28, Arkansas 27
ATS Pick: Arkansas +3

#13Auburn (1-0) @ #3Clemson (1-0) – 7PM ET, ESPN

I picked Clemson to make the playoff in the preseason, and last week, they backed up my claim, crushing Kent State 52-3. The voters noticed, and moved the Tigers into their top four as well. Kelly Bryant played like Deshaun Watson, rushing for 77 yards, and passing for 236 more, and even the untrained eye could see that Clemson O-Line was tremendous, giving Bryant time to make reads, which he will need against an Auburn secondary that is a big step up from Kent State. Auburn looked good in week one as well, the defense shut down Georgia Southern’s option, and the ground game looked incredible, racking up over 300 yards… but. Jarrett Stidham had a meh game against the Eagle defense, throwing just 14/24, against Clemson, that type of inaccuracy is going to lead to turnovers. Clemson is going to pick up a signature win in Death Valley, but Auburn will look good enough in defeat that they stay in the playoff race.

Prediction: Clemson 34, Auburn 27
ATS Pick: Clemson -6

#15Georgia (1-0) @ #24Notre Dame (1-0) – 7:30PM ET, NBC

Partially overshadowed by the injury to Deondre Francois, Georgia QB Jacob Eason also went out with an injury in week one. Eason should be back at some point this season, but for at least this week, the Bulldogs will hand the reigns over to true freshman Jake Fromm. Some former quarterback’s (most notably Kirk Herbstreit) see Fromm as a better quarterback than Eason, but it will be tough for the true freshman, who is still learning the offense, to make his first start on the road against Notre Dame. Georgia’s two headed monster at runningback is going to be great, with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel splitting carries, but the Irish are at home, and that defense, which dominated Temple in week one, is going to take advantage of Fromm’s mistakes, I’ve got Notre Dame.

Prediction: Notre Dame 27, Georgia 24
ATS Pick: Georgia +4

#5Oklahoma (1-0) @ #2Ohio State (1-0) – 7:30PM ET, ABC

First up, props to Oklahoma and Ohio State for scheduling a home-and-home rather than one neutral site game (cough cough Bama-FSU). Last year when these two teams played in Norman, the Buckeyes dominated from start to finish, and picked up a convincing 45-24 win. Now, Baker Mayfield (19-20, 329 yards, 3 touchdowns in limited action against UTEP) will get his shot at revenge against an Ohio State secondary that got consistently beat in man coverage last week against Indiana. Oklahoma is not Indiana, this will be a war for Ohio State, especially the Buckeye defense, and I fully expect Oklahoma to be up at the half, but Ohio State’s ground and pound was able to put away Indiana last week, and while this one will be much closer, another big game from JK Dobbins, and the home crowd, will cement Ohio State as the #2 team in the land.

Prediction: Ohio State 34, Oklahoma 31
ATS Pick: Oklahoma +7.5

#14Stanford (1-0) @ #6USC (1-0) – 8:30PM ET, FOX

Of the Big  Four games for this week, this is the one I’m least sure on. I dropped USC from 4 to 10 in my latest top 25 after the Trojans struggled with Western Michigan. That’s normal, I move teams up and down a lot in the early stages of the season, and USC will certainly be able to earn their way back if they can pick up a win here. Stanford played a near perfect game against Rice in Week Zero, and the Cardinal are coming off of a bye. Sam Darnold had a below average game, tossing two picks with no touchdowns against Western Michigan, all signs point to a Stanford upset on the road, but I’ve just got this feeling. A feeling that that performance lit a fire under Sam Darnold, and that it lit a fire under the USC defense that god shredded on the ground last week. Stanford is going to pound the defense, but as long as they can get to third down and force Keller Chryst to throw the ball, the Trojans can force some bad throws. Sam Darnold and Ronald Jones are going to combine for over 350 yards, and USC is going to get the win in what could be a preview of the Pac-12 Title Game come December.

Prediction: USC 34, Stanford 27
ATS Pick: USC -6

Tier 2 Games (80% SU Last Week)

*Memphis-UCF cancelled due to Hurricane Irma

#16Louisville (1-0) @ North Carolina (0-1) – 12PM ET, ESPN

Prediction: Louisville 37, North Carolina 31
ATS Pick: North Carolina +10

Iowa (1-0) @ Iowa State (1-0) – 12PM ET, ESPN2

Prediction: Iowa 27, Iowa State 17
ATS Pick: Iowa -2.5 (BEST BET)

Western Michigan (0-1)  @Michigan State (1-0) – 3:30PM ET, Big Ten Network

Prediction: Michigan State 31, Western Michigan 21
ATS Pick: Michigan State -7.5

Pittsburgh (1-0) @ #4Penn State (1-0) – 3:30PM ET, ABC

Prediction: Penn State 47, Pittsburgh 27
ATS Pick: Pitt +21

Nebraska (1-0) @ Oregon (1-0) – 4:30PM ET, FOX

Prediction: Oregon 38, Nebraska 34
ATS Pick: Nebraska +14 (BEST BET)

South Carolina (1-0) @ Missouri (1-0) – 7PM ET, ESPN2

Prediction: South Carolina 34, Missouri 31
ATS Pick: South Carolina +2.5

Utah (1-0) @ BYU (1-1) – 10:15PM ET, ESPN2

Prediction: Utah 27, BYU 21
ATS Pick: Utah -1

Boise State (1-0) @ #20Washington State (1-0) – 10:30PM ET, ESPN

Prediction: Washington State 31, Boise State 27
ATS Pick: Boise State +10.5

San Diego State (1-0) @ Arizona State (1-0) – 11PM ET, Pac-12 Network

Prediction: San Diego State 41, Arizona State 21
ATS Pick: San Diego State +4 (BEST BET)

Tier 3 Games (95% SU Last Week)

* Florida State-ULM and Uconn-USF cancelled due to Hurricane Irma

#11Oklahoma State (1-0) @ South Alabama (0-1) – 8PM ET, ESPN2 (Friday)

Prediction: Oklahoma State 51, South Alabama 21
ATS Pick: Oklahoma State -29

Ohio (1-0) @ Purdue (0-1) – 8PM ET, FS1 (Friday)

Prediction: Purdue 34, Ohio 20
ATS Pick: Purdue -3 (BEST BET)

Cincinnati (1-0) @ #8Michigan (1-0) – 12PM ET, ABC

Prediction: Michigan 44, Cincinnati 7
ATS Pick: Michigan -35

Florida Atlantic (0-1) @ #9Wisconsin (1-0) – 12PM ET, BTN

Prediction: Wisconsin 51, Florida Atlantic 14
ATS Pick: Wisconsin -32.5

Northwestern (1-0) @ Duke (1-0) – 12PM ET, ESPNU

Prediction: Northwestern 31, Duke 24
ATS Pick: Northwestern -3

Wake Forest (1-0) @ Boston College (1-0) – 1PM ET, ACC Network

Prediction: Wake Forest 24, Boston College 21
ATS Pick: Wake +1

Middle Tennessee (0-1) @ Syracuse (1-0) – 3:30PM ET, ACC Network

Prediction: Syracuse 38, Middle Tennessee 31
ATS Pick: Middle Tennessee +10

Indiana (0-1) @ Virginia (1-0) – 3:30PM ET, ESPNU

Prediction: Indiana 27, Virginia 17
ATS Pick: Indiana -3 (BEST BET)

San Jose State (1-1) @ Texas (0-1) – 3:30PM ET, Longhorn Network

Prediction: Texas 44, San Jose State 21
ATS Pick: San Jose State +24.5

Fresno State (1-0) @ #1Alabama (1-0) – 3:30PM ET, ESPN2

Prediction: Alabama 45, Fresno State 6
ATS Pick: Fresno State +43

Hawai’i (2-0) @ UCLA (1-0) – 5PM ET, Pac 12 Network

Prediction: UCLA 37, Hawai’i 21
ATS Pick: Hawai’i +23.5 (BEST BET)

Marshall (1-0) @ NC State (0-1) – 6 PM ET, ACC Network

Prediction: NC State 37, Marshall 14
ATS Pick: Marshall +24.5

Chattanooga (0-1) @ #12LSU (1-0) – 7:30PM ET, SEC Network

Prediction: LSU 44, Chattanooga 0
ATS Pick: No Line Available

Mississippi State (1-0) @ Louisiana Tech (1-0) – 7:30PM ET, CBS Sports Network

Prediction: Mississippi State 35, Louisiana Tech 27
ATS Pick: Louisiana Tech +9.5

UTSA @ Baylor (0-1) – 8PM ET

Prediction: Baylor 38, UTSA 31
ATS Pick: UTSA +17 (BEST BET)

Western Kentucky (1-0) @ Illinois (1-0) – 8PM ET, Big Ten Network

Prediction: Western Kentucky 37, Illinois 21
ATS Pick: Western Kentucky +7

Minnesota (1-0) @ Oregon State (1-1) – 10PM ET, FS1

Prediction: Minnesota 27, Oregon State 21
ATS Pick: Minnesota +2 (BEST BET)

Houston @ Arizona (1-0) – 10:30PM ET, ESPNU

Prediction: Houston 38, Arizona 27
ATS Pick: Houston -1 (BEST BET)

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