Its Week 2 of college football. The initial little while have been a dud, so Im really looking towards the growing season progressing. The other day was a bust, but its early. There were so many personnel and player changes that things will need a couple weeks to stay and see whats what.
Heres what I love for Week 2:
My best bet: South Alabama +5 at Central Michigan
Im not impressed with the Chippewas adding 44 points the other day in a loss to Oklahoma State. It is possible to catch my full breakdown as to the reasons here:
Arkansas State at No. 3 Ohio State -44.5
I understand, its a crazy-big number, however in my preseason previews I discussed backing Ohio State in Week 2 contrary to the Red Wolves. Arkansas State on the highway last season lost to Washington 52-3, quit 41 points to Tulsa, and another 59 to Georgia Southern. Besides simply being Ohio State, the Buckeyes have a couple of things opting for them.
They will have a top-24 pass rush going against a bottom-five offensive line. Ohio State this past year was 25th in quarterback sacks and sacked Notre Dame QB Tyler Buchner 3 x the other day. The Red Wolves were 127th in quarterback protection last season. QB James Blackman was sacked zero times the other day with the Red Wolves adding 58 points against Grambling. Blackman played just six games this past year but was sacked 19 times, 13 which came on the highway.
I’ve no doubts that the Buckeyes’ offense can perform some harm to a defense that ranked 129th this past year, and that the defense will keep Blackman away from home and struggling to set up points.
You will want to take the Ohio State team total over 56.5? I dont like this hook. The Buckeyes could take their foot off the gas maybe in the fourth quarter or it might also set up 59 points. In any event, I love the spread a lot more than the team total over. I’d never think about this if Ohio State were on the highway, but in the home, the Buckeyes last season set up 59 on Akron, 66 on Maryland, 59 on Purdue, and 56 on Michigan State. I trust this team in the home.
UTSA at Army +3
Yes, Army was my best bet the other day and it failed to cover against Coastal Carolina, losing by 10. The Black Knights were competitive, however, producing 5.2 yards per rush and nearly 350 yards of total offense. The Roadrunners had a turbulent loss up 30-7 at one indicate Houston and ultimately losing 37-35 in overtime and today they happen to be face a top-five rushing attack.
What hurt Army the other day was Coastal Carolina’s run game. UTSA showed a one-dimensional offense the other day with quarterback Frank Harris leading the team in rushing. No further having RB Sincere McCormick could certainly hurt the Roadrunners this year. Plus, if theres a very important factor these military teams learn how to defend, it’s mobile quarterbacks. I love Army on the ML +125 aswell, but Ill keep things conservative.
Kansas +13.5 at West Virginia
Do I must say i desire to back the Jayhawks? Ugh, the solution is yes. The Mountaineers allowed over 300 yards of passing offense the other day to Kedon Clovis. Possibly the two dont equate, but I really believe it is a Jayhawks team increasing with QB Jalon Daniels.
With Daniels behind center last season, Kansas lost by six to West Virginia, to TCU by three, and defeated Texas in overtime. He threw for six total touchdowns in those games and completed 70.7% of his passes. Im on top of West Virginia this year so Im not expecting an upset, but I’m expecting the Jayhawks to become a menace to Big 12 opponents. Something is brewing at Kansas.