Last week we were 6-3 against the spread, this week the matchups are not as good and the point spreads are longer. Still you know when it is all said and done their will be some surprises so let’s get started on week 2.
No. 13 Louisville at Syracuse
When: Friday, Sept. 9, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
The Line: Louisville (-14.5)
Quarterback Lamar Jackson exceeded his offseason hype, accounting for an absurd eight touchdowns in one half. Meanwhile, Syracuse played at a manic pace under first-year had coach Dino Babers.
Babers has brought a lot of excitement to Syracuse and expect a loud crowd at the Carrier dome, but in the end I think Louisville is just too talented for the Orangemen.
Prediction: Louisville (-14.5)
Akron vs. No. 10 Wisconsin
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)
The Line: Wisconsin (-24.5)
Last year, the Zips ranked No. 3 nationally in rushing defense (92.9 ypg) and No. 15 in total defense (331.5 ypg). But six of the top seven tacklers are gone, including all three linebackers. A drop-off at those three positions is probable, although middle linebacker John Racha has plenty of experience. Offensively the Zips lost a lot last year, but return some studs such as quarterback Thomas Woodson and receiver Jerome Lane, both juniors. This team will not be a push over.
Wisconsin is coming off a huge win over LSU. The question here is will the Badgers have a let down? I expect they will, but they will still win the game. Covering the big spread is a whole different story.
Prediction: Akron (+24.5)
Idaho vs. No. 8 Washington
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 5 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
The Line: Washington (-37)
The primary question is how many points the Huskies score before pulling their starters. Last week, they had three offensive touchdowns of 38-plus yards and a pair of special teams scores, so the lead reached 45 entering the fourth quarter.
This game looks like a no contest too me.
Prediction: Washington (-37)
Tulsa vs. No. 4 Ohio State
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
The Line: Ohio State (-29)
Tulsa’s shaky defense is next up for quarterback J.T. Barrett, who accounted for seven touchdowns in three quarters of action. Last season, the Golden Hurricane ranked third-worst nationally. Tulsa is a much better team than Bowling Green, especially on offense. Question in this game is can Tulsa get some stops to make it interesting?
Prediction: Ohio State (-29)
Western Kentucky vs. No. 1 Alabama
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
The Line: Alabama (-28.5)
While the Hilltoppers have a few weapons in their offensive arsenal—most notably wide receivers Taywan Taylor and Nicholas Norris—Alabama’s defense is loaded everywhere. Early turnovers will translate to a big lead for the Crimson Tide, but they won’t stop piling on. Western Kentucky is a good football team, but you won’t be able to tell that Saturday afternoon.
Prediction: Alabama (28.5)
Arkansas vs. No. 15 TCU
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Line: TCU (-7.5)
Last week Arkansas barely avoided a loss to Louisiana Tech, and TCU surrendered 41 points to lower-division foe South Dakota State. Since 2014, TCU is 12-0 against the spread as a favorite at home. Although Arkansas should never fall far behind, we think the streak continues for another week.
Prediction: TCU (-7.5)
Virginia Tech vs. No. 17 Tennessee (Battle at Bristol)
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
The Line: Tennessee (-10.5)
On paper, Tennessee is equipped for a comfortable win. However, the Vols seemed reluctant to test Appalachian State downfield, and the Hokies secondary is only tougher. Tennessee will need QB Joshua Dobbs to sustain drives and subsequently burn some clock.
Prediction: Virginia Tech (+10.5)
Iowa State vs. No. 16 Iowa
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)
The Line: Iowa (-15)
Iowa is a complete team, Iowa State is good enough to hang for awhile. I just don’t think Iowa.St will be able to run the ball effectively enough to win the game. Iowa pulls away late for 3 TD win.
Prediction: Iowa (-15)
Virginia vs. No. 24 Oregon
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Line: Oregon (-24.5)
Virginia has a new coach and a new attitude, but they got blitzed 37-20 by Richmond. Oregon will put up 40 in the first half.
Prediction: Oregon (-24.5)