Week 1 was a great success on the betting front for myself. I finished 4-1 on my straight bets and lost the 0.5 unit parlay. I finished the week up 2.4 units, improving my college football total to +3.4 units.
I love the board for week 2 and I have a bunch of picks. I’ve got 5 straight bets, 1 teaser, and 1 parlay for you. Let’s get into it.
Straight Bets (1 unit)
Coastal Carolina -25.5 vs. Kansas | Friday @ 7:30
Costal Carolina takes on Kansas on Friday night. Kansas is one of the worst teams in the FBS this year. Coastal is a machine against the spread. I love betting Coastal at home and although Kansas isn’t good, this game does hold some significance because Kansas is still a power 5 team traveling to Coastal (this doesn’t happen often). There will be some national spotlight on this game, I expect coastal to run them off the field.
South Carolina ML (-120) vs. ECU | Saturday @ 12:00
It’s not very often you’ll see an SEC team as an underdog vs. a school like ECU. South Carolina is more talented in the trenches, and I believe have a running game that will be to much for ECU to keep up with. ECU is coming off a loss to Appalachian State, where they gave up over 220 yards on the ground. South Carolina has a better ground game that App. State. I expect them to keep it on the ground and come out victorious. Don’t over think this one. Roll with the Gamecocks.
Tennessee +3 vs. Pittsburgh | Saturday @ 12:00
Tennessee with face off against Pitt at noon on Saturday. We have seen how much of an impact the home crowds had last week and I think that will help Tennessee prevail against a tough Pittsburgh team. I love getting points with the home team in what should be a tight matchup.
Purdue -33.5 vs. UConn | Saturday @ 3:00
This one doesn’t need much of an explanation. UConn is a mess. Their head coach was just fired earlier this week. Frankly I think this could hit in the first half. If you watched any of their game vs. Holy Cross, you would know there is no way in hell they stay within 30 points of Purdue.
Georgia -24.5 vs. UAB | Saturday @ 3:30
We saw just how dominant Georgia’s defense really is last week vs. Clemson, who arguably has one of the most explosive offensives in the nation. AUB is going to struggle to move the ball against them. This is a good spot for JT Daniels and co. to put together strong offensives drives, after not mustering a single touchdown against Clemson. Take Georgia to cover the spread.
Iowa +10.5 vs. Iowa State, Wisconsin -20 vs. E. Michigan
In my opinion, Iowa had one of the most impressive week 1 victories in the country. They held Indiana to just 6 points. Iowa State presents a bigger challenge than Indiana did, however I believe in Iowa’s defense to keep this within 10 points. I like them on the spread as well, but I’m using them in a teaser.
Wisconsin suffered a tough loss to Penn State in week 1. Lucky for them, they have another home game this week against a much weaker opponent. I expect Wisconsin to really pile it on against Eastern Michigan this week, blowing them out by at least 21+ points.
Parlay (+600) – 0.5 units
Miami -9 vs. Appalachian State, Rutgers -2 vs. Syracuse, Louisiana, Florida -28.5 vs USF
Like the Wisconsin write up, Miami is in a bounce back scenario this week. They suffered a tough loss to Alabama a week ago but have a chance to get into the win column this Saturday against Appalachian State. Appalachian State is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on the road. Roll with the Hurricanes in this one.
The Rutgers spread is disrespectful in my opinion. Rutgers obliterated Temple a week ago. They have a vicious defense, and a strong running game. They will be able to control the tempo and hand Syracuse their first loss of the season. Rutgers is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 on the road. They are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.
Florida coasted to a rather easy victory in week 1 vs. FAU. This week they face a USF team that just suffered a 45-0 loss to NC State. This is going to be a blowout. Expect USF to score under 10 points (if at all) and Florida cover this spread.