Week 1 of the college football season was amazing and featured huge games between traditional powers that don’t often play each other. Hopefully you took advantage of it and enjoyed all of that wonderful football because Week 2 is, well, just not as good.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch or follow along. It’s college football, so some weird and fun things are bound to happen. There just aren’t as many games to circle on the schedule as “must watch” games.
That means it’s a bit tougher to pick out lines that stand out, but we did our best in this early look at Week 2 lines and game odds. As always, spreads and over/unders are courtesy of our good friends at SportsLine.
Lines you need to know
Arkansas Razorbacks (+7.5) at TCU Horned Frogs : Week 2 doesn’t feature many marquee nonconference matchups, but Arkansas-TCU has the potential to be fun. Neither team impressed in the opener with both narrowly escaping embarrassing home defeats to Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and South Dakota State, respectively. Both look to show the Week 1 issues were a fluke on Saturday.
Virginia Tech Hokies (+11) vs. Tennessee Volunteers : Speaking of disappointing, the Hokies and Vols play each other on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. The venue will be cool, but the football might not be. The Hokies struggled with Liberty in the first half before pulling away late, and the Vols got all they could handle from Appalachian State Mountaineers at home. Tennessee is still a double-digit favorite, but it has to prove that its line play issues aren’t going to be a problem all season.
Penn State Nittany Lions (+5) at Pittsburgh Panthers : The in-state rivalry gets renewed this year for the first time since 2000, and the Panthers are a touchdown (sans extra point) favorite at home over the Nittany Lions. Neither team played particularly well in their openers, but both won comfortably over lesser competition. In a week lacking juice, this could be one of the most competitive games of the weekend with two teams fired up to stake their claim as best team in the state.
Brigham Young Cougars (+3) at Utah Utes : The other big in-state rivalry game will be in the Holy War between BYU and Utah. These two teams do not like each other and BYU, a three-point road dog, hasn’t taken down Utah since 2009. Taysom Hill had some moments against Arizona Wildcats , including the late drive for the game-winning field goal. Utah won 24-0 over Southern Utah as the Utes’ defense led the way.
These may raise some eyebrows
Wyoming Cowboys (+24.5) at Nebraska Cornhuskers : Wyoming looked pretty good in an opening win against Northern Illinois Huskies at home in a super late kickoff on Saturday. Nebraska might be better this season, but 24.5 is an awful lot of points to lay with the Huskers against a team that showed the ability to run the ball and score points.
Kentucky Wildcats (+17) at Florida Gators : Florida was locked in a battle with UMass at home and is now laying 17 points in-conference. What a world. Kentucky was awful (AWFUL) in the second half against Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles , blowing a 25-point lead, but I still can’t get over this Florida team laying 17 points in the SEC after scoring 24 against UMass.
UConn (+4.5) at Navy Midshipmen : UConn had to comeback at home to beat Maine on Saturday. They have to go face a Navy team with a new quarterback following an ACL tear to their starter Tago Smith , but the Midshipmen would appear on the surface as the better team. The Huskies can be scrappy, but I’m a bit surprised Navy isn’t a bit bigger favorite in this one.
Consider staying away
Akron Zips (+24.5) at Wisconsin Badgers : Madison will be a madhouse all week after the Badgers took down LSU Tigers on Saturday in Green Bay, but I’m telling you, this game stinks. The Zips aren’t good — they needed 21 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from VMI in the opener — but this screams let down game from Wisconsin. I’m not worried about the Badgers’ ability to win this game, I’m just concerned about that hook on the other side of 24. I’m not saying take the Zips, I’m just saying walk away from this one.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (+5) at Duke Blue Devils : Duke laid a beatdown on poor NCCU on Saturday, but we don’t know much about the Blue Devils right now. Wake strolls into Durham on Saturday with a beastly defense and one of the nation’s saddest offenses after a 7-3 win against Tulane Green Wave . You’ll see this one below in over/under plays, but we don’t know enough about how good Duke’s offense really is for me to be comfortable on either side of this line with Wake’s defense out there.
Western Kentucky (+28.5) at Alabama Crimson Tide : Alabama beat Southern California Trojans to a pulp in Arlington on Saturday night by a 52-6 margin and now the Hilltoppers roll into Tuscaloosa. Be wary of just hopping on the Tide and laying these points as Saban has a tendency to pedal off in home games against lesser opponents. That hook could be important on top of the four touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / College football Week 2 lines, game odds: In-state rivalries should be dogfights