Saturday, September 12, 2015

2015 College Football Point Spread Picks - Week 2

Well, this hasn't happened in a few years. The first week went decently with a 6-4 record. If Boise State hadn't let a offensively-challenged Washington team back into the game, we would have been off to a rocking the start of the season. Well, let's continue with the prognostication and have an even better Week 2.

1. #19 Oklahoma (-1) at #23 Tennessee - This game is a tough one to pick. You have Oklahoma who are perennial underachievers the past half a decade against a Tennessee program which is on the way up, but you aren't sure that they are ready for the Big Boys. Give me the Sooners and let's see how the Vols react to a non-pushover early this season.

2. #14 LSU (-4) at #25 Mississippi State - You always watch out for a early season game like this. A favorite playing their first game while the opponent has a game under their belt. I think that the Bulldogs defense lets down Dak Prescott and the Tigers win going away.

3. #7 Oregon at #5 Michigan State (-4) - After seeing the highlights of Oregon's first game, that defense scares me. A FCS team scoring lots of points on a defense for a team that is talked about being in the playoff picture doesn't inspire confidence. Michigan State wasn't much better winning a relatively close game against a directional school. Sparty is due against the Ducks and they do play defense in East Lansing.

4. #20 Boise State (-2.5) at BYU - The reason that I like the Broncos to cover is the injury to QB Taysom Hill of BYU. Otherwise, I would take the Cougars to outscore the Broncos easily. It is looking like Boise State might not be that School of 5 juggernaut that they have been in the past.

5. #9 Notre Dame (-12.5) at Virginia - The Fighting Irish looked real good in their opening season win against Texas and I expect that to continue against a Cavaliers team that did all that it could to keep their game against UCLA from becoming a blowout.

6. East Carolina (+20.5) at Florida - I usually stay away from games like this, but getting 20.5 points against a Florida team that is still not proven with a East Carolina team that has the program going the right direction seems like a no-brainer. I wouldn't call for the upset here, but a game that ends with a 7 to 10 point victory.

7. Iowa (-3) at Iowa State - I die each and every year with this game. I am an Iowa fan and when I see the supposed talent difference between these two teams, it amazes me that the Cyclones can hang tough and even beat the Hawkeyes on a regular basis. This year, Kirk Ferentz understands that he is not the cat's ass anymore in Iowa City and brings back the Cy-Hawk trophy.

8. Rice at Texas (-14.5) - Everybody is ripping the Longhorns after the dud they laid against Notre Dame. In fact there are people picking Rice to win this game. Let's not be hasty here. Texas will figure out something on offense to look good against the Owls and make it look halfway easy. This isn't a good Texas team but they will look like it this week.

9. Army at Connecticut (-7) - Both teams played a FCS playoff team last year for their season opener. UConn won, Army lost. But the reason that I am taking the Huskies is that on both sides of the ball, their line is beefier by a significant amount and the talent level is about the same on both teams in the trenches. That leads me to believe that the Huskies can wear down the Black Knights and win the battle of the trenches.

10. Eastern Michigan at Wyoming (-13.5) - I know, only diehard college football fans would watch this game, but tell me of any real attractive games out there that I haven't picked. I believe that Craig Bohl can get this Cowboys program on track and even though it looked horrible in a loss to FCS North Dakota in the opener, they can come back and beat Eastern Michigan and look good doing it.

1 comment:

R.J. said...

I'll also add SDSU vs Cal. Cal is supposed to only win five games this season. Sadly, this will be one of them.