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Betting Against the Spread: College Football Week 2 Picks

Oregon Ducks

Normally, Week 1 is a great place to make some cash.

Not for me. I broke even at 3-3 last week and will attempt to rebuild my already mediocre reputation.

The big thing to consider for Week 2 is line swings. Vanderbilt (+20) against Ole Miss in Nashville didn’t make my cut, but that is a perfect example of market overcorrection after Week 1 showings.

Be wary of lines that look off after bizarre outcomes last weekend. And with that…

Last Week: 3-3

Year-to-Date: 3-3

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Michigan St (+12) at Oregon

Oregon is really, really good. But so is Michigan State. I like Oregon to win but when was the last time a Spartans defense lost by more than 10 points? Sept. 15, 2012 to a Notre Dame team that played in the national title game. Oregon to win, Sparty to cover. Prediction: Michigan State +12

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BYU (+3.5) at Texas

When all four Athlon Sports experts pick BYU to win outright, I listen (especially, since I am one of them). Texas is without its starting quarterback, center and two offensive tackles in a revenge game that they will have to score big in to win. I’m taking Taysom Hill and the Cougars to win outright so take the points. Prediction: BYU +3.5

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USC (+2.5) at Stanford

This will be a battle but that hook under a field goal makes this one too good to pass up. Stanford feels like the overlooked Pac-12 team and its defense is still the best in the league. With revenge on the mind after losing last year and playing at home, I will take the Cardinal to cover. Prediction: Stanford -2.5

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Missouri (-3.5) at Toledo

The Rockets are obviously a solid opponent and are playing at home. But Maty Mauk and the Tigers are too powerful for Toledo to keep it within a field goal. The Tigers won this match by 15 last year so it’s a close game throughout but Mizzou pulls away and covers at the end. Prediction: Missouri -3.5

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Kansas St (-12) at Iowa St

The Cyclones won't be as bad as they were last week when they allowed 34 unanswered points to an FCS team (albeit a really good one). But Kansas State is unbeaten against ISU coach Paul Rhoads and Bill Snyder has a balanced team with stability at the quarterback position. Take the Wildcats to win big. Prediction: Kansas State -12

Top 25 Picks ATS:

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FAU (+40) at Alabama

Michigan St (+12) at Oregon

Oklahoma (-25) at Tulsa

San Jose St (+31) at Auburn

Virginia Tech (+11) at Ohio St

Memphis (+24) at UCLA

USC (+2.5) at Stanford

Ole Miss (-20) vs. Vanderbilt

Michigan (+3.5) at Notre Dame

Arizona St (-25) at New Mexico

Kansas St (-12) at Iowa St

E. Carolina (+17) at S. Carolina

S. Diego St (+15.5) at N. Carolina

Missouri (-3.5) at Toledo

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