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Week 2 College Football Picks Against the Spread

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

If not for a 100-yard kickoff return from Western Michigan and two garbage time touchdowns from Louisville, I would have gone a nice 4-0 last week. But almost doesn't count with your bookie.

This week, the advice is to stay away from the big games. Oklahoma-Tennessee could go over, under, blowout or overtime. Michigan State is the slight favorite and the pick against Oregon, but nothing would surprise in East Lansing. And LSU is capable of doing pretty much anything in Starkville.

Stay away and dig deeper this weekend. I'm taking some road dogs, some big home favorites and an interesting coaching matchup.

Last Week: 2-2

Year-to-date: 2-2

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Tulane (+27.5) at Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets are really, really good and run an offense that rarely takes a game off. The defense is improved and Tulane was awful last week at home against Duke — who covered the 7.5-point spread by more than three touchdowns (37-7). Take the Jackets to roll big. Prediction: Georgia Tech -27.5

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Bowling Green (+8) at Maryland

The Falcons are loaded with veteran players and are coming off a 557-yard, 6.6-yards per play performance against Tennessee. They can score with anyone and should be able to move the ball with the Terps. Many are calling for the outright upset, so eight points seems generous. Prediction: Bowling Green +8

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Minnesota (-5) at Colorado State

Mike Bobo's debut at CSU was impressive as the Rams posted 8.7 yards per play and 598 yards in an easy win against lowly Savannah State. This is a totally different defense that the Gophers bring to town. This group is extremely talented on the back end and extremely well coached as it held TCU to just 5.2 yards per play and 23 points in the season opener. Prediction: Minnesota -5

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Washington State (-3) at Rutgers

The Knights are dealing with issues off the field but that didn't effect them in the season opener. Washington State already lost to Portland State as a 31-point underdog. Rutgers went out to Seattle and beat a better Wazzu team last year on the road, a win at home could be easy. Prediction: Rutgers -3

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East Carolina (-20) at Florida

The Gators topped 60 points and 600 yards in Jim McElwain's debut last weekend. Even if it was against New Mexico State, it was a great sign. This isn't a vintage Pirates team as East Carolina is replacing a ton and struggled to beat Towson 28-20 last weekend. Prediction: Florida -20

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North Texas (+5) at SMU

Matt Davis and the Mustangs gave the Baylor Bears a scare in the first half last weekend. Chad Morris will turn the SMU ship around. The native Texan knows how much meetings with in-state foes matter in recruiting. This offense will be clicking against a team that has yet to play a game. Prediction: SMU -5

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Kentucky (+8.5) at South Carolina

This is a critical game for Mark Stoops and Kentucky's bowl hopes this fall. The Cats beat the Gamecocks in Lexington last year and, like Bowling Green, many are calling for the upset outright. The South Carolina defense is improved enough to win but the Wildcats should be extremely motivated and capable in this SEC East bout. Prediction: Kentucky +8.5