The opening week of the season delivers a few good match-ups, but many of the bigger teams are using the first week of the season to take on opponents that are little more than a punching bag. Week 2 figures to be a little tougher for those guys. As we are going to do for every week of the college football season, we have picked out what we believe to be the best games to wager on featuring teams in each of the Power 5 conferences, so let’s get to it for the 2018 NCAA Football Week 2.
Clemson Tigers vs Texas A&M Aggies – The Clemson Tigers have become a permanent fixture in the college football playoffs, and it certainly looks as though they are going to be ready to make another run this season. While this is a game that you would expect them to win, very few teams head to College Station and have an easy time of things.
Texas A&M is not the team they were just a few short seasons ago, but they are one that is not going to be an easy put for anyone. I see this one being close early on, but I think Clemson will start to pull away in the second half.
Iowa State Cyclones vs Iowa Hawkeyes – Iowa State are coming off a very respectable 8-win season in 2017, with one of those victories coming in a bowl game against #20 ranked Memphis. If this game is anything like the one these two delivered last season, then we are in for a real treat.
That one went to OT, and it was the Hawkeyes who outlasted their in-state rivals to come up with the 41-40 win. This should be a tougher one for the Cyclones on the road, but they have proven that they can hang with a very good Iowa team. Unfortunately, I still think they lose this one.
Michigan State Spartans vs Arizona State Sun Devils – The Michigan State Spartans are a team that many people believe have a shot at winning the Big Ten this year, as well as potentially being a dark horse to make the playoffs. They have a tough schedule, with this trip, in particular, having the potential to be a bit of a trip-up game.
The Sun Devils are rebuilding after a disappointing 7-win season last year and will have former NFL coach Herm Edwards on the sidelines. I expect Arizona State to be better this season, but think they come up short here.
UCLA Bruins vs Oklahoma Sooners – The Bruins are considered by some to be a bit of a sleeping giant, but you really have to wonder when they are going to wake up again. This is a team that went a rather poor 6-7 last season, closing things out with a bowl game loss at the hands of Kansas State.
This game sees them head on the road to face a team that was in the playoffs last season, and while the Sooners will no longer have Baker Mayfield under center, they still have a very talented team that should win this one.
Georgia Bulldogs vs South Carolina Gamecocks – The Bulldogs landed back on top of the SEC East last season, while also winning the SEC Championship Game and making it all the way to the National Championship before losing in OT to Alabama.
They are the favorites to win the East once again, but it is the Gamecocks who are likely to be their biggest threat. The winner of this one gets an early leg up in the division, and I believe it will be the Dawgs that get it.