Having outlined the best College Football betting lines SU picks for this weekend’s game, let us continue our football betting previews for this weekend by checking out the best ATS picks for the games slated for Week 2 of the college football season, which is slated to start on Thursday, September 10th, running all the way to Monday, September 14.
Breaking Down the Best ATS Picks for Top NCAA Football Betting Season Week 2 Games
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Utah State at No. 24 Utah, ATS Pick: Utes (-13.5 odds)
Like most rivalry games, this clash between the Utes and Aggies comes with the potential of an upset. Having a good-enough defense will certainly help the Aggies in their quest, but after the Utes handled a tougher opponent in Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan last week, finding a way to beat the softer Aggies for a win and cover should be in the realms of strong possibility.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015
South Florida at No. 11 Florida State, Pick: South Florida (+28.5)
Everett Golson was calm and collected in his FSU debut, passing for 302 yards and 4 TDS in the 59-16 win over the Bobcats in Week 1. He was of course supported by a solid running game that rushed for 266 rushing yards (including 156 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Dalvin Cook). Added to an 18-game unbeaten home run that spans back to 2013, victory is definite for the Noles against the Bulls, who are a coming off a 2-10 2014 season. Even so, the Bulls took care of the Florida A&M Rattlers last Saturday, beating them 51-3, showing the potential to hang around the Seminoles this week. Playing well-enough to cover the spread as 28.5-point underdogs should thus be possible for South Florida. After all, the Bulls are decently 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games away from home.
No. 9 Notre Dame at Virginia, SU Pick: Notre Dame (-13)
Impressive as he was in his debut as a starting QB for the Irish, Malik Zaire will not be having it easy in Virginia; bearing in mind the Cavaliers have had one of the best defensive units in the nation for the last couple of years. Not to forget, Charlottesville has been a fortress for the Cavs, who’ve gone 5-2 SU and ATS in their last 7 home games. So although Virginia’s offense (which averaged just 26 PPG last season) will find it difficult to hang with Notre Dame’s offense that put up 527 yards against a talented Texas defense in last week’s 38-3 win, the Hoos have the potential to stifle the Fighting Irish for a tight cover of the spread this Saturday.
Iowa at Iowa State, ATS Pick: Iowa State
Both the Hawkeyes and Cyclones are coming off nearly the same wins in Week 1, as both units scored 31 points in their respective games. However, whereas the Hawkeyes allowed 14 points, the Cyclones were stingy, allowing just 7 points. Iowa State’s QB Sam Richardson also exhibited a better passing mechanism compared to C.J. Beathard, underlining some QB advantage to the Cyclones. Added to the fact that the Cyclones have only lost one of their last 4 contests against Iowa and they also brag of covering 13 of their last 17 meetings against the Hawkeyes, this game looks all perfectly set up for Iowa State to cover the spread as narrow home underdogs.
Oregon at Michigan State, ATS Pick: Michigan State (-4)
Vernon Adams is no Marcus Marcus Mariota, but if his decent showing from last week is anything to go by, he has a bright future ahead of him, one that is likely to make him and his running backs a handful to Michigan State’s defense that allowed 24 points against the lowly Western Michigan last week. Even so, playing at the friendly confines of the Spartan Stadium, East Lansing should be a motivation for the Spartans to do better than they did on the road last week. Of course, it is not going to be easy for the Spartans to stop the Ducks, who are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 road games (most of which were under the Mariota tenure); but with a good record of their own (9-6 ATS in their last 15 home games) and havoc-wrecking QB in Connor Cook, the Spartans will only have themselves to blame if they cannot torch the Ducks for a comfortable SU and ATS after Oregon surrendered a massive 42 points to the subpar Eastern Washington offense.
No. 14 LSU at No. 25 Mississippi State, Pick: Mississippi State (+4)
Very few teams were able to collect road wins against the Bulldogs last season, especially when the season started. And going by their solid showing in Week 1, the Tigers will have to belabor tirelessly throughout the game if they are to beat Mississippi State and cover the spread. Irrefutably, LSU’s defense will keep the Bulldogs tamed for most of the game, but with the leadership of QB Dak Prescott, a player who’s countlessly proven himself as a game-winner, the Bulldogs should be able to secure a close win in this game, or at the very least cover the spread in a cagey affair.
OTHER NOTABLE ATS PICKS FOR THE WEEKEND
Stephen F. Austin at TCU Horned Frogs, ATS Pick: TCU
Though the Frogs were unable to show dominance against Minnesota, they still managed to record a 24-17 win. The Lumberjacks, on the other hand, suffered a 34-28 loss to Northern Arizona, but showed promising signs in the offense. If you are, however, thinking that Stephen F Austin will be stopping the Frogs from piling up points like the Gophers did, then think again. This is a Lumberjacks team that has lost its last five games on the road, going 1-4 against the spread, and it will be going against a TCU team playing at home and is looking for a statement win to announce their credentials as title contenders. In addition, the Frogs went 4-0 against the spread in non-conference games last season, so beating the Lumberjacks with a comfortable margin (plus a cover) should be possible.
Alabama went 0-5 ATS in five non-conference games last season and after struggling in their 34-17 win over Wisconsin, covering a 35.5-point spread against the Blue Raiders (who blew out Jackson State 70-14 last week) doesn’t look that likely. This is especially because Bama’s offense is still undergoing transition and Tennessee has a few decent pieces in the D to frustrate the Tide, even if Nick Saban’s boys will still get a double-digit win.