Best SU NCAA Football Betting Picks for Top Week 2 Games
With so many games slated to take place in Week 2 of the 2015-16 NCAAF Season, there’s bound to a lot of action in this week’s college football lines and odds. Unfortunately, we can’t preview all the games here, so we’ll only give a short analysis of the top games with the best SU picks this weekend. Watch out for other articles in our NCAA Football section that will be highlighting other picks on aspects such as ATS and Game Totals. That said, let’s dive into our College Football odds pool and find out the teams that offer the best SU catches this week.
Best SU NCAA Football Betting Picks for Top Week 2 Games
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Utah State at No. 24 Utah, SU Pick: Utah
Coming off a hard-earned win over Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan team, the Utes look favorites to win this game quite handily, considering the Aggies didn’t look as solid last week. Nonetheless, this being a rivalry game in the Beehive state, Utah State could prove tough to beat, especially if quarterback Chuckie Keeton can do some damage in the offense and the Aggies defense maintains meanness at the back.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015
Iowa at Iowa State, SU Pick: Iowa State
These two teams have been at each other’s necks for many years, regularly meeting to sort out their in-state rivalry and presenting us with some of the most entertaining games. This year’s clash should thus not be any different. Entering this clash, the Iowa Hawkeyes are coming off a 31-14 victory over Illinois State, a game that saw QB C.J. Beathard performing decently, completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 211 yards, one touchdown and no picks. The Iowa State Cyclones, on the other hand, are coming off a 31-7 victory over Northern Iowa, which was paced by QB Sam Richardson who completed 72.4 percent of his passes for 233 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. On paper, both teams are talented on both ends of the field, meaning the game could go either way. Still, with the massive advantage offered by veteran QB Richardson over Beathard, and the home advantage, the Cyclones should be able to give the winning value hire at a cheap price. Note: Iowa State has won three of the last four meetings against Iowa.
No. 9 Notre Dame at Virginia, SU Pick: Notre Dame
The Virginia Cavaliers have always fancied themselves among the strongest teams in the nation, but as is often the case, their offense finds it difficult to measure up to top-tier teams. To their credit, though, Junior quarterback Matt Johns showed sparks of brilliance last week, going 21-of-35 for 238 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the 34-16 loss to UCLA. Nonetheless, after the Hoos outclassed by Josh Rosen and the Bruins, it doesn’t look like they’ll be able handle Malik Zaire and the Irish, considering the new starting QB was nearly flawless in the 38-3 win over Texas. In that game, Zaire went 19-of-22 for 313 yards and three touchdowns. Added to their experienced defense that limited the Longhorns to a paltry 163 total yards, this game has all the hallmarks of another comfortable win by Notre Dame.
No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 3 Tennessee, SU Pick: Oklahoma
It was business as usual for these two ranked teams in Week 1, as the Sooners handed the Akron Zips a 41-3 beatdown last Saturday, while the Vols had a good-not-great 59-30 win over the Bowling Green Falcons on the same day. A feistily contested game can be expected between the two teams this week. Having been paced by 6 rushing TDs in last week’s game (including one from QB Joshua Dobbs, who also had two passing TDs), the Vols will be banking most of their hopes on their running game and home crowd in search for a win. Unfortunately for them, the Sooners looked really good in the defense last week (albeit against low-tier opposition), allowing a solitary field goal and just 226 total yards of offense from the Zips. Meanwhile, quarterback Baker Mayfield proved his worth in the starting job over Trevor Knight, as he paced the offense by throwing for 388 yards and 3 TDs, improving his Heisman odds in the process. Putting a similar all-rounded performance against the Vols (SEC) won’t be easy, but after showing great precision in the offense and sturdy caution in the defense last week, the Sooners (Big 12) look very capable of grinding out a hard-earned win and cover over Tennessee this Saturday.
No. 7 Oregon at No. 5 Michigan State, SU Pick: Michigan State
In the biggest non-conference game this season and definitely the best top-tier matchup this week, the Ducks will be looking for a win in East Lansing, a game that could easily prove as the deciding factor for both teams in the bid for this season’s college football playoffs. Both teams are coming off wins in Week 1, with the Ducks winning 61-42 at home over Eastern Washington, and the Spartans recording a 37-24 road win over Western Michigan. No doubt, the two offenses are capable of putting up points on scoreboard, but going by the porous nature of Oregon’s defense from last week (allowing a whopping 42 points against a lowly EWU team) and the stingy nature of Michigan State’s defense; the Spartans look most likely to take care of business on both sides of the ball to deliver a win. Note: Michigan State is 14-1 in its last 15 home games; Oregon is 17-3 SU in their last 20 games on the road.
No. 14 LSU at No. 25 Mississippi State, SU Pick: Mississippi State
Despite a stellar showing from Mississippi State’s QB Dak Prescott (309 yards and three TDs last week) and a solid performance from the team in the first half of last season, the Oddsmakers are not trusting in the abilities of the Bulldogs, placing them as underdogs against LSU this Saturday. Undeniably, the Tigers are a well-coached unit (thanks to Les Miles), QBs Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris are decent performers and very few (if not any) RBs in the SEC can compare to Leonard Fournette. But having seen their Week 1 game canceled due to weather, the Tigers are likely to come into this game with new season jitters, which could easily work against them when they face a Bulldogs team that is high on confidence following last week’s win 34-16 win over Southern Mississippi. Not to mention, although the Tigers are traditionally known for being mean defensively, their offense has a lot of questions, something that the Bulldogs defense (that gave up just 22.5 PPG against conference foes in 2014) could take advantage of. We therefore believe that Prescott’s class will show in this game to lead the Bulldogs to a nervy, but thrilling win.
No. 20 Boise State at BYU, SU Pick: Boise State
It was barely convincing, but the Broncos showed enough grit to eke out a 16-13 win over the Huskies last Saturday. Mind you, this was after the Broncos had jumped to a 16-0 halftime lead, before the defense got sloppy and allowed Washington back in the game. Hadn’t it been for a missed field goal for the Huskies in the dying moments of the game, we would be talking of an upset. Playing in a similar way against the Cougars, who relied on a 42-yard Hail Mary pass in the dying seconds of the clash against Nebraska to secure a 33-28 win last Saturday, could prove very costly, particularly if you consider that BYU has a tendency of finishing the game strongly. Unfortunately for BYU, the team lost its starting QB Taysom Hill, who collected 340 yards (268 passing, 72 rushing) and three TDs last week before suffering a season-ending leg injury. With that, the Broncos should have an easier time against backup Tanner Mangum and the leaky BYU defense, allowing Boise State to secure a rather comfortable win plus the cheap points.