While there are several very good games in the opening week of the college football season, it’s NCAA Football Week 2 where the real fun begins. Many of the preseason favorites have taken the approach of settling on an easier game to get things rolling, but with strength of schedule now critical in determining who makes the playoffs, the big games don’t take long to get rolling. There are several potential playoff teams who will be entering into big games in the second week of the season, and we have all seen how an early loss can disrupt and potential favorite. Anyone remember what happened to Florida State after losing to Alabama in Week 1 last season? Let’s now jump on and look at the must bet games for Week 2 of the college football season. And be sure to check out the latest NCAAF odds before placing your bets!
Clemson have been ticking along quite nicely for the past few seasons, and are once again the most likely playoff candidates from the ACC. The Tigers will be in for a tough go of things in Week 2, though, as they will be taking on an Aggies team that may take a step forward under new head coach Jimbo Fisher. Texas A&M don’t necessarily need to win this one to make a statement, but if they do somehow manage to get a win over the Tigers, it may well just shape how the rest of their season looks. For Clemson, a win here would once again set them up as a force to be reckoned with.
NCAA Football Week 2 Betting Pick: Clemson Tigers
Georgia Bulldogs at South Carolina Gamecocks
The runners-up in last year’s National Championship Game will look a little different this season, but the Bulldogs are still totally loaded and favorites to win the SEC East. If any team in the East is going to give the Dawgs a serious run for their money, it is likely to be the South Carolina Gamecocks. They are coming off a very good season, and it looks as though Will Muschamp has this team heading very much in the right direction. This will certainly not decide the division, but it could make things interesting.
NCAA Football Week 2 Betting Pick: Georgia Bulldogs
UCLA Bruins at Oklahoma Sooners
Chip Kelly is now in charge of the Bruins, so it is certainly going to be fun to see if he can get this ship heading in the right direction. We won’t need to wait long to get some idea of that direction, as this is a tough, tough match-up for the Bruins early on. Sure, the Oklahoma Sooners, a playoff tam from last season, will be without Baker Mayfield after he was drafted to the NFL, but make no mistake about it, this is still a very talented football team. We could be in for a bit of a shootout here, so strap in for this one.
NCAA Football Week 2 Betting Pick: Oklahoma Sooners
Michigan State Spartans at Arizona State Sun Devils
There are a lot of college football folks who believe that the Michigan State Spartans have a team good enough to take the Big 10 and land a playoff spot, but they will get a stern test early on. A trip to Sun Devil Stadium is never an easy proposition, but it may be even tougher this season, as Herm Edwards will be in trying to put his experienced fingerprints all over his new team. While this is one that I like the Spartans to win, it is an intriguing match-up nonetheless.
NCAA Football Week 2 Betting Pick: Michigan State Spartans