College Football Week 2 Sure Winners
The new polls didn’t come out until Tuesday this week – usually Sunday – because there were games on Sunday and Monday night. But they are already out! So, we have a better grasp of the top teams heading into College Football Week 2.
Alabama, the preseason No. 1 that knocked off No. 3 Florida State Saturday night, maintained its stranglehold on the top spot. In fact, the Crimson Tide furthered tightened their grip as 60 of the 61 voters gave them No. 1 nods; they had 49 in the poll released before the start of the season. No. 2 Ohio State was the only other team with a first-place vote (one). So, which teams have the best NCAAF odds for Week 2? Here’s our two picks you should consider before placing your betting picks.
College Football Week 2 Sure Winners
Week 2 AP Top 10
2. Ohio State
4. Penn State
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Cincinnati at No. 8 Michigan
When: Saturday, Sept. 9, Noon ET
Where: Michigan Stadium
Radio: WLW-AM 700 (Cincinnati) / WWJ 950 AM (Michigan)
Opening College Football Week 2 Lines: UM -34.5 (49)
Bearcats Struggle In Opener
Cincinnati opened with an ugly 26-14 win over FCS school Austin Peay – which entered on a 27-game losing streak. It was the head coaching debut of Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell, the former Ohio State defensive coordinator.
The Bearcats (1-0) were far from dominant. Austin Peay outgained UC, 313 yards to 248 and rushed for 224 yards. The Governors (0-1) also had a decided edge in time of possession, 37:41 to 22:19. It was the first time Austin Peay had held a Football Bowl Subdivision team under 30 points since Sept. 17, 2011 against Memphis. Mike Boone gained 100 yards on 19 carries in the first 100-yard rushing game for a UC player since Boone gained 137 against Tulsa on Nov. 14, 2015. Hayden Moore complete 17 of 28 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. The Bearcats did not commit a turnover.
Last season, the Bearcats (4-8) did not play in a bowl game for just the fourth time since 2000. They had played in five straight bowl games prior to 2016 and recorded at least nine wins in four of those seasons.
Wolverines Trap Game?
Michigan moved up to No. 8 in the AP poll following a dominant 33-17 win over No. 17 Florida. The Michigan defense held Florida to 192 total yards and nine first downs while accumulating six sacks and forcing three turnovers. Outside of a field goal on the opening drive, the Florida offense only crossed midfield twice the rest of the game.
The Wolverines piled up 433 total yards, nearly half of those on the ground (215). Ty Isaac led the way with 114 yards on 11 carries (10.4 yards per carry). Wilton Speight earned the start at quarterback and played most of the game, going 11-of- 25 passing for 181 yards and a touchdown. John O’Korn also saw action in the second quarter. Quinn Nordin made four field goals in his Michigan debut and became the first kicker in program history to hit two field goals from 50-plus yards in the same game. Michigan ended Florida’s 27-year season-opener winning streak, which had been the longest active streak in the nation.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Cincinnati becomes the 151st different opponent faced by Michigan during its 138 years of collegiate football action. Michigan has a 114-18- 3 record in home openers.
Nebraska at Oregon
When: Saturday, Sept. 9, 4:30 PM ET
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Opening College Football Week 2 Lines: Oregon -14 (70.5)
Huskers Look For More
Nebraska escaped Arkansas State 43-36 last week. Sophomore I-back Tre Bryant erupted for a career-high 192 yards in the win. Bryant, whose previous career highs were 13 carries for 56 yards, powered his way to 78 yards in a wild first half, before helping the Huskers take gain control of the game with 114 yards and a touchdown on 18 second-half carries.
Bryant’s big night in the backfield in his first career start, helped make a winner of quarterback Tanner Lee inhis first game as a Husker. Lee completed 19-of-32 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns without committing a turnover. The Huskers finished with 463 yards total offense on 70 plays, including 225 rushing yards on 38 carries and 238 passing yards on 32 attempts. Arkansas State finished with 497 yards on 89 plays, but managed just 82 yards rushing on 21 carries. The victory marked the 31st time in 32 seasons Nebraska has posted a victory in its season opener.
Saturday’s meeting wraps up a home-and- home series between the schools. Nebraska defeated Oregon, 35-32, in Lincoln last season. Saturday’s meeting wraps up a home-and- home series between the schools. Nebraska defeated Oregon, 35-32, in Lincoln last season.
Nebraska has won five straight games in the series, outscoring Oregon, 241-60, in that five-game win streak. Saturday’s game will mark the first time in the past six meetings that neither team has been nationally ranked.
Ducks Blast Off
Oregon slaughtered FCS school Southern Utah 77-21 in Week 1 in Willie Taggert’s OU head coaching debut. The Ducks (1-0) won their seventh straight season opener, and their 10th straight season opener played at home. They won their 16th straight game over non-Power 5 conference opponents.
Royce Freeman kicked off his senior season and quest for the UO career rushing record with 150 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries. His 48 career rushing touchdowns tie for fifth-most in conference history, and are five behind LaMichael James for the UO record. Freeman is also within four yards of catching Stepfan Taylor (Stanford, 2009-12) for sixth in Pac-12 history with 4,300 rushing yards. Justin Herbert was an efficient 17-of- 21 for 281 yards with the single passing touchdown, and Charles Nelson led UO receivers with five catches for 99 yards.
The 77 points were the most scored by any FBS school last week. The UO defense, much maligned a season ago, allowed Southern Utah to march 70 yards on nine plays for a touchdown to open the game. But after that, the Ducks allowed just 3.8 yards per play. Of Southern Utah’s 25 first downs Saturday, seven were gained via Oregon penalty.
Expert Predictions for College Football Week 2
Michigan should beat Cincinnati by at least 40. Oregon will not cover the spread vs. Nebraska but will end the losing streak in the series. Be sure to check out for more College Football Week 2 odds and lines, provided by MyBookie Online Sportsbook!