College football betting: Alabama, Notre Dame among popular Week 2 bets

Week 2 of the college football season gets underway on Friday night as Louisville and Boise State look to bounce back from Week 1 disappointments. The Saturday slate has some intriguing matchups, but a lot of the top teams in the country are massive favorites. Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Miami and Ohio State are all favored to win their games by at least 20 points. Are bettors laying the big numbers or are they taking the points?

Bettors expect Alabama to roll

For the first time since the 2010 BCS National Championship game, Alabama and Texas will meet. After opening as a 17.5-point favorite early in the week, Alabama is now up to a 20.5-point favorite at BetMGM. Currently, 88% of bets and 92% of the betting handle is backing Alabama to cover as nearly three touchdown favorites.

Alabama was dominant in their season opener, beating Utah State by a score of 55-0. Bryce Young threw five touchdown passes and then added 100 yards and another score on the ground. The defense held the Aggies to 136 total yards. Texas also cruised in their opener, beating UL-Monroe by a score of 52-10.

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 3: Bryce Young #9 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs for a touchdown against the Utah State Aggies at Bryant Denny Stadium on September 3, 2022 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama during a college football game. (Photo by Brandon Sumrall/Getty Images)
Bryce Young and Alabama are expected to roll against Texas in Week 2 of the college football season. (Brandon Sumrall/Getty Images)

Bettors are also expecting some points in this one. Currently at BetMGM, 68% of bets are backing the game to go over 65 points. The total opened at 62.5-points earlier in the week.

Can Notre Dame build on last week?

Notre Dame couldn't pull out the outright victory over Ohio State last week, but they kept the game much closer than many (including the oddsmakers) expected. Notre Dame held a lead until the final minute of the third quarter and held Ohio State's vaunted offense to just 21 points.

Despite the loss, it's a performance the Fighting Irish could build off. They get that opportunity this week, as Notre Dame is a 20.5-point favorite against Marshall. Bettors expect the Irish to roll, as 88% of bets and 89% of the money is backing Notre Dame. Marshall beat Norfolk State by a score of 55-3 in their opener, but obviously, this is a much different level of opponent.

It seems like bettors expect Marshall to struggle to score in this one. After opening with a total of 51.5 points earlier in the week, the total is down to just 49.5-points. Over at BetMGM, 67% of the money is on the under.

What else do bettors like?

Here are some other bets receiving a majority of the action at BetMGM ahead of Saturday: