Week 1 was terrible. You faded our picks, didn’t you? After starting 2-1, we went 0-7 to finish the week. Keep picking against us and you’ll make a lot of cash.
Memphis at UCF (OVER 69.5), 6:30 p.m. ET FRIDAY: This game was moved to Friday due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma. Both teams possess explosive offenses. UCF scored 61 vs. Florida International and Memphis put up 37 against Louisiana-Monroe. Perhaps more importantly, Memphis allowed the Warhawks to score 29. This could be the most entertaining game of the evening.
Fresno State at Alabama (UNDER 53.5), 3:30 p.m. ET: This feels like a game where Alabama gets out to a healthy lead in the first half and then coach Nick Saban starts to rotate his defenders to find out who will contribute the rest of the year. That’s especially important after the season-ending losses of linebackers Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis. Fresno State was 1-11 last year and was outscored by nearly 14 points per game.
Western Michigan at Michigan State (OVER 49.5), 3:30 p.m. ET: Michigan State’s offense looked improved in Week 1 against Bowling Green, though the Falcons had one of the worst defenses in college football a year ago. Western Michigan, meanwhile, allowed 49 points to USC. Asking for a game that finishes 31-20 doesn’t seem unrealistic.
Central Michigan at Kansas (-5.5), 4 p.m. ET: Kansas is going to move to 2-0 for the first time since 2009. The Jayhawks are a much-improved bunch while Central Michigan struggled mightily against Rhode Island at home. Oh, and Kansas blew out Rhode Island in 2016. The games a year apart aren’t connect, but look for KU to win by double-digits.
Auburn at Clemson (UNDER 53.5), 7 p.m. ET: This game feels a lot like last year’s 19-13 thriller. Both teams boast very good defensive lines and talented but inexperienced starting quarterbacks. Both Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham and Clemson’s Kelly Bryant should produce some highlights, but points may be hard to come by.
Georgia (+4) at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. ET: We believe in Georgia freshman quarterback Jake Fromm. This game could be closer to a pick-em if UGA QB Jacob Eason was healthy. But he’ll miss the game with the knee injury he suffered vs. Appalachian State. Notre Dame will have its hands full with a strong Georgia run game, and Georgia’s defense should keep Notre Dame starter Brandon Wimbush in check.
UTSA (+17.5) at Baylor, 8 p.m. ET: We don’t think Baylor will fall to 0-2, but it’s hard to think the Bears win by three touchdowns against Texas-San Antonio after losing to Liberty. This is UTSA’s first game of the season after its Week 1 contest vs. Houston was canceled because of Hurricane Harvey. The Roadrunners boast QB Dalton Sturm, who threw 20 touchdowns a year ago and whose top four receivers are back for 2017.
Stanford (+6) at USC, 8:30 p.m. ET: Make sure you have your remote handy at all times Saturday night. In addition to Georgia and Notre Dame and Clemson and Auburn, Oklahoma’s visit to Ohio State also kicks off Saturday evening. USC has a few defensive issues to fix after its Week 1 game vs. WMU and Stanford’s not the ideal opponent to try some tweaks out on. The Cardinal’s run game was dominating in its pre-Week 1 meeting with Rice.
Utah (-2) at BYU, 10:15 p.m. ET: BYU’s offense put up 20 points in a slog vs. Portland State and then was shut out by LSU. We’re not too optimistic about what could happen against a Utah defense that’s closer to LSU’s than PSU’s.
San Diego State (+3.5) at Arizona State, 11 p.m. ET: The Aztecs are going to win this game outright. By typing this, we’ve probably guaranteed a 20-point Arizona State win. But San Diego State is the favorite in the Mountain West’s West Division and the Arizona State defense let New Mexico State climb back into the game late in Week 1. ASU needs to find some defensive depth quickly.
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