The College Football Dogs: Week 2 CFB Bets

The College Football Dogs: Week 2 CFB Bets

LB looks at the NCAAF Week Two fixtures and picks his best bets and upsets across all of College Football.

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Week 1 went well enough, all things considered. My two unit bet (Arkansas) came in, despite almost everything possible going wrong on the day. My other good call was Notre Dame. On the flip side Alabama and Georgia racked up monster scores that left us just about down for the week.

South Carolina @ Arkansas

The Razorbacks ground out a TD win over Cincy last week and it was a bizarre old game. The Bearcats swung wildly from looking like last season’s playoff surprise to a mistake-laden G5 roster. Arkansas lost three key defensive players during the game and never really found balance without the ball. I’m not sure if any of those guys will be back for the visit of The Gamecocks but I’m happy to take a punt that it won’t matter a whole lot. Arkansas dominated almost every aspect of the game except their continually changing secondary couldn’t get to grips with the unpredictable, tape-less Cincy deep threat. Spencer Rattler is much more of a known quantity and Arkansas will be ready. His two interceptions to one TD performance last week will give Sam Pittman plenty to work on. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

 

Iowa State @ Iowa

This game is often one for the purists. I tipped an Iowa upset last season and I am going for a Cyclones upset this time around. Iowa won an early contender for the worst game of the year in Week 1 and they just look light on talent and ideas. Iowa State came through an easy opener relatively unscathed and should be better prepared here. If any team can come back from a no-touchdown Week 1 win and turn on the style, it is Iowa, but I have a feeling this is not going to be their week. Spencer Petras threw 11 successful passes for 109 yards against FCS South Dakota State. Eleven! The offense managed a total of 56 yards from 37 rushing attempts – again against FCS opposition. Maybe it was just a bad day at the office but Iowa have no business being favorites here.

 

Tennessee @ Pittsburgh

The Vols are road favorites here and I love it. I said in my season betting guide that I was not buying the hype around Tennessee and I saw nothing in Week 1 to make me change my mind. Yes they can be explosive, yes they stuffed lowly Ball State and yes they have oodles of potential. That being said, they continue to ride their luck and their explosiveness is never far away from becoming an error. The very first Ball State pass was caught for an interception. The very first Tenn pass went to wide open wideout Jalin Hyatt who may as well have been given a red carpet into the endzone. The Cardinals then gave the ball back to Tennessee on downs on two consecutive possessions and were 17 points down before the second quarter. Another interception and a fumble rounded out a woeful first half and The Vols were up 38 at half time. Hendon Hooker looked exactly as I expected in that he made some great throws but was lucky not to give away at least one interception.

Pittsburgh won under somewhat fortunate circumstances against West Virginia but it was an impressive performance. They have the potential for a second home win and I’m delighted to see them as dogs. A couple of single score losses cost Pitt a shot at the playoffs last year and the late comeback win in Week One shows an improved mentality. I can see their seven returning starters taking advantage of Hooker’s mistakes here.

Marshal @ Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish surprised most people by the sheer doggedness of their performace at Ohio State last week and they are a cut above Marshall. Remember this was Tyler Buchner’s first start since 2019 – his junior year in highschool! The atmosphere was as intense as it gets in college football and the young QB was visibly nervous in the build up. He went on to complete his first 8 attempts and put in a respectable performance considering the circumstances. With that under his belt, a home debut against Marshall will be more than manageable.

Smart Bets

South Carolina @ Arkansas: Arkansas -8.5

Iowa State @ Iowa: Iowa State +3.5

Iowa State @ Iowa: Iowa State Moneyline Win @ +160 (8/5)

Tennessee @ Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh +6

Tennessee @ Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Moneyline Win @ +200 (2/1)

Marshal @ Notre Dame: Notre Dame -20.5 & Over 50 Points @ 2.65/1

A three team parlay of Iowa State, Pittsburgh and ND (Spread & Points) @ +2695 (27/1)

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