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The opening weekend of college football was absolutely enthralling. Alabama and Florida State faced off in what felt like a championship preview of sorts, Josh Rosen led UCLA back from the edge of oblivion to defeat Texas A&M, and there was a double-overtime thriller from teams you might not have expected in Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee.
It was also a pretty solid opening weekend of betting, with our picks against the spread going 5-2 on the day.
Bama covered with relative ease, Penn State walked all over Akron, and our two underdogs — Cal and South Carolina — didn’t even need the points, winning their respective games outright. Hope you made some money — these weeks are few and far between.
Week 2 of college football presents us with another challenge, so we’re scanning through the slate again, scouring for the best bets of the weekend.
All lines come courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.
Fresno State (+43.5) over Alabama
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Alabama was a winner for bettors last week, covering against fellow-powerhouse Florida State. Fresno State stands absolutely no chance in this game, but after sustaining a few injuries against the Seminoles, it wouldn’t surprise me if Saban decided to let the starters come out a bit earlier than you’d expect, giving the Bulldogs an opportunity to keep things within 40 points.
USC (-6) over Stanford
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While the USC Trojans did produce the highlight of the weekend last Saturday, they were rather underwhelming in their debut against Western Michigan, needing a 28-point fourth quarter to seal the win. Stanford is a talented team and this line is two or three points higher than I’d like it to be, but USC has the talent to play with the best in the country, and Sam Darnold will be looking to prove it under the lights at the Colesium.
Penn State (-22) over Pittsburgh
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Penn State was a winner last week, and looked like a true contender. Offensive studs Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley both looked the part, with both players capable of putting points on the board at any given moment. On Saturday, they take on Pitt, who upset the Nittany Lions in Week 2 of last season. This week Penn State will be looking for revenge, and will be eager to pour points all over the Panthers.
Clemson (-5) over Auburn
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By my count, three games last week featured an SEC school facing an ACC school, with the SEC taking all three. In this spot, it’s up to the defending champion Clemson Tigers to show that the ACC can hang.
Baylor (-17) over UTSA
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Baylor got embarrassed last week by Liberty in the second-biggest upset of the weekend, with the Bears defense impressing absolutely no one. That said, new head coach Matt Rhule knows how to right a ship, and he’ll be looking to prove it here.
UAB (+14.5) over Ball State
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The UAB Blazers football program is back in action this year after being shut down following the 2014 season due to financial shortfalls at the university. Last Saturday for their re-debut, the Blazers brought in a record 45,212 fans who were absolutely raucous in a 38-7 win over Alabama A&M. It’s always great to take a home underdog with a great story — when in doubt, bet on the Disney movie.
Georgia (+4) over Notre Dame
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On Friday a Delta flight carrying Georgia fans to South Bend for their game against Notre Dame was overbooked. According to WSB’s Zach Klein, $2,200 was offered to anyone who was willing to wait for the next flight out. No one bit. So the price was raised to $3,000 and finally $4,000 before someone finally committed to taking one for the team and waiting a few hours before heading to beautiful South Bend.
LAST WEEK: 5-2
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