What ten games appear to be the best bets and the best picks against the spread going into the first weekend of Week 2? Here you go. Enjoy.
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Watch out for the over-adjustment for Week 2. It’s easy to get all excited about what happened in the first week, but this is when everyone adjusts. Which teams are great, and which ones just aren’t as bad as they showed? Here we go.
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Starting with a few that didn’t quite make the cut, but are still spicy …
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LINE: Appalachian State -13.5, o/u: 48
ATS PICK: Appalachian State
This is a different, better, Charlotte team after winning just one game in 2017. It rolled past Fordham 34-10 with a good-looking attack and a great performance from the defensive side.
But Appalachian State is about to show up with a big game after the heartbreaker against Penn State.
The Mountaineers might be a little bit down, but the defense will rise up right away against a 49er O that was balanced last week, and as the game goes on, the offense will start to find its groove.
After closing out last year with four straight wins by two touchdowns or more, now the Mountaineers will get on a roll again.
LINE: North Carolina -17, o/u: 60
ATS PICK: North Carolina
East Carolina’s biggest issue right now is motivation. It’ll be fired up to do something big against the Tar Heels – especially after opening up with a 28-23 loss to North Carolina A&T to start the season – but Larry Fedora’s club really, really, really needs to do something positive.
Yeah, the offense has struggled for way too long under Fedora, and the turnovers proves way too costly in the loss to Cal to open things up, but this is about to be a cathartic moment for the Tar Heels.
They’re going to put a big number up on the board.
LINE: Hawaii -17.5, o/u: 70
ATS PICK: Hawaii
Hawaii hung 43 up on Colorado State to open the season, and it got even stronger with 59 against Navy. Rice might be better under new head coach Mike Bloomgren, but it’s not going to be able to slow down the machine.
Rice has enough of a ground game to put up points, but this isn’t a better team than the Navy squad that just lost in Honolulu by 18. Until the Rainbow Warriors slow down, assume they won’t.
Especially against the bad teams on the slate.
LINE: Utah State -24, o/u: 61.5
ATS PICK: Utah State
Until New Mexico State shows it isn’t awful, assume it’s awful.
With two games to go by, the Aggie offense has yet to do much of anything in the losses to Wyoming and Minnesota, and the defense hasn’t been strong enough to stop the run.
Utah State only gained 25 yards on the ground against Michigan State. It’s about to do that on the opening drive, if not the first play.
The real key will be Jordan Love and the midrange Aggie passing game that will dink and dunk on the other Aggie secondary to death. At home, getting to well over 35 points won’t be a problem.
And there’s no Larry Rose this time to deal with.
Revenge isn’t going to play any sort of a role, but yeah, Utah State is about to be a whole lot better than it was in the Arizona Bowl loss to NMSU to end last season.
LINE: Vanderbilt -9.5, o/u: 62
ATS PICK: Vanderbilt
The Nevada passing game went off in the opener against Portland State, but the Air Raid passing game now has to deal with a Vanderbilt secondary coming off a great first performance.
Vanderbilt getting by Middle Tennessee was the No. 1 pick on the board here last week, and there was a reason.
The Blue Raiders and strong veteran quarterback Brent Stockstill were able to hit their passes, but they didn’t go anywhere. The Commodores kept Stockstill to just 178 yards and under five yards per throw, and now, expect a bit more of the same.
The Vandy running game will be better than it showed last week, and the D will do its part. Again.