College Football Picks Against the Spread: Week 2, 2014

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(John T. Greilick / The Detroit News)

The college football season got off to a great start in Week 1, for both action packed games, and my picks. In Week 1, I went 3-2 with my college football picks, including nailing my upset alert pick — the Cal Golden Bears — who put a beat down on the Northwestern Wildcats. LSU looked strong in their opener beating Wisconsin and falling one point short covering and garnering me a 4-1 week.

Week 2 of the college football season has another terrific slate of games including a gigantic clash in Eugene between Michigan State and Oregon. I’m shooting for another above .500 performance in Week 2.

Season Record 3-2

Upset Alert 1-0

» Notre Dame Fighting Irish -3 ½ vs. Michigan Wolverines

This is the last match-up between Notre Dame and Michigan for the time being, with the Irish taking all of their sports outside of football to the ACC. In the agreement, Notre Dame football will play a rotation of ACC teams. Michigan looked strong against Appalachian State last Saturday including a monster game from tight end Devin Funchess. The Irish put the hurt on Rice with return of their quarterback Everett Golson who lead the Irish to a national title appearance two seasons ago. With Golson back under center the offense looks to be much stronger. I expect the Irish to win this game at home, under the lights. A late touchdown or field goal will seal the game and cover the spread.

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» Stanford Cardinal -2 ½ vs. USC Trojans

The Stanford Cardinal welcome in a talented Trojans squad under new head coach Steve Sarkisian. USC looks to continue its hot start, while running a massive number of plays. I don’t expect the Trojans offense to look nearly as impressive against a talented Cardinal defense. Stanford will also use their physical offense to control the game and slow the pace. A high-powered offense running a ton of plays is great, except when said team is not picking up first downs and punting all day. Stanford will remind people the team they can be come Saturday.

» BYU Cougars -1 at Texas Longhorns

This time last year the Longhorns were coming into Provo expecting to get a win, what they got however was a trampling at the hands of the Cougars. BYU went on to win the game 40-21. Quarterback Taysom Hill destroyed the Longhorns defense rushing for 259 yards and 3 touchdowns. While this game will be in Austin this year, without David Ash under center I expect the Longhorns to struggle. The Cougars will win in a closer game.

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» Temple Owls +3 vs. Navy Midshipmen

Both teams had an impressive week one, even if the results were different. Temple beat Vanderbilt 37-7 in their opener. Even if Vandy is not as good as anticipated, winning on the road as a nine-point underdog is impressive. Navy on the other hand in a loss, gave an Ohio State team all they could handle even if the score didn’t indicate that by the end. Without Braxton Miller, the Buckeyes are still a strong team and Navy was able to move the ball against a talented defensive front. The triple option may give Temple issues early, but i expect the Owls to cover and win.

**Upset Alert**

» Michigan State Spartans +12 ½ at Oregon Ducks

This game was a challenge for me to pick. I feel like this game could get out of hand quickly with Oregon scoring 15 points in 3 minutes of game time and i could look foolish. That said, I feel like Michigan State is a very good team that is extremely well coached. The Spartans will need slow Marcus Mariota and the high-flying Duck offense enough to keep the game close. Connor Cook will need to play well and produce with the offense, if the Spartans are able to win this game. The Spartans will cover this game but if they can win and I expect they will, my futures picks will be looking solid.

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