College Football Picks Against the Spread: Week 2, 2016

Wade Payne - Associated Press

Welcome to College Football Picks Against the Spread for Week 2. A weekend that leaves College Football fans with a lot to be desired after a tremendous opening weekend. This is a great weekend to get those honey do’s out of the way or spend time with the family. Week 3 is set up to be tremendous and you will want to be glued to couch next Saturday.

Week 1 was a less than ideal 2-3 week for my picks. LSU and UCLA underwhelmed and have a long way to go before being a legit contenders for an NCAA championship. Notre Dame got out to an impressive lead and couldn’t finish what they started. They will be a team that appears in this column again. Deshone Kizer is the real deal and may have swung the game if he wasn’t rotation early.  Let’s bounce back and look at the games you should consider for Week 2.

University of Tennessee Volunteers -11.5 vs Virginia Tech Hokies

Bristol Motor Speedway will be one of the most unique venues to host a college football game in some time when The University of Tennessee matches up with the Virginia Tech. The Volunteers come into this game off a game against Appalachian State that left Vol nation very nervous and the rest of us questioning how good this team can be. Offensively they are led by Joshua Dobbs, Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara. Last week was the exception and not the rule when it comes to this team. I expect them to look like a completely different team on the offensive side of the ball. I think they open it up, run some zone read and let their stud running backs carry the load. Virginia Tech comes into this game with new head coach Justin Fuente leading the way. Their defense is still run impressively by Bud Foster. This will be a game that stays close early but the Volunteers end up running away in the second half. Tennessee will need to have offensive success early or they may get tight and look a lot like they did a week ago against Appalachian State.

Pick: Tennessee -11.5

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University of North Carolina Tar Heels -9 at Illinois Fighting Illini

The fighting Lovie Smith’s had an impressive performance in their 52-3 trampling of the Murray State Racers. Unfortunately for the Fighting Illini and its fan base wins like these will be few and far between this season. They should remain a Big 10 cellar dweller this season. The Tar Heels on the other hand come into this game after surrendering a lead to the Georgia Bulldogs. A winner that was given out on this in this column a week ago. North Carolina’s defense was ran all over by Nick Chubb, but they shouldn’t feel bad. Something tells me there will be plenty more of that for all of Georgia’s opponents this season. I expect Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Switzer and company to be able to move the ball with ease this week. I also expect their defense to put up more of a fight against an average at best Illinois offense. Take the Heels in a bounce back effort -9. I expect a fairly comfortable double-digit victory for the Heels in this game.

Pick: North Carolina -9

Arkansas Razorbacks at TCU Horned Frogs Over 58

While there is a ton of questions on both sides of the ball for these teams after rough Week 1 performances against subpar competition, I don’t expect either of these teams to have trouble finding their offenses this week. The Horned Frogs are led by Kenny “Trill” Hill who transferred from Texas A&M. He slides very nicely in the Trevone Boykin role in Gary Patterson’s offense. He is surrounded by playmakers including KaVonte Turpin and Taj Williams. The Razorbacks are trying to figure out their run game with both Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams moving onto the NFL. Rawleigh Williams did a nice job trying to step in a week ago. They also have Keon Hatcher and Drew Morgan to make plays for quarterback Austin Allen. Both teams have talented returners who can help to add points to the scoreboard. Take the over in this game with both teams having the ability to put up 30 plus points.

Pick: Over 58

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers +29.5 at Alabama Crimson Tide

Ah, Week 2 where some of College Footballs best teams schedule a team they feel they can beat without playing their stars all game long, a game The Solid Verbal calls a letdown lookahead sandwich. The Crimson Tide come into this game after trouncing of USC and have a huge game with Ole Miss coming in Week 3. Saban and company will want to get a lead and hope to keep their players healthy. The Hilltoppers aren’t just your average non power 5 team. They are led by Jeff Brohm who may be on a short list of next coaching stars in college football. The Hilltoppers have an offense that will look to throw the ball all over the yard and should do enough to keep WKU in this contest. You may be able to get even more points the closer it gets to Saturday. Most will see what the Tide did a to the Trojans and assume the same will happen this week. It may not be pretty and might be a game to avoid watching but take the Hilltoppers +29.5.

Pick: Hilltoppers +29.5

Kentucky Wildcats +17 at Florida Gators

It has been 29, count them 29 straight losses for the University of Kentucky against the Gators. The Wildcats head down to the swamp looking to avoid number 30. Their offense looked great a week ago against Southern Miss until it didn’t. The game a little extra meaning for OC Shannon Dawson who had that same title with the Wildcats a season ago. But we are moving on to the Gators who are led by quarterback Luke Del Rio who has transferred so many times even Gunner Kiel is jealous. Florida was not breathtaking by any means a week ago against UMass winning 24-7. Each of the past two seasons this game has finished inside of a touchdown and I expect much of the same this year. Take Kentucky plus all those points and thank me later. If you’re feeling adventurous a moneyline wager on the Wildcats may not be the worst investment this week.

Pick: Wildcast +17

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