Oklahoma Sooners headline Week 2 of College Football Picks Against the Spread

Samaje Perine

After months of anticipation, College Football is getting into full swing. Week 1 has come and gone and Week 2 is already upon us. We already have a top 10 match up as Oregon heads into East Lansing to take on Michigan State. But this weekends slate is full of games that will require your attention starting in Knoxville, Tennessee with the Volunteers taking on the Oklahoma Sooners. It also gives us another chance to see how real UCLA and Notre Dame were a week ago. In addition a SEC clash in Stark Vegas featuring two top 25 teams, LSU at Mississippi State.

It looks like I picked up right where I left off last season with a 4-1 week. It looks like Texas A&M may be a really good team and Arizona State still has offensive line concerns. Another week brings another set off picks. Lets keep it rolling!

>Season Total 4-1
>Upset Alert 0-1

Oklahoma Sooner -1 at Tennessee Volunteers

The University of Tennessee is a team many people were very excited about. They put on an impressive performance a week ago winning 59-30 against a Bowling Green team that some thought would give the Vols a game if not win outright. The Sooners on the other hand had mixed feelings coming into the season and scuffled through the first half of their game against Akron. The Sooners got some things figure out in the second half and covered the number. Some might look at last week and assume the Volunteers are the right side but siding with the Sooners. Samaje Perine is a beast at running back. I expect quarterback Baker Mayfield to continue to get comfortable in this offense and find Sterling Shepard, Durron Neal and Joe Mixon. The Sooners get the cover in this one but it will not be easy.

Georgia Bulldogs -20.5 at Vanderbilt Commodores

The Georgia Bulldogs have a trio of running backs that they can throw at their opponents headlined by Heisman Trophy Contender Nick Chubb. Keith Marshall and Sony Michele should see plenty of work in this one. They will face a Vanderbilt team that lost at home to Western Kentucky. I was tempted to go against the Commodores a week ago but with Bobby Pitrino moving on to Louisville, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Take the Bulldogs in this one. They will get up big early and cruise to an easy cover.

Virginia Cavaliers +12.5 vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish

I know what you are thinking, Malik Zaire was incredibly impressive a week ago and he gets to face the same team Josh Rosen torched. However this week is a different story. The Texas Longhorns have a long way to go on both sides of the ball. Notre Dame is a good team but they are favored by too many points. In their last 17 games as a double-digit favorite Notre Dame has only covered 5 times. Virginia covered every game as a home dog last season.I think Notre Dame wins this game but it will be really close. If you feel inclined, throwing a few shackles on the Cavaliers money line is not the worst idea in the world.

Colorado State Rams vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Under 54

A week ago Minnesota put up an impressive effort against a TCU offense that is among the best in the country. On the offensive side of the ball they are led by quarterback Mitch Leidner. Against the Horned Frogs Leidner only completed 54% of his passes for less that 200 yards. I expect a similar performance against the Rams. The Rams dismantled Savannah State but let’s be real, it was Savannah State. They lost coach Jim McElwain to the University of Florida and Garrett Grayson. Expect those losses to be felt this week against a strong Gophers defense. I expect this game to go under pretty comfortable with the total landing somewhere in the 40’s.

**Upset Alert**

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott will have his hands full against LSU (Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)

Mississippi Bulldogs State +4.5 vs LSU Tigers

I love what Les Miles does as a coach and Leonard Fournette is an absolute monster but Mississippi State is the side to be on in this game. They are an underdog in their home opener and get to face a LSU Tigers team that is playing their first game. LSU’s Week 1 game against McNeese State was canceled due to weather. The way the Tigers scuffled down the stretch with inconsistent quarterback play, a week to get some game reps to build confidence would have been nice. I don’t think Mississippi State rolls over LSU by any means but I think they have what it takes to sneak out a win at home.


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