College Football Week 2: Picks, Preview and a FREE $550 to bankroll the weekend
College Football Week 2 has arrived and we have a FULL SLATE of action to get things moving.
I’m not going to pretend like I’m some expert gambler but I do like a few games happening today that I broke down below. I also have a gigantic +2890 trip to the Parlay Palace at below if you want to make an easy $747.63.
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South Carolina (1-0, 0-0 in SEC) at No. 16 Arkansas (1-0, 0-0 in SEC), Noon, Saturday, ESPN
Few things on South Carolina. That is my second home. All hail the Gamecocks. I went to West Virginia University but spent a fair amount of time (once a semester) down in Columbia South Carolina (shoutout the Retreat) and have been to several football games.
Unfortunately for my Gamecocks, Arkansas is significantly better.
Quarterback KJ Jefferson threw for 223 yards with three touchdowns and added another touchdown with 62 yards on the ground in the Razorback’s 31-24 win over Cincinnati last week.
USC will have ex-Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler at the helm looking to improve to 2-0 after last week’s 35-14 win over Georgia State. Rattler threw for 227 yards and a touchdown, but also threw two interceptions. South Carolina’s special teams accounted for 20 points last week. They just don’t have it all together quite yet.
No. 1 Alabama (1-0) at Texas (1-0), Noon, Saturday, Fox
One thing I know for sure, is that Texas is never back. Every single year, we hear about how this the Longhorn’s year and let me tell you, that’s never the case.
Texas steamrolled Louisiana-Monroe in Week 1, winning 52-10 but in case you were wondering, Alabama is a better team. Bryce Young, Heisman, threw for five touchdowns against Utah State in Week 1 for the Crimson Tide.
Texas should get a warm welcome from Alabama before they join the SEC next season.
No. 24 Tennessee (1-0) at No. 17 Pittsburgh (1-0), 3:30 p.m., Saturday, ABC
Eat shit Pitt. Last week, in one of the most entertaining games in college football over the last decade, the Panthers beat my Mountaineers in the return of the Backyard Brawl 38-31.
WVU basically gave Pitt the game over the final five minutes, and I’m not buying any of the hype surrounding the Panthers this year. They allowed 404 yards, including 109 on the ground to WVU.
To put it simply, their defense is horrible.
Last week, Tennessee piled up 218 rushing yards and should find similar success against a weak Panthers defense.
Tennessee is another one of those teams that’s supposed to be good every year, but never live up to expectations. I do however, like them against the Panthers.
No. 20 Kentucky (1-0, 0-0 in SEC) at No. 12 Florida (1-0, 0-0 in SEC), 7 p.m., Saturday, ESPN
I am a strong believer that when Florida is playing well, the college football world is better because of it.
Anthony Richardson torched No. 7 Utah last week in Florida’s opener, completing 17-of-24 passes for 168 yards, while adding 106 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Richardson’s legs kept Florida in control last week and I really don’t see Kentucky keeping this close at all. The Wildcats needed a breakout second half to put away Miami (OH) last week.
No. 9 Baylor (1-0) at No. 21 BYU (1-0), 10:15 p.m., Saturday, ESPN
Baylor beat BYU last season 38-24 and both teams will enter week 2 of the college football schedule ranked and undefeated after winning their games week one.
BYU just doesn’t beat ranked Top-10 teams at home and are losers of six straight games.
The problem, is that Baylor can’t beat ranked teams on the road and will look to end a 12-game road skid against ranked opponents.
So here’s the kicker: BYU’s two top receivers will miss the game against No. 9 Baylor on Saturday night. Both Puka Nacua and Gunner Romney will not play for the No. 21 Cougars.
We are taking Baylor +4. No further comments at this time.