Week 2 Opening Lines - Compelling Games On The Board Worthy Of Your Early Picks

TCU Horned Frogs fan

Monday, September 5, 2016 8:03 PM GMT

Here's a look at some of the significant opening spreads for Week 2 of the 2016 college football season. 

College football’s opening weekend gave bettors a bunch of intriguing games to wager, including four ranked-vs-ranked matchups. Let’s be honest, Week 2 isn’t as compelling with many top programs scheduling easy games to work out the kinks before the heart of the season kicks in. Five of the top six in this weekend’s AP Poll, including Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and LSU each are laying 25 points or more next Saturday. Win or lose Monday night against No. 11 Ole Miss, No. 4 Florida State will assuredly see a similar number against FCS opponent Charleston Southern when the line is set. There are a few compelling games on the menu, and some opening lines already drawing plenty of  interest. Let’s take a look at a few.

No. 13 TCU opened as a 4-point favorite against Arkansas in one of the more meaningful games this weekend. Both programs received a scare against lesser opponents in the opener, the Horned Frogs beating South Dakota State 59-41 and the Hogs nipping Louisiana Tech late 21-20 in Fayetteville. The line jumped to as high as 10.5 points within the first couple hours of trading, settling at 8 points as of publication. TCU is just 4-8 SU and ATS in its last 12 against SEC foes.

No. 22 North Carolina dropped its opener to No. 18 Georgia, and travels to Illinois to take on its second Power 5 foe in a row. The Tar Heels opened as a touchdown favorite, the line adjusting to -9.5 within hours. UNC is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in its last five road trips as single-digit chalk.

Virginia Tech and No. 9 Tennessee clash at Bristol in what is anticipated to be the highest attended college football game in history. The Vols opened as 9-point favorites, adjusting to as high as -10.5 Sunday night. Both Tennessee and the Hokies looked dull for long stretches in their openers. Tech has dropped four of its last five SU and ATS against the SEC.

The South Carolina Gamecocks are seeing plenty of early money as they square off in a road contest against Mississippi State, one of two SEC conference clashes. The Bulldogs fell 21-20 to South Alabama as 28.5-point chalk on Saturday, missing the leadership of Dak Prescott. South Carolina opened as 9.5-point dogs, the number dropping like a rock, down to 6.5 at some online shops like BookMaker. South Carolina has won seven in a row in Starkville, covering the spread in six. Florida is laying 16.5 points to Kentucky at home in the other SEC showdown.

Out West, the Texas Tech-Arizona State and Cal-San Diego State clashes provide the most competitive matchups on paper. The Sun Devils opened as 5-point chalk over the Red Raiders, while the Aztecs are spotting 8 to the Golden Bears.It's the first time in the last seven meetings Cal is getting points.

Here are all the opening lines for this weekend’s AP Top 25 teams. Check out SBR Odds page for all the lines, including up-to-the-minute moves.

MATCHUP

LINE

Western Kentucky at Alabama (1)

Crimson Tide -24

Troy at Clemson (2)

Tigers -34

Louisiana-Monroe at Oklahoma (3)

Sooners -44

Florida State (4)

Off

Jacksonville State at LSU (5)

Off

Tulsa at Ohio State (6)

Buckeyes -28.5

Central Florida at Michigan (7)

Off

Stanford (8)

Off

Tennessee (9) vs Virginia Tech

Volunteers -9

Nevada at Notre Dame (10)

Off

Wofford at Ole Miss (11)

Off

Michigan State (12)

Off

Arkansas at TCU (13)

Horned Frogs -8

Idaho at Washington (14)

Huskies -35

Lamar at Houston (15)

Off

UNLV at UCLA (16)

Bruins -25.5

Iowa State at Iowa (17)

Iowa -18

Nicholls St. at Georgia (18)

Off

Louisville (19) at Syracuse

Cardinals -12.5

Utah State at USC (20)

USC -14

C. Michigan at Oklahoma State (21)

Cowboys -19

North Carolina (22) at Illinois

Tar Heels -7

SMU at Baylor (23)

Bears -28.5

Virginia at Oregon (24)

Ducks -20.5

Kentucky at Florida (25)

Gators -16.5

 

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