College Football Week 2 Underdogs To Cover Against The Spread & Win Outright

BYU Cougars Celebrate After Win

Doug Upstone

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 5:50 PM GMT

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2016 5:50 PM GMT

Last weekend proved that, other than Alabama, everyone has a weakness. Our betting expert takes a look at the college football odds board and provides some valuable picks on some underdogs.

Once again this week we will be scouring the college football odds, looking for the favorites that are priced right or underdogs who have value.

For this article, we have a two-pronged approach, we are after underdogs who will not only cover but have the potential to win outright and could offer value in making college football free picks on the money line with them.

We found a terrific trio with odds from A+ rated 5Dimes, who is among the op graded sportsbooks as per SBR's ratings guide.


Rice To Capitalize on Public Perception
The Rice Owls were no match for Western Kentucky, losing 46-14, giving up over 550-yard passing and better than 20 yards per completion. Army West Point engineered and under the radar upset of Temple, rushing for 329 yards in stunningly easy 28-13 triumph.

Army opened as -8.5 home favorite and have been lifted to -10, which frankly seems absurd. The Black Knights might well be improved, but they have lost four in a row to the Owls, including the last two years.

The last time Army was this big a favorite against an FBS opponent was 2006 and they were clobbered 48-14 giving -11 points to who, Rice. Seeing this as a four-point game either way.

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Connecticut Can Hang With Navy
Navy opened as a seven-point favorite over Connecticut, but once it was learned that starting QB Tago Smith was out, the Midshipmen sailed to -4. This leads us to believe the online oddsmakers are saying these AAC teams are basically even except for Navy having home field.

To that point, we agree and with Navy having to go with a backup quarterback, that helps the Huskies and coach Bob Diaco is familiar with triple option both with his days in Storrs and when he was defensive coordinator at Notre Dame.

No doubt UConn having to come from behind to be Maine in the fourth quarter might have one reaching for the Tums in making this choice, but favorites of 3.5 to 10 points like Navy, after one or more straight up wins in the first month of the season, after closing out last year with four or more wins in last five contests are 8-32 ATS the last four years.

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BYU's Prayers Answered in Holy War
BYU has lost five in a row to rival Utah which has to be driving them crazy. Though Bronco Mendenhall did a great job with the Cougars program, he could not consistently get over the hump against Utah, especially once they began to recruit faster players to compete in the Pac-12.

New coach Kalani Sitake brings a new voice and his message will no doubt increase the sense of urgency about BYU winning this game, changing the direction of the program, which has gotten a little stale and seeking acceptance of returning to a conference, specifically the Big 12. The underdog has excelled with 14-4 against the spread record and that continues here, with BYU (+3.5) quite possibly ending the losing streak.

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