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Top Five College Football Picks of the Week
I provided some early leans in college football on Monday and Tuesday. Well now it’s time to lock and load with my five best college football picks of the week. Each point spread or total associated with these picks is in accordance with college football betting odds currently (9/9) provided by major sportsbooks. On each occasion I’ve listed the best betting value according to number and price.
Oregon State vs. Michigan 12:00 PM ET
Although they were facing a FCS opponent (Weber State) in their opening week 26-7 win, the Oregon State defensive effort should be commended nonetheless. The Beavers defense held Weber State to a paltry 178 yards of total offense. However, their offense will certainly be in for much tougher grind against a stout Michigan defense.
There’s one constant in Jim Harbaugh’s previous two head coaching stops at Stanford and with the San Francisco 49ers. He loves the ground and pound offensive style of football which places a huge emphasis on ball security. Based on that notion, he couldn’t have been too pleased with being held to 76 rushing yards and a horrible 2.6 yards per attempt. Needless to say, quarterback Jake Ruddock’s three interceptions isn’t only unacceptable to Harbaugh, but to any head coach.
I’m looking for both teams to rely heavily on their running games, and each defense to turn in stellar performances.
Play on Oregon State/Michigan under 45.5 (-110) at 5Dimes.com.
Oklahoma vs. Tennessee 6:00
As I already chronicled earlier this week, Oklahoma will be able to expose a porous Tennessee secondary. Bowling Green quarterback Matt Jones torched the Volunteers defense for 424 yards passing last Saturday. Tennessee displayed a potent running game that produced 399 yards rushing against Bowling Green. The difference between facing a defense from a MAC opponent, and expecting similar results against an Oklahoma stop unit is delusional.
Play on Oklahoma (Pick) at TheGreek.com.
Marshall vs. Ohio 7:00 PM ET
The Ohio Bobcats have won twelve consecutive non-conference home games. Ohio has also gone 4-0 SU&ATS in their last four games as a home underdog.
Marshall comes off an emotional 41-31 over Purdue in their home opener. Going from beating a “Power Five Conference” team to facing a MAC opponent will in some degree be a mental letdown for Marshall. One factor that is definitive will be the rest disparity between these teams. Ohio will enter Saturday’s game on nine days rest and Marshall just six.
Play on Ohio +3.5 (-115) at TheGreek.com.
Oregon vs. Michigan State 8:00 PM ET
This will be unequivocally be the top matchup in college football for week two, and marks a first meeting between top ten ranked teams this season. Although both teams won by comfortable margins against inferior competition last week, neither performance was awe inspiring.
The Spartans have the edge of playing at home, and will also be out to avenge last season’s 46-27 loss at Eugene, Oregon. The Michigan State defense will need to be much better than they were against Western Michigan last week, and I’m confident they will. The deciding differences in this game will be the power running attack of Michigan State, and its veteran quarterback play of senior Connor Cook.
Play on Michigan State -3.5 (-105) at Heritage.
LSU vs. Mississippi State
I will be the first to admit, I’m a sucker for home underdog value pertaining to a quality team. Mississippi State falls into both of those categories on Saturday against #14 LSU. The Bulldogs were far from impressive in a 34-16 season opening win at Southern Mississippi last Saturday. However, being an underdog at home against a SEC rival will bring out the best in them. I’m not quite as sold like many others are regarding LSU. One thing which I’m 100% certain about, Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott will provide a huge edge for Mississippi State compared to any signal caller on the roster of LSU.
Play on Mississippi State +5.0 (-105) at Heritage.