Top College Football Picks for this Weekend's Betting Odds

Willie Bee

Friday, September 5, 2014 4:20 PM UTC

Friday, Sep. 5, 2014 4:20 PM UTC

Join us as we take a look at the college football odds for three all-important conference games this Saturday, including a huge matchup in the Pac-12 between Southern Cal and Stanford.

Almost hidden on the Week 2 college football betting slate are a few early conference tilts that will all but be forgotten when bowl invites this December. Make no mistake about the three games on our free college football picks list, however, as all will go into the number-crunching to determine who goes where.

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Iowa State Cyclones
We're going to start in the Big 12 -- because chronology dictates it -- where the Kansas State Wildcats travel to take on the Iowa State Cyclones. The noon (ET) boot in Ames will be broadcast by FOX Sports 1, and SBR's live college football odds currently list the Wildcats as 12 point road favorites, down a half from the opener. The total has also taken a dive from the 59 point start, 56.5 the consensus after early action with even a 56 or two showing up.

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Kansas State's opener last week went basically according to plan. The Wildcats didn't quite cover the 41.5 point spread with the 55-16 victory that also just skipped past a 70.5 closing total. It took a strong performance by Bill Snyder's second teamers to get K-State close to the spread, as well as pushing the final just 'over' the mark.

Paul Rhoads and the Cyclones should be one pissed off bunch heading into the game. Iowa State took it on the chin last week in a 34-14 loss to North Dakota State, the fifth straight upset win for the Bison over a D-I school. The Cyclones were giving up 6 in the game, so they weren't supposed to run away with it to begin with, but losing by 20 and getting shut out in the 2nd-half?  No, that wasn't expected.

How about some oh-for streaks for this one? Iowa State is 0-5 vs. K-State during Rhoads' tenure. The Cyclones have lost their last 11 Big 12 openers, and are winless the last seven times out against ranked teams. None of those streaks may end, but I'm still taking ISU and the points.

College Football Pick: Take Iowa State +12 points


Trojans In Early Pac-12 Showdown at Stanford
Oregon is a huge favorite in the Pac-12 this season, with UCLA expected to provide the closest competition for the Ducks. But it would be a big mistake to forget about the USC Trojans and Stanford Cardinal in the Pac-12 race, and the two teams meet Saturday afternoon in one of only two Week 2 contests pitting top 20 squads.

Kickoff at Stanford Stadium is slated for a little past 3:30 PM (ET) with ABC providing the pictures. The Cardinal opened as 3.5 point favorites, SBR's live college football odds now listing them -3 along with 54-55 points for a total.

The spread is right on the same line as we had a year ago when Stanford went to LA as 3.5 point chalk before being upset by the Trojans, 20-17. That defeat halted a 3-game win streak over USC for the No. 13 Cardinal, who are ranked just ahead of the Trojans in the AP poll. Both teams come off big wins and covers a week ago, and I'm liking the Cardinal at home in this one.
College Football Pick: Bet Stanford -3 points

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Can Ole Miss Cover 20-Point Spread In Nashville vs. Vanderbilt?
If you were lucky enough to get down on the Mississippi Rebels this past Sunday when the college football odds for their matchup with the Vanderbilt Commodores were first released at one sports book, congratulations are in order for beating the closing number by almost a touchdown. Ole Miss was first tagged as 14 point chalk in Saturday's 4:30 PM (ET) kickoff that ESPN will televise from Nashville, and that number is now -20 with a 49.5 to 50 point total.

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The Commodores are hosting the Rebels for a second consecutive season, and it's the conference opener for both clubs a second straight year. Last year's matchup came in Week 1, and was one of the most exciting games on the opening 2013 slate as Ole Miss drove for the winning score late to just cover in a 39-35 triumph.

But that was a far different team Vandy had, start with James Franklin running the show on the sidelines. Franklin has moved on to Penn State, and he took several recruits with him that were previously ticketed for Nashville. The 'Dores were throttled last week at home by Temple, and I fully expect Ole Miss to put another beat-down on Vanderbilt this Saturday.
College Football Pick: Take Mississippi -19.5 at 5Dimes
Season: 0-0

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