Week two games can be tricky because they can flow from first impressions in week one. Here are the three Week 2 games you can feel more confident about betting on.
UCF Knights vs. Stanford Cardinal
Odds: Stanford -18.5
This is a game in which the Cardinal, having stunk up the joint last week against Northwestern, are in very good position to succeed handsomely. Stanford will be at home. It will not be playing a 9 a.m. Pacific time game which it played last week. It will not be playing a power conference team such as Northwestern with a very physical defense and a very athletic secondary. UCF’s defense isn’t nearly as good as Northwestern’s, having lost a lot of people in its secondary from last season. UCF is younger in the defensive back seven, and playing Florida International will not serve as good preparation for Stanford and its much bigger linemen on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Stanford will be angry, and it knows that a game with USC is coming up soon. The Cardinal know they have to be sharp, and they will devote a lot of urgency to this game as a result. Take Stanford in a blowout.
College Football Pick: Stanford -18.5 at 5Dimes.
Florida International Golden Panthers vs. Indiana Hoosiers
Odds: Indiana -7.5
The Indiana Hoosiers did win last week, but they won because Southern Illinois, a lower-division team, went for a game-winning, do-or-die two-point conversion at the very end of the contest… and dropped the two-point pass. The Hoosiers were extremely lucky to win this game, and what’s more is that Florida International beat UCF on the road last week. Head coach Ron Turner used to coach in the Big Ten with Illinois, so he has at least some idea of what Indiana does and what the Hoosiers like to do. Florida International might not win the game outright, but Indiana giving more than a touchdown seems like a very large spread. Take FIU plus the points here.
College Football Pick: Florida International +7.5 at Bovada.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
Odds: South Carolina -8.5
It’s true that Kentucky has a 22-game road losing streak in the SEC, but South Carolina did not look very strong last week against North Carolina. Furthermore, South Carolina quarterback Connor Mitch might not be effective after being lightly injured against the Tar Heels. Lead running back Brandon Wilds might play, but he got hurt against North Carolina as well. South Carolina might win this game, but it probably won’t score enough to cover the number. Take Kentucky.
College Football Pick: Kentucky +8.5 at Pinnacle.