Week 2 Opening Line Report Led by Sooners-Buckeyes Showdown

Jay Pryce

Monday, September 4, 2017 1:26 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 4, 2017 1:26 PM UTC

Sportsbooks released Week 2 college football lines on Sunday. Here’s a look at the opening odds for the top 20 teams, including adjustment news, interesting trends and stats to help when handicapping your picks.

Fresno State at No. 1 Alabama (-42.5)

Alabama has kicked off a 40-point favorite or more 14 times under head coach Nick Saban, going 5-9 ATS. Only once has the Crimson Tide scored fewer than 40 points, a 31-3 victory over Chattanooga in Week 12 last season. Oddsmakers opened the game at -45, the number bet down to as low as -41.5 before settling at its current offering of -42.5 points.

No. 7 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State (-7.5)

Ohio State romped the Sooners 45-24 in Norman in a Week 3 matchup last season as 3-point chalk. Oddsmakers opened the Buckeyes 9-point favorites for the rematch in Columbus, the line adjusted to -7.5 at the time of publication. This is just the fourth home date Ohio State is not favored by more than two touchdowns under head coach Urban Meyer. It is 2-1 SU and 0-2-1 ATS in the previous three, including a 35-21 defeat by Virginia Tech in 2014 as 10.5-point chalk. That game was one of two non-conference Power 5 opponents Meyer has hosted at Ohio Stadium in his career, winning but failing to cover a 17-point spread in a 2012 visit by Cal (35-28) as well.

Louisiana-Monroe at No. 3 Florida State (-31)

The line traded between -35 and -30 points in the first few hours before settling at -31 in favor of Florida State. Bettors can expect the number to trend south with news FSU QB Deondre Francois will be out for the season after sustaining a patellar tendon injury in the Seminoles’ 24-7 Week 1 defeat to Alabama.

Stanford at No. 4 USC (-6.5)

The Cardinal have owned this series in recent years, going 7-3 SU and 6-3-1 ATS in the last 10 matchups. Stanford, in fact, has won four of the last five outright kicking off as the underdog. Since 1999, it has covered 10 of the last 13 when spotted points.

No. 12 Auburn at No. 5 Clemson (-6.5)

Clemson has won three straight vs. Auburn, including a 19-13 road victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the 2016 season opener. Each win has come as a single-point underdog, too. The line is reversed for this matchup, Auburn catching 6.5 points for the always-intimidating trip to “Death Valley.” The SEC Tigers are just 4-12 SU and 5-11 ATS as a single-point road underdog since October 2007.

Pitt at No. 6 Penn State (-19)

Pitt and Penn State rekindled their long-standing rivalry last season with the Panthers winning 42-39 as 3.5-point favorites at Heinz Field. The matchup sat dormant for 15 years prior, yet the two have met 97 times overall. In recent years, Penn State is accustomed to laying many points, asked to cover 13 or more in seven of the last 18 meetings since 1980. The Nittany Lions are 7-0 SU and 2-5 ATS in these meetings.

Montana at No. 8 Washington (TBA)

The line is off the board as sportsbooks typically wait until Friday to post FCS-FBS matchup odds.

Florida Atlantic at No. 9 Wisconsin (-31.5)

The Lane Kiffin era is about to go from bad to worse for Florida Atlantic if oddsmakers are correct. The Owls are catching 31.5 points at Wisconsin, after Navy routed them 42-19 in the season opener as 11-point favorites. Kiffin’s defense allowed 416 rushing yards to the option-attack team. FAU is 1-30 SU and 8-21-1 ATS versus Power 5 opponents all-time.

No. 10 Oklahoma State at South Alabama (+26.5)

This rare Friday night matchup sees Oklahoma State laying 26.5 points at South Alabama. The Cowboys are 11-1 SU and 8-4 ATS all-time vs. Sun Belt programs. Oklahoma State’s lone loss occurred on a Friday night in 2007, falling at Troy 41-23 as 10-point chalk. Here’s another bad omen regarding Oklahoma State and the fifth day of the week. The last time the Cowboys lay points on a Friday night road trip was at Iowa State in 2011. The Cyclones pulled off a shock 37-31 victory as 27-point underdogs. Random noise? Of course. But if you believe, things could get weird at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Friday.

Cincinnati at No. 11 Michigan (-33)

Cincinnati is a 30-point underdog for the first time since 1999. The Wolverines, meanwhile, are laying double digits at home for the ninth game in a row.

Chattanooga at No. 13 LSU (TBA)

Oddsmakers release FCS-FBS matchup lines on Friday

No. 15 Georgia at Notre Dame (TBA)

This line is off the board as oddsmakers await the status of Georgia QB Jacob Eason. The sophomore injured his left knee on a late hit out of bounds in the third series of a 31-10 win over Appalachian State. In July, the Bulldogs were 3 or 4-point underdogs in advanced lines depending on the shop.

No. 16 Louisville at UNC (+8)

Louisville is 4-3 SU and 6-1 ATS vs. North Carolina dating back to the 1980s, but have failed to cover its last five against ACC Coastal division foes.

Northern Colorado at No. 17 Florida (TBA)

FCS-FBS matchup

No. 18 Miami at Arkansas State (+14)

Miami has won by two touchdowns or more in four previous Sun Belt matchups, including a 45-10 rout over Appalachian State as 4.5-point chalk last season. Arkansas State hasn’t kicked off a 14-point dog or higher since 2004. The line opened -16.5 for the Hurricanes, bet down to -11.5 in early wagering. The number sits at -14 as of publication.

No. 19 South Florida at UConn (+17.5)

Oddsmakers dangled -21.5 points in favor of South Florida out the gates, before early money pushed the number to its currewnt offering of -17.5. The Huskies' defense allows just 23.9 points per game to AAC opponents all-time at Rentschler Field.

UNC-Charlotte at No. 20 Kansas State (-36)

Charlotte is just 6-19 SU and 9-14-1 ATS since joining the FBS in 2015. The 36-point spread vs. Kansas State is the second longest in this span; the 49ers caught 39 points in a 70-14 blowout at Louisville last year. Charlotte has failed to cover all six games when getting 18 points or more by oddsmakers. 

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