Who's Taboo After Week 2 in NCAA Football?

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, September 10, 2017 6:37 PM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 10, 2017 6:37 PM UTC

After every week we review the good, bad and the ugly with special emphasis on the latter two. We identify the teams to be wary of including in your college football picks based on the results of their previous weeks. Let's do it again!

Back in Black from Week 1

North Carolina - The Heels dropped their second consecutive of the season when they fell to Louisville on Saturday. We warned our readers that NC was on our black list after their outright loss to California as 13-point favorites in the opening week of play. The Tar Heels disappointed again for all of those who included them in their NCAA football picks as they could not cover the number despite being given an 11-point head start when they suffered a 47-35 defeat to the Cardinals. Close but no cigar so they will remain on our list until further notice.

NC State - The Wolfpack made out list last week after a disappointing showing in their opening week loss to the SEC's South Carolina as eight-point favorites. Like their ACC brethren and intrastate rivals from Chapel Hill, NC State proved to be a losing wager in Week 2 as they defeated Marshall 37-20 but flaming as 22-point home chalk. Don't say we didn't warn you last week. Continue to steer clear of the Wolfpack.

Baylor - Holy moly, what a mess! The Bears obviously have no shame after suffering one of the worst defeats in school history when they lost to Division 1-AA Liberty as 34 ½ point favorites in Week 1 and then got stunned again 17-10, by a Conference USA opponent in UT San Antonio on Saturday. Baylor was a 12-point home favorite but had you read last week's column you would have known to either pass this game entirely or fade the Bears. This program is in chaos.


Welcome to the Black List

Boston College - Born and raised in Boston I can tell you to always be leery of backing BC. They are a school that believes they run with the true elite both athletically and academically. That has never been true of the former, and although a highly regarded institute of higher learning, neither is it true of the latter. After failing to cover the college football odds on the road in Northern Illinois as 3 ½ point road chalk by losing 23-20 in Week 1, the Eagles hosted Wake Forest as 2 ½ home point favorites and were blown out 34-10. Welcome to the Black List BC.

Syracuse - To the untrained eye, the Orangemen looked impressive in their opening week victory over Central Connecticut State. But a 50-7 win doesn't do anything but burn a hole in your wallet when you're laying 47 against a Division 1-AA school and you win by 43 points. Syracuse came close to covering so that hardly qualified them for Black List status but this week they have been handed an invitation after losing 30-23 as eight-point home chalk to Middle Tennessee State. Don't wear Orange for the time being.

Ohio State - If you know anyone who bleeds Buckeye red, it's probably a good idea to keep sharp objects away from them this week. In week 1 Ohio State did what they were supposed to do and trounced an overmatched Hoosiers team on the road. However, in their first stern test of the season they faded against the Oklahoma Sooners in a 31-16 home loss as eight-point chalk. Look, the Sooners are the real deal and were ranked No. 5 in the nation before Saturday's tilt in Columbus. But that said, OSU may be a bit shaken after this loss so take a pass on their games over the next few weeks to see whether they rebound or freefall.

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