There’s a chill in the air, fall is around the corner, and week one is in the books.
What a time to be alive. I can’t wait to spend every beautiful fall Saturday firmly planted indoors, in the dark, in front of the television. Occasionally I can be coaxed outside for a game of cornhole. If there’s anything that rivals my love of making tons of money betting on football, its tossing a good corn bag.
To recap our week one picks, we came out with a record of 4-3. So if you hopped on the Money Train you started out the year as a winner. Coming out of Saturday we were sitting at 4-1. I’m not going to lie, at that point I thought we were going to go 6-1. West Virginia gave us a valiant effort and that game could have easily gone the other way. As for the Vols, I should of known better… Never again people. What Tennessee should do is put their defensive coordinator “Big Gain” Bob Shoop in that trash can they carry around on the sideline.
Now that we’ve got our feet wet and I’ve seen teams play, I’ve gone all out this week. Here’s 14 winners:
Utah -1 @ BYU
The Holy War may be one of the more underrated rivalries in all of college football. In a polygamist society there are only so many wives to go around. For a player, a victory in this game and a completed LDS mission under your belt, could give you a leg up in courting that third wife. Betting against BYU right now seems like low hanging fruit. They have only accounted for 20 points in two games, including a shutout against LSU. I expect them to play better in this spot but Utah has won six in a row against the Cougars. Utah’s redshirt freshman QB Tyler Huntley looked like a solid dual threat in the opener. Utah extends the streak to 7 and wins a close one.
Oklahoma State @ South Alabama (Over 66.5 Total Points)
Look, say what you want about the Big 12 but their best teams put up numbers. With a duo like Heisman candidate Mason Rudolph and Mike Gundy’s mullet, I’m liable to bet their overs until proven otherwise. South Alabama gave up 47 to Ole Miss last week so I expect 50+ from the cowboys. South Alabama can play so they’ll score some points as well.
East Carolina @ West Virginia -24
For those of you that watched the WVU-Virginia Tech game last Sunday, you could see Will Greer is a gunslinger. He settled into his new system as the game progressed and I expect them to get better moving forward. ECU looked terrible in their season opener. They lost by 20 points to James Madison. That’s an FCS program….
Stanford @ USC -6.5
Stanford seems to be a trendy pick in this game and also to make the CFB Playoff. 66 percent of the money so far has come in on Stanford. This is one of those times I like to deploy one of my favorite betting principals…. FADE THE PUBLIC. How quickly people are moving away from USC. Their week one matchup against Western Michigan was a close game deep into the 4th quarter. However, Western Michigan may no longer have PJ Fleck but they still have a talented roster. USC had a game to get their feet back under them and our ready to make a statement against the Cardinal. Lay the points and take the Trojans.
Oklahoma +7.5 @ Ohio State
Revenge factor. Oklahoma was embarrassed by Ohio State on their own field last season. And after watching week one, it seems that Oklahoma’s offense has more consistency to it than OSU’s. They have 9 returning starters on that end from last year and Baker Mayfield looks as good as ever. OSU may have superior talent but JT Barrett still looks off to me. I like Oklahoma with a 7.5 point line.
Louisville @ North Carolina +10
The fading of the Louisville Cardinals paid off last week and the trend will continue. This line originally opened at less than a touchdown and has ballooned all the way to 10. This is a tough road spot against a respectable ACC opponent. UNC is always liable to find some talent as long as they have a fake university. After UNC dropped their home opener to Cal, they’ll fight hard to avoid going 0-2 at home.
Northwestern @ Duke +3
Northwestern got a little hype coming into this season and I’m not buying it. I’ll take David Cutcliffe’s squad at home.
Iowa -2.5 @ Iowa State
Iowa seems to always produces a team that has grit. Last week they held one of the top pro QB prospects to 3 total points. Last year Iowa blew out Iowa State 42-3. I can’t imagine ISU has done enough in a year to close the gap that much. This Saturday, Iowa continues to reign supreme in that state.
Pitt +21 @ Penn State
There is no doubt that James Franklin has some strong momentum going at Penn State. If you would of told me a few years ago Penn State was going to be back near the top of college football at this point, I wouldn’t have believed it. I thought the stink of the Joe Paterno and Sandusky mess would have lingered for years. PSU is back and they have the tools to have a great season. However rivalries can have a way of making games closer than what they appear they could be. Pitt plays well enough to cover the spread.
Miami -14.5 @ Arkansas State
I have to applaud the hurricanes for making this trip to Jonesboro. Last year they also made a trip to play Appalachian State on their turf. Last year the result for App St was not pretty and I expect the same fate awaits the red wolves. Miami runs away with it.
Nebraska @ Oregon -14
Don’t look now but the quack attack might be back. They hung 77 points last week and get the cornhuskers at home. Nebraska has lost 4 straight games on the road. Not to mention Nebraska gave up 36 to Arkansas State last week.
South Carolina +2.5 @ Missouri
Missouri’s offense looks formidable with Drew Lock under center but they might not even pretend they’re trying to play defense this year. Jake Bentley looks like he was no fluke and South Carolina might have something going with Will Muschamp.
Indiana -3 @ Virginia
This line doesn’t look right to me. Indiana played Ohio State off their feet for a good portion of the game last week and I can’t remember the last time UVA scared anybody. This feels like a trap but Indiana has to be the play right???
Auburn @ Clemson -5
I’ve heard a lot of talk about the ACC dethroning the SEC as the best conference in all the land. In week one the SEC went 3-0 against the ACC…. This is a big game for the ACC if they want to save face. Both these teams look good but Clemson really jumped out at me in week one. Dabo has his team stocked with talent and they are reloading, not rebuilding. Throw in the added factor of the game being played in Death Valley and I love Clemson’s chances.
I honestly feel great about our picks this week. Its time to get this money train really rolling. All aboard!