Record On the Season: 2-3 (1 Outright Win)
Last week was not the most excellent start to the year, but Week One is never easy for the underdogs. For those that picked Georgia State against Tennessee, I applaud you – I was not one of them. Nonetheless, onward to Week Two, headlined by two huge out of conference matchups: Texas A&M at Clemson and LSU at Texas. I will be taking the Tigers in both games; while the Aggies look improved, going into Death Valley is a challenge this group has yet to face and Trevor Lawrence looks on a new level for 2019, and LSU was ferocious last weekend – Texas won’t have the players to stop the purple and gold.
As for my Week Two underdog plays:
- Ohio (+4.0) at Pittsburgh
- The Panthers did not look good in their opener against Virginia. They couldn’t move the ball and looked stunted at every drive. Meanwhile the Bobcats offense under Nathan Rouke put away Rhode Island in the first half, accounting for three TDs.
- Texas A&M (+16.5) at Clemson
- The Tigers should win pretty handily against the Aggies, but a line this large is too tempting to pass up. Last year’s matchup was a close one in the fourth and I do expect much the same. Cannot fathom Clemson winning by more than two touchdowns, and even that is high.
- Colorado (+4.0) v Nebraska
- The Buffaloes stunned the Huskers last year in Lincoln. Now with the rivalry renewed, and Nebraska coming into town, Colorado will look to get back to back wins over hated competition to start the Mel Tucker era. They looked great against Colorado State in Denver last weekend while Nebraska created a lot more questions than they answered. Steven Montez shined last weekend and could be a Pac-12 star in the making.
- Nevada (+24.5) at Oregon
- The Zoo will be rocking Saturday when the Wolfpack come to town. After a heartbreaking loss to Auburn, the Quack Attack will want to show they are still on top of the west. But a 24.5 point margin is tough to overcome against a Nevada team that is always a scoring threat. And to put that 24.5 point margin, Oregon has just 1 win in their last 12 games in which they covered that many points, while Nevada has stayed within the 24.5 point margin in all but 1 of their last 14 games.
- Arkansas (+4.0) at Ole Miss
- A matchup of SEC bottom feeders is where we will finish this week out. Ole Miss could not move the ball last week in Memphis, accounting for only 173 yards of offense in the loss. Meanwhile, Arkansas had the offense moving against FCS Portland State, but failed to capitalize. Still, they should have no problem dealing with the Rebels, who haven’t won since they went into Little Rock last year and beat the Razorbacks.