Instead of picking every game straight up this year, I thought I would go more Vegas-style and select certain games each week to pick against the spread. I skipped Week 1 as betting on Week 1 with all the unknowns seems like a losing proposition. So I start Week 2 with a 0-0 record.
Lock of the Week: Louisiana-Monroe +30.5 at Arkansas. Three factors lead me here. 1) The Arkansas defense is not necessarily strong enough to support this line. 2) Louisiana-Monroe is decent on both sides of the ball and 3) Arkansas is looking ahead to Alabama next week. Arkansas 41, Louisiana-Monroe 21.
Heavy Favorite Pick of the Week: USC -26 at Syracuse. The Trojans, even away from home, need to win big to impress voters. USC 45, Syracuse 10.
Heavy Underdog of the Week: Purdue +14 at Notre Dame. There has to be some type of travel discount for Notre Dame and I believe Purdue is slightly under-rated. I think Notre Dame wins a close one. Notre Dame 27, Purdue 24.
Other Picks of the Week:
Georgia -2 at Missouri. If the Dawgs are going to live up to billing, they have to get it together from the start this year. Georgia 38, Missouri 24.
UCLA +5 vs Nebraska. I talked about the PAC-12 factor in my Week 2 preview and Taylor Martinez needs to show me he can be that good 2 weeks in a row. UCLA 26, Nebraska 24.
Nevada +1 vs South Florida. Confidence should be high for the Wolfpack who might play with an edge as a home underdog a week after winning at Cal. Nevada 27, South Florida 20.
Louisiana Tech -3 at Houston. Houston seems like a disaster and I like Louisiana Tech this year. Tech also blew the game a year ago and gets revenge. Louisiana Tech 34, Houston 28.
Texas State +18.5 vs Texas Tech. Texas State is brimming with confidence and Texas Tech is a heavy road favorite. Texas Tech 31, Texas State 20.
Texas A&M pick'em vs Florida. Florida struggled somewhat last week and A&M brings the Sumlin magic to their offense. Texas A&M 23, Florida 17.