Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio State Buckeyes -16.5, Total: 55.5
I am one of the many that stopped watching the Buckeyes opening contest against Florida Atlantic after they jumped out to a 28-0 first quarter lead. The cover seemed like a forgone conclusion, unfortunately for Ohio State backers the Buckeyes were not able to hold the cover putting a stop to the offense
Justin Fields looked like the real deal accounting for five touchdowns in his first start, he will have a stiffer challenge coming versus a Cincinnati frontline that made life miserable for UCLA. Former Ohio State player, now Head Coach of Cincinnati Luke Fickell will have a veteran team that will not be intimidated by the name on the jersey. Fickell has a tough defense that will be able to stop the run early and make a game of it.
16.5 seems like the right gap due to the immense level of talent on Ohio State but the Bearcats bring a stout defense as well as a sharp veteran passer in Desmond Ridder. This game will be a dog fight early, but Ohio States overall talent will win out. I like Cincinnati to cover by my favorite play is the under.
Under 55.5, Cincinnati +16.5
Syracuse Orange at Maryland Terrapins -2, Total: 57.5
Syracuse’s offense seemed out of sync against the lowly Liberty Flames. Putting up just 24 points against the Flames defense. Syracuse’s new starting quarterback Tommy DeVito struggle on the road. He didn’t hit half of his passes, couldn’t do much down the field, and ended up throwing two picks. Syracuse will have a tough challenge against the stout Maryland defensive front. Maryland is coming off of domination of Howard winning 79-0 in week one while racking up eight sacks.
Maryland will be able to keep the Syracuse defensive front at bay with their rushing attack. The Terps were dominate on the ground with 317 rushing yards. This game will be a struggle to find out which offense can find its flow first. With Maryland at home and the early struggles of DeVito Syracuse can be in for a tough game.
Pick: Maryland -2, Under 57.5
West Virginia Mountaineers at Missouri Tigers, -14, Total: 62.5
The Missouri Tigers shockingly took a loss as 17-point favorites against Wyoming. Mizzou couldn’t hold onto the ball in their defeat with three fumbles, losing two of them.
The Tigers defense was also a huge problem giving up over 297 yards on the ground.
The Tigers were still solid on offense with Kelly Bryant throwing for over 400 yards and two touchdowns. Mizzou was the dark horse to win the SEC East but now will have to go back to the drawing board. A matchup with the rebuilding West Virginia Moutaineers at home should be just what the doctor ordered. West Virginia is coming off of a narrow victory versus respectable FCS James Madison. Mizzou should be able to run their offense efficiently against the Mountaineers defense. Look for the Tigers to jump out to a lead early and then step on the neck of their Big 12 foe.
Pick: Mizzou -14, Over 62.5
Nebraska Cornhuskers -4 at Colorado Buffaloes, Total: 64.5
This line has made an interesting move. Opening at -7 in favor of the Cornhuskers has moved all the way down to -4. This is most likely due to the subpar performance from Nebraska in week one versus South Alabama. There is a reason that teams schedule a lower level team early in the season, they can work out the kinks in the offense. The Nebraska defense took a nice step forward as the game went on causing five turnovers and sacking the QB four times.
Colorado was impressive against the powerful offense of Colorado State in week one, with a 21-point victory. First year head coach Mel Tucker was quick to point out the flaws from the Colorado defense though as they gave up 505 total yards along with 27 first downs. The Buff’s will have a step up in competition versus Nebraska. Scott Frost’s offense will find a way to turn it around in this matchup. With the line continuing to fall you can get the Cornhuskers at a value.
Pick: Nebraska Cornhuskers -4, WAY OVER