NCAAF Week 2 ATS Hit List - Hunting for Value
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A common college football observation has it that the time between Weeks 1 and 2 are when the most constuctive coaching takes place.
Makes sense. After all, coaches now have video of their troops in the heat of real gridiron battle to analyze and then correct on the practice field.
We've sifted through the veritable cornucopia of games and found a few where an ATS play looks like an intriguing action.
So gaze upon this list of quick hits -- all lines were set by Bovada -- and consider them suggestions to do with what you will:
Northern Illinois at Utah -23
It took Utah a half. However, at the end of their game against rival BYU on the road in Week 1, the Utes had obliterated the -5 spread with a 30-12 victory. No reason to believe the Utes don’t make it two in a row ATS with a comfy victory over the Huskies.
Result: Utah 35 Northern Illinois 17 ... Huskies cover
Nebraska -4½ at Colorado
It took Nebraska a while to put it together against South Alabama. The Cornhuskers faced a much better team in Week 1 than most gave them credit for. Colorado isn’t a good team even though the Buffs beat Colorado State 52-31. The ‘Huskers should get it done against the spread.
Result: Colorado 34 Nebraska 31 ... Buffalos cover
Central Florida -9 at Florida Atlantic
UCF showed a different dimension in their first Week 1 game. The Knights kept an opponent from scoring points…any points. UCF dominated Florida A&M, 62-0. Florida Atlantic fell, 45-21, to Ohio State. The Owls have no shot keeping this close.
Pick: Central Florida
Result: Central Florida 48 Florida Atlantic 14 ... Knights cover
South Florida at Georgia Tech -5½
Wow. South Florida hosted Wisconsin in Week 1 and…wow. Just wow. The Bulls, a Charlie Strong-coached squad, lost 49-0. Clemson beat up Georgia Tech, but South Florida can’t pressure anybody. Don’t be surprised if the Ramblin' Wreck wins this by three touchdowns.
Pick: Georgia Tech
Result: Georgia Tech 14 South Florida 10 ... Bulls cover
Tulane at Auburn -19
After the Auburn Tigers got their act together and beat the Oregon Ducks on Saturday night, coach Gus Mahlzahn said he thinks the Tigers are one of the top teams in the nation. Are we on Gus’s bus? Eh, maybe. The Tigers are giving up too many points to a solid Tulane squad, though. Take the Green Wave.
Result: Auburn 24 Tulane 6 ... Green Wave covers
Western Michigan at Michigan State -17½
It’s become standard practice to bang on Michigan State. The Spartans are a steady as she goes team. They handled Tulsa, 28-7, in Week 1. Western Michigan beat up Monmouth, 48-13. The Broncos won’t score 48 against Sparty, but they will score enough to cover.
Pick: Western Michigan
Result: Michigan State 51 Western Michigan 17 ... Spartans cover
Miami -6 at North Carolina
Miami should throttle the Tar Heels. The Hurricanes stood toe-to-toe with Florida in their first game of the season. Manny Diaz’s defense showed signs of being one of the top units in college football even though Florida beat them.
North Carolina shouldn’t come close to scoring 24 against the Canes the way Mack Brown got is crew to do against South Carolina. Expect Diaz to get his first SU win and second cover win as a head coach.
Result: North Carolina 28 Miami 25 ... Tar Heels cover
Oregon State at Hawaii -5
Oregon State couldn’t hang with Oklahoma State in their first game. The Beavers aren’t a great team. They also face Hawaii’s high-powered offense led by little known, but impressive QB Cole McDonald. The Rainbow Warriors easily cover.
Result: Hawaii 31 Oregon State 28 ... Beavers cover
California at Washington -13
The big question about Washington heading into this season was whether QB Jacob Eason could step it up. Eason did. He threw for 349 yards and 4 TD passes in Week 1 against FCS power Eastern Washington.
Result: California 20 Washington 19 ... Golden Bears cover
Minnesota -3 at Fresno State
Minnesota struggled in their Week 1 battle versus South Dakota State. Before jumping all over the Golden Gophers, we must realize that South Dakota State is one of the top FCS teams in football. The Gophers are good enough to cover the spread versus a decent Fresno State squad on Saturday.
Result: Minnesota 38 Fresno State 35 ... push
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