Betting lines have already been set for College Football Week 2.
Can Penn State cover as a -18.5-home favorite versus ACC Pittsburgh on Sept. 9? Who has the upper-hand in one of Week 2’s marquee matchups between 12 Auburn and 5 Clemson? Can Washington State show that Week 1 was no fluke by covering a spread versus Boise State? Check out my College Football Week 2 Free Picks!
Free Picks College Football Week 2
Pittsburgh at No. 6 Penn State
When: Saturday, Sept.9 at 3:30 pm ET
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
Odds: Penn State -18.5
Analysis: Penn State was only favored by 29.5 points over Akron in Week 1. The Nittany Lions showed that just handing the Big Ten Championship to Ohio State or Michigan isn’t going to work. The Lions thumped Akron 52 to 0.
Penn State’s defense held the Zips to 159 total yards. Lions RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 172 yards and 2 TDs from only 14 carries.
The Panthers are 1 and 5 against the spread in their last 6 games versus a Big Ten opponent. I think Penn State wins by close to 30.
Free Pick Week 2: Penn State -18.5
No. 12 Auburn at No. 5 Clemson
When: Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
Odds: Clemson -6.5
Analysis: Auburn played very well against a tough Sun Belt team in Georgia Southern in Week 1. But, let’s not kid ourselves. It’s going to be tough for Auburn to win either straight up or against the spread in Death Valley.
Clemson beat Kent 56 to 3. Kelly Bryant, the QB that must fill DeShaun Watson’s shoes, demolished Kent all by himself. He threw for 236 yards and a TD. He also rushed for 77 yards and a TD.
It’s hard to see Auburn’s defense stopping Clemson’s offense. Yes, I know that Auburn kept the game close last season when losing by 6, 13 to 19. This season the battle should be different.
I like Clemson to win by at least 10.
Free Pick Week 2: Clemson
Boise State at No. 24 Washington State
When: Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA
Odds: Washington State -8.5
Analysis: Boise State’s issue is that the defense doesn’t project to stop Washington State QB Luke Falk from throwing all over it. Boise allowed Troy to score 13 points in a 24 to 13 Broncos win in Week 1. What’s Washington State going to do to the Broncos D?
Washington State beat Montana State 31 to 0. Falk didn’t even touch the surface of what he can do under center.
Boise beat WSU 31 to 28 last season. I don’t believe they score enough points to be close to the Cougars in this year’s rematch. I like Washington State to beat Boise State by at least 2 touchdowns on Saturday.
Free Pick Week 2: Washington State -8.5