Upset Picks College Football Week 2Josh Bailey
Two of the biggest upsets in college football history, Howard straight up over UNLV, and Liberty straight up over Baylor, happened in College Football Week 1.
That's a lot of money to shell out to end up on the wrong side of the biggest point-spread upset in college football history. pic.twitter.com/j3uQM9AtN5
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 3, 2017
I don’t project upsets like those 2 happening in College Football Week 2. I do believe upsets against the spread could occur with regularity this Saturday. Will Western Michigan handle Michigan State on the road? How is Oklahoma going to perform versus Ohio State on the road? Does Stanford have any shot against the spread versus USC?
Upset Picks College Football Week 2
Western Michigan at Michigan State
When: Saturday, Sept. 9 at 3:30 pm ET
Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Odds: Western Michigan +7
Analysis: Western Michigan played USC tough until the fourth quarter. That’s when the Trojans’ class prevailed over the WMU Broncos. Western Michigan still won against the spread.
The Broncos are a good pick to beat Michigan State ATS on Saturday. The Broncos were 4 TD dogs to USC. They only lost 31 to 49. That’s a 10-point difference from the actual score to the spread.
Sure, Michigan State could demolish Western Michigan in this. But WMU is used to lining up against Big Ten squads. In fact, WMU is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 versus a Big Ten team. The Broncos aren’t used to battling Pac 12 teams.
I think Western Michigan has a great shot of winning this game straight up.
Upset Pick Week 2: Western Michigan +7
No. 7 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State
When: Saturday, Sept.9 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Odds: Oklahoma +7
Analysis: Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley turned his HC debut into a winning one when the Sooners blasted UTEP 56 to 7 as a -43 favorite. What impressed me was how the Sooners played with fire.
Under Bob Stoops, Oklahoma had become somewhat lackadaisical in the emotion department. Riley would have none of it. His entire team, in all phases of the game, played fired up.
Oklahoma’s going to need that type of fire to deal with the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus. Ohio State played just okay versus Indiana before turning it on in the second half. The Buckeyes did beat Indiana 49 to 21. It wasn’t impressive until the second half when Ohio State’s offense got into gear.
I’m not sure Oklahoma’s D allows Ohio State’s offense to get into gear. I like Oklahoma to keep this battle close.
Upset Pick Week 2: Oklahoma +7
No. 14 Stanford at No. 4 USC
When: Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8:30 pm ET
Where: L.A. Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Odds: Stanford +7
Analysis: It was touch and go for USC in their game against Western Michigan in Week 1. The Trojans ended up beating Western Michigan by 18 points. The spread was 28 points. So, although the margin of victory looks impressive, it really wasn’t.
The problem for USC in this game against rival Stanford is that the Cardinal always plays USC tough. Stanford is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these 2 teams. Based on what I saw in Week 1, Stanford shouldn’t just cover against USC, they should beat the Trojans straight up.
That’s the way I’m playing it. I like Stanford on the money line.
Upset Pick Week 2: Stanford money line