Top College Football SU Picks for Week 2

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 7, 2016 in

Do you prefer to go straight up with your college football betting? Take a look at some of these picks. We’ve researched the Week 2 matchups and come up with some SU wagers that should help you rake in some cash this weekend.

Top College Football SU Picks for Week 2

#17 Tennessee (-11.5) over Virginia Tech

Before Week 1, the Tennessee Volunteers held the #9 ranking in the nation as they prepared to welcome the Appalachian State Mountaineers to town. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for the Volunteers to muff a punt early in the first quarter, setting the Mountaineers up for an easy score.¬†Then the young Volunteers kept getting in their own way on offense, as Josh Dobbs made some bad throws that killed a few drives, and the Mountaineers went into halftime up 13-3.

The Volunteers were able to come back in the second half, enough to force overtime (with extra help from a missed field goal by the Mountaineers), and all of a sudden Dobbs was heading toward the goal line in overtime. He fumbled, but Jalen Hurd fell on the ball in the end zone, and then the Vols held to seal the win.

With Virginia Tech coming into town, Tennessee gets a team playing under a new head coach and with a new system, and they’ve had the chance to fix their mistakes on offense. I see them playing a much more efficient game in Week 2 to take the win.

California (+7.5) over San Diego State

In their Down Under opener against Hawaii, California was favored to win by 20 points — and they brought home the push, prevailing 51-31. A lot of the Cal faithful were dismayed by what they saw as some rancid defense from their favorite team, particularly in the area of tackling. A lot of the Rainbow Warriors’ yardage came after first contact, which means that the Cal defense did a poor job of wrapping up.

But should the San Diego State Aztecs sit as the favorite in this game? That sounds like an overreaction from this vantage point. Cal’s defense played out of position a lot of the time against Hawaii, and they did miss a ton of open field tackles. Their defense inside against the run allowed a ton of yardage. But was this enough to push the line this far toward the Aztecs?

In Week 1, the Aztecs polished off the University of New Hampshire at home, 31-0, rolling up 461 yards and keeping New Hampshire from converting any of their 14 third down opportunities. Quarterback Christian Chapman looked terrific throwing the ball, picking up 283 yards through the air and finding Mikah Holder for a pair of touchdowns and going 16 for 25 without a pick. Tailback Donnel Pumphrey picked up 98 yards on 21 carries and found the end zone once himself, moving past Bo Jackson into 64th in career rushing yards.

Last year, Cal routed San Diego State by the score of 35-7. This time, I don’t think it will be that much of a rout, but I see the line favoring San Diego State as a mistake.