College football’s opening week featured a ton of upsets, with seven teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision falling to teams from the lower FCS level.
What does Week 2 have in store for bettors?
There are a handful of marquee games on tap, none bigger than South Carolina’s trip to Georgia. The Bulldogs are looking to rebound from a 38-35 loss at Clemson. But the Gamecocks have owned this series under coach Steve Spurrier. South Carolina is 6-1-1 against the spread versus Georgia in Spurrier’s eight seasons. The Bulldogs are 3-point home favorites.
Florida travels to in-state rival Miami in another intriguing Week 2 matchup. The Gators, who were shorthanded in their opening win over Toledo, are 3-point favorites on the road. The Hurricanes went 3-0 against the spread as home underdogs last season.
The primetime game features Notre Dame at Michigan. This heated rivalry comes to an end after next season, with Notre Dame going to an ACC-heavy schedule. Irish quarterback Tommy Rees had a big game in an easy opening win over Temple. The Wolverines also got a dynamic performance from their quarterback, Devin Gardner, in a Week 1 rout of Central Michigan.
Michigan is a 3.5-point favorite over the Irish. The Wolverines have won 15 straight home games, going 10-5 against the spread during that stretch.
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While those three games will attract the most buzz, the biggest line movement came in an under-the-radar Sun Belt-SEC showdown.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn leads his new team against his old team when the Tigers host the Red Wolves of Arkansas State. Auburn opened as a 7.5-point favorite, but the line quickly surged to as high as 14.5 at some shops.
Arkansas State has been on a prolific run against the spread, covering the number in seven straight games and 14 of its last 20.The Red Wolves crushed Arkansas Pine-Bluff 62-11 in their opener.
Arkansas State has lost 16 consecutive games against the SEC, but has gone 11-5 against the spread in those games.
The two teams played in 2010, with Auburn winning 52-26.
The Tigers held off Washington State, 31-24, in their opener. They have won nine straight games against the Sun Belt, going 4-5 against the spread in those games.
There was also significant line movement in the Ohio State-San Diego State game.
The Buckeyes opened as 24-point favorites. That line didn’t last long. Ohio State was giving as many as 31 at TopBet
as of Monday.
The movement likely is as much about anti-San Diego State sentiment as it is pro-Buckeyes. The Aztecs were one of eight FBS teams to be upset by an FCS team. San Diego State was drilled, 40-19, by Eastern Illinois in Week 1.
Ohio State led Buffalo by only 10 in the third quarter before pulling away for a 40-20 win.