The first week of the college football season did not disappoint. The dream of winning a national title was crushed for some teams after massive upsets, and others got boosts with dominant games. Alabama looked as good as you would expect. Bryce Young set a record for yards and passing touchdowns for an Alabama quarterback in their starting debut. The defense limited D’Eriq King, and the depth played well in the fourth quarter.
With one week gone, it is now time to look ahead to an exciting second week of college football. We have some answers regarding the top teams in the country, but this season could still go in a number of ways. With most teams playing easier opponents, this is the perfect time to predict an upset. Will Alabama cover the lofty spread against Mercer? Will another top-25 team lose in an embarrassing fashion? What can we expect? Here are the top predictions for the moneyline, ATS and score total this week. Let’s start with a moneyline that actually has some value.
Iowa vs. Iowa State
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 – 4:30 PM EDT at Jack Trice Stadium
Iowa State had a struggle win against UNI last week, but you can credit that to the thought of this rivalry game ahead on the schedule. On the other side, Iowa dominated against Indiana. This isn’t a lock, but I like the value of Iowa. Take that in consideration for your NCAAF picks.
When the new AP poll comers out, Iowa will likely be ranked ahead of the Cyclones. They are on the road, but this rivalry has had some crazy outcomes. This is truly a coin toss, which is why I like the value of the moneyline. No one can predict a game like this, but Iowa may have just enough momentum to turn this game into an outright win.
Oregon Ducks vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Saturday, September 11, 2021 -12:00 PM EDT at Ohio Stadium
If we’re being honest, neither of these teams impressed in their 2021 debuts. The good news is that you can write this off to the circumstances. OSU played on a Thursday night, and both teams had this game to look forward to. It’s not right, but plenty of teams struggle the week before a dominant game. Oregon’s season will come down to this game. If they lose, they are essentially out of the College Football Playoff hunt. That is more than OSU can say.
Ohio State has the home-field advantage, but that doesn’t mean they will dominate this game. It took them until the third quarter to take care of Minnesota. Oregon is better than that, and they are well-coached. Stroud did not look ready in his debut as a starter last week. He will be more prepared this Saturday, but he will also face a tougher defense. I’m not saying the Ducks will pull off the upset, but covering the spread is well within the realm of possibility. When you see this line, pick the Ducks.
NCAAF Pick: Oregon +14 (-110) with Bovada
Texas Longhorns vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 -7:00 PM EDT at Razorback Stadium
Texas had a quality performance In Steve Sarkisian’s coaching debut with the Longhorns, but this game will be different. For starters, it is against one of Texas’s biggest rivals. These teams used to play yearly, but they now have to have years of bragging rights come down to one game. Arkansas will host this one, giving them an advantage on defense.
They could potentially force Texas into a slow start with a loud crowd, and the Longhorns lack experience at quarterback. That is a massive red flag in this type of game, and it could help the under hit. Arkansas doesn’t have a dominant offense, so you can’t expect them to run up the score. They’d prefer to win this game in the trenches in a knockdown fight. Unless Texas dominates this game, the under will hit.
NCAAF Pick: Arkansas Under 58.5 (-110) with Bovada
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