Week 2 college football best bets

By VSiN Staff  (VSiN.com) 


Week 2 of the college football season is here, with another Saturday of terrific matchups.

Our handicappers Adam Burke, Tim Murray, Wes Reynolds and Scott Seidenberg are here to give you their best bets for nine games on the weekend's card.

Season record: 5-2-2 ATS

Lines are consensus odds from VSiN's college football lines page, as of Wednesday night.


Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Oklahoma State Cowboys (-13, 51.5)

Burke: Teams that lose to FCS opponents early in the season have that stink on them for a long period of time, which tends to create some mispricing in the betting market. We’ll see how long it lasts for Tulsa, as the Golden Hurricane dropped the season opener to UC Davis by a 19-17 score as a 21.5-point underdog. Perhaps this Tulsa team was looking ahead to an in-state matchup against one of two big brothers in the Sooner State.

Oklahoma State had nothing to look forward to and still narrowly beat Missouri State 23-16. It was an uninspiring performance from the Cowboys with just 5.4 yards per play and just a 33-yard edge. Missouri State had 23 first downs to just 16 for Oklahoma State. Recently, Okie State has become more of a running team, but the Cowboys had just 1.9 yards per carry in that game.

Oklahoma State didn’t lose to its FCS opponent and Tulsa did, but the Golden Hurricane had 7.8 YPP in the game. Three turnovers and 12 penalties hurt Tulsa. UC Davis had 4.9 YPP, so the Golden Hurricane nearly outgained the opposition by three full yards per play. Losing games like that doesn’t happen often.

The Cowboys were a team that I had calculated a full win lower than their posted win total in my preseason projections and last week’s game seemed to validate that position, even though it went down as a win. Tulsa played better than last week’s result and 13 points is too many here. This is a decent team that fell on the wrong side of the turnover battle last week and paid dearly for it.

Pick: Tulsa + 13

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