Mike Meltser’s Week 2 CFB Picks
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Last week – 1-3 (I didn’t post these, but we did an on-air segment. I won on UCLA vs Rice, but lost on Michigan, Michigan State, and Auburn)
Duke +15 at Stanford – Maybe I’m putting too much stock into Week 1 performances, but Duke crushed FIU, while Stanford had to struggle to hold off San Jose State. Being on the West Coast is a concern, but clearly the Cardinal is a far worse team without Andrew Luck (imagine that). Taking 15 points seems like an easy call, given that the Blue Devils can definitely move the football through the air.
UConn +3.5 vs NC State – I think the Huskies are historically a pretty good team to take when getting points at home. They’re a fiesty club, and I don’t know if I trust the Wolfpack. I’m guessing they will play better than they showed against Tennessee, but UConn is a solid pick as a home underdog.
USC -26.5 vs Syracuse – The game is being played at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands, for information purposes. The Orange can move the ball through the air, no question about it. SU scored 41 points in a heartbreaking loss against Northwestern, and QB Ryan Nassib has a couple of good targets in Marcus Sales, Alec Lemon, and Jeremiah Kobena. The problem is that the Cuse can’t stop USC’s air attack (Matt Barkley has 2 NFL wide receivers starting), and I just expect things to start going wrong. The Orange will be competitive early before things fall apart in New Jersey.
Missouri +2.5 vs. Georgia – The Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies have heard all year long about how tough the adjustment to the SEC will be. Thus, their home openers will serve as opportunities to show that these teams belong in the best league in college football. Georgia is playing in an unfamiliar environment, and I expect a raucous crowd in Columbia. James Franklin is one of the most exciting college quarterbacks in the nation. It’s early in the season and UGA is on the road, so I take the points.
Texas Tech -18.5 at Texas State – Fascinating game, given the remarkable upset Texas State was able to pull off last weekend at Houston. My problem is that Tommy Tuberville’s team is now tipped off to the Bobcats being a legitimate team, and they will definitely be on watch in this one. When you combine a good offensive team with an awareness of its opponent, and mix in the reality that Texas State is a green FBS team, and I see a comfortable Red Raiders win.
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