College Football Week 2: Latest Betting Line Updates
The second Saturday of the 2012 college football season may not feature any true marquee mega-matchups, pitting top-ranked teams against each other. However, there are definitely a few non-conference, as well as inter-conference, clashes that will be worth watching today.
There are certainly plenty of interesting betting lines to keep gamblers entertained.
Here's a look at the current betting lines for the 10 most intriguing games of Week 2.
Auburn at Mississippi State
Opening Line: Mississippi State (-3)
Current Line: Mississippi State (-3)
Opening Total: 46.5
Current Total: 49.5
Mississippi State has lost 10 of the last 11 meetings with fellow SEC West division member Auburn, but the last few games have usually been decided by just one score.
This year's matchup would seem to favor the Bulldogs, since the Tigers are coming off a disappointing performance against Clemson last week, in which their defense got destroyed.
Since Dan Mullen arrived in Starkville back in 2009, Mississippi State has been searching for a statement SEC win, and this is a great opportunity to finally get it.
Miami at Kansas State
Opening Line: Kansas State (-7)
Current Line: Kansas State (-7)
Opening Total: 53
Current Total: 57
Kansas State looked sloppy through the better part of three quarters in its season-opener against Missouri State, which is probably the main reason why this weekend's game against Miami features a line in the single digits.
The Hurricanes offense looked impressive in a 41-32 victory over Boston College last week, but the defense gave up 532 total yards.
The Wildcats won last year's meeting at Miami 28-24, and it seems as if Las Vegas expects another close game this time around in Manhattan.
Florida at Texas A&M
Opening Line: Texas A&M (-1.5)
Current Line: Texas A&M (-1)
Opening Total: 50.5
Current Total: 49.5
Texas A&M's first game as a member of the SEC is certainly a tough one. The Aggies will be breaking in a new starting quarterback, Johnny Manziel, against a Florida defense that is one of the best units in the country.
Most sports books have this game listed as either a one-point or a pick 'em spread, which goes to show the type of respect that they have for A&M at home.
The Aggies have a lot of offensive firepower with RB Christine Michael, receivers Ryan Swope and Uzoma Nwachukwu and a talented offensive line. However, it remains to be seen how Manziel will perform against Florida's stout defense.
Purdue at Notre Dame
Opening Line: Notre Dame (-14.5)
Current Line: Notre Dame (-14)
Opening Total: 52
Current Total: 53.5
Notre Dame is coming off a big 50-10 win over Navy in Ireland last week, but the Irish better be prepared for a tough test from an underrated Purdue team at home today.
The Boilermakers defense features standouts such as defensive tackles Kawann Short and Bruce Gaston and cornerback Ricardo Allen, who could all give QB Everett Golson some trouble.
This will only be Golson's second ever career start, and it will be interesting to see how he handles his first game in front of the South Bend crowd.
USC vs. Syracuse
Opening Line: USC (-26)
Current Line: USC (-26)
Opening Total: 59
Current Total: 65
This line hasn't budged at all since it was released earlier this week, but the total has definitely climbed considerably, as betters seem to be expecting USC and Syracuse to put up a lot of points.
One thing to take into account for this matchup is that USC has had to fly across the country to New Jersey for the game, which takes place at MetLife Stadium.
The Trojans could definitely be a bit jet-lagged, and it may take them a quarter or two to adapt to the east coast time zone.
Still, you have to expect that QB Matt Barkley and his explosive receiver duo of Marqise Lee and Robert Woods should still put up enough points to challenge that 65 point total.
Wisconsin at Oregon State
Opening Line: Wisconsin (-7.5)
Current Line: Wisconsin (-7)
Opening Total: 52
Current Total: 49.5
Some fans may be wondering why there's only a single-digit spread for this game, considering Wisconsin hammered Oregon State 35-0 last year. What you have to take into account, though, is the Badgers' struggles on the road in recent years.
During coach Bret Bielema's tenure, the team is just 16-12 in true road games.
Wisconsin clearly has better overall talent on both sides of the ball, but as we've seen in recent years, the Badgers don't always play their best away from Camp Randall Stadium.
Oregon State may not have a running back that compares to Montee Ball, but the Beavers do have a potentially dangerous passing combination comprised of QB Sean Mannion and WR Markus Wheaton.
Washington at LSU
Opening Line: LSU (-23.5)
Current Line: LSU (-24)
Opening Total: 53
Current Total: 53
Night games at LSU's Tiger Stadium have gained a reputation for being extremely tough environments for visiting teams, and Washington will find that out tonight.
The Tigers had their share of good moments and bad moments in their 41-14 victory over North Texas in Week 1, but this team is clearly one of the most talented squads in the country yet again.
LSU's deep stable of running backs, led by Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue, and explosive receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry are going to put a lot of pressure on a Washington defense that gave up an average of 35 points and 453 yards per game last season.
The Huskies have an outstanding quarterback in Keith Price. However, he's not going to have any chance to relax in the pocket, as the Tigers have a host of dangerous pass-rushers such as Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, who will be chasing him around all night long.
Nebraska at UCLA
Opening Line: Nebraska (-4.5)
Current Line: Nebraska (-5.5)
Opening Total: 60.5
Current Total: 62
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez will return to his home state of California to battle UCLA in a crucial non-conference matchup today. Martinez is coming off a sensational performance against Southern Miss, in which he threw for 354 yards and five touchdowns.
UCLA also has an intriguing dual-threat quarterback of its own, Brett Hundley, who is coming off a solid debut performance against Rice in Week 1.
Hundley and RB Johnathan Franklin should cause some trouble for a Nebraska defense that features a few new starters in the defensive front-seven.
Georgia at Missouri
Opening Line: Georgia (-3.5)
Current Line: Georgia (-2.5)
Opening Total: 54.5
Current Total: 54.5
Tonight's matchup between SEC East foes Georgia and Missouri might end up being the most entertaining game of Week 2.
This game features two of the best quarterbacks in the country—Georgia's Aaron Murray and Missouri's James Franklin—and it could end up being a pivotal game in the division race.
The Bulldogs have one of the most talented defenses in the country, led by LB Jarvis Jones, NT John Jenkins and safety Shawn Williams. However, they're going to be put to the test by Franklin and his explosive set of skill-position players, which includes RB Kendial Lawrence and receivers T.J. Moe and Dorial Green-Beckham.
Oklahoma State at Arizona
Opening Line: Oklahoma State (-13.5)
Current Line: Oklahoma State (-10.5)
Opening Total: 69.5
Current Total: 70
Las Vegas seems to be anticipating a shootout when Oklahoma State and Arizona meet up in the desert tonight, and that's exactly what we might end up seeing .
The Cowboys and the Wildcats both have explosive weapons at the offensive skill-positions.
Oklahoma State is led by QB Wes Lunt, RB Joseph Randle and WR Isaiah Anderson, while Arizona's offense features QB Matt Scott, RB Ka'Deem Carey and WR Dan Buckner.
Both Lunt and Scott look like they're capable of putting on a true passing show, which means the scoreboard operator at Arizona Stadium could be in store for a busy night.