The top college football programs in the nation may not be ready for their close up just yet, and it’s probably a good thing for Nick Saban and his staff that the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide have another week to prepare for a trip to College Station. Ohio State is back in action after failing to cover the number in last week’s win over Buffalo, but the Buckeyes have another favorable match up this week and should be better off this time around. Here are three spreads to keep an eye on in week two of the college football season.
2013 College Football Week Two Odds
Notable Play #1: Ohio State (-27.5) vs. San Diego State
Ohio State opened the 2013 college football season with three-unanswered scores against Buffalo and appeared to be on their way to a route in week one before things fell apart. Braxton Miller was dealing with leg cramps, the Buckeyes’ offense stumbled, and the defense failed to hold its own for four quarters in an eventual 40-20 win. It was enough to move on to week two with BCS Championship hopes intact, but head coach Urban Meyer was not happy with his team’s level of play and has asked them to raise the bar in week two. It should help that San Diego State is in town following a blowout loss to Eastern Illinois, which was one of the biggest shocks of the opening week. Ohio State should be better in week two, and the Aztecs won’t be able to put up 20 points the way Buffalo did.
Notable Play #2: South Carolina (+3.5) @ Georgia
All of the talk about Aaron Murray’s inability to win the big one seemed a little too much in the offseason, but after another tough loss at Clemson last week the critics are only getting louder. Georgia opened as a 5-point favorite ahead of its date with South Carolina this week, but that number is already down to 3.5 and likely won’t move from there as the bookies don’t want to get burned on both sides. The Gamecocks torched North Carolina both on the ground and through the air in a week one win, and should have no problem covering in a game they could very well end up winning straight up.
Notable Play #3: Michigan (-3) vs. Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish were absolutely bullied in last year’s BCS Championship game against Alabama, and this year’s team isn’t expected to be nearly as good. Michigan is coming off a dominant win over Central Michigan in which it put up a ridiculous 59 points, and will have the home advantage over a Notre Dame team that failed to cover against Temple in week one. The Fighting Irish offense isn’t good enough to come out on top in shootouts, and the Notre Dame defense isn’t nearly good enough to completely slow down the Michigan offense on the road this weekend.
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