CFB Week 2: Four Free VALUE Picks
The second week of the College Football season is among us, and although this weekend of games does not stretch from Thursday to Monday like last week did, we definitely have some intriguing matchups on our hands this weekend. In this article, we are going to be looking at four different FREE picks that we believe have extreme upside, value, and will cover. With that being said, lets get to out first matchup this Friday….
LOUISVILLE @ UCF | 09/09 | 7:30 PM EDT
I’ll be candid, I have no explanation of why the spread isn’t two touchdowns in favor of UCF. John Rhys Plumlee, who led the SEC in rushing in 2019, is the ideal quarterback for Gus Malzahn’s run-first, up-tempo system.
Last week, the Cardinals were trounced by Syracuse by a result of 31-7 after amassing just 334 total yards. To stay in the game, Louisville will have to turn this Friday night matchup into a shootout, but there is very little indication that the Cards can do so.
THE PICK: UCF -5.5 (-110)
DUKE @ NORTHWESTERN |09/10 | 12:00 PM EDT
The O/U for this game is 58.5?!
Northwestern’s redemption tour from their 2021’s failures has so far produced one satisfying W, a comeback victory over Nebraska in Ireland. The Wildcats now play a Duke team that routed them a season ago.
The Cats are a different team now though, managed by first-year HC Mike Elko, a former Texas A&M and Notre Dame defensive coordinator.
Following a shutout against Temple, Elko’s Wildcats are expected to perform well on defense primarily, as that is his expertise.
Although this Northwestern team displayed some hope against Nebraska, I think the value seems to be intrusting both defenses to execute effectively.
THE PICK: U58.5 (-110)
ALABAMA @ TEXAS | 09/10 | 12:00 PM EDT
The Longhorns’ 52-10 victory over a bad Louisiana-Monroe squad last weekend must be taken into account. The Warhawks lacked the talent to expose Texas’ vulnerabilities. No. 1 Alabama, on the contrary, absolutely does. Will Anderson and co. should prey on the young offensive line of the Longhorns, which features two true freshmen, slow running back Bijan Robinson, meaning Bama will force rookie QB Quinn Ewers to beat them through the air if they want a shot at winning.
Bryce Young, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, will face a defense that had only 20 sacks last season and gave up too many big plays on the back end. Texas is currently on its journey back, but it won’t be close on Saturday.
THE PICK: ALABAMA -20 (-110)
TENNESSEE @ PITT | 09/10 | 3:30 PM EDT
This Tennessee offense has the ability to be effective, quick, and dangerous. With that being said, I believe in the Panthers D-Line that is eight or nine players deep.
This will be pivotal in a game where the depth up front for Tennessee will be certainly challenged.
On the other side, the Panthers will do everything they can to wear down a suspect Tennessee defense, and at the very least, keep Tennessee’s offense on the sidelines. Take the under.
THE PICK: U66.5 (-110)
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