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IN THIS ISSUE

🏫 BACK TO SCHOOL: One ACC team is a very lopsided spread bet

🔥 EXPERT PICKS: Our CFB experts like three underdogs

📺 MARQUEE MATCHUP: Big total move in Texas-Alabama

🧑‍⚖️ MAKE THE CASE: Two upset picks to target this weekend

BRING THE ACTION

BACK TO SCHOOL 🏫

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It’s a loaded Week 2 slate, highlighted by two battles between top-25 teams and several other ranked squads having tricky road trips. Let’s see 👀 which sides have been generating noteworthy action so far for today.

Most Spread Tickets: Colorado (opened +1.5, now -2.5 vs. Nebraska)

Most Spread Handle: Colorado (opened +1.5, now -2.5 vs. Nebraska)

Most Lopsided Spread Bet by Tickets: Oklahoma 90.7% (opened -16, now -16.5 vs. SMU)

Most Lopsided Spread Bet by Handle: North Carolina 98.0% (opened -15.5, now -19.5 vs. Appalachian State)

Most Total Tickets: SMU-Oklahoma UNDER (opened 70.5, now 69)

Most Total Handle: SMU-Oklahoma UNDER (opened 70.5, now 69)

Underdog With Most Moneyline Bets: Nebraska, now +115 at Colorado

Underdog With Most Moneyline Handle: Vanderbilt, now +320 at Wake Forest

EXPERT PICKS

Ryan Leaf has his picks from two of the biggest Week 2 games, while Max Meyer is rolling with more under-the-radar spread bets.

THE SIGNAL-CALLER

Colorado -2.5 (-110) vs. Nebraska [12 p.m. ET]
“Colorado is legit but the Buffaloes have to be better defensively. I don’t think what Matt Rhule and Nebraska have to offer is nearly as explosive as TCU was.”
Texas +7 (-105) at Alabama [7 p.m. ET]
“I think this game is a lot closer than 7 points, it was last year when Alabama had Bryce Young. With what Steve Sarkisian is going to do offensively with Quinn Ewers and Xavier Worthy, it wouldn’t surprise me if Texas ran away with it.”

THE SENIOR EDITOR

Connecticut +3 (-110) @ Georgia State [Sat, 7 p.m. ET]
“Georgia State allowed 520 yards in a very close win to FCS squad Rhode Island. UConn is clearly a program on the rise and took another step forward in a competitive defeat to NC State.”
Rice +8 (-110) vs. Houston [Sat, 7 p.m. ET]
“Houston edged UTSA but was outgained by 1.3 yards per play and had a +3 turnover differential. This road contest could be a sleepy spot before its Big 12 debut clash against TCU. Rice QB JT Daniels has lots of Power 5 experience with stops at USC, Georgia and West Virginia.”
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SWEET HOME ALABAMA

MARQUEE MATCHUP 📺

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OPENING KICKOFF: 7 p.m. ET

KEY FACTS: Texas held Alabama to its lowest point total last season, though the Crimson Tide were still able to escape 20-19 in Austin behind No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young. Nick Saban is 28-2 against former assistants 😮, such as current Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian (Alabama’s OC from 2019-2020).

MAKING MOVES: Alabama opened as an 8-point favorite before dropping down to its current number of -7. The bigger shift, though, has actually been on the total 🤔. That’s swung by 3.5 points from 57 to 53.5.

UPSET ALERT: Texas is listed at +235 to pull off the upset and has the second-most Week 2 moneyline bets of any underdog. Only Nebraska (+115) has more going up against Colorado.

HEISMAN WATCH: Ahead of Week 1, Texas gunslinger Quinn Ewers was priced at +1200 for the Heisman, while Alabama signal-caller Jalen Milroe was +5000. Each team’s starting quarterback now has +2000 odds to win the award.

UNDERDOGS OVERDELIVER

MAKE THE CASE 🧑‍⚖️

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Senior editor Max Meyer hit 2 of his 3 moneyline underdog upset picks last week to go up +2.68 units and he’s back for more. With the NFL season underway, there will now be two ML underdog picks, one for college football and one for NFL.

Texas Tech +195 vs. Oregon (7 p.m. ET)
The Pac-12 has looked invincible 💪, including Oregon dropping 81 points against Portland State. Texas Tech lost a wonky double-overtime game at Wyoming where the Red Raiders had a 5.4 to 4.1 edge in yards per play. But they come up on a contest that a couple Red Raiders have circled, specifically former Oregon QB Tyler Shough (TTU starting QB) and last year’s Oregon DC Tim DeRuyter (TTU DC). Shough gets a chance to carve up an Oregon pass defense that ranked 110th in passing yards allowed per game and 123rd in sacks per game in 2022.

They’ll go up against star signal-caller Bo Nix, though he has some major home/road splits in his career. They’re even more drastic when Kenny Dillingham (now Arizona State’s HC) isn’t his offensive coordinator, like he was last season and in his freshman campaign at Auburn. Those road struggles could be amplified in a raucous Lubbock atmosphere at night.

Steelers +115 vs. 49ers (Sun., 1 p.m. ET)
Did anyone else notice that this spread hasn’t budged off 49ers -2 even after Nick Bosa’s contract dispute ended on Wednesday? Hmmm 🤔. Brock Purdy is the Week 1 starting QB after suffering a UCL injury in the 49ers’ playoff loss to the Eagles. This is not the best matchup for Purdy’s return, as the Steelers defense ranked second in schedule-adjusted defensive efficiency with a healthy T.J. Watt last season. When Watt missed seven games due to injury, Pittsburgh was last in that metric.

On the flip side, there’s been a lot of optimism surrounding a Kenny Pickett Year 2 leap and his strong preseason didn’t slow that hype down. Mike Tomlin as a home underdog is typically a great time to back the Steelers, as he’s 13-4-3 ATS and 12-8 straight up in this situation in the regular season. Since 1970, those are the best marks for any head coach that’s been a home underdog at least 20 times.

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