College Football – Top 25 Odds and Matchups Week 2

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Phil Simon
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With the first full weekend of games spanning five days and ranked teams playing on Sunday and Monday, the new poll has yet to be released. No worries, the top-25 took care of business with all but one ranked team getting a victory.

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The only loser in Week 1 was No. 11 Oregon, which dropped a tough outing to No. 16 Auburn. We will see at least two ranked teams lose in Week 2 with a pair of games featuring top-25 schools. In all, 23 of the top-25 teams will be in action this week with Notre Dame and Iowa State taking time off.

The first top-10 matchup of the season is a doozy with LSU visiting Texas. And that game may not even be the best of the week. That’s because the SEC/ACC battle between No. 12 Texas AM and No. 1 Clemson is also on the docket. The Aggies gave the Tigers a battle last season and will try and finish the deal this time around. It’s not going to be easy, though, with a trip to Death Valley and facing Heisman hopeful Trevor Lawrence for the first time. No. 2 Alabama has the largest spread of any top-25 team with the Tide laying 55-points to New Mexico State. And No. 25 Stanford opened as an underdog for its tilt at USC.

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Top 25 Week 2 Matchups

No. 12 Texas AM at No. 1 Clemson ( -17.5, 61 ), Saturday, Sept. 7, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Clemson dropped 52 on Georgia Tech even with Trevor Lawrence having an off-night, and the Tigers narrowly covered the 37-point spread in their 52-14 victory over Georgia Tech. Lawrence tossed a pair of interceptions and he’ll need to be sharper against a hungry A&M squad. The Aggies nearly pulled off the upset last year, falling 28-26 when they failed to convert a game-tying 2-point conversion in the final minute. They did cover as a 12-point home dog and face a 17.5-point spread on the road for this year’s showdown.

No. 6 LSU ( -5, 65 ) at No. 10 Texas, Saturday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Both teams cruised in their opener setting up this monumental Week 2 clash. LSU’s new hurry-up offense produced 472 yards and 42 first half points en route to the easy cover. Overlooked was the Tigers defense, which held Georgia Southern to 98 total yards and 1 of 12 on third downs. Duplicating those numbers will be difficult in a hostile environment, but look for LSU to come away victorious as it has the superior talent on both sides of the football.

No. 25 Stanford at USC ( -2.5, 45.5 ), Saturday, Sept. 7, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

We don’t often see ranked teams getting points against an unranked opponent, but that’s the case in this one on the opening line. Both teams lost their starting quarterback last week, but the Trojans had the more significant blow with JT Daniels done for the year after tearing up his knee. K.J. Costello took a high hit and exited Stanford’s game against Northwestern. His status is up in the air and you should keep an eye out for any information. If Costello does play, that changes things significantly. The Cardinal was laying 6.5-points and pulled off the unlikely cover last week with a fumble return touchdown in the final moments for a 17-7 win.

New Mexico State at No. 2 Alabama ( -55, 64 ), Saturday, Sept. 7, 4 p.m. ET (SECN)

Bama has seen some humongous spreads over the years, but giving 55-points to New Mexico State is borderline ridiculous. Granted, the Aggies are overmatched in all phases, but Tua and Co. will be sitting on the bench for the second half giving NMSU a decent chance of covering. Alabama spotted The Citadel 53.5-points last year and failed to cover in its 50-17 win. The Tide also failed to cover the 49-point spread in a 56-14 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. Four times since 2012 the Tide was favored by more than 50 points and they are 0-4 ATS in those games. The Aggies surrendered 618 yards in a 58-7 loss to Washington State last week, so who knows.

No. 24 Nebraska ( -4, 65 ) at Colorado, 3:30 p.m. ET (FOX)

Somehow Nebraska impressed enough voters to sneak into the preseason top-25, a rarity for a team that went 4-8 the season before. And the Huskers did little to validate their ranking, barely getting by South Alabama last week. They led just 14-7 at halftime and needed a pair of defensive scores and another on special teams to put the pesky Jaguars away 35-21. The Buffs pulled off the 33-28 upset in Lincoln last year and are poised for another against a team that is clearly overrated.

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