Public Slamming These Early Week 2 College Football Sides And Totals, Including UAB-Georgia And North Carolina Over/Under
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Week 2 college football odds were released Sunday morning, and the market has already taken early stances on a handful of matchups.
These numbers are on the move since the open.
UAB @ Georgia
Move: -26.5 to -24.5
The drop from -26.5 to -24.5 crosses some dead numbers, but UAB is on the public’s radar against Georgia in a potential letdown spot.
Georgia outplayed Clemson in the opener, holding the Tigers to a lone field goal in the signature victory. However, head coach Kirby Smart announced the following morning that his team was dealing with a COVID-19 spike throughout the roster.
Bettors are unsurprisingly in no rush to get down on the Bulldogs – yet.
Georgia State @ North Carolina
Move: 60.5 to 65.5
The public is expecting fireworks in this one – the total’s up a full five points since release.
If UNC head coach Mack Brown was attempting to win an award for the most flat performance among contending programs in Week 1, he and Dabo Swinney would be neck and neck for the dunce cap. A Tar Heels offense that posted 41 points per game last fall looked terrible.
Heisman hopeful Sam Howell threw three interceptions, the offense posted a piss-poor -0.179 EPA/play, and UNC dipped out of Blacksburg with just 10 points.
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However, Saturday’s potential barn burner with Georgia State is more up the Tar Heels’ alley.
The Panthers opened the season with Army – the worst possible matchup for a team that wants to engage in a track meet. Georgia State went down early, possessed the ball for just north of 17 minutes in total, and was never able to get on schedule in a blowout loss.
Georgia State can contribute to the scoreboard in a normal game script, preferably against an opponent that doesn’t feature a triple-option rushing attack to slow the game down. The Panthers threw up 33.3 points per game last fall and entered the season No. 1 in the entire country in returning skill position usage.
The number is gone for ‘over’ bettors late to the party. But if you can get a better total live in-game or on a buy-back later in the week, the offensive potential is, at minimum, worth the price of admission.
Western Kentucky @ Army
Move: -4.5 to -7
Speaking of Army, the service academy is garnering big support from the market, crossing a couple key numbers from -4.5 to -7.
Western Kentucky blew the doors off UT-Martin in Week 1 but suffered a couple key injuries along the way – notably tight end Joshua Simon (questionable), who’s played in 20 total games the last two seasons combined.
Army diluted one potent passing attack last week, and they will have to do so again this Saturday against a Hilltoppers unit that registered 478 yards and eight(!) touchdowns through the air over the Skyhawks.
The Black Knights have lined bettors’ pockets in the favorite role, covering eight of the last 10 opportunities.
Air Force @ Navy
Move: 44.5 to 40.5
Another matchup involving two service academies has seen the total dip from 44.5 to 40.5 between Air Force and Navy.
Army-Navy is the world-renowned ‘under’ bet — it’s cashed in 15 straight meetings — but Air Force-Navy isn’t too far behind, hitting 10 of the last 12 contests.
Air Force in particular has suppressed the scoring as a favorite, ripping off 10 unders the last 11 when laying chalk, as it is Saturday (-6.5).