The sportsbooks released most of their Week 2 betting odds Sunday night and as always, there are numbers which draw your attention for generating college football picks.
At this point as a football handicapper, not saying these are exactly plays for sports picks, rather elements to consider and different ways to look at these games and to determine yourself if these make sense.
These numbers were at Wagerweb.ag and could have already been altered by the time you read this today.
The Hilltoppers have what will be one of their more important games all season in facing Louisiana Tech in the conference opener for both on Thursday night. Western Kentucky at these football odds is not far off because my opening number would have them at three, but when you consider the kind of offense this team is supposed to have again, your initial reaction at least to me is somewhat surprising. However, what is really being stated is the oddsmakers are saying just how good Louisiana Tech is and they hammered the Hilltoppers at home last year 59-10.
In the Beehive State, this is a big battle, especially for the team from Logan. I wonder if the Utes will be as emotionally charged for this matchup with Utah State after facing Michigan? With how both Arizona schools struggled out of the gate, Utah could move up in the Pac-12 South, but in this contest, the Aggies have a very good defense and for now quarterback Chuckie Keeton is still healthy. This might be closer than it looks with the visiting team a sound 8-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The Bearcats are the favorite to win the reconfigured AAC, now in the East Division. One team that could challenge them is Temple, making this a very meaningful early season clash which could have a rippling affect all year for the loser. What struck me was Cincinnati as an eight-point home favorite. Last year the Bearcats went to Temple to face their Top 25 defense as a seven-point favorite and they escaped 14-6, coving the spread and giving me a winner. Here we are almost 10 months later and Cincy with 16 returning starters is only up one more point from last season and playing at home. Not saying the number is wrong, just thought provoking and speaks to Owls improvement.