NCAA Football Picks: Week 2 College Football Cheat Sheet

Last Updated: September 7th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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The second week of the college football season is here! Bankroll Sports is back with more NCAA football picks for Week 2 of the year, but before we do that, we need to take a look at the important trends and history that the teams that are facing against each other this week.

Thursday, September 9th: Central Michigan Chippewas @ Temple Owls
Trends of Note
-Temple is 14-6-1 ATS in its L/21 home games
-The Owls are 10-4 ATS in their L/14 games overall
-Central Michigan has covered five straight spreads on Thursday games

Series History
The Chippies have won both of these previous meetings of these two MAC rivals, but in both cases, CMU was expected to be a significantly better choice. This is the best chance the Owls are going to have against the Chippewas and will be the first in which they are favored.

Thursday, September 9th: Auburn Tigers @ Mississippi State Bulldogs
Trends of Note
-The Tigers are just 1-8 ATS in their L/9 road games
-Auburn is 5-11 ATS in its L/16 games played in the SEC
-Mississippi State is winless in its L/5 appearances in college football betting affairs on Thursday nights

Series History
The Tigers are a stellar 6-2 ATS in their L/8 duels with the Bulldogs. Mississippi State is probably tired of getting kicked around though, especially since it has been outscored by an average of 22.8 points per game since 2002 in this series. Hopefully for the sake for NCAA football betting fans, this game is a lot prettier than the last time these teams met in Starkville two years ago… a 3-2 win for Auburn.

Friday, September 10th: West Virginia Mountaineers @ Marshall Thundering Herd
Trends of Note
-The Mountaineers have covered 11 straight road games against teams with losing home records
-WVU is winless in its L/4 games played outside of the Big East
-The Thundering Herd are 10-1-1 ATS in their L/12 home games against teams with a winning road record

Series History
These teams have met five times since 1997, including four clashes in the L/4 seasons. The Mountaineers have yet to lose to Marshall and have won by double digits in all five games. Still, the Herd have conquered the college football odds and are 3-2 ATS in the five duels. This is only the second meeting in Huntington. Marshall narrowly covered the 25.5 point spread in a 48-23 loss in 2007.

Friday, September 10th: UTEP Miners @ Houston Cougars
Trends of Note
-The Miners have covered four straight games against teams with a winning record
-Houston is 9-3 ATS in its L/12 home games, but only 2-5 ATS in its L/7 overall
-The Cougs are 4-1 ATS in their L/5 games following a win of at least 20 points

Series History
This is one that Houston has had circled for quite some time. Last year, the Miners upset Houston 58-41 as 14.5 point underdogs. It marked the third straight cover in this series for UTEP. The dog is 4-1 ATS over the five meetings that these teams have shared since they started together in Conference USA.

Saturday, September 11th: San Jose State Spartans @ Wisconsin Badgers
Trends of Note
-The Spartans have been an awful 0-9 ATS in their L/9 road games
-San Jose State is only 5-17 ATS in its L/22 games overall
-The Badgers have won five straight home games against teams with losing road records

Series History
These teams have only met once on the gridiron before, and surprisingly enough, the Spartans were the hosts in the duel in 1997. Wisconsin was a 16.5 point college football pick of the oddsmakers and ended up blowing out SJSU 56-10.

Saturday, September 11th: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets @ Kansas Jayhawks
Trends of Note
-The Jackets are a rock solid 22-8-1 ATS in their L/31 road games
-Georgia Tech is 18-7-1 ATS in its L/26 games following an ATS defeat
-The Jayhawks are just 1-5 ATS in their L/6 games following an SU defeat

Series History
First meeting

Saturday, September 11th: Georgia Bulldogs @ South Carolina Gamecocks
Trends of Note
-The Bulldogs have covered the spread in four of their L/5 games overall
-South Carolina is 5-0 ATS over the L/2 years in the month of September
-The Gamecocks are 0-4 ATS in their L/4 games after allowing a team to 20 points the week before

Series History
Underdogs and road teams are en vogue in this series. The pups are 4-1-1 ATS over the L/6 meetings between these SEC East foes, while roadies are 4-0-1 ATS in the L/5. Georgia won 41-37 last year Between the Hedges, but still hasn’t covered a spread in this series since winning 18-0 in Columbia back in 2006.

Saturday, September 11th: Michigan State Spartans vs. Florida Atlantic Owls
Trends of Note
-The Spartans are 7-3 ATS in their L/10 games played in the month of September
-Florida Atlantic has covered the spread in four straight neutral site games
-Michigan State is winless in its L/4 games against teams with a winning record

Series History
MSU topped the Owls 17-0 in a brutal game played in 2008. Though the Owls failed to score, they did stick in front of the 18.5 point spread in East Lansing.

Saturday, September 11th: South Florida Bulls @ Florida Gators
Trends of Note
-The Gators are 21-6 ATS in their L/27 games against teams with a winning record
-South Florida is 6-13 ATS in its L/19 games versus winning teams
-The Bulls are just 1-4 ATS in their L/5 games after scoring at least 40 points the previous week

Series History
First meeting

Saturday, September 11th: Iowa State Cyclones @ Iowa Hawkeyes
Trends of Note
-The Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in their L/4 games against teams outside of the Big XII
-Iowa State is 9-3 ATS in its L/12 games in the month of September
-The Hawkeyes are 11-3 against teams with winning records in their L/14

Series History
Iowa State hasn’t beaten the Hawkeyes since 2007, but Iowa covered its first spread in this series last season since 2003 with a 35-3 victory in Ames. Sorrowfully, the last time the Hawkeyes beat a number at Kinnick Stadium against the Cyclones dates back into the 1990s.

Saturday, September 11th: Florida State Seminoles @ Oklahoma Sooners
Trends of Note
-The Noles are just 8-22-1 ATS in their L/31 games following an SU victory
-Oklahoma is only 0-5-1 ATS in its L/6 after a win
-The Sooners are 11-3-1 ATS in their L/15 September duels

Series History
The only meeting between these teams in the past came in the 2001 National Championship Game. The Sooners were hefty 11 point underdogs but walked away stopping one of the toughest offenses in the country that year and a 13-2 ‘W’.

Saturday, September 11th: Michigan Wolverines @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Trends of Note
-The Fighting Irish are 8-20 ATS in their L/28 games played in front of Touchdown Jesus
-Notre Dame is 3-9 ATS in its L/12 games overall
-The Wolverines are a perfect 4-0 ATS in their L/4 non-Big Ten duels

Series History
The home team has covered six of the L/8 in this series. Big Blue came up with a big 38-34 win last season in front of the hometown faithful. The winning team has scored at least 35 points in this game every year since 2006.

Saturday, September 11th: Miami Hurricanes @ Ohio State Buckeyes
Trends of Note
-Miami is 11-27 ATS in its L/38 games following an ATS ‘W’
-The Buckeyes have beaten the college football odds in five straight non-conference games
-Ohio State is 10-2 ATS in its L/12 duels after an ATS victory

Series History
Ohio State won the most recent meeting of these college football giants in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, which was the National Championship Game. Miami has won a game in the Horseshoe before, winning 23-12 in 1999 there. The underdog has not only covered both spreads in this series, but have won both games outright.

Saturday, September 11th: BYU Cougars @ Air Force Falcons
Trends of Note
-The Cougs are 6-1 ATS in their L/7 games played in September
-BYU is winless in its L/5 games after an ATS ‘W’
-The Falcons are 15-6 ATS in their L/21 Mountain West tussles

Series History
The road for these two teams have been all one way traffic in recent years. BYU has not only won every game against the Falcons since 2004, but has gone a perfect 6-0 ATS in that stretch as well. Air Force hasn’t even gotten closer than two touchdowns against the Cougs either.

Saturday, September 11th: Penn State Nittany Lions @ Alabama Crimson Tide
Trends of Note
-Penn State has covered seven of its L/10 games overall
-The Nittany Lions have beaten the NCAA football odds in four straight road games
-Alabama is 7-1 ATS in its L/8 September battles

Series History
You have to go all the way back to 1990 to find the last time that these two teams met. They used to meet on an annual basis, though. The last trip to Tuscaloosa was a great one for the Nittany Lions, as they walked out for town with a 9-0 win over Alabama.

Saturday, September 11th: Oregon Ducks @ Tennessee Volunteers
Trends of Note
-The Ducks are 7-2 ATS in their L/9 affairs following an ATS victory
-Oregon is 0-4 ATS in its L/4 games against teams with a winning record
-The Vols are 4-1 ATS in their L/5 games on Rocky Top

Series History
First meeting

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