My week one record was a respectable 6-4 (no thanks to SEC whiffs by Georgia, Auburn, and Florida) but I head into week two with a touch more confidence, having now seen a few more teams play, and hopefully can best my week one record by a game or two this time around.
All lines are courtesy of vegasinsider.com and are current as of this posting.
1. Florida Gators (-3) at Miami:
Florida didn’t impress me much last week, but I still feel people are giving the Hurricanes a little too much respect.
I watched a large measure of the game against Florida Atlantic and, aside from a highlight worthy performance by running back Duke Johnson, I didn’t see anything on Miami’s offense worth talking much about; that said, I expect the Gators to pose a far greater challenge to them in week two.
The Lady’s Pick: Florida
2. Miami (OH) at Kentucky (-17):
After the way the Red Hawks played last week, I’m not sure I wouldn’t be wishing for a BYE already; they were atrocious against Marshall—giving up nearly 40 unanswered points after grabbing an early lead. That said, Kentucky didn’t fare much better in their loss to Western Kentucky—and have already opted to try a new guy at quarterback.
This is a hard one to figure, as neither team brings anything to the table worth feeling confident about, but you have to figure the Wildcats will be ready to play significantly better in front of the home crowd than they did in neutral territory.
The Lady’s Pick: Kentucky
3. Oregon (-23.5) at Virginia:
Some might be willing to give Virginia some love because of the way they played BYU, but BYU is not Oregon, and the two should never be confused.
The Lady’s Pick: Oregon
4. Notre Dame at Michigan (-4):
The Irish played a ho-hum game against Temple–nothing exciting to look at, but efficiently executed in an underwhelming win—while Michigan went out and blew the doors off Central Michigan, besting the MAC team by 50! Perhaps that’s the reason Vegas favors the Wolverines at home this weekend rather than Kelly’s Irish.
Whatever the reason, I expect a fired up Ann Arbor crowd for this one and, unlike what happened versus Alabama last season, I’m guessing Hoke will have a better plan in place for his Wolverines with a more capable QB now standing under center.
The Lady’s Pick: Michigan
5. UAB at LSU (-34.5):
I only have four words for you: Baton Rouge. At. Night.
TCU might have given the Tigers a bit of a scare last weekend, but I don’t expect nearly that amount of fight from the Blazers.
The Lady’s Pick: LSU
The Other Five (My Picks Are in Bold):
6. Wake Forest (+3) at Boston College
7. Cincinnati at Illinois (-7.5)
8. West Virginia at Oklahoma (-21)
9. Western Kentucky at Tennessee (-13.5)
10. Texas at BYU (+7)