Preview and picks for NCAA Football Week 2
The early 2022 college football season continues and three more top-25 match-ups in Week 2 including the SEC showdown at the Swamp between Kentucky and Florida. I chip-in top-25 coverage and key match-up picks throughout the season with added insight, picks and odds updates from leading online sportsbooks along with other information you can bet on.
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No picks in Week 1 Top-25 match-ups, and our Opinions and Leans both went 1-1. All side selections are ATS unless indicated.
Week 2 Top 25 Match-ups
No. 24 Tennessee at No. 17 Pittsburgh | 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
Line: Tennessee -6 and Total 64.5 at BetOnline
Last year, Pittsburgh beat Tennessee in Knoxville 41-34. Now the Volunteers shoot for redemption with an explosive offense directed by second-year head coach Josh Heupel. Tennessee averaged 39.3 points per game last season, and this year's team will eclipse that scoring and it started with last week's 59-10 beatdown of Ball State. Tennessee gave two backup quarterbacks playing time after QB Hendon Hooker did the early damage with 225 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Pitt was fortunate to get past West Virginia with a thrilling rivalry finish on a pick-6. The Panthers were out-played at the line of scrimmage, and their press coverage could get burned more often by Tennessee's vertical game.
No. 20 Kentucky at No. 12 Florida | 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Line: Florida -6 and Total 64.5 at Bet Any Sports, offering reduced juice
Florida goes from unranked to No. 12 following a 29-26 win over then No. 7 Utah. Quarterback Anthony Richardson is dynamic and he rushed for more than 100 yards and the Gators totaled 284 rushing yards at 7.4 yards per rush against Utah’s elite run defense. Some will argue this is line is a bit high and an over-reaction to Florida's win and Kentucky struggling with Miami, Ohio for a half before winning 37-13. But the Wildcats only rushed for 50 yards with star RB RB Chris Rodriguez out, and he'll miss this game also (suspended) while LB Jordan Wright has now been cleared to play. Kentucky does have pro prospect QB Will Levis on their side and he passed for 303 yards and 3 TDs last week. Levis only passed for 87 yards in last year's 20-13 upset of Florida as a 7.5-point 'Dog, and Rodriguez rushed for 100 yards. The Gators out-gained the Wildcats by more than 150 yards in defeat. No Rodriguez this game and I'm riding the momentum of Florida in the SEC opener. Bet at -5.5 and now -6.
No. 9 Baylor at No. 21 BYU | 10:15 p.m. ESPN
Line: BYU -2.5 and Total 52.5 at BookMaker
The line has adjusted from BYU -3.5 to -2.5 and the total has dipped slightly. Significant experience edge to BYU, who can continue to climb the rankings with a signature home win. We planned to bet BYU to get the win and cover, but this afternoon it was announced that both BYU's leading receivers will miss the game. Puka Nacua and Gunner Romney combined for 8 receptions for 249 yards in last year's 38-24 loss at Baylor, and the Bears rushed for more than 300 yards. BYU quarterback Jaren Hall is a special talent for the Cougars, and he'll have to lead the way without his two top targets.
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