College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 2: Alabama opens as heavy favorite over Texas

The results of all weekend opening games of college football have yet to be finalized, but oddsmakers are already working to set betting lines for the Week 2 schedule. Unlike Week 1 lines, which in many cases spend a lot of time on the board, this is the first opportunity to see how books and bettors will react to first impressions of teams from across the country.

The biggest game of Week 2 is undoubtedly No. 1 Alabama heading to Texas, where Nick Saban will face former offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and a team looking to make a statement with Crimson Tide in town. Longhorns project. The schedule also includes conference games starting in the SEC, including Florida No. 20 Kentucky and Arkansas No. 19 South Carolina, as well as more exciting on-campus nonconference games such as Pittsburgh, No. 17 Tennessee and No. 19 South Carolina. Baylor No. 10 Tennessee. On the 25th BYU.

Plus, it’s a regular time in the schedule where we have some notable intrastate competition. The CyHawk Trophy will go to Iowa State or Iowa State, and Lincoln Riley will lead USC against David Shaw and Stanford for the first time.

Caesars Sportsbook has started releasing odds for Week 2, so we’ve decided to highlight the odds for some of the biggest games of the week.

Texas No. 1 Alabama (-19): Texas’ Quinn Ewers got off to a slow start in his era, getting an early interception once the highly touted Ohio State transfer field, but it didn’t take long for him and the Longhorns’ offense to falter. Start attacking ULM. Saturday afternoon will prove to be a tougher test for Alabama’s defense, which beat Utah by 55 points. Alabama often gets big gaps against quality games, but the favor of getting nearly three touchdowns on the road may say more about the Crimson Tide than anything else.

Tennessee (-5.5) at No. 17 in Pittsburgh: This game is a 2021 thriller with Kenny Pickett and the Panthers escaping Knoxville 41-34. At that point in the season, Walls had both Hendon Hooker and Joe Milton at quarterback, so now that Hooker has full control of the offense, Tennessee will look to pay off and let the home team lose in this top-five nonconference showdown.

Florida No. 20 Kentucky (-6.5): The excitement of the game reached a new level on Saturday night when the Gators defeated top-10 Utah State in the Everglades. Anthony Richardson’s appearance as a 2022 star is now the focus of Kentucky’s defense, while Wildcats quarterback Will Levis prepares to face the Gators defense, who intercepted the game-winning end zone. The series has become more balanced in recent years after Florida State won 31 games in a row, with both programs winning two of their past four games, while Kentucky went 20-13 last year on the defensive grinder . Oddsmakers were clearly impressed with the Gators’ performance and Gainesville’s home-court advantage, which made them nearly the favorite for touchdowns in the game.

No. 10 Baylor at No. 25 BYU (-2.5): This is a huge opportunity for future Big 12 member BYU to make a statement with the defending Big 12 champion in town. It was a real toss-up game, and Baylor might have been in the favor if he was in Waco, but the Cougars shot slightly lower on the opening line. Both teams impressed in their season-opening victories, with Baylor beating FCS Albany 69-10 and Brigham Young going through multiple weathers before beating USF 50-21 in Tampa delay.

Iowa, Iowa (-3): While neither team made the AP top 25, it’s still a game you don’t want to miss, as each of the last four games has been decided by 10 points or less. But while the game was close and competitive, the end result was largely one-sided, with Iowa on a six-game winning streak in the series. Iowa is an underdog on a narrow road, but given how the Hawkeyes struggled to score against South Dakota in Week 1, it should come in with confidence.

the best of the rest

Arkansas No. 2 Ohio (-44)
Notre Dame 5 Marshall (-18.5)
Texas A&M Ranked #6 in Appalachia (-16)
Hawaii No. 8 Michigan (-48.5)

Kent State ranked No. 9 in Oklahoma (-33.5)
Stanford No. 14 USC (-11)

No. 15 Akron, Michigan (-35)
Miss South Miami 16 (-27)
Wisconsin No. 18 Washington State (-17)
South Carolina No. 19 Arkansas (-9.5)
Wake Forest (-6) 22 in Vanderbilt
Texas Tech University Houston No. 24 (-3)

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