Week 2 of the college football season kicks into gear with two monster match-ups between Texas A&M at Clemson in Death Valley and LSU at Texas in primetime. Occasionally during the week and on all Saturday mornings during the college football betting season, I will give my best three bets for the day here at CA Betting News. Here are my top three plays for Saturday using the odds using FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook:
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Army Black Knights +22.5 at Michigan Wolverines
FanDuel Sportsbook Odds: Army +22.5
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds Army +22.5
For starters, you will hardly ever find me playing against Army when they are a heavy underdog. Their style of play gives teams fits and slows the game down, making it hard many times to run up the score on them. Just ask Oklahoma a year ago who was a 33-point favorite at home and ended up having to go to overtime to beat the Knights. Army’s strong defense, plus their running-style offense, will keep today’s game at Ann Arbor closer than the spread indicates. I wasn’t overly impressed with Michigan in week 1 but still think their best play will come as the season goes on. Saturday will be a hard day to get the most from them. I think Michigan wins and may get this to double digits, but Army keeps it on the low-end of the scoring given their style. You may also want to take a look at the under if you really like Army. If Army ends up covering this number, there’s a very good likelihood this stays under the total. I like Army and the points.
Prediction: Michigan 27, Army 13
Vanderbilt Commodores +7.5 at Purdue Boilermakers
FanDuel Sportsbook Odds: Van +7.5
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: Van +7.5
So doing some early homework on this game, I noticed the professional money seems to be overwhelmingly on Vanderbilt in this game while the public sees a Purdue team on their home field and thinks a blowout is in store because, well, the other team is Vanderbilt. Both teams opened with a loss a week ago, although Vanderbilt’s came to the hands of the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. This is a Vanderbilt team who impressed me a lot a year ago under Derrick Mason, nearly beating Notre Dame in South Bend, losing close contests to Kentucky and Florida, and destroying Tennessee, helping lead to Butch Jones’ demise there. Looking at the numbers last week, they played pretty well against Georgia. They held Fromm to 156 passing yards and were able to have some success running the ball. The key for Vanderbilt is containing the running game, which they struggled with a week ago. This will be a closer game, closer than the 7.5-point spread indicates, and Vanderbilt has a shot to come away with an upset win in Lafayette. I’ll take the Commodores getting more than a touchdown.
Prediction: Purdue 34, Vanderbilt 28
#21 Syracuse Orange at Maryland Terrapins -1
FanDuel Sportsbook Odds: Mar -1.5
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: Mar -1
It’s hard to take a week ago’s games seriously as Maryland beat up on Howard 79-0 and Syracuse was able to handle Liberty 24-0. Syracuse is still undergoing some changes from a year ago, both defensively and at quarterback with Tommy Devito having to replace Eric Dungey who helped lead the Orange to one of their best seasons in over a decade. Maryland comes in underrated this season and scored some big statement games a year ago, winning over Texas, taking Ohio State to overtime in Columbus, and crushing Minnesota. Head coach Michael Locklsley has gone on the record saying the Terps have made big gains from what they were a year ago. They return a lot of their players from 2018, and looking at the professional money and studying these two teams, there’s a strong case to be made for Maryland. The Terps playing at home will be a big boost and new Syrcause quarterback Devito will have his hands full against an improved Terrapins defense from a year ago. Maryland is my top play today and where a lot of my money is going. I’ll take Maryland for a big win at home.
Prediction: Maryland 30, Syracuse 20
Other plays I like on Saturday:
Clemson-Texas A&M OVER 63.5
Texas +7 vs .LSU
Kansas -7 vs. Coastal Carolina
USC ML (-157) vs. Stanford