College football odds: Week 2 opening line report

Sep 1, 2013 |
It's certainly good to have college football back in the fold.

Beginning Thursday and finishing up Monday, Week 1 has been filled with the brand of excitement we have come to expect from NCAA ball.

But let's look ahead to Week 2 of the season. A week which boasts a few big-time matchups.

Here’s an early look at several important games, with help from Peter Korner, founder of the Las Vegas oddsmaking firm The Sports Club.

South Carolina Gamecocks at Georgia Bulldogs (-6)

Georgia (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) suffered a tough 38-35 loss to Clemson as the Bulldogs opened the season on the wrong foot. Mark Richt and Co. will look to right the ship in the home opener in Athens in Week 2, but things won't get easier with the South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) in town.

"This is going to be a great game obviously," Korner told Covers. "We've got five guys that do the numbers and our range was pretty good. We were all between 5.5 and 6.5 Georgia and I put it at 6."

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Wolverines (-2.5)

The Irish (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) head into the Big House following a fairly lackluster performance at home against the Temple Owls. The Irish defense was not overly sharp as the Owls tallied 25 first downs and 362 total yards, running the ball effectively.

"Notre Dame had a good game, but it wasn't something that overwhelmed us," says Korner. "We did have a variety of numbers anywhere from a pick 'em to Michigan -6. That -6 kind of stood out there a little bit too far and I threw the pick 'em and the 6 away and the rest of us were at 2, 2.5 and 3.5 so we'll put it at Michigan -2.5."

Florida Gators (-2.5) at Miami Hurricanes

Florida (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) RB Mack Brown led the assault on Toledo as he rushed for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 24-6 victory over the Rockets to open the season. The competition gets ramped up a notch in Week 2 as the Gators face a tougher test versus in-state rivals The U.

"We had ranges from 1.5 up to 6.5 on Florida," said Korner. On the road here we put it just below the 3 and we've got it at Florida -2.5 and it's going to be a really competitive game. Not necessarily a high-scoring game, but it should be a 26-24 or 24-21 type of game."

West Virginia Mountaineers at Oklahoma Sooners (-19)

The Sooners (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) beat up on an overmatched UL Monroe squad. The Sooners defense pitched a shutout and looked like a well-oiled machine versus an experienced Warhawks offense. That's a very promising performance for Sooners fans.

"We had this as low as 14 and as high as 21," claims Korner. "The guys that had the higher numbers had the best arguments and I like the high end of this. We put out Oklahoma -19 and, basically, they shouldn't have any problem with this game."

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