Week Two of the college football season is upon us and the experts here at Pro Edge have dissected the card to find some point spread winners. Below you will find three games in which we believe the point spreads are inflated and, as a result, provide decent value for sports bettors. Enjoy our Week Two college football betting previews and point spread winners.
Texas at BYU (+7.5)
- The opening line of +6.5 (at Pinnacle) has quickly moved passed the key number of ‘7’ as most off shore sportsbooks are currently offering BYU at +7.5
- Pro Edge likes the huge coaching mismatch in this game as Bronco Mendenhall has taken the Cougars to a bowl game every year since 2005 (four consecutive bowl wins). Mack Brown remains the most overrated coach in football, and his level of incompetence on the sidelines grows by the year.
- Altitude will also play a role in this game and BYU will take the field with a “game of the year” attitude in hopes of knocking off one of the elite college football programs in the nation. Coach Mendenhall excels in these situations and we like the points in this matchup, provided the line remains north of a touchdown.
Southern Mississippi (+28.5) at Nebraska
- The Golden Eagles actually outgained Texas State by 185 yards last week despite losing 22-15. Southern Mississippi committed six turnovers (4 fumbles; 2 interceptions), which is a product of extreme negative variance more than anything else.
- Wyoming exploited an overrated Nebraska defense last week as the Cowboys averaged 8.1 yards per play in Lincoln, which is the third consecutive time the Cornhuskers have yielded 8.0 or more yards per play to an opponent (dating back to last year).
- Southern Mississippi is one of the most improved teams in college football this season, and the point spread is grossly inflated based upon last week’s results. The experts at Pro Edge Sports Picks like the points in this matchup.
Army (+7.5) at Ball State
- Army returns fifteen starters this season, which is extremely uncharacteristic for a Service Academy (Navy has 13 returning starters in 2013, which is also unusually high). We like the direction Army is going in under head coach Rich Ellerson and believe the Black Knights could go bowling.
- Coach Ellerson earned three Great West Titles in eight years at Cal Poly and learned the triple option from Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson. Army returns eight of its top 9 running backs and should also take the field with a vastly improved defense.
- While we really like what head coach Pete Lambo is doing at Ball State, Pro Edge believes the point spread is inflated by at least two points. The value remains with the Black Knights in this affair.