Crimson Tide will cover this week against Colorado State

Crimson Tide will cover this week against Colorado State

September 12, 2017 3:01 AM
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The 2017 college football season is off to a great start, but when it came to our Week 2 picks for GamingToday we took it on the chin in Stanford’s 42-24 loss to USC as a 6-point road underdog. However, we were on the right side of UNLV’s 44-16 bounce-back victory against Idaho as a 9-point underdog on the road. Saturday ended on a winning note with Utah’s 19-13 grinder over BYU as a 2-point road underdog.

Here are this week’s selections:

Take Kent State +13.5 over Marshall: Kent State, out of the MAC started its new season with a 56-3 loss to Clemson on the road as a 38-point underdog before getting past Howard at home 38-31 this past Saturday as a 25-point favorite. This game should provide some middle ground for an offense led by quarterback Nick Holley both throwing and running the ball. He has only passed for 106 yards in his first two games on 20 attempts, but he leads the team in rushing with 176 yards on 31 carries.

Marshall got past another MAC team in its opener with a 31-26 victory against Miami (Ohio) as a 3.5-point home underdog. The Thundering Herd went on the road last week and lost to NC State 37-20 as a 21-point underdog. The main concern in this matchup is a defense that gave up almost 500 yards in total offense against the Wolfpack after struggling to keep Miami in check the week before.

Take Wisconsin -13.5 over BYU: The Badgers are off to a strong start at 2-0 straight-up with relatively easy victories against Utah State and Florida Atlantic at home, but this past Saturday in a 31-14 win over the Owls, they failed to cover as heavy 34.5-point favorites. That minor little wake-up call should serve them well this Saturday in their first road game of the year. Wisconsin has some tremendous depth in its running game, but Alex Hornibrook has done a good job at moving the ball through the air with 445 yards passing.

BYU could be in for a long season in light of its 1-2 SU start with a 0-3 record against the spread. Last week’s loss to Utah exploited some of the weakness in the Cougars’ offense with just 170 yards through the air and 63 yards on the ground. They are stepping way up in class this week with no real means to keep things close against one of the most balanced teams in the nation.

Take Alabama -28 over Colorado St.: Alabama continues to demonstrate why it is the top-ranked team in the nation. After grinding its way past Florida State 24-7 in Week 1 as 7.5-point favorites, the Tide rolled over Fresno State 41-10 this past Saturday in a game that should have never even been that close as 42.5-point favorites at home. The fact that they are only giving up four touchdowns this week practically makes this betting spread a gift.

The Rams have to give bettors some concern with last week’s listless 38-10 victory against Division I-AA Abilene Christian as 43-point home favorites on the heels of a 17-3 loss to Colorado as three-point underdogs on the road. Nick Stevens has put up some impressive numbers throwing the ball with 980 yards and six touchdowns on 75 completions, but he has also been picked off four times. Colorado State has only gained a combined 114 yards on the ground in its first three games which is not going to get it done against Alabama’s defense.

Last week: 2-1

Season: 3-2-1