College Football 2023 Preview Week 2. You’ll love the matchups to watch this week if you’re from Texas.
Top Games to Watch for Week 2
Saturday, September 9
- 11 Texas at No. 3 Alabama (-7, 54.5)
- 10 Notre Dame (-7.5, 51) at NC State
- 13 Oregon (-6.5, 66.5) at Texas Tech
- 20 Ole Miss (-7.5, 64.5) at No. 24 Tulane
- Nebraska at No. 22 Colorado (-3.5, 59.5)
- 23 Texas A&M (-4.5, 51) at Miami (FL)
Texas is Good, But Alabama is Better
The Longhorns have stepped up this season. They haven’t won the Big 12 conference since 2009 but expect to do so this year. Texas has the best team they’ve had in 14 seasons, making people wonder if this is the year they’ll turn things around. They won their first game against Rice 37-10 but will now take on a ranked team that’s quite a few notches above them.
Alabama covered the spread in their last game against MTSU 56-7, so expect the same in this one. The Tide have a fantastic record of covering the spread on Saturday home games, 14-5-1.
Notre Dame Will Finally Be Tested
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won both of their first two games, but they weren’t against high-caliber teams. Both sides of the ball were impressive in those matchups, but NC State Wolfpack will be the first Power-Five team they’ll face.
The Wolfpack weren’t overpowering in their first game, so the Fighting Irish could win and cover the spread.
Can Oregon Run Over Texas Tech?
Oregon blew out FCS Portland 81-7 in Week 1. Texas Tech, however, lost in double overtime against Wyoming 35-33 – a game they were 13-point favorites. They were even leading 17-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Oregon can move to the running game if they have any problems on Saturday. Quarterback Bo Nix has a keen running ability, which Texas Tech could not adequately defend against in 2022. Look to Oregon to win by at least a touchdown and cover the spread.
Ole Miss May Underestimate Tulane
In their opening game, Ole Miss obliterated Mercer 73-7. Their quarterback, Jaxson Dart, threw for 334 yards in two quarters, passing to Tre Harris for three touchdowns in the game’s first four minutes.
Tulane’s victory wasn’t as dramatic as they defeated South Alabama 37-17. But their quarterback, Michael Pratt, almost had a perfect score by completing 14 of 15 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns.
Ole Miss is expected to win, but they will be on the road facing their most formidable opponent yet. I don’t think they’ll cover this time.
Colorado Hopes to Shock Nebraska
These teams are no strangers to each other. The last two times they met were close games, one going to overtime. Colorado won both times and is looking to extend that streak on Saturday.
Nebraska is coming off a loss last Thursday against Minnesota, even though they were winning for most of the second half. Their defense kept their opponents to less than four yards per play, allowing only 55 yards, whereas their offense was able to rush for 181 yards. They lost when Minnesota kicked a game-winning walk-off field goal to edge past Nebraska 13-10.
Both teams have first-year head coaches. Matt Rhule of Nebraska is looking for his first win with the team. Deion Sanders already won his first game with an upset and will use that momentum for Saturday’s game. They should be able to beat Nebraska and also cover the spread.
Texas A&M’s High-Intensity Offense Will Be Tested in Miami
Texas A&M and Miami had identical 5-7 records last season and hope to improve on that. The Texas A&M Aggies have an improved, high-energy offense they will test on their first real opponent of the season. Miami Hurricanes also brought in offensive players in the offseason, but their offense is more measured and planned.
The Aggies are expected to win this one, but by how much will depend on how well the Hurricane’s defense can handle them. It’s a toss-up.
Other Games to Watch
Follow the remaining top 25 teams and their betting lines to make the most money for Week 2 of college football.
Saturday, September 9
- Ball State at No. 1 Georgia (-42.5, 52.5)
- Youngstown State at No. 5 Ohio State
- Delaware at No. 7 Penn State
- 12 Utah (-7.5, 47.5) at Baylor
- Troy at No. 15 Kansas State (-16.5, 50.5)
- Charleston Southern at No. 25 Clemson
- UNLV at No. 2 Michigan (-36.5, 57.5)
- Tulsa at No. 8 Washington (34.5, 64.5)
- Austin Peay at No. 9 Tennessee
- Appalachian State at No. 17 North Carolina (-17.5, 58)
- SMU at No. 18 Oklahoma (-16.5, 68.5)
- Lafayette at No. 21 Duke
- Grambling at No. 14 LSU
- 19 Wisconsin (-6.5, 58.5) at Washington State
- Southern Miss at No. 4 Florida State (-31, 53)
- UC Davis at No. 16 Oregon State
- Stanford at No. 6 USC (-29.5, 69.5)
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