|Written by David Michaels|
Bet on NCAAFThe second week of action in NCAA football typically includes a number of games that are destined to be lopsided and the 2014 season is no exception to this. There are still a few games of interest to watch for when it comes to the coming season with many of them involving ranked teams including one game that will mark the temporary end of a rivalry.
#3 Oregon vs. #8 Michigan State
The biggest game of the week belongs to Oregon and Michigan State. While they are both highly ranked, the Oregon Ducks have a much better shot of winning with -11.5 odds. The Ducks beat South Dakota by nearly fifty points this past weekend as Marcus Mariota didn't even have much of a need to play, going for three touchdowns and 267 passing yards during his brief time on the field.
The Spartans had a convincing win over Jacksonville State to start their season. Connor Cook had nearly identical numbers to Mariota in his game. This game could be a make-or-break match between the two teams with regards to making it into the playoffs but the Ducks' consistently strong offense has them being the higher team for the match.
#11 Stanford vs. #15 USC
Stanford is a -4 favorite over USC for this coming match. The Cardinal had a big 45-0 win over UC-Davis as Kevin Hogan showed his stature as a quarterback threat for the season with three touchdowns. The Trojans had a big win over Fresno State with Cody Kessler having four touchdowns and hoping to have a better year without so many interceptions or sacks as what he had last year.
#2 Alabama vs. Florida Atlantic
The most lopsided odds of the week below to Alabama's game with Florida Atlantic. The Crimson Tide has a line of -39 for this coming game. The Tide had nearly 300 rushing yards in a win over West Virginia this past week while Florida Atlantic did not do much to prove that it could get past these tough odds after losing to Nebraska 55-7. The Owls have serious issues over what the team wants to do with its quarterback situation. Jaquez Johnson and Greg Hankerson combined for only 95 passing yards against Nebraska.
#9 South Carolina vs. East Carolina
The South Carolina Gamecocks dropped their opener to Texas A&M after giving up more than fifty points to the Aggies. Dylan Thompson only got half of his passes completed as well although he did have four touchdowns. The Gamecocks will have to work a little harder to reach the playoffs now and they are hoping to get back on track with a match against East Carolina.
The Gamecocks are -15.5 favorites over the Pirates. The Pirates are hoping for the wideout tandem of Isaiah Jones and Justin Hardy to give them a shot at pulling off the upset.
#17 Notre Dame vs. Michigan
The rivalry between Notre Dame and Michigan is being put in limbo as this will be the last time the two teams meet until at least 2020 at the earliest. Michigan has a 24-16-1 lead the rivalry and has won four its last five games with the Fighting Irish. The Irish are still -5.5 favorites for this game. Derrick Green and De'veon Smith are expected to take in much of the Wolverines' offense on the ground to try and stop the Irish.
#23 North Carolina vs. San Diego State
Much has been made about recent off the field issues involving North Carolina including concerns about the team's academic performances and hazing concerns. This did not faze the Tar Heels as they beat Liberty 56-29 this weekend. The Heels will be hosting San Diego State and have a -13.5 advantage over the Aztecs. Ezell Ruffin and Eric Judge are expected to be major players for the Aztecs as they combined for more than a hundred receiving yards against Northern Arizona.
Wyoming vs. Air Force
In a week that features many extreme odds like Auburn being at -29 against San Jose State and Arizona State being at -27 over New Mexico, there is one game that has a straight pick-em designation. This Mountain West match between the Wyoming Cowboys and Air Force Falcons is a straightforward contest with no point spread. Wyoming held off Montana 17-12 in their first game while Air Force beat Nicholls State in spite of having less than twenty passing yards during the entire game while Jacobi Owens had 233 rushing yards.