September 10, 2021

Corrigan's Gambling Corner: College Football Week 2 Best Bets

Welcome to Week 2 of the college football campaign. That means two things. One, it is time to spend another Saturday doing nothing but watching football. Secondly, there are a lot of bets to be made.

Let's take a look at the best bets of the week and win some extra cash for when we do the same thing Sunday for Week 1 of the NFL.

As always, please be sure to bet responsibly.

*Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook

Toledo at Notre Dame -16.5 (-112)

There were plenty of question marks surrounding Notre Dame's new starting QB Jack Coan heading into the season, but he looked impressive throwing for four touchdowns in the Irish's win over Florida State. 

I am also testing out a theory that will only work this season. This will be the first time Notre Dame will host a home game at full capacity since 2019. The atmosphere should be incredible and the Irish should thrive in that environment.

While Toledo is a serious threat to win the MAC, they are 3-9 ATS in their last 12, and to be honest, there is a clear talent gap between Toledo and Notre Dame. That nasty Notre Dame defense led by future first-round pick Kyle Hamilton should slow down a sneaky good Toledo offense.

Purdue -33.5 (-114) at Connecticut

While laying the 33.5 points with a team like Purdue is very risky, UConn is in a really bad spot right now.

Randy Edsall, the longtime coach of the Huskies, announced he will be stepping down from his role effective immediately. This comes one day after announcing he would retire after the 2021 season. It's not hard to see why he had a change of heart. 

UConn's defense is currently ranked 116th in points allowed, 106th in yards allowed, 108th in yards allowed per pass, and 90th in yards allowed per rush. The offense is much worse, ranking in the bottom percent of all statistical categories.

While Purdue is not some world-beater, they have a very effective offense and one of the better defenses against the run. There is no hope for the Huskies to win this game, and with Edsall's departure, UConn will get boat raced.

UAB at Georgia: Over 45.5 (-110)

Georgia scored 10 points against Clemson last week and seven of them came thanks to a pick-six from junior defensive back Christopher Smith. The real story of the game was how dominant Georgia's defense was.

It was clear last season that J.T. Daniels was the best quarterback on the roster and they found their groove when he took over the job. Georgia was able to pick apart Clemson's defense early in drives and get the ball on their side of the field. They were not able to convert enough to score more points. Against UAB, Georgia should find the endzone a lot more often. 

This total is a little low due to Georgia's impressive defense and UAB pitching a shutout against FCS Jacksonville State. Expect a lot of points from Georgia as they look to gain some confidence on offense against a clearly inferior opponent.

Iowa +4.5 (-115) at Iowa State

Iowa State had a pretty weak showing in Week 1 against Northern Iowa. Heisman hopeful Breece Hall was only able to gain 72 yards on 23 carries, and starting quarterback Brock Purdy did not register a touchdown pass.

Iowa, on the other hand, absolutely dominated Indiana. They picked off three Michael Penix Jr. passes and took two of them back to the house. They also kept Indiana out of the endzone the whole game. While the offense did not light up the scoreboard, they did a good job controlling the ball and just overwhelming Indiana in every phase of the game.

This is the best team in the history of Iowa State football and they have all the pressure in the world. Both teams are very technically sound, sure, but Iowa has the clear advantage.

Texas -7.5 (+100) at Arkansas

Arkansas struggled against Rice for the majority of the game last week. The highly touted K.J. Jefferson was ineffective in the passing game, but he was able to score two touchdowns on the ground. If Arkansas has any chance, Jefferson has to be better in the passing game. On the ground, Arkansas can compete with most teams, but Texas has too many athletes to be one-dimensional.

Texas freshman quarterback Hudson Card had a terrific showing in his first collegiate game with 224 yards passing and two scores. Card and star running back Bijan Robinson are a dynamic duo that will give any team fits, especially an inexperienced and less talented Arkansas squad.

Texas is more athletic and has a clear coaching advantage. The +100 value is just an added bonus.

Washington at Michigan:  Under 48.5 (-106)

This was going to be a much bigger matchup before Washington was knocked off by FCS Montana. Even then, Washington's defense was not bad at all. They allowed just nine first downs and gave up 13 points. They also have one of the best linebacking groups in the Pac-12 led by Jackson Sirmon. If they can slow down a Michigan run game headlined by Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum, Washington might have a shot at winning this thing.

However, Washington quarterback Dylan Morris looked pretty awful with three interceptions in the week one loss. This is going to come down to whoever scores last (or even first) and you should expect a low-scoring dog fight.

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