College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 2: Alabama opens as heavy favorite over Texas – CBS Sports

College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 2: Alabama opens as heavy favorite over Texas - CBS Sports

The results of all the opening weekend games in college football are not yet final, but oddsmakers are already hard at work setting the betting lines for the Week 2 schedule. Unlike the Week 1 lines, which in many cases spent a lot of time on the board, this is the first chance to see how the books, and the bettors, will react to the first impressions of teams around the country.

The biggest game on the Week 2 slate is undoubtedly #1 alabama making the trip to Texas as Nick Saban faces off against former offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and a Longhorns program looking to make a statement with the Purple Tide in town. The schedule also includes the start of conference play in the SEC with the No. 20 seed Kentucky at Florida and South Carolina at No. 19 Arkansas between the highlights and more exciting intramural non-conference games like Tennessee at No. 17 Pittsburgh and No. 10 Baylor at No. 25 BYU.

Plus, it’s the routine time in the schedule where we get some notable in-state rivalries. The CyHawk Trophy will be awarded to both Iowa State or Iowawhile Lincoln Riley gets his first turn leading USC against David Shaw and Stanford.

Caesars Sportsbook has started releasing odds for Week 2 action, so we decided to highlight the spreads for some of the week’s biggest games.

#1 Alabama (-19) at Texas: It was a bit of a slow start to the Quinn Ewers era in Texas with an early interception after the highly touted one. Ohio State transfer took the field, but it didn’t take long for him and the Longhorns offense to start pouring it on against ULM. Saturday afternoon will prove to be a much tougher test against an Alabama defense that threw a shutout in a 55-point win against Utah State. Alabama often gets huge spreads in games against quality competition, but being favored by nearly three touchdowns on the road might say more about the Crimson Tide than anything else.

Tennessee (-5.5) at No. 17 Pittsburgh: This game was a thriller in 2021 as Kenny Pickett and the Panthers escaped from Knoxville with a 41-34 victory. At that point in the season, the Vols had both Hendon Hooker and Joe Milton playing quarterback, so now that Hooker has assumed total control of the offense, Tennessee will look to return the favor and hand the home team a loss in this Power Five. non-conference conflict.

#20 Kentucky at Florida (-6.5): This playoff game gained a new level of excitement after the Gators beat a top-10 Utah on Saturday night in The Swamp. Anthony Richardson’s emergence as a star for 2022 now becomes the focus for Kentucky’s defense, as Wildcats quarterback Will Levis prepares to face a Gators defense that rose to the occasion with a game-winning interception in the end zone. After Florida won 31 meetings in a row, the streak has become much more even in recent years with both programs winning two of the last four and Kentucky claiming a victory last year in a 20-13 defensive grinder. The odds are clearly impressed by the Gators’ performance as well as the home field advantage in Gainesville, making them almost a touchdown favorite in the matchup.

#10 Baylor at #25 BYU (-2.5): This is a huge opportunity for BYU, a future Big 12 member, to make a statement with the reigning Big 12 champions in town. It’s a game that really has the feel of a toss-up, where Baylor might be favored if it were in Waco, but the Cougars get the slight advantage as just less than a field goal favorite on the opening line. Both teams were impressive in their season-opening wins, with Baylor beating FCS Albany 69-10 and BYU enduring multiple weather delays before blowing out USF 50-21 in Tampa.

Iowa State at Iowa (-3): While neither team is in the AP Top 25, this is still a matchup you don’t want to miss as each of the last four meetings have been decided by 10 points or less. But while the games were close and competitive, the final results were mostly one-sided with Iowa claiming six straight wins in the series. Iowa State is a narrow road underdog, but it should enter with some confidence considering how the Hawkeyes struggled to score against South Dakota State in Week 1.

Best of the rest

Arkansas State at #2 Ohio State (-44)
Marshall at No. 5 Our Lady (-18.5)
Appalachian state at No. 6 Texas A&M (-16)
Hawaii at #8 Michigan (-48.5)

Kent State at No. 9 Oklahoma (-33.5)
No. 14 USC (-11) at Stanford

Akron at No. 15 Michigan State (-35)
Southern Miss at No. 16 miami (-27)
Washington State at No. 18 Wisconsin (-17)
South Carolina at #19 Arkansas (-9.5)
No. 22 Wake Forest (-6) at Vanderbilt
No. 24 Houston at Texas Tech (-3)

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