Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Boise State On Upset Alert In Week 1?

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South Florida Bulls (+10) @ Notre Dame
 Saturday, 3:30 ET


How many more times are the Irish going to fool us into thinking that they are that great of a team? Sorry, Notre Dame. You’re not that good. Head Coach Brian Kelly picked QB Dayne Crist to lead his team this year, a choice that we think might not really pay off. Sure, WR Michael Floyd is the real deal and is surely a first round NFL Draft type of talent, but aside from him, what does Notre Dame really have?

South Florida has a history of pulling off these upsets; just ask the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles in recent years. QB BJ Daniels looked awfully good the last time we saw him in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against the Clemson Tigers, and if he can put together that type of performance, USF can pull off this NCAA football betting upset as huge road pups.

Georgia Bulldogs (+3) vs. Boise St. Broncos Sat. 8:00 ET

BETTING ODDS: OPEN: Boise -3 | CURRENT: Boise -3.5 | OVER/UNDER: 51

The last time Boise State paid a visit to the Peach State, it was an ugly state of affairs for the orange and blue. The then darling Broncos were knocked off 48-13. In 2005, Boise was a 7.5-point underdog. This time around, it is a three-point favorite. The result won’t quite be the same, but we do think that this is Georgia’s game to lose.

The Broncos do return QB Kellen Moore, but the majority of the rest of the skill position players are gone. Meanwhile, Georgia does lose WR AJ Green, but QB Aaron Murray is back and should be one of the most improved signal callers in the land in this, his sophomore season.

Giving us three points with Georgia effectively at home at the Georgia Dome is generous. Don’t be shocked if the Broncos have their National Championship dreams squashed their first time out.

SMU Mustangs (+16) @ Texas A&M Aggies
 Sunday, 7:30 ET


Okay, maybe this is a tad farfetched. However, we definitely think that there isn’t all that much difference between these two teams in spite of the fact that A&M is a Top 10 ranked team in the country.

QB Ryan Tannehill was solid down the stretch last year, but the team just rallied around him; he wasn’t truly better than Jerrod Johnson was. The A&M defense really wasn’t all that great and shouldn’t be improved either.

SMU though, is going to be one of the more improved teams in Conference USA. QB Kyle Padron can tear this defense apart, and this is a whole heck of a lot of points to be giving a team on the College football odds. This is the game of the year though for the Mustangs, and they truly have nothing to lose against a team that is vastly overrated in my book.

College Football Upset Alert Picks Week 2

Our first 3-Pack of CFB upsets this year turned out to be a profitable one as East Carolina pulled off the last-second stunner at +270! We just missed going 2-1 with our outright dog calls when Vanderbilt came up two points short.

This week, we start off with two ACC teams to grab the upset green, followed by our biggest shocker of the week out west.

UPSET #1: Duke +160 over Wake Forest

Both of these teams opened with wins over cupcakes, but we do feel the Elon team Duke beat 47-27 is much better than Presbyterian, the club that Wake Forest squashed 52-13. In fact, we thought Elon has an excellent chance to pull an upset last week, so the fact that Duke won big in a potential trap situation is a positive.

Duke showed great balance offensively too, rushing for 192 yards on 4.4 yards per carry and throwing for 350 yards on an excellent 9.9 yards per attempt. We like the Blue Devils to keep the Demon Deacons off balance here, as the Wake defense is not nearly as good as it looked last week.

On the other hand, the Deacons were totally one dimensional offensively, pounding out 415 rushing yards but only 94 through the air. That approach will not work with the step up in class this week. (Live Duke-Wake Forest Odds)

UPSET #2: NC State +145 over Central Florida

These teams both scored a lot of points last week, but the difference is that the offensive onslaught by NC State was more of a carryover from last season whereas the scoring binge was mainly due to their opponents from South Dakota.

The difference in this game will be that NC State has the best player on the field in quarterback Russell Wilson, who passed for over 3000 yards and rushed for 260 more while tallying 35 total touchdowns last season.

Well, Wilson picked up right where he left off last week, at least with his arm, as he completed 21 of 31 passes for a whopping 306 yards and four touchdowns. Granted, he is facing a much stronger defense this week, but the Wolfpack did not average over 30 points per game last year with Wilson under center by accident, as they can score from anywhere on the field with their top receivers all back.

That will make NC State dangerous dogs any time they are cast in that role all year. (Live NC State-UCF Odds)


UPSET #3: Colorado +295 over California

This game is significant because Colorado is making the jump to the Pac-10 next season and they would love to make a statement by beating a Pac-10 school on the road.

They also had a much better tune-up for this game, as the Buffaloes routed a fellow FBS school in Colorado State 24-3, while Cal’s 52-3 romp may look good on paper, but it came vs. little Cal-Davis.

As If that is not enough, the heat is on Colorado coach Dan Hawkins to finally have a winning season, something he has not done since getting hired six years ago. Considering that the Buffs got more out of last week’s game than the Golden Bears did, look for Colorado to go to 2-0 by going on the road into Pac-10 territory and pulling off a huge upset for the program. (Live Colorado-CAL Odds)

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