Some offshores release early FBS vs. FCS lines for Week 2
Published on Thursday, 9/6/18, at 8:55 a.m. Eastern.
Some offshore betting shops have released early lines for the Week 2 games with FBS schools taking on smaller FCS opponents. Some weeks you can struggle to find these spreads until Friday afternoon. Here they’re with a few quick-hit thoughts…
Ole Miss -29.5 vs. So. Illinois
–I hope we get a total later in the week. Ole Miss ‘overs’ are going to be money makers until these numbers get into the mid-70s (and/or higher). The Rebels offense is nasty and the defense is going to struggle against SEC offenses. Texas Tech left a lot of points out there and had to play a true freshman QB most of the game.
Tennessee -37.5 vs. East Tennessee St.
–ETSU is coached by Randy Sanders, a long-time assistant on Phil Fulmer’s staff who spent recent years on staffs at Kentucky and FSU. The Vols suck. The Buccaneers beat Mars Hill 28-7 this past Saturday.
Syracuse -43.5 vs. Wagner
–Syracuse has a dynamite offense when QB Eric Dungey is healthy. Dude is a stud, an absolute beast that makes plays galore. I said all summer that the ‘Cuse’s 4-8 record last year was one of the more misleading ledgers you’ll ever see. The Orange was 4-3 with a win over Clemson at one point and had zero business losing at FSU. Dino Babers’s squad could’ve easily won at Miami and was in a two-point game at LSU late in the fourth quarter. Without Dungey due to an injury, the ‘Cuse lost three straight in blowout fashion. Dungey might be more important to his team than any other player in the country.
Miami -54.5 vs. Savannah St.
–UAB dealt out cream-cheese treatment to Savannah St. in a 52-0 bagel of a Week 1 victory. Miami? The ‘Canes got handled by LSU, 33-17, in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. The ‘Canes are on a short week after playing in Arlington late Sunday night.
Va. Tech -37.5 vs. William & Mary
–Va. Tech is on a super-short week here. The Hokies dealt the semmies a 24-3 pimpslap at The Toilet Bowl in Tally on Monday night. Miami and FSU are both 0-1 for the first time since 1975, which would explain whey I’ve been sleeping like a champ all week. Bill & Mary won 14-7 at Bucknell last week.
FSU -34 vs. Samford
–FSU doesn’t have much time to get things corrected, and there’s a lot to work on. Seriously, could Willie Taggart’s tenure have started any worse? He turned things around at USF after his debut with the Bulls was a 51-23 home loss to FCS opponent, McNeese St.
Christopher Smith, a frequent guest on my Games Galore podcast, is a Samford alum who’s very familiar with the program. Smith’s column in AL.com pointed out how Samford has been to the FCS playoffs in back-to-back seasons, is 4-1 ATS in its past five games against SEC and ACC competition and has an elite QB in Devlin Hodges, who is on pace to break Steve McNair’s FCS career passing record (14,496 yards).
Smith told BE Sports that he made FSU a 31-point favorite. The Bulldogs beat Shorter 66-9 in Week 1.
Illinois -9.5 vs. Western Illinois
West Va. -35.5 vs. Youngstown St.
LSU -38.5 vs. SE Louisiana
Louisville -44.5 vs. Indiana St.
UCF -46.5 vs. South Carolina St.
Washington -45 vs. North Dakota
Texas Tech -43.5 vs. Lamar
Oregon -49.5 vs. Portland St.
Boston College -44.5 vs. Holy Cross
Wake Forest -30.5 vs. Towson
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