College Football Week 2 Rewind

Well, Week 2 was a wild one. We saw some big names go down, including a pair of teams which opened the season sixth or higher in The Associated Press' Top 25 rankings. Several double-digit underdogs ended up winning outright, too. And, of course, we had the bad beats, too. One, in particular, was very gross.

Updated on 04/22/2024
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WAGER (Favorites-Underdogs)
Straight Up (SU): 65-17
Against the Spread (ATS): 39-42-1
WAGER (Home-Away)
Straight Up (SU): 54-28
Against the Spread (ATS): 36-45-1
WAGER (Totals O/U)
Over-Under: 41-41


WAGER (Favorites-Underdogs)
Straight Up (SU): 146-30
Against the Spread (ATS): 91-84-1
WAGER (Home-Away)
Straight Up (SU): 131-41
Against the Spread (ATS): 88-83-1
WAGER (Totals O/U)
Over-Under: 83-93


Georgia Southern (+22.5, ML +1275) 45 @ Nebraska 42
Marshall (+21, ML +1060) 26 @ Notre Dame 21
Appalachian State (+18.5, ML +850) 17 @ Texas A&M 14
Washington State (+17.5, ML +750) 17 @ Wisconsin 14
Middle Tennessee (+15.5, ML +450) @ Colorado State
Duke (+10.5, ML +330) 31 @ Northwestern 23
Holy Cross (+6.5, ML +205) 37 @ Buffalo 31
Kentucky (+6.5, ML +195) 26 @ Florida 16
Weber State (+6.5, ML +210) 35 @ Utah State 7
South Alabama (+6, ML +200) 38 @ Central Michigan 24


Rutgers (-48.5) 66 vs. Wagner 7
LSU (-47.5) 65 vs. Southern 17
Utah (-45.5) 73 vs. Southern Utah 7
NC State (-44.5) 55 vs. Charleston Southern 3
James Madison (-42.5) 63 vs. Norfolk State 7
Ole Miss (-38.5) 59 vs. Central Arkansas 3
Purdue (-37.5) 56 vs. Indiana State 0
Minnesota (-36.5) 62 vs. Western Illinois 10
Michigan State (-34.5) 52 vs. Akron 0
Tulane (-34.5) 52 vs. Alcorn State 0


Maryland (-27.5) 56 @ Charlotte 21
Syracuse (-24.5) 48 @ Connecticut 14
Mississippi State (-13.5) 39 @ Arizona 17
Western Michigan (-6.5) 37 @ Ball State 30
Memphis (-4.5) 37 @ Navy 13


It was Friday night, and the bad beats got a start one day early.

If you had the UNDER (44.5) in the Boise State at New Mexico game, my condolences. The finish to that game was dirty. After a scoreless first quarter, the favored Boise State (-17) side took a 10-0 lead to the break. UNDER bettors were still in very good shape, and after just one touchdown in the third quarter, the Broncos led 17-0, and UNDER bettors were still on the right side.

Then we got to the fourth quarter, and that's when the wheels fell off.

To be fair, the Broncos were driving at the end of the third quarter, and nearly scored before the quarter expired. With just two seconds into the fourth quarter, RB George Holani hauled in a 3-yard touchdown pass from QB Hank Bachmeier to make it 24-0.

The Lobos, who ended up with 25 rushing yards on 27 attempts, and 98 passing yards for the entire game, answered just 16 seconds left with a 69-yard scoring connection from QB Miles Kendrick to WR Geordon Porter. That was ridiculous, but there were still just 31 total points on the board.

The Broncos chewed some clock, and drove the field again, scoring on a 4-yard touchdown pass with 6:24 to go, making it 31-7. UNDER bettors were still in good shape. Until...

The Lobos answered with a Christian Washington 100-yard kickoff return on the ensuing play, making it 31-14. Not only were UNDER (44.5) bettors sunk, but if you had a Boise State (-17) ticket, which is where this game opened, then spent a good chunk of the middle of the week, then you also took it in the shorts with an undeserved push.

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TENNESSEE at PITTSBURGH (+7, Total - 62.5)

This was a roller coaster ride for total bettors, as well as side bettors. Tennessee led 24-17 at halftime, and it appeared OVER bettors were going to be in good shape. But as the great Lee Corso from ESPN says, not so fast, my friend. The offensive spigot was shut off, and we had a scoreless third quarter, with just 13 points in the final quarter. The teams headed to overtime, tied 27-27.

Vols QB Hendon Hooker ran for a touchdown, but a holding call in overtime nullified that. No problem. He answered on the very next play for a scoring strike to make it 34-27. Anybody holding a ticket for the Panthers was already sucking wind. Pittsburgh QB Kedon Slovis was knocked out of the game in the first half, but QB Nick Patti rallied the team. He was gimpy, himself, in the second half, and into overtime, but he kept the Panthers moving. For a while.

The Panthers had the ball down to the Vols' 8 in overtime, but Patti was dropped for a giant loss back to the 21, and OVER bettors saw their dreams dashed, as did anyone holding a Panthers ticket. What an ugly finish. By the way, that is Pitt's first-ever home game against Tennessee, and their first loss in the four-game series to date.


The Crimson Tide were on the ropes. All day long. Alabama led 10-3 after the first quarter, and then Texas lost QB Quinn Ewers (shoulder) to an injury in the second quarter, and it looked like lights out for the Longhorns. But Texas rolled on. The game was tied 10-10 at halftime, and it led 13-10 through three quarters.

Texas added a field goal to open the fourth, answered by a QB Bryce Young touchdown to give Alabama the lead back, 17-16. Texas answered with a field goal with 89 seconds left in regulation to re-take the lead, 19-17. That's when controversy started. As you would imagine, folks on Twitter were reasonable about it, too, and totally didn't feel as if refs helped out at all. Alabama drove the field, and ended up with a game-winning field goal with 10 seconds left win it 20-19.


There were A LOT of points on the board through three quarters. Wake Forest led 35-18 heading to the final 15 minutes. Things slowed down a little, however, and UNDER bettors still had a shot. But, it's college football, and you know how UNDERs usually go.

There were 60 points on the board until five to go, and Wake settled for a chip-shot field deep in Vanderbilt territory with 4:48 to go, making it 45-18. UNDER bettors were still in good shape. Unfortunately, and you knew it was coming, the 'Dores struck for a touchdown with 2:09 to go, flipping it to an OVER result.

UTSA (-3.5) at ARMY

For the second consecutive week, UTSA appears on this list. And for the second consecutive weekend, the Roadrunners ended up going to overtime. UTSA was laying the three and a hook, and bettors of the Roadrunners were actually hoping for a field goal in overtime. Army took the 38-35 lead in OT, so a touchdown by the Roadrunners would do them no good. That's exactly what happened, and UTSA missed the cover at most shops by the hook.


Listen, if you bet the Leopards of Lafayette and the points, you have bigger stones than I do. Let's get that out of the way first.

And, if you bet Lafayette, you likely punched a hole in your drywall, because this might be one of the worst beats of the day. If we don't see this on SVP's segment on Monday night, I'll be stunned.

This game closed with Lafayette +14.5 or +15 at plenty of books. Temple held a 28-14 lead late into the game. The Owls were going to get the ball back, and likely were going to be in Victory Formation. However, the Owls blocked a punt deep in Leopards' territory, and the ball went through the end zone for a safety with 1:37 to go, making it 30-14 in favor of Temple. It was MIRACLE cover if you were on the Temple side. If you were on Lafayette...ouch.

AKRON at MICHIGAN STATE (Total - 58.5)

Things went from bad to terrible to just downright awful for the Zips, who might be one of the worst teams in FBS. After one quarter they were down 14-0. After two quarters they were down 24-0. After three quarters, OVER bettors were feeling good, as Michigan State opened up a 52-0. Unfortunately, that's how it finished, as we had a scoreless final 15 minutes.


If you bet on the Blue Raiders, good for you. This was one of the bigger upsets of the day, at least in terms of the line. The Rams were thrashed last week in Michigan, and you knew Colorado State wasn't very good. But, Middle Tennessee was also thumped at James Madison.

Anyway, UNDER bettors were feeling not as jovial about the Blue Raiders win. Middle Tennessee led 27-0 at half, and the OVER was about halfway home. The third quarter saw Colorado State's offense finally come alive, outscoring MTSU 19-7 in the third, and there were 53 total points on the board. That's how things finished up. Another scoreless fourth quarter, missing the OVER by just one score. Those are so tough to take.


UNDER bettors headed to the fourth quarter hoping for one of those scoreless final frames. We had 51 total points on the board through 45 minutes, with the Washington leading 45-6. With just 5:12 to go, RB Denzel Boston punched in a 4-yard scoring run to make it 52-6, and that flipped the total to an OVER. It probably was the right side, but if you were holding an UNDER ticket, it was a late loss which hurt just the same.

HOUSTON at TEXAS TECH (Total - 62.5)

UNDER bettors were feeling good in this intra-Lone Star State battle. Texas Tech led 3-0 after the first quarter, 17-3 at halftime and 17-10 after three quarters. There were a total of 34 combined points on the board until late in the fourth quarter, but the game was tied 17-17. Houston knocked through a field goal with 37 seconds left to take a 20-17 lead, but Texas Tech nailed a field goal with three ticks left in regulation to force overtime, tied 20-20.

UNDER bettors were still in good shape, but the teams exchanged touchdowns, making it 27-27 after one OT. Ut-oh. Houston took the lead, 30-27, as it went at least double-overtime for the second straight week. Texas Tech won it, as QB Donovan Smith ran in a 9-yard touchdown, making it 33-30. What a bad beat.