Jake Gordon’s Locks (@cantguardjake)
Season Record: 7-5
Not the greatest start to the year, but we all make mistakes. My mistake was putting trust in LSU and Notre Dame. I don’t love the board this week, but I have my eye on a few games.
Coastal Carolina (-12.5 1H) v. Kansas
I expect Coastal Carolina to dominate this game from start to finish. This game is IN Conway, as well. Go with the Chants and don’t overthink this one. Just an additional tip, both of these teams hit the over very frequently.
Iowa (+4.5) v. Iowa State
I picked Iowa State to win the Big 12, but they had a poor showing in Week 1. I’m not overreacting to that, but I think this game is going to be a close thriller that features Iowa covering. Be careful, this is still a good Iowa State team and the public is all over Iowa.
Washington v. Michigan (u48.5)
The public is all over the over in this game, which makes me like the under even more. This is a good Washington defense, but their offense only mustered 7 points in a loss to Montana in Week 1. Michigan is prone to go silent on offense at times. I expect this one to be a defensive slugfest.
Rutgers (-2) v. Syracuse
I think Rutgers may be a respectable program in 2021. Plus, Greg Schiano is addicted to covering the spread.
NC State (-2.5) v. Mississippi State
I didn’t see a lot of inspiring football out of Mississippi State, and NC State looked very impressive against South Florida. This game opened as a pick em, but I’ll go with the Wolfpack here.
Chase Irle’s Locks (@IrleChase)
Season Record (6-5)
After a scorching hot Week 0, I was abused last week. My LSU Tigers came out flat, Georgia finally won a big game, and Texas might be back. However, we live and learn.
Coastal Carolina (-25) vs. Kansas
I watched Kansas storm their home field after beating South Dakota. I wasn’t even aware South Dakota had a program. It was embarrassing and shows how far this program has fallen. Someday, they may be able to get out of the gutter, but it’s not happening this season. Coastal Carolina flexed their muscles against the Citadel, and they should feel great with a Power 5 opponent coming into their house this weekend.
Michigan (-7) vs. Washington
Washington isn’t as bad as they looked against Montana, but they still aren’t very good, and it won’t be any easier to score in the Big House. I’ll take the points here.
Marshall (-39.5) vs. NC Central
The Thundering Herd are a problem. Take the points, collect the money.
Iowa State (-4.5) vs. Iowa
The public is hammering Iowa as an underdog, and I understand why. The Hawkeyes looked great last week against a ranked opponent while Iowa State came out flat against Northern Iowa. The Cyclones also haven’t beaten Iowa since 2014. Everything points to Iowa after just one week, but I’m not going to overreact. The Cyclones have a slightly better roster and are at home in one of their biggest games in program history. I’ll lay the points here.
Liberty (-5) at Troy
Alex Lord’s Locks (@GeauxSportsTalk)
Season Record: 5-6
After going 3-3 in Week 1, we learned a valuable lesson. Don’t bet with your heart. LSU lost me more money than I care to remember, but we won’t make that same mistake twice.
Kansas vs. Coastal Carolina (-25)
Jarrett Guest is a backup quarterback at Coastal, but more importantly, he’s a SportsTalkATL athlete. We ride.
Colorado vs. Texas A&M (-17)
This A&M spread scares me because it’s not at Kyle Field, but I think the Aggie defense is legit and holds the Buffalo to a disappointing offensive outing.
Alabama (56.5) vs. Mercer
The Tide is rolling. It wasn’t close last week against Miami, and even if 56.5 points is a lot, expect Alabama to cover easily. Mercer might not score more than 7 points.
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