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It didn’t take long for the debate to run rampant in the 2014 college football season.
One week actually.
Now that teams have actually played a game (Florida not included), the chatter has begun about who the best teams in the country are.
If you have tuned into any sports network this week, you’ve heard it all. Florida State looks mortal, Texas A&M doesn’t miss Johnny Manziel at all, Georgia is a playoff contender, Todd Gurley leads the Heisman, and what’s up with Alabama’s quarterback situation, among much more.
Fortunately, teams play more than one game and there is a long, long way to go this season before we really figure out who the pretenders and who the contenders are.
Week 2 kicks off this week, and there are a couple of dynamite games on the schedule, highlighted by the top-10 matchup in the Pacific Northwest between the Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans. College Gameday will be on hand in the dark in Eugene to get Saturday started, with this one a 6:30 pm ET kickoff on Fox.
Oregon has been installed as a double-digit favorite according to Week 2 college football betting lines at Bovada Sportsbook. The line opened at 13, but has since shifted back down to 11 points. Still, it’s a large betting line for two top-10 teams. Particularly when the Ducks have had trouble with teams like the Spartans. Michigan State is built on defense and playing tough-nose football. They play a similar style to Stanford, who has had Oregon’s number. This is a very tall task for the Spartans, and they perhaps have more pressure on them to represent their conference in the Big Ten. Michigan State won the Rose Bowl last season and aren’t afraid of the environment, but this will be a very tall climb.
This is not the only marquee matchup on the schedule in Week 2 though. While there is hardly anything worth mentioning in the SEC (most are playing FCS schools), the last game between Michigan and Notre Dame gets underway at 7:30 pm ET from South Bend.
The Fighting Irish have the home-field advantage, and that is enough to tip the betting scale in their favor. Notre Dame is riding steady as a four-point favorite over Michigan to close out the rivalry. Quarterback Everett Golson looked sharp in the opener against Rice after being suspended all of last season. But the Wolverines will be a much more difficult challenge.
Other games in Week 2 to pay attention to include USC and Stanford in the Pac 12. This is an early test for both teams and could go a long way to determine the outcome for the respective divisions of both. The Trojans got the better of the Cardinal last season, but are field-goal underdogs on the road this Saturday in this top-15 matchup.
Below, LatestBettingOdds.com has these game lines listed + the rest of the schedule for the second week in college football.