Below are Sports Betting Resources’ best bets for Week 2 of the 2018 college football season, including a pair of total wagers in the Alabama and Oklahoma State matchups and an against-the-spread-pick in the ranked showdown between No. 17 USC and No. 10 Stanford.
No. 17 USC at No. 10 Stanford (-6, 56.5)
Pick: Stanford -6
Stanford (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) is 16-3 SU and 12-6-1 ATS hosting ranked opponents in games with a single-digit line under head coach David Shaw, accruing an 8.8 average margin of victory. USC (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) is always loaded with talent, but the fact it entered the fourth quarter up by only five points hosting UNLV in the opener is eye-opening. More shocking is the fact the Rebels, a Mountain West outfit, rallied for 308 rushing yards. Stanford’s strength is its offensive line, and it will prove the difference-maker against a Trojans’ front needing help.
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Arkansas State at No. 1 Alabama (-36, 66)
Pick: UNDER 66
When Alabama (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) gifts more than four touchdowns on the oddsboard to non-conference opponents under head coach Nick Saban, the average final score is 44.2 to 6.3. The UNDER has hit in 15 of 23 contests. The Crimson Tide has only covered the spread in nine. Margins for both wagers stay roughly 4.5 points below market projections. Playing the total has a little more wiggle room here. Look for Alabama to slow its roll late, posting an average 14.2 second half points in the aforementioned situation.
South Alabama at Oklahoma State (-32, 63)
Pick: OVER 63
The OVER is an unbelievable 42-16-1 (72.4 percent) all-time when Oklahoma State (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) kicks off home chalk behind head coach Mike Gundy. A 69.7 average score easily tops a 64.2 total under these conditions. When laying 20 points or more to visitors, the Cowboys explode for 53.6 points per game. South Alabama (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS) is having a tough time pinning down a starting QB between Coal Garvin and Evan Orth, but should still be good for a couple of touchdowns.