Saturday, November 25, 2017

College football week 2: Times staff picks


The Times' college football coverage team makes its picks for week 2 of the college football season:

gametimeMatt Baker, @MBakerTBimesMartin Fennelly, @mmjfennellyJoey Knight, @TBTimes_BullsMike Sherman, @MikeShermanTraci Johnson, @TBHomeTeamTom Jones, @tomwjones
Against the spread--11-99-117-137-136-146-14
Straight up--15-514-615-513-715-515-5
Upset special--0-10-11-01-01-00-1
Lock of the week--1-00-10-11-01-01-0
USF (-17.5) at UConn12 p.m.USF 42-20USF 28-20USF 52-14USF 31-14USF 24-14USF 31-13
UL-Monroe at FSU (-33.5)7 p.m.FSU 42-7FSU 45-7FSU 48-7FSU 42-0FSU 49-7FSU 48-0
Miami (-13.5) at Ark. St.>>cancelled------------------------------
N. Colo. at UF (no line)7:30 p.m.UF 31-7UF 35-21UF 41-14UF 27-7UF 24-10UF 30-7
Memphis at UCF (-2.5)**8 p.m.UCF 31-28UCF 24-23Memphis 35-25UCF 27-24Memphis 35-31 (UPSET)UCF 31-27
Northwestern (-3.5) at Duke12 p.m.N'western 28-24N'western 32-26N'western 38-30Duke 24-21Duke 27-24N'western 27-17
Louisville (-10.5) at UNC12 p.m.L'ville 38-31L'ville 37-24L'ville 45-41L'ville 42-35L'ville 37-28L'ville 35-24
Iowa (-2.5) at Iowa St. 12 p.m.Iowa 21-20Iowa 21-17Iowa St. 31-28 (UPSET)Iowa 28-14Iowa 31-28Iowa 20-10
TCU at Arkansas (-1.5)3:30 p.m.TCU 28-20 (UPSET)TCU 23-20TCU 34-28Ark. 24-21TCU 28-27Ark. 33-21
Pitt at Penn St. (-20.5)3:30 p.m.Penn St. 35-13Penn St. 38-20Penn St. 38-17 (LOCK) Penn St. 42-14Penn St. 46-24 (LOCK)Penn St 47-14
Fresno St. at Alabama (-43.5)3:30 p.m.Bama 42-0Bama 51-10 (LOCK)Bama 49-7Bama 49-7 (LOCK)Bama 49-7Bama 41-7
Indiana (-3.5) at Virginia3:30 p.m.Indiana 28-24Indiana 30-23Indiana 30-20Virginia 27-24Indiana 28-24Virginia 23-20
W. Michigan at Michigan St (-8.5)3:30 p.m.Mich. St. 28-24Mich St. 25-2Mich. St. 34-28Mich. St. 31-14Mich. St 34-24Mich. St 34-12
Nebraska at Oregon (-7.5)4:30 p.m.Oregon 56-45Oregon 35-28Oregon 43-30Oregon 41-35Neb. 41-37Oregon 41-31
Auburn at Clemson (-6.5)7 p.m.Clemson 24-20Clemson 23-21Clemson 38-35Clemson 35-28Clemson 35-28Clemson 30-23
South Carolina at Missouri (-4.5)7 p.m.S. Carolina 42-35 (LOCK)S. Carolina 38-28S. Carolina 38-28S. Carolina 24-21South Carolina 28-27S. Carolina 28-20
Mississippi St. at La. Tech (-7.5)7:30 p.m.Miss. St 35-24Miss St 31-17Miss. St; 28-27Miss. St. 27-21La Tech 34-27La Tech 30-17
Oklahoma at Ohio St. (7.5)7:30 p.m. Ohio St. 31-28Ohio St. 31-27Ohio St. 31-28OU 31-28Ohio St. 35-31Ohio St. 30-20
Georgia at Notre Dame (-4.5)7:30 p.m. ND 28-20ND 28-24ND 33-17ND 27-24ND 38-34Georgia 27-20 (UPSET)
Stanford at USC (-7.5)8:30 p.m.USC 31-28Stanford 43-40 (UPSET)USC 38-35Stanford 49-45 (UPSET)USC 49-45USC 35-20
**Friday night game


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