Week 2 faculty soccer picks in opposition to the unfold

The return of school soccer has been superb. Week 1 was action-packed Thursday by way of Monday, however now it is time to settle into the rhythm of the faculty soccer season months.

A part of that’s attempting to gauge overreactions to Week 1 efficiency. It takes a number of weeks for the markets to actually replicate how good (or dangerous) a few of these groups are, so counting on the analysis out season is all the time the important thing to discovering methods to be worthwhile.

And Week 1 was pretty profitable for me as my picks went 7-2. It will not be so good each week, nevertheless it’s an excellent place to begin the 2022 season. Let’s have a look at what Week 2 has in retailer for us.

Final week: 7-2

Globally: 8-3

(Word: All instances ET, odds from BetMGM)

Louisville at UCF

Time: 7:30 p.m. (Friday) | Tv: ESPN2 | Line: UCF -5.5 | General: 61.5

Louisville had one of the crucial disappointing performances in Week 1, dropping to Syracuse 31-7 because the 4.5-point highway favourite. Within the loss, Louisville had a turnover on goal-line tries late within the first half, then two interceptions within the third quarter that actually deflated.

It was one of many worst video games I can bear in mind, QB Malik Cunningham, however I count on him to bounce again Friday evening in opposition to UCF. I used to be additionally very inspired by two transfers on the Louisville offense – operating again Tiyon Evans and receiver Tyler Hudson. Evans rushed for 89 yards and a landing on 13 carries whereas Hudson caught eight passes for 102 yards.

I nonetheless consider in Louisville’s offense, however the protection was loads just like the one which struggled final fall. UCF, with John Rhys Plumlee now beginning at quarterback, will play quick and rack up loads of factors. I feel the winner of this recreation scores a minimum of 40, so give me essentially the most.

Select: Over 61.5

Duke to the northwest

Time: Midday | TV: FS1 | Line: NO -10 | General: 58.5

Northwestern had every week off after their large win over Nebraska in Dublin whereas Duke opened the 12 months with a 30-0 win over Temple.

It was an excellent begin for the Mike Elko period at Duke, however Temple could be one of many worst groups within the nation. I do not belief Duke to cowl that quantity on the highway, however I am additionally not nice about needing Northwestern to win double digits. That mentioned, I take a look at the whole.

Offensively, Northwestern needs to depend on the operating recreation with Evan Hull and Cam Porter and play ball management, particularly at house. This has lengthy been the final philosophy of Pat Fitzgerald and it lends itself to an understatement.

In Northwestern’s final 30 video games as a house favourite, unders are 23-5-2. And in Northwestern’s final 30 video games as a double-digit favourite, below betting is 19-9-1.

Select: Underneath 58.5

South Carolina at No. 16 Arkansas

Time: Midday | Tv: ESPN | Line: Arkansas -8.5 | Complete: 53

Arkansas misplaced a number of key highschool gamers to harm of their season-opening win over Cincinnati, however I am unsure South Carolina has the offense to capitalize on that.

Spencer Rattler struggled in his debut for the Gamecocks, throwing two interceptions whereas below stress from the Georgia State protection. Actually, South Carolina’s offense struggled as a complete, totaling 306 yards. That included simply three common yards per try within the operating recreation (adjusted to sack). Moreover, the workforce’s 35 factors included two blocked touchdowns and two area objectives from over 50 yards.

GSU is an effective Solar Belt workforce, however Arkansas is an effective SEC workforce. The Razorbacks ought to have a giant day on protection and with KJ Jefferson and Raheim Sanders on the bottom on offense.

Choose: Arkansas -8.5

Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson (1) picked up a solid season opener win over Cincinnati last week in Fayetteville, Ark.  (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson (1) picked up a strong season opener win over Cincinnati final week in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Picture/Michael Woods)

UNLV in Cal

Time: 4 p.m. | TV: P12 | Line: Cal -13 | General: 48.5

Cal was unimpressive of their Week 1 win over UC Davis. The Aggies turned him twice into Cal territory within the first half (together with as soon as inside the ten), threw a decide six early within the second half and threw one other interception deep in Cal territory on the finish of the third. Even with all that, Cal solely took a 27-13 lead within the fourth quarter.

Cal solely outshot UC Davis 415-387 and averaged simply 4.3 yards per carry. UNLV has actually struggled up to now in Marcus Arroyo’s tenure, however the Rebels began to determine some issues out in late 2021. Though it was in opposition to the State of Idaho, the Rebels appeared nonetheless explosive as they took a 45-0 halftime lead of their opener. . The mix of QB Doug Brumfield and WR Ricky White (a switch from Michigan State) goes to trigger issues for Cal.

Underneath Justin Wilcox, Cal has been good for bettors in an underdog function however not as a favourite. Cal is 5-10-1 ATS as a house favourite and simply 2-6 ATS as a double-digit favourite with Wilcox as head coach. UNLV can cowl this quantity.

Select: UNLV +13

Arizona State at No. 11 Oklahoma State

Time: 7:30 p.m. | Tv: ESPN2 | Line: OSU -11.5 | General: 57.5

Certain, Oklahoma State allowed Central Michigan 44 factors final week, however the Cowboys had a 51-15 lead at one level in that recreation. I used to be anticipating a drop out of the Oklahoma State protection, however I do not suppose giving up all these pointless time factors actually means a lot. Actually, this could be a little bit of a pink flag for week 2.

What stood out to me essentially the most about this recreation was Oklahoma State’s offensive tempo. I am nonetheless not a giant fan of Spencer Sanders, however I feel he can profit from a sprawling, rhythmic fashion we have seen from Mike Gundy in recent times.

If the Cowboys get off to a different quick begin in opposition to Arizona State, I do not suppose ASU has what it takes to observe. The Solar Devils haven’t got a lot at receiver and wish to depend on QB Emory Jones and RB Xazavian Valladay within the operating recreation. It will not work too nicely in the event that they need to play from behind.

Choose: Oklahoma State -11.5

Oregon State to Fresno State

Time: 10:30 p.m. | Tv: CBSSN | Line: OSU-1 | General: 60.5

I do not actually envision a state of affairs on this recreation the place each groups do not rating a minimum of 30 factors. Fresno State was content material to enter cruise management in its Week 1 win over Cal Poly, however nonetheless racked up 549 yards in a 35-7 victory. I count on Jake Haener and the Bulldogs to be much more aggressive on this one.

Oregon State, in the meantime, was spectacular in a Week 1 win over Boise State. Boise State’s turnovers helped that trigger, nevertheless it was nonetheless a powerful displaying from a Beavers program that steadily improved below Jonathan Smith. OSU, nevertheless, has been significantly better at house in recent times, particularly on protection. Throughout Smith’s tenure, overs had been 14-6 in highway video games at Oregon State. I count on loads of factors.

Select: Over 60.5

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