The primary two full weeks of the school soccer season have been extraordinarily entertaining. Final week was stuffed with upheaval and there may be the potential for lots extra in Week 3.
It is solely been two weeks, so I attempt to not overreact come what may in my evaluation of those groups. I am going to attempt to use what occurred early on to my benefit, however I nonetheless depend on low season analysis to make these picks.
And I am off to an amazing begin. After goes 7-2 in week 1, I went 5-1 final week. Will my hit streak proceed? I’ve to confess I wasn’t an enormous fan of what I noticed on the board this week, however I’ve six video games that made it.
Last week: 5-1
(Observe: All occasions ET, odds from BetMGM.)
Western Kentucky to Indiana
Time: Midday | Tv: BTN | Line: UI -6.5 | Total: 61.5
This Western Kentucky group is not practically as explosive on offense because it was final 12 months with Bailey Zappe at quarterback, Jerreth Sterns and Mitchell Tinsley at receiver, and Zach Kittley at coordinator. WKU is 2-0 to begin the season, however the Hilltoppers discovered themselves in a one-scored sport with Austin Peay late within the fourth quarter of Week 0 and loved six turnovers in Hawaii of their second victoire. WKU does not have a dominant receiver and switch Division II QB Austin Reed has simply been OK.
Indiana, in the meantime, has already matched its 2021 win complete with a 2-0 begin, however it hasn’t been fairly. The Hoosiers received a villainous win over Illinois in Week 1, getting handed practically 100 yards within the course of. After which final week, the Hoosiers trailed Idaho 10-0 earlier than coming again to win.
IU is dedicated to working the ball regardless of missing consistency and QB Connor Bazelak is just making 54% of his throws. With the UI assault mediocre at greatest and the WKU assault overrated primarily based on final 12 months’s efficiency, I really feel like this complete is simply too excessive.
Select: beneath 61.5
Southern Alabama at UCLA
Time: 2 p.m. | TV: P12 | Line: UCLA -15.5 | Complete: 59
With Dorian Thompson-Robinson at quarterback and Zach Charbonnet at working again, I belief UCLA to have the ability to put up factors in bunches. The Bruins scored 90 factors in two video games, however these video games have been towards two unhealthy opponents. Southern Alabama is a step up within the competitors.
The Jaguars routed Michigan Middle on the highway final week, racking up greater than 500 yards of offense within the course of. With Carter Bradley at quarterback and a stable extensive group, I feel South Alabama may have sufficient success to go over the overall, even when it occurs in file time.
Select: Over 59
North Texas at UNLV
Time: 3 p.m. | Line: UNLV-3 | Total: 63.5
Often I do not like taking part in the identical group two weeks in a row, however I am at UNLV once more. Final week, UNLV coated (and practically received) on the highway towards Cal. The Rebels had a number of probabilities to take the lead late within the sport, however simply could not get into the top zone when it mattered. They are going to have rather more success towards North Texas.
I have not been impressed with North Texas in any respect this season. UNT beat UTEP of their opening match, however that 31-13 scoreline was very deceptive. UTEP beat the Imply Inexperienced however failed to attain on six of its 9 journeys to the North Texas territory. The next week, UNT have been eradicated at residence by SMU earlier than a win over Texas Southern final week. Even in that win, the Imply Inexperienced managed to surrender 458 yards to a TSU group that was restricted to only 174 yards in a Week 1 loss to Prairie View.
The North Texas protection could possibly be very unhealthy, and I belief UNLV to do the homework.
Select: UNLV -3
No. 22 Penn State at Auburn
Time: 3:30 p.m. | Tv: CBS | Line: PSU-3 | Total: 48.5
Auburn did not look sharp final week in a 24-16 win over San Jose State in a efficiency that can possible ship lots of people to Penn State on this sport. I feel PSU is the most effective group, however Jordan Hare Stadium is such a troublesome place to play that I discover it onerous to really feel assured with a group.
I am rather more assured that it will likely be a reasonably low-scoring sport. Each of these defenses are stable, and Auburn might want to get artistic to have an opportunity of pulling off an upset. PSU’s secondary is superb, however the linebacker group will be exploited. Additionally, PSU has extra weapons than Auburn however nonetheless has some points on the offensive line and Sean Clifford is vulnerable to turnovers when beneath lots of stress.
The beneath is 14-5-1 in Auburn’s final 20 video games as an underdog, in order that development pushes me much more in that path.
Select: Beneath 48.5
No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon
Time: 3:30 p.m. | Tv: Fox | Line: Oregon -3.5 | Complete: 58
Coming off the heels of such a bodily sport towards Baylor, hitting the highway to Oregon goes to be a troublesome one for BYU. The truth that the Cougars can as soon as once more be with out their prime two receivers goes to make issues powerful towards an Oregon protection that’s considerably higher than it confirmed within the season-opening loss to the Georgia. I count on BYU to depend on their offensive line and working sport on this one, together with some runs designed for QB Jaren Corridor.
On the similar time, I’ve little or no religion in Bo Nix and the Oregon offense. The Geese are good up entrance, however I am a little bit skeptical that this group has the personnel that actually matches the kind of offense OC Kenny Dillingham desires to run.
These components push me fairly comfortably in the direction of a sub. The beneath is 17-8 as BYU has been an underdog throughout Kalani Sitake’s tenure as head coach. When BYU is an underdog on the highway throughout this era, beneath bets are 9-4.
Select: beneath 58
San Diego State at No. 14 Utah
Time: 10 p.m. | Tv: ESPN2 | Line: Utah -21 | Total: 49.5
San Diego State beat Utah final season in triple extra time. That is the sport the Utes moved from Charlie Brewer to Cam Rising at quarterback. Since then, the Utes have been among the best groups within the nation.
SDSU received 12 video games final 12 months primarily based on heavy offense and robust protection and particular groups. I imagine the Aztecs are worse in all three areas this 12 months. And thru two video games, a loss to Arizona and a win over Idaho State, SDSU has solely thrown for 170 yards. Solely the Air Drive and UMass have fewer passing yards.
After lacking a number of goal-line probabilities within the season-opening loss to Florida, Utah performed with a way of urgency final week in a blowout win over an FCS group. With the loss to the Aztecs final 12 months in thoughts, it is revenge for the Utes and I feel they’ll win massive.
Decide: Utah -21