Our opening teaser for the 2021 NCAA football season was a winner and we’ll look to replicate that feat going with three division matchups for Week 2. Going by the original college football odds, two of the favorites have to win by at least three scores, which is a tad too much. So we’ll tease it down a bit and give these superior squads a bit more leeway via the sportsbook.
NCAA Football Week 2: 3-Way, 7-Point Teaser
New Mexico State Aggies at New Mexico Lobos
When: Sat. Sept. 11 (7 p.m. ET)
Point Spread: New Mexico State +19 (-110), New Mexico -19 (-110)
We kick off the matchups with the easy college football pick: fading the New Mexico State Aggies (0-2). This squad is one of the worst teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). They’re one of only two teams with two losses and one came against a fellow scrub, UTEP by a whopping 27 points.
Now the Lobos (1-0) aren’t hottish either. CBS has them ranked at 106 in its football rankings, which means they’ll lose to any team worth a damn. But the Aggies are bad in almost every aspect and just when it seemed like they were going to upset San Diego State, they let them explode for 21 unanswered points in one quarter.
New Mexico also has a fearsome defense that dismantled Houston Baptist forcing eight turnovers including five sacks. The Lobos have also won two straight against the Aggies. But 19 points is too many points. Teasing this down to a dozen allows the Lobos to win by two touchdowns to cover.
(21) Utah Utes at BYU Cougars
When: Sat. Sept. 11 (10:15 p.m. ET)
Point Spread: Utah -7 (-115), BYU +7 (-105
From one state rivalry to the next, we have the Utes (1-0) going up against BYU (1-0). Utah has won nine straight against BYU, the longest streak in their rivalry. In fact, Utah has covered seven of their last 10 meetings.
More notably, the Utes are unbeaten when facing BYU as a top-25 team (5-0). It has also won by an average of 18.8 points when facing BYU in their LaVell Edwards Stadium. The Cougars are still adjusting to life without star quarterback Zach Wilson. They managed to beat Arizona but failed to cover the spread.
The Utes did enough in their 40-17 season-opening win over Weber State to move up in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll on Tuesday.https://t.co/zLWGqfGRdc
— The Salt Lake Tribune (@sltrib) September 8, 2021
Utah has a strong defense, which we can’t say the same for BYU. The Utes should be able to roll into town and grind the Cougars down to a low-scoring game. Teasing this down by seven points means all Utah has to do is win in case the Cougars score late to sink Utah’s spread just like Weber State did.
Stanford Cardinal at (14) USC Trojans
When: , Sat. Sept. 11 (10:30 p.m. ET)
Point Spread: Stanford +17 (-110), USC -17 (-110)
Capping off this three-leg teaser is a Californian showdown between Stanford (0-1) and USC (1-0). The Cardinal has seen a fair share of support when betting online likely due to a change in their quarterback. Tanner McKee looked significantly better than Jack West though the team still lost to Kansas State in its opener.
As for the Trojans, they have won three of their last four games against Stanford. USC has also beaten Stanford in 29 of 37 meetings when only the Trojans are ranked. This team also has one of the best defenses in the Pac-12 and is getting back a key starter, safety Isaiah Pola-Mao to further bolster itself.
As for Stanford, their defense has continued to worsen each season. They allowed 6.6 yards a play last year and was last in the conference in third-down defense and pass efficiency defense. This team struggles to pressure teams and that’s why USC should roll here.