College Football Pick’em: Texas Longhorns host LSU

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If you thought Week 1 was good, the next week ramps up the intensity. Clemson and Texas A&M showed us what to expect from them when they face each other. This time, it’s in Death Valley. The other big game this week shapes the College Football Playoff race. Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns want to be back so bad, but must go through LSU. The Tigers present a completely different challenge than the Oklahoma Sooners, but it might be even more difficult. The fact that LSU’s favored against the home team Texas Longhorns says something about the depth of the Tigers team.

Last week: 15-1 straight up, 7-9 against the spread
Overall: 16-2 straight up, 8-10 against the spread

Game of the Week: Texas Longhorns vs. LSU Tigers

#6 LSU (-6) at #9 Texas

Buckle up ladies and gentlemen, the Texas Longhorns and LSU Tigers are ready to play. Expect an absolute battle between these two teams, and it will be tighter than many think….LSU 24 TEXAS 20

#12 Texas A&M (+17) at #1 Clemson

Kellen Mond versus Trevor Lawrence gives us another quality quarterback competition….CLEMSON 34 TEXAS A&M 24

#23 Stanford (+1) at USC

Normally a thrilling matchup, but USC’s JT Daniels is hurt for the year and Stanford’s KJ Costello is questionable….USC 28 STANFORD 24

#25 Nebraska (-3.5) at Colorado

Steven Montez and Laviska Shenault Jr. found a way to make a comeback last year, and they’re trying to prove it wasn’t a fluke….COLORADO 38 NEBRASKA 31

Best of the rest

Cincinnati (+16.5) at #5 Ohio State

Bearcats are a tough team, but Ohio State’s too talented….OHIO STATE 38 CINCINNATI 21

Army (+22.5) at #7 Michigan

Army looked less than impressive last week against Rice, but so did Michigan against Middle Tennessee. I trust one of them to get immensely better….MICHIGAN 35 ARMY 14

#21 Syracuse (+2) at Maryland

Arguably the most underrated matchup of Week 2. Maryland scored 79 last week, but won’t do that again….SYRACUSE 24 MARYLAND 23

Vanderbilt (+7) at Purdue

Both teams possess great firepower on offense, so this one could be a shootout….PURDUE 44 VANDERBILT 42

San Diego State (+7.5) at UCLA

Bruins were embarassed on the road last week, and San Diego State struggled with Weber State. One team’s gotta win this….UCLA 23 SAN DIEGO STATE 14

#18 UCF (-10.5) at FAU

UCF dominated the last matchup, and there’s no reason to believe they won’t do it again….UCF 42 FAU 21

North Texas (+3.5) at SMU

North Texas won last year, but SMU looks like a much better team in 2019 with Shane Buchele running the show….SMU 33 NORTH TEXAS 24

BYU (+3.5) at Tennessee

Both teams looked flat last week, but the Volunteers turn things around this week….TENNESSEE 21 BYU 14

Tulane (+18) at #10 Auburn

Auburn’s on upset alert after Tulane’s strong start, but it’s tough to see Tulane solving Gus Malzahn’s offense…..AUBURN 28 TULANE 17

Nevada (+23.5) at #16 Oregon

Justin Herbert’s lack of receivers came back to haunt the Ducks, and they face a Nevada team that stunned Purdue….OREGON 45 NEVADA 20

Miami (-5) at North Carolina

Mack Brown made an instant impact on the Tar Heels, but beating Miami is a different beast….MIAMI 30 NORTH CAROLINA 21

Minnesota (-3) at Fresno State

Golden Gophers struggled against FCS South Dakota State, and now hit the road against a tough team….MINNESOTA 24 FRESNO STATE 20

Oregon State (+6.5) at Hawaii

Oregon State looks like a better team, and Hawaii’s Cole McDonald wants to bounce back after an inconsistent Week 1 performance….HAWAII 41 OREGON STATE 31

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