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Sharp Seven – Week 2 Gambling Picks

Last Week: 3-4

Season total: 3-4

Not great but not a terrible first week. We went 4-7 or hit at 43% in week one. The season goal is set at 53% and remains well within reach. The slate of games in week 2 is pretty terrible but we will look at the best seven and pick from those games.

#16 TCU -19.5 at Southern Methodist

Gary Patterson is one of the best head coaches that will soon be forgotten due to coaching at a school that cannot pull in elite talent. The Horned Frogs are beyond disciplined and will rarely beat themselves. This Friday night special looks like free money and everyone should be looking at this game despite how well home underdogs have performed in recent years on weeknights.

#3 UGA -9 at #24 South Carolina

The talent is closer than you might expect here but I still feel comfortable with Kirby Smart on the road in this one. Will Muschamp has been known for doing less with more since his days as UF’s head coach and this weekend will be much of the same. Smart has the Bulldogs rolling and will take care of things in Brice Williams Stadium come Saturday. Look for the same type of ground and pound offense we saw from the Bulldogs a year ago leading to a double-digit win.

#4 Ohio State -34 vs. Rutgers

Urban Meyer or not, the Buckeyes remain one of the most talented teams in the nation. The Scarlet Knights have little to no hope heading into the Horseshoe this weekend. Opening at -34 seems like free money. Jump on it before this line gets over five touchdowns.

#2 Clemson -12 at Texas A&M

Jimbo versus Dabo has become one of the premier matchups in college football the past half-decade or so. That said, Clemson has done a much better job stockpiling talent the past few years than Kevin Sumlin has in College Station.

Trevor Lawrence looked every bit the part of his five-star ranking this past weekend and if he sees meaningful minutes, Clemson could roll the Aggies Saturday afternoon.

#25 Florida -14 vs. Kentucky

The boat has sailed on Kentucky beating Florida anytime soon. After multiple years of missed opportunities, the Wildcats can give up any hope of beating the Gators any time soon. UF rolls in this one as they continue to feast on a very easy schedule.

As much as it may hurt, might as well make some money on the Gators beating up on one of the softest schedules in the country this weekend.

Penn State -9 at Pitt

Penn State nearly loses at home to Appalachian State opening weekend. That won’t be an issue this weekend. Jame Franklin uses the overtime win as motivation for his team to a big win this weekend at Heinz Field. Give the points and enjoy the lackluster weekend.

Samford +33 at FSU

This one is tricky. Samford may be an FCS level opponent, but they are a quality one ranking 9th nationally in their latest top 25 poll. They aren’t going to come into Tallahassee and upset FSU but they could hang around long enough to make things interesting.

Coming off just a few days rest and dealing with some banged-up bodies, look for FSU to do their best to make this a quick and painless game. Coach Taggart’s main focus right now is on cleaning up the self-inflicted wounds from Monday night while getting ready for another conference game at Syracuse next weekend.

The Bulldogs’ depth will be an issue as the game goes on and FSU pulls away in the second half. While he has been known to run up the score on inferior competition in the past, I think Taggart looks to shorten the game late winning by a score something like 41-10.

 

 


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