The second week of action in the NCAA had plenty of games that featured some incredibly large odds. However, there were still plenty of upsets and some rather close games.
The Big Ten Fails
The biggest story of the second week of NCAA football games came from the Big Ten's schools. Many of the top schools in the conference either failed to with their games or were almost upset by weaker teams. The most notable loss came when Michigan State lost to Oregon in a Top Ten match. The Ducks were already -14 favorites and they managed to pull off that line with a 46-27 win.
Meanwhile, Ohio State were -10 favorites against Virginia Tech. However, the Hokies pulled off the win in Columbus by a score of 35-21.
In addition, Michigan was shut out for the first time in thirty years with a 31-0 loss to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish were -4 favorites in what will be the last game in this historic rivalry for the foreseeable future. Much of this was thanks to the Irish getting three interceptions.
Nebraska were -35 favorites against McNeese State but the Cowboys actually tried to pull off an upset in Lincoln. The Cornhuskers would not get their first lead of the day until there were twenty seconds left as they escaped with a 31-24 win.
Florida Atlantic Saved By the Weather
Alabama was a -42 favorite against Florida Atlantic this past Saturday. The game was called with a little less than eight minutes left in the fourth quarter as the Crimson Tide was up 41-0. The game had an over/under of 52.5 as oddsmakers felt that the Tide was going to be even more dominant. This was especially as the Tide got three touchdowns in the first quarter alone.
The Citadel Tries
Florida State was a -58.5 favorite against the Citadel this week. The Bulldogs did make an attempt to try and keep up with the Seminoles. While the Seminoles had a 28-0 lead at the half, the Bulldogs did limit Florida State to just three field goals. The Seminoles won the game 37-12, falling well under the spread. Florida State was still able to maintain its spot around the top of all college polls after the win.
Close Games In the Top 25
Some Top 25-ranked teams had a few scares this past week. UCLA was targeted by Memphis as the Tigers got a touchdown and interception return for another six points early in the fourth quarter to tie the game. The Bruins did get a touchdown pass from Brett Hundley not long after that to hold on for a 42-35 win. The Bruins had a -22 line in that game.
North Carolina was a -14.5 favorite against San Diego State but they too had a scare. The Aztecs were up by two touchdowns at one point but the Tar Heels outscored them 17-6 in the fourth quarter to get a 31-27 win. The Aztecs had a close shot for an upset with less than a minute left but the Heels' Tim Scott got an interception in the end zone to seal the game.
What About the Massive Odds?
There were several games that had some very lofty odds. These were designed by many oddsmakers with the belief that these games were to be blowouts. Of course, these included many I-A schools playing against I-AA and lower teams.
California was a -27 favorite against Sacramento State and won 55-14. Bowling Green was a -38.5 against the Virginia Military Academy and won 48-7.
Even Georgia Southern had some very high odds in their game. The Eagles were -39.5 favorites against Savannah State, a team notorious for having been subjected to incredible underdog lines in the past. The Eagles not only covered the spread but single-handedly got over the 66-point bet with a 83-9 win.
Texas A&M has a slight chance to do the same with a 76.5 point total but missed it with a 73-3 win against Lamar. The Aggies did beat their -46.5 line.
A Big Upset
One massive upset this week came from BYU against Texas. Texas was a -1 favorite but the Cougars took out the Longhorns 41-7 in Austin thanks in part to three rushing touchdowns by Taysom Hill.
The NCAA football action for week three will certainly have some games that might be a little closer. There's Georgia-South Carolina and UCLA-Texas, for instance. Then again, Alabama is a -49 favorite against Southern Mississippi while Oregon is favored by 44 against Wyoming.