Week 2 Locks of the Week

Week two is here. Now, after we’ve seen everyone, we have a better idea where to put our money. Everyone pull out your wallets and make some money. HSJ is over .500 for the year at 5-4.

Here are the locks of the week:

Oregon State +14.5 at Michigan

The play: Oregon State

Why? These teams are actually very similar. Michigan has a little bit more talent and is playing at home, but the line is way out of wack. Both teams are breaking in new coaches.

Michigan 21
Oregon State 20

Houston +13.5 at Louisville

The play: Houston

Why? One thing Houston does is hire good coaches: John Jenkins, Kevin Sumlin, Art Briles. Houston starts to show something on the field and their coach goes on to make millions. Tom Herman will probably take over for Charlie Strong after this season. Louisville didn’t look good last week against an Auburn team that was trying to hand them the game.

Louisville 34
Houston 28

UTEP +20.5 at Texas Tech

The Play: UTEP

Why? This has little to do with UTEP and a lot to do with Texas Tech. Texas Tech looked to have less talent than Sam Houston State last week. UTEP is better than Sam Houston. Take UTEP and the points.

Texas Tech 42
UTEP 35

Minnesota -5 at Colorado State

The Play: Colorado State

Why? Minnesota looked disinterested last week at home, so going on the road should further cloud their interest factor. Colorado State has players still trying to impress the coach. This game is a coin flip.

Colorado State 21
Minnesota 17

Washington State +3.5 at Rutgers

The play: Rutgers

Why? Washington State is the worst team in the PAC 12. They are worse than Colorado.

Rutgers 34
Washington State 30

Georgia -21.5 at Vanderbilt

The Play? Georgia

Why? Vanderbilt was awful last week. They just don’t have the horses. Georgia can name the score.

Georgia 52
Vandy 9


Fresno State +30.5 at Ole Miss

The play: Fresno State

Why? This game won’t really be competitive. We at HSJ just don’t believe Ole Miss has enough offense to cover the spread against these Central Valley boys.

Mississippi 27
Fresno St 3

Iowa -3 at Iowa State

The play: Iowa

Why? The difference in the athletes on these two teams is significant. Iowa passes the eyeball test. Iowa State doesn’t. In fact, Iowa State looks like a Pop Warner team wearing USC colored uniforms.

Iowa 28
Iowa State 13

Oklahoma -2 at Tennessee

The play: Tennessee

Why? Tennessee has better players. The talent level is similar in the skill positions, but up front, Tennessee has more bodies. OU is probably a better coached team at this point, which makes this game interesting. Tennessee will probably come back to win late. If this game had an extra quarter, Tennessee would win going away.

Tennessee 28
Oklahoma 20

Oregon +3.5 at Michigan State

The play: Michigan State

Why? Oregon is dead. Put a fork in them.

Michigan State 31
Oregon 16

Rice +14 at Texas

The play: Rice

Why? If you saw Texas play last week, you wonder how they can score at all. Rice will be able to move the ball against Texas and can win outright if they win the turnover battle.

Rice 20
Texas 13

LSU -4 at Mississippi State

The play: Mississippi State

LSU will miss John Chavis and they aren’t as talented up front as they have been in recent years. Prescott and company will be able to score some points for the Bulldogs. LSU cancelling its game last week will hurt as well.

Mississippi State 42
LSU 17

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