College football picks, schedule: Predictions against the spread,:A closer look at the top games on the slate for Week 2 of the 2021 season
Week 1 of the 2021 college football season was eventful … to say the least. This weekend, Week 2 is set to set the tone for the remainder of the season, especially for the Pac-12, which has all of its ranked teams competing in big-time games across the country. Yes, it’s another make-or-break Saturday for the much-maligned league, though at least it’s occurring early in the season.
No. 12 Oregon opens the festivities in the headline game of the day when it kicks off at noon ET at No. 3 Ohio State. No. 21 Utah will revisit the Holy War at BYU in the evening with No. 14 USC hosting Stanford in the nightcap. In between, Colorado hosts No. 5 Texas A&M, while No. 9 Iowa State welcomes No. 10 Iowa for the latest edition of the Cy-Hawk game. No. 15 Texas will also renew its Southwest Conference rivalry when it visits Arkansas.
While winning is all that matters for the standings, we care about whether these teams will cover their spreads. Be sure to stick with CBS Sports throughout the day for college football coverage from the opening kickoff on Saturday to the final whistle. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for the second full Saturday of the season.
Noon | Fox, fuboTV (Try for free) — The hook is scary, but I expect a big performance from the Buckeyes. They struggled for a time last week, but it was the first game of the season and it was on the road. Returning home with a game under their belt, the offense won’t take as long to find a groove. And Oregon just isn’t explosive enough offensively to keep up for the entire 60 minutes. Prediction: Ohio State (-14.5) — Tom Fornelli
Oddsmakers are giving Texas A&M too much credit here. While I think that the Aggies will win, it won’t be a high-scoring affair. I have faith enough faith in Colorado’s defense to at least keep it close heading into the fourth quarter. At that point, expect Texas A&M to play ground-and-pound football just to get out of there. The likelihood of TAMU coach Jimbo Fisher opening things up on the road with a quarterback making his second start is equal to the chances of Bishop Sycamore winning a high school football state championship. Prediction: Colorado (+16) — Barrett Sallee