Free Week 2 Prediction: Beavers vs Wolverines Odds
Week 2 College football betting sees the Oregon State Beavers taking on the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday September 12th at Michigan Stadium. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
The Beavers travel to Michigan in a battle of two teams with opposite records. Oregon State holds a 1-0 record after dismantling Weber State in the second half of Week 1’s season opener, while the Wolverines dropped the first game on the road against the Utah Utes in the first contest of the Jim Harbaugh era.
Kickoff is set for noon ET at Michigan Stadium.
The Wolverines may be the squad gaining all the attention for beginning a new era, but the Beavers are doing the exact same thing in Corvallis, Ore. Mike Riley is out, and former Wisconsin head coach Gary Anderson is in, but there’s also been a shift at quarterback, as Sean Mannion has taken his talents to the NFL and Seth Collins has stepped into his starting role.
In the year’s opening game, Collins completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 92 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Jordan Villamin and Storm Woods combined on the evening for 95 receiving yards and one touchdown. Victor Bolden had three receptions and no scores.
On the ground, this group is far more diverse this season with Collins on board than in years past. The team as a whole is averaging 281 yards per contest, and Collins was the leader in that category from Game 1 of the season with 152 yards on 17 carries.
The Michigan Wolverines are seeking a bounce-back performance after a 24-17 loss away from home against the Utes. Jake Rudock completed 62.8 percent of his passes for 279 yards, and he scored two touchdowns in the process.
The catch? He also threw the ball to the wrong team on three occasions, which is something he’ll have to have more control of against the Beavers in Week 2.
Defensively, the Wolverines gave up 24 points and 337 yards last week. Although the Beavers don’t look like a major threat to put up nation-leading numbers, one thing is clear: You have to stop Collins on the ground. Take away the quarterback’s ground game, and this offense has a completely different look. That will be the goal for Michigan in this one, and that could be the biggest factor between going 0-2 to start the year and reaching .500 two games into the season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Beavers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
- Beavers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Beavers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
- Beavers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Beavers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win.
- Wolverines are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss.
- Wolverines are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Wolverines are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Prediction
Look for the Wolverines to have the bounce-back performance they need in Week 2. Oregon State’s defense looked good, but not good enough (or more appropriately, consistent enough) to put together a second straight win assuming the Michigan offense shows up.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Michigan ATS
This one comes down to Michigan keeping better control of the ball, and as long as that happens, the contest shouldn’t be in question late.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Michigan 40 – Oregon State 23
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