‘Stanford Steve’ and ‘The Bear’: Week 2 college football picks, bets, nuggets

  • Lead researcher for “College GameDay” since 1996
  • Voter on ESPN CFB Selection Committee

  • Known as “Stanford Steve”
  • Played college football at Stanford
  • Producer for SportsCenter with SVP

College football is underway in 2020 and it’s unlike any season we have had before. One thing is familiar: “Stanford Steve” Coughlin and Chris “The Bear” Fallica breaking down games as only they can, offering their top bets, nuggets, games to stay away from as well as some futures on the season.

Here is your guide to Week 2 of the CFB season with the two college football analysts.

The plays

Thursday’s game

UAB Blazers at Miami Hurricanes (-14, 54.5)

The Bear: Miami has been a brutal favorite lately (there are plenty of numbers on that below.) The biggest reason for those struggles has been the offense. In their past eight games as a TD favorite, the Canes have averaged 17.4 points. Enter QB D’Eriq King. King and new OC Rhett Lashlee could have a similar type effect on the Canes’ offense that Joe Brady and Joe Burrow had on the LSU offense last year. I can see a lot of people on UAB but keep in mind when the Blazers have played Tennessee, Florida and Texas A&M the past three years, they allowed 36 PPG — so I expect the Canes to put up a lot of points. However, I think UAB will get its share of points as well. Star DE Gregory Rousseau opted out, and the Canes have a few holes to fill at linebacker and in the secondary. I won’t try and talk anyone who likes the ‘dog off it, but I think over is a safer play.

Pick:

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