College football picks, schedule: ATS predictions, odds for the top 25 games in week 2

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As the Power Five kicks off the 2020 college football season a few weeks later than initially expected as the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the entire sport schedule, the ACC and the Big 12 officially start en masse on Saturday with nearly all of the teams in action. . The SEC is still weeks away from the start of its season (September 26), and the Big Ten and Pac-12 are currently monitoring games in the spring of 2021, but major college football is on the brink this weekend nonetheless.

Preseason No.1 Clemson will be in action on Saturday night as a five-touchdown favorite on Wake Forest, while No.10 Notre-Dame – a temporary ACC member for 2020 – has a game after. midday featured as three touchdowns. preferred to Duke. The Big 12 don’t have any major games on the schedule, although the No.5 Oklahoma and No.14 Texas will both be in action in games that will likely end before the first quarter.

With the action starting early in the day and continuing late into the night, let’s take a look at the biggest games on the schedule on Saturday, as well as our picks and predictions for what will happen in those contests. Our college football experts at CBS Sports have picked each game both straight and against the spread, giving you ample opportunity to decide how to make your picks before kick-off. Every hour in the East

Syracuse at n ° 18 North Carolina (-22.5) – Noon on the ACC network: That’s a huge number for a conference game that will be the first action for either team after a limited or no spring and a socially remote preseason camp. While I’m convinced North Carolina has one of the best offenses in the ACC this season, you need to leave room for a week one hiccup in your expectations for this game. Those points could show up in fewer touchdowns, but also in having to settle for field goals when that high-octane offense moves into goal position and the pitch shrinks. Then I look at Tommy DeVito and wonder if, after a very disappointing 2019, he’s made the move to go put some touchdowns on the board against the North Carolina defense. The Tar Heels will win easily, but more than three touchdowns are in great demand at this point in the season. Choix: Syracuse (+22,5) – Chip Patterson

Duke at n ° 10 Notre Dame (-20.5) – 2:30 p.m. on NBC: Selection matches will be tougher than ever this year as we may not find any players missing before kick-off. Still, given what we know about these two teams heading into Saturday, I find it hard not to take on the Fighting Irish. The Irish beat Duke 38-7 last season in Durham, NC, and I don’t think enough changes have been made to both teams to expect this year’s competition to play out much differently. . I feel comfortable with the Irish at something better than three touchdowns. Pick: Notre Dame (-20.5) – Tom Fornelli

Georgia Tech at Florida State (-12.5) – 3:30 p.m. on ABC: Both defenses should have an early advantage due to their returning talent and the fact that no offense inspires confidence as a unit capable of an evasion performance in week 1. It will take time. at the Seminoles to set up and run whatever new coach Mike Norvell wants to do, and for that reason, it’s hard to see Florida State scoring enough to pull out. Georgia Tech’s running game should generate enough oomph to score at least twice and keep the Yellow Jackets in the sidelines. Picks: Georgia Tech (+12.5) – David Cobb

N ° 1 Clemson (-33) at Wake Forest – 7:30 p.m. on ABC: National TV is going to be one hell of a stop for the whole country to realize that Clemson’s defensive line is back to the depth and dominance levels of 2017-18. Sophomore Tyler Davis is going to be one of the best inside defensive linemen in the country this season, his sophomore KJ Henry is set to be Clemson’s next big passer and the real freshman duo of Bryan Bresee and Myles Murphy. “over-delivered” on their five-star promise according to Clemson coaches. This group is going to run five or six deep with a player who could start on any line in the conference, and that is going to cause all kinds of trouble for Wake Forest in this game. Even if Trevor Lawrence starts off slow like 2019 with his main goals gone, the defense will be so disruptive that it will be difficult for the Demon Deacons’ offense to pick up any pace. Choix: Clemson (-33) – Chip Patterson

UTEP au n ° 14 Texas (-14) – 20h sur Longhorn Network: Bookies are predicting it will be a blast, and I’m not inclined to disagree. Personally, huge early season lines like this aren’t fun because it’s clear who the better team are – that’s just if they keep their foot on the gas pedal long enough to cover. The Miners have been bad for a while, having won just two games in the past three years. A 24-14 win over Stephen F. Austin of the FCS ranks in Week 1 didn’t really inspire a ton of confidence for a cover this week. Ask the points, I guess. Picks: Texas -43.5 – Ben Kercheval

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