Five potential college football Week 2 shockers – 09-04-2014

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College football Week 2 is packed with upset potential.
We breakdown five matchups and ring the outright upset alarm,
rankings just how probable these stunners could be
Saturday.


Old Dominion Monarchs at North Carolina State Wolfpack

(-17)


Moneyline odds: Old Dominion +875/NC State
-850

North Carolina State struggled mightily against Georgia
Southern in Week 1 but did rally in the fourth quarter for
the win. With senior Taylor Heinicke at quarterback, the
Monarchs can flat out score points and that’s an area that
the Wolfpack struggled in with new quarterback Jacoby
Brissett.

Likelihood of upset: Small


Gardner-Webb Bulldogs at Wake Forest Demon Deacons

(-22)


Moneyline odds:
Gardner-Webb +975/Wake Forest -1,975

The Demon Deacons gained just 94 yards in their season opener
and scored 10 points against UL Monroe. Now they’re a
24.5-point favorite in Week 2. Gardner-Webb lost by 10 to
Furman. Keep in mind that Wake’s biggest victory from 2013
was 24 points (over Presbyterian and Maryland) and that they
only scored more than 24 points four times in 2013. This
feeling is less about confidence in Gardner-Webb and more
about a lack of confidence in Wake’s offense.

Likelihood of upset: Medium


Northern Illinois Huskies at Northwestern Wildcats

(-7)


Moneyline odds:
Northern Illinois +243/Northwestern
-285

In Week 1, NIU won by 52 over Presbyterian while Northwestern
lost to Cal by seven. Northern Illinois may not have Jordan
Lynch anymore but it has a fantastic running attack and
Northwestern will struggle to stop it. All of the offseason
hoopla about Northwestern unionizing may have divided the
team and interrupted its focus. We will likely find that out
after this game.

Likelihood of upset: Large


Colorado State Rams at Boise State Broncos

(-10.5)


Moneyline odds:
Colorado State +330/Boise State -410

The Broncos fell flat against Ole Miss in Week 1. They hung
in for three quarters and then got blown out in the fourth.
Colorado State beat in-state rival Colorado behind an
aggressive running game that featured former Alabama RB Dee
Hart and Treyous Jarrells (both ran for over 100 yards).

Likelihood of upset:
  XL


Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Illinois Fighting Illini

(-6)

Moneyline odds: Western Kentucky
+195/Illinois -235

No Bobby Petrino, no problem for WKU in Week 1 as the
Hilltoppers led the FBS in passing yards with 569 in a 59-31
rout of Bowling Green (the 2013 MAC Champions). Illinois
struggled to get past Youngstown State, needing 21 points in
the fourth quarter to win by 11. A lot of pressure is on new
Illini quarterback Wes Lunt to put the team on his back.

Likelihood of upset:
Jumbo

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