College Football Week 2 Picks: Buffalo Bulls vs. Baylor Bears

Buffalo Bulls vs. No. 23 Baylor Bears
Saturday, 9/7/13, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Baylor -27.5
Current Betting Line:  Baylor -27.5
Opening Total:  64
Current Total:  68.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Baylor Bears are 12-2 ATS at home since 2011
The Baylor Bears are 12-2 ATS at home since 2011

Buffalo is getting ready for another tough road test, as it suffered a 40-20 setback to the Ohio State Buckeyes as 34-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 55.5.  The Bulls were led by the play of Khalil Mack, who had a game-high nine tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception he returned for a score.  He was named the MAC East Defensive Player of the Week as well as the National Defensive Player of the Week Monday.  Offensively, wide receiver Alex Neutz put together a solid game, as he finished with nine catches for 98 yards.  Buffalo is 10-8 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 12-6 in that situation.

The Bulls defense will continue to create havoc for opposing quarterbacks, as the united recorded 34 sacks in Lou Tepper’s first year as coordinator, with Mack being the main player to use in his blitz schemes.  Buffalo head coach Jeff Quinn had his entire coaching staff return for the first time during his time on campus, which is something to consider when making your NCAA football picks Saturday.

Baylor will continue a four-game homestand, as it came away with a 69-3 blowout victory over Wofford as 29-point favorites last week, while going OVER the betting total of 62.5.  The Bears won the statistical battle by 459 yards, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA football betting lines.  The program is 15-3 versus non-big 12 opponents over the last five seasons, while it has compiled a solid 13-4 record in September in the Art Briles era.  Baylor is 12-2 ATS at home since 2011, with the OVER going 10-3-1 in those 14 opportunities.

The Bears have a dynamic running back in Lache Seastrunk, who has rushed for 100-plus years in a school-record five straight contests.  Quarterback Bryce Petty ranks sixth in the country and first among Big 12 Conference players with a passing efficiency of 215.9.  Baylor has won 26 games over the course of the last three-plus seasons—marking the 12th time in program history it has won at least that many games over any four-year span.

Sports bettors will likely back the Bears due to their 7-0 ATS mark in their last seven games.

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