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Clay Travis College Football 2023 Week 2 Picks (12-6 last week)

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Outkick founder Clay Travis is back with his full slate of 14 selections for Week 2 of the college football season. After going 12-6 in Week 1, Travis is looking to build on that success with another winning week.

Clay Travis 2023 Season Record: 12-6

Clay Travis’ Week 2 College Football Picks

  • Vanderbilt at Wake, the over 57.5
  • Nebraska +3.5 at Colorado
  • Texas A&M -4.5 at Miami
  • Iowa at Iowa State, the over 36.5
  • UNLV +36.5 at Michigan
  • Ole Miss at Tulane, the over 64.5
  • Kent State at Arkansas -37.5
  • Oregon at Texas Tech, the over 66.5
  • Appalachian State +18.5 at UNC and the over 58.5
  • Texas +7 at Alabama
  • SMU at Oklahoma, the over 69.5
  • Arizona at Mississippi State -9
  • Auburn at California, the over 54.5

Clay Travis Breaks Down His 14 College Football Week 2 Picks

Vanderbilt at Wake, the over 57.5

Travis sees this as a prime over bet. Both Vanderbilt and Wake Forest have shown the ability to put up points so far this season. Vanderbilt gave up 28 to Hawaii and 13 to Alabama A&M, while Wake scored 44 against VMI. These are two weaker defenses that will likely lead to a shootout. Even with conservatively predicting both teams to score around 30 points, that easily hits the over.

Nebraska +3.5 at Colorado

This is an intriguing spot for Nebraska. They are coming off a crushing last-second loss to Minnesota, while Colorado is riding high after a big win over TCU. Typically you’d expect Colorado to continue that momentum at home. However, Nebraska has the talent edge and a loss like that can refocus a team. Travis believes the ‘Huskers will rebound and keep this one close, covering the 3.5 points.

Texas A&M -4.5 at Miami

The talent disparity here is too big to ignore. Texas A&M has far superior talent, which new offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino should be able to take advantage of. Miami got blown out by Middle Tennessee State last week, showing they still have a long way to go. Meanwhile, A&M pitched a shutout against Sam Houston State. Travis predicts the Aggies will control this game on the road and win by double digits against an overmatched Miami squad.

Iowa at Iowa State, the over 36.5

Travis freely admits this is bold considering last year’s matchup finished 10-7. But he sees positivity around the Iowa offense to start this season, while Iowa State put up 42 points in their opener. The CyHawk rivalry produces weird games, but Travis believes this season’s edition will buck the trend of low-scoring slugfests and exceed the surprisingly low total.

UNLV +36.5 at Michigan

Michigan failed to impress in their opener, needing a late touchdown to beat Colorado State 51-7. Now they are laying a huge number against a UNLV team with an improved defense under head coach Barry Odom. Travis could see Michigan winning but having trouble pulling away to cover such a big spread. He predicts UNLV stays within 35 points.

Ole Miss at Tulane, the over 64.5

This total is just asking to be exploited. Ole Miss sports one of the country’s best offenses led by quarterback Jaxson Dart. Tulane averaged 52 points per game last year themselves. And with the game being played in New Orleans, expect both teams to light up the scoreboard in a wildly entertaining shootout that sails over the total with ease.

Kent State at Arkansas -37.5

Many may have forgotten about Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson, but Travis has not. Jefferson is poised for a huge season, which he showed signs of in Week 1 by accounting for 3 touchdowns against Cincinnati. Kent State allowed 45 points to Washington last week, so Travis envisions Jefferson and the Razorbacks offense rolling up at least 50 on the Flashes defense. He sees Arkansas winning comfortably by 45+ points.

Oregon at Texas Tech, the over 66.5

Defense will be optional in this Pac-12 vs Big 12 shootout. Both Oregon and Texas Tech have displayed horrible defenses for years now, tendencies that have continued this season. With two capable quarterbacks in Bo Nix and Donovan Smith, Travis is calling for an absolute track meet. A final score like 45-42 would not be surprising at all. Bet the over with confidence.

Appalachian State +18.5 at UNC

This spread is inflated due to UNC’s big win over Florida State to open the season. But the Tar Heels always struggle against Appalachian State, winning by just 2 points last year. Travis believes UNC could be caught looking ahead on the road against Notre Dame next week, allowing App State to keep this one much closer than expected and cover the 18.5 points.

UNC/App State over 58.5

While Applachian State should cover the spread, Travis still expects a good amount of offense on both sides. UNC quarterback Drake Maye is coming off a 5 touchdown performance and should continue his strong play. App State has a dynamic offense themselves, scoring 61 points last week, which gives Travis confidence in the over hitting comfortably.

Texas +7 at Alabama

Even with Bryce Young sidelined, Alabama remains a heavy favorite over Texas. But Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian knows Alabama very well from his time as their offensive coordinator. And Texas has the talent to compete. Travis thinks Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers will play well and keep the Longhorns in this game late, covering the 7-point spread.

SMU at Oklahoma, the over 69.5

Oklahoma games have been going way over the total under new head coach Brent Venables, as we saw last week when they beat Arkansas State 63-7. SMU is capable of scoring with quarterback Tanner Mordecai. And with Oklahoma’s defense still questionable, Travis sees plenty of offensive fireworks here and another game finishing in the 70s for the over.

Arizona at Mississippi State -9

The Mike Leach disciple playbook lives on at Mississippi State under head coach Zach Arnett. Quarterback Will Rogers leads a prolific passing attack that should have a field day against Arizona’s porous defense, which gave up 38 points to San Diego State last week. Travis expects the Bulldogs to win by double-digits.

Auburn at California, the over 54.5

Auburn scored 42 points with new head coach Hugh Freeze last week, providing optimism about the direction of the offense. They go against a Cal defense that allowed 35 points last week to UC Davis. With both defenses vulnerable, Travis predicts Freeze and Auburn will put up another big offensive performance and push this total over 55 points.

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