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Spartan Shadows staff Week 2 college football picks against the spread

Week 2, who ya got?



Michigan State football

Week 2 of the college football season is here and there are some really good names to pick. Here’s our weekly Shadows staff pick ’em.

Week 1 is officially in the books. What an exciting weekend of college football to enjoy. We got to witness some surprising performances, blows outs, and some close games alike. Our pick ‘em ended with some closely contested battles as well.

Let’s first update the standings before looking ahead to a great slate of games in Week 2.

Week 1 results

Here is how the games we picked turned out:

  • CMU at MSU — Line: MSU -14.5; Result: Michigan State cover
  • Fresno State at Purdue — Line: Purdue -4.5; Result: Fresno State cover (and win)
  • ECU at Michigan —Line: Michigan -35.5; Result: ECU cover
  • Utah State at Iowa — Line: Iowa -25.5; Result: Utah State cover
  • Ohio State at Indiana — Line: OSU -29.5; Result: Indiana cover
  • Boise State at Washington — Line: Washington -14.5; Result: Washington cover
  • West Virginia at Penn State — Line: PSU -20.5; Result: Penn State cover
  • North Carolina vs. South Carolina — Line: UNC -2.5; Result: UNC cover
  • Northwestern at Rutgers — Line: Rutgers -6.5; Result: Rutgers cover
  • LSU vs. Florida State — Line: LSU -2.5; Result: Florida State cover

The picker results are as followed. Shout out to Max for a big Week 1:

  1. Max: 8-2
  2. Chopman: 7-3
  3. (Tie) Chris, Anthony, Emmett: 6-4
  4. (Tie) Connor and Daily: 5-5
  5. MSU Recruiting: 4-6
  6. Joey: 2-8

Personally I’ll take 6-4. Rookie mistakes will make me kick myself though. This is what I get for believing in Michigan trying to run up the score on a bad ECU team. Also, fool me once again on believing in the Spencer Rattler Comeback Tour. Never again.

Let’s see if I can right the ship with this week’s college football picks.

Disclaimer: All lines are as of 1 p.m. ET on Sept. 5 from the ESPN app and/or Caesars Sportsbook (no this isn’t a sponsorship. Unless you want it to be, ESPN or Caesars. Cough cough).

Week 2 picks

  • Illinois at Kansas — Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 (Line: Kansas -3)

Max: Kansas
Chop: Illinois
Chris: Illinois
Anthony: Kansas
Emmett: Kansas
Connor: Kansas
Daily: Kansas
MSU Recruits: Kansas
Joey: Kansas

  •  Nebraska at No. 22 Colorado — Saturday at 12 p.m. ET on FOX (Line: Colorado -3.5)

Max: Colorado
Chop: Nebraska
Chris: Colorado
Anthony: Colorado
Emmett: Colorado
Connor: Colorado
Daily: Nebraska
MSU Recruits: Colorado
Joey: Colorado

  • Purdue at Virginia Tech — Saturday at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 (Line: Virginia Tech -3)

Max: Virginia Tech
Chop: Purdue
Chris: Virginia Tech
Anthony: Virginia Tech
Emmett: Virginia Tech
Connor: Virginia Tech
Daily: Virginia Tech
MSU Recruits: Virginia Tech
Joey: Virginia Tech

  •   Richmond at Michigan State — Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN

Since major sports books do not give odds on FCS teams vs FBS teams, there is no spread to pick from. So for this week, MSU is going to cover again in our minds. Go Green.

  • UNLV at No. 2 Michigan — Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS (Line: Michigan -36)

Chop: Michigan
Chris: UNLV (Michigan will undoubtedly screw me over again but 36 is a lot of points)
Anthony: Michigan
Emmett: UNLV
Connor: UNLV
Daily: Michigan
MSU Recruits: Michigan
Joey: UNLV

  • No. 20 Ole Miss at No. 24 Tulane — Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 (Line: Miss -7.5)

Max: Tulane
Chop: Ole Miss
Chris: Tulane
Anthony: Ole Miss
Emmett: Ole Miss
Connor: Tulane
Daily: Tulane
MSU Recruits: Ole Miss
Joey: Ole Miss 

  • Iowa at Iowa State — Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX (Line: Iowa -4)

Max: Iowa
Chop: Iowa
Chris: Iowa State
Anthony: Iowa State
Emmett: Iowa
Connor: Iowa State
Daily: Iowa
MSU Recruits: Iowa State
Joey: Iowa State

  • UTEP at Northwestern — Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN (Line: UTEP -1.5)

Chop: UTEP
Chris: Northwestern (They’re bad mkay. But are they this bad?)
Anthony: Northwestern
Emmett: Northwestern
Connor: Northwestern
Daily: Northwestern
MSU Recruits: Northwestern
Joey: Northwestern 

  • No. 23 Texas A&M at Miami (FL) — Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC (Line: TAMU -4.5)

Max: Miami
Chop: Miami
Chris: Texas A&M
Anthony: Texas A&M
Emmett: Texas A&M
Connor: Miami
Daily: Miami
MSU Recruits: Texas A&M
Joey: Miami

  • No. 11 Texas at No. 3 Alabama — Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN (Line: Alabama -7)

Max: Bama
Chop: Bama
Chris: Bama
Anthony: Bama
Emmett: Bama
Connor: Bama
Daily: Bama
MSU Recruits: Bama
Joey: Texas

  • BONUS NFL PICK: Lions at Chiefs — Thursday Night at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC (Line: Chiefs -6.5)

Max: Lions
Chop: Lions
Chris: Lions (Honolulu Blue Kool-Aid for ALL)
Anthony: Chiefs
Emmett: Chiefs
Connor: Chiefs
Daily: Lions
MSU Recruits: Lions
Joey: Lions (moneyline)

There you have it folks. Week 2 college football picks are completed. Now let’s go get a W against Richmond (and in Kansas City, too #OnePride).

Dad, die hard MSU (and Detroit sports) fan, and writer for Spartan Shadows. Certified knower of Ball (and puck). MSU Content Creator since 2022. Central Michigan Alum!