2. BYU Cougars
Opponent: Baylor | Time: Saturday, Sept. 10, 10:15 p.m. ET | Spread: BYU -3.5
There truly wasn’t a lot to glean from what either BYU or Baylor showed in Week 1 as South Florida’s defense might as well not even take the field and Albany, well, just isn’t in the same stratosphere as the Bears. But now Dave Aranda’s team makes a trip to Provo with the chance to make a name for themselves again in 2022.
Make no mistake, this BYU team can play and that’s why they’re the lower-ranked team and favored at home. But Baylor seems to be getting equally overlooked as Blake Shapen looks the part at the helm of the offense and the replacements for a defense that lost key pieces seem good enough.
This honestly feels like a toss-up game and the spread indicates that too. As such, you have to say that Baylor is a live dog to come on the road and give Provo a bad night at the office.
1. Tennessee Volunteers
Opponent: Pittsburgh | Time: Saturday, Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m. ET | Spread: TENN -6.5
Take the over.
I don’t care that Pitt’s defense is supposed to be awesome — West Virginia put 30+ up on the Panthers and I have miles more faith in Tennessee to score. On the counter, though, the Vols defense is Swiss cheese too and Kedon Slovis looked comfortable helming the Pitt offense.
This game was an absolute shootout last season and I don’t see that changing. When you get into that type of game with two talented quarterbacks in Slovis and Hendon Hooker along with overall good offenses, we could see anything happen.
When you then factor in the fact that this game is at Pitt, you have to think that Pat Narduzzi’s team is in a great spot to pick up an upset by the betting lines, even if they are the higher-ranked team.