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What have the genius oddsmakers in Vegas set for this week's college games? And who has taken an early lead in the VTM Pick Em?

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Week 1 Recap

Well week 1 was certainly fun. With 30 games that were previewed last week, I and some of the other writers here started to pick games against the spread. It didn't start off too well with TCU and Oklahoma St not covering their spreads, and Baylor letting SMU stay close for too long. LSU's game was cancelled, so everyone was unable to attain any points, and Nathan received his invite late, so he had to forfeit the games on Thursday. First, the overall standings....

1.       Ryan - 375 pts (20-9-1)

2.       Nathan - 372 pts (20-9-1)

3.       Hunter - 358 pts (19-10-1)

4.       Conner - 341 pts (20-9-1)

5.       Drew - 331 pts (21-8-1)

6.       Jonathan - 274 pts (15-14-1)

Well I certainly have some catching up to do. Now let's look at the Big 12 games.

Oklahoma St 24 @ Central Michigan 13 (+23)

Correct - Drew

Wrong - Ryan, Nathan, Hunter, Conner, and Jonathan

TCU 23 @ Minnesota 17 (+14)

Correct - Nobody

Wrong - Ryan, Nathan, Hunter, Conner, Drew, and Jonathan

Baylor 56 @ SMU 21 (+34.5)

Correct - Ryan, Nathan, Hunter, Conner, and Drew

Wrong - Jonathan

South Dakota St 41 @ Kansas 38 (--)

Correct - Nathan and Jonathan

Wrong - Ryan, Hunter, Conner, and Drew

Sam Houston St 45 @ Texas Tech 59 (--)

Correct - Ryan, Nathan, Hunter, Conner, Drew, and Jonathan

Wrong - Nobody

South Dakota 0 @ Kansas St 34 (--)

Correct - Ryan, Nathan, Hunter, Conner, Drew, and Jonathan

Wrong - Nobody

Akron 3 @ Oklahoma 41 (-31)

Correct - Ryan, Nathan, Hunter, Conner, and Drew

Wrong - Jonathan

Texas 3 @ Notre Dame 38 (-9.5)

Correct - Ryan, Nathan, Hunter, Drew, and Jonathan

Wrong - Conner

Georgia Southern 0 @ West Virginia 44 (-20)

Correct - Ryan, Hunter, Conner, and Drew

Wrong - Nathan and Jonathan

Northern Iowa 7 @ Iowa St 31 (--)

Correct - Ryan, Nathan, Conner, Drew, and Jonathan

Wrong - Hunter

So after the first week, looking at the standings for Big 12 games, the results are:

1.       Drew 8-2

2.       Ryan 7-3

3.       Nathan 7-3

4.       Hunter 6-4

5.       Conner 6-4

6.       Jonathan 5-5

Hopefully we all have better picks in week 2. Now for this week's odds.....

Week 2 Odds

Main Game: UTEP @ Texas Tech (-20.5)

After a less than stellar performance against SHSU last week, Tech looks to get back on track against a team that will run the ball and maintain possession. However, Arkansas was able to throw for over 300 yards against them last week, and Mahomes looked very sharp last week. Tech should be able to cover the spread but will they?

Big 12 Games

Saturday September 12th

Kansas St @ Texas-San Antonio (+17)

Liberty @ West Virginia (--)

Stephen F. Austin @ #3 TCU (--)

Iowa @ Iowa St (+3.5)

#19 Oklahoma @ #23 Tennessee (Even)

Memphis @ Kansas (+13.5)

Lamar @ #4 Baylor (--)

Central Arkansas @ Oklahoma St (--)

Rice @ Texas (-15.5)

Top 25 Teams

Friday September 11th

Utah St @ #24 Utah (-13.5)

Saturday September 12th

South Florida @ #11 Florida St (-27.5)

Jacksonville @ #6 Auburn (--)

Appalachian St @ #12 Clemson (-17)

Hawaii @ #1 Ohio St (-40)

#9 Notre Dame @ Virginia (+12.5)

#10 Georgia @ Vanderbilt (+20.5)

Tulane @ #15 Georgia Tech (-28.5)

Fresno St @ #17 Ole Miss (-28.5)

Middle Tennessee @ #2 Alabama (-35)

Toledo @ #18 Arkansas (-21.5)

Ball St @ #16 Texas A&M (-29.5)

#21 Missouri @ Arkansas St (+10.5)

#22 Arizona @ Nevada (+11.5)

#7 Oregon @ #5 Michigan St (-3.5)

Idaho @ #8 USC (-43)

#14 LSU @ #25 Mississippi St (+4.5)

#20 Boise St @ BYU (+2.5)

#13 UCLA @ UNLV (+29)

There certainly are some large spreads this week, with 2 games at or above 40 and 4 others at 28 or higher. It should make for another interesting week in the VTM pick em. The other writers and I have talked about a ridiculous bet in case one of us has a perfect week this season and I am willing to take some ideas from our readers if this actually happens. Leave a note in the comments below if you have a splendid idea.