While all books have slightly different numbers, the team taking the biggest consensus spread lean around the country in Week 2 of the 2023 college football season is No. 11 Oregon at -6 taking about 93% of all action as it visits unranked Texas Tech on Saturday in a reunion of sorts for #WreckEm QB Tyler Shough.
Texas Tech was one of the biggest upset losers in Week 1 as it was -13.5 at Mountain West school Wyoming and lost 35-33 in double overtime despite leading 17-0 in the second quarter. After TTU took a 33-27 lead in the second OT, failing on a two-point try, Wyoming’s Andrew Peasley completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to John Michael Gyllenborg on a fourth-and-7 to tie the game, and the Cowboys punched in the two-point try.
Shough threw for 338 yards and three scores but was a different guy in the final three quarters. He averaged 9.3 pass yards per attempt with two TDs in the first quarter and then averaged 6.6 yards per attempt with one TD and one pick the rest of the way. Shough is now 8-2 as a starting quarterback at Texas Tech and 13-4 over his collegiate career – the other seven starts came at Oregon. He was the Ducks’ starter at quarterback for a large chunk of their run to the Pac-12 Championship and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl in 2020 before transferring.
Oregon essentially played a scrimmage in Week 1, blasting FCS school Presbyterian 81-7. The 81 points and 74-point margin of victory were the highest by the Ducks in the modern era. UO was just the 12th FBS team since 1996 to score 80 points in a game, and the first since UNLV in 2015.
The #GoDucks scored a touchdown on the first nine drives of the game and produced points on 12 of 13 total drives. The 11 total touchdowns tied a UO program record. It finished with 729 yards of offense under new offensive coordinator Will Stein, the first time over 700 since 2017.
QB and Heisman Trophy candidate Bo Nix was 23-for-27 for 287 yards and three scores before being pulled. He’s a major dual-threat who had 510 yards and 14 TDs on the ground in 2022 but didn’t rush once in the opener as there was no need. With 48 career starts, Nix is the most experienced starting quarterback in the country. Running back Bucky Irving averaged a cool 29.75 yads per carry with 119 yards on four carries.
Oregon is 2-0 all-time vs. Texas Tech ,but they haven’t played since 1992. It’s the second-ever road game against a Big 12 opponent, with UO losing 31-7 at No. 2 Oklahoma in 2004. Overall, the Ducks have dropped three straight vs. Big 12 schools. Texas Tech tries to avoid its first 0-2 start since 1990.
Most public Week 2 college football teams via one major book:
93% of bets on Oregon -6
92% on Utah -7.5
92% on Colorado -3
91% on Notre Dame -7.5
90% on Oklahoma -16
89% on Kansas State -16.5
88% on Florida State -31
85% on Auburn -6.5