San Jose State Spartans vs. New Hampshire Wildcats - 9/3/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Hampshire Wildcats (0-0) at San Jose State Spartans (0-0)
College Football: Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Spartan Stadium)
The Line: San Jose State Spartans -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New Hampshire Wildcats make the long trip to the west coast to face the San Jose State Spartans in week one.
The New Hampshire Wildcats finished 2014 at 12-2 but lost to Illinois State in the FCS playoffs with the Redbirds erasing a 4th quarter deficit in the semifinals. The Wildcats lost some very good players to graduation but have some strong players defensively especially in the back seven and have eight back on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively it will be all about quarterback Sean Goldrich who despite missing five games threw for nearly 2,400 yards and added another 400+ yards on the ground. The problem is the running backs and receivers responsible for the majority of production have departed. The question is whether FCS Coach of the Year Sean McDonnell can fill at least some of the voids.
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The San Jose State Spartans finished a dismal 3-9 but return an experienced offense and have a top 60 recruiting class to lean on in 2015. Joe Gray threw for over 2,300 yards a year and he lost only one of his top receivers so a better passing attack is something the team expects. The Spartans top runner in Tyler Ervin also returns with his nearly 900 yards although running the ball wasn’t a specialty with this team. However with a veteran offensive line the rushing attack could be more of a threat this season if the team decides for more offensive balance. The concerns are mostly on the defensive side of the football where San Jose State struggled to stop the run which probably will be the case once again.
The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games while going 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf. The Spartans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in September and are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall while going 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf. I wanted seven on this but New Hampshire is no slouch so wait to see if more points are available…