Rhode Island vs. Harvard - 9/16/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Harvard (0-0) vs. Rhode Island (0-2)
College Football: Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Harvard Stadium)
The Line: Harvard -31.5 -- Over/Under: 38.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: American Sports Network
The Rhode Island Rams and Harvard Crimson meet Friday night at Harvard Stadium on the American Sports Network.
The Rhode Island Rams could use a nice road win after getting blown out in their first two contests. Wesley McKoy is completing 28.9 percent of his passes for 108 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. McKoy needs to take better care of the ball if the Rams are going to turn things around. Charlie McKeeman and Aaron Parker have combined for 90 receiving yards and one touchdown while Harold Buckner III has three receptions. The Rhode Island Rams ground game is averaging 158 yards per contest, and T.J. Anderson leads the way with 141 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Rhode Island is allowing 45 points and 442 yards per game. Justin Hogan leads the Rams with 25 tackles, Jose Duncan has one sack and Momodou Mbye has one interception.
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The Harvard Crimson look to build on their 9-1 season in which they won four of their five home games. Harvard will have to find a replacement at quarterback after Scott Hosch won Ivy Offensive Player of the Year last season by racking up nearly 2,900 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. The good news is that the Crimson still have explosive offensive weapons in wide receivers Justice Shelton-Mosley and Anthony Firkser, while Noah Reimers returns at running back after scoring on six of 59 carries. Harvard averaged more than 36 points last season and could continue that production if it finds a consistent quarterback. Defensively, the Crimson allowed just 13 points a game but has to replace its top-five tacklers from last year. Cornerback Sean Ahern and senior defensive tackle Miles McCollum must step up to replace so much lost talent.
Harvard lost a lot of talent from last year, including the starting quarterback, some key receivers and majority of its top tacklers. However, the Crimson had some decent depth that should be able to come in and keep this program afloat. Rhode Island is just awful, as you're talking about a team that was blown out by Kansas. The Rams followed that up by getting hammered by Albany at home.
Big line for a team playing its first game and has some holes to fill, but the Rams leave me little choice based on what we've seen the last two games.