Fresno State vs. Tulsa - 9/24/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2-1) at Fresno State Bulldogs (1-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm (Bulldog Stadium)
The Line: Fresno State Bulldogs +11.5 -- Over/Under: 64.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Campus Insiders
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to Bulldog Stadium (CA) to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane rebounding from their 48-3 loss to Ohio State to defeat the North Carolina A&T Aggies, 58-21, and improved to 2-1 (0-0 AAC) on the season. This game was over early as Tulsa led North Carolina A&T by a 48-0 margin at halftime. Tulsa outgained the Aggies by a 493-368 margin and was outstanding through the air as the raked up 358 passing yards in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Hurricane was WR Keevan Lucas who 119 yards and 3 TD’s on just 4 receptions. On the season, Tulsa is averaging 35.3 ppg on 397.7 total yards per game (230.7 passing, 167.0 rushing). QB Dane Evans has completed 54.8% of his passes for 4 TD and 5 INT while averaging 202.3 passing yds/game. The Golden Hurricane running back duo of D’Angelo Brewer (17.0 att/game, 94.0 yds/game, 3 TD) and James Flanders (12.0 att/game, 52.33 yds/game, 2 TD) has been outstanding. Tulsa main threats at WR have been Keevan Lucas (5.3 rec/game, 94.7 yds/game, 3 TD), Justin Hobbs (4.3 rec/game, 59.0 yds/game, 1 TD), and Josh Atkinson (3.7 rec/game, 44.0 yds/game). Defensively, Tulsa is allowing an average of 26.3 ppg on 357.3 total yards per game (208.7 passing, 148.7 rushing).
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The Fresno State Bulldogs has no answers for the Toledo Rockets and fell to 1-2 (0-0 MW) after a 52-17 loss this past Saturday. Fresno State found themselves in a 38-0 hole before putting any points up on the board and was outplayed on both sides of the ball as they were outgained by Toledo by a 619-254 margin. The Bulldogs struggled with a strong run game of the Rockets as they allowed 318 total rushing yards in the loss. Leading the way for Fresno State was QB Chason Virgil who completed 12 of 23 passes for 190 yards and 2 TD’s. Offensively, Fresno State is averaging 19.3 ppg on 334.0 total yards per game (240.0 passing, 94.0 rushing). On the season, Chason Virgil has completed 52.6% of his passes for 5 TD and 2 INT while averaging 199.0 yds/game. Virgil has a solid WR group led by Jamire Jordan (4.3 rec/game, 79.0 yds/game, TD), Aaron Peck (5.0 rec/game, 66.7 yds/game, TD) and KeeSean Johnson (6.3 rec/game, 64.7 yds/game, 3 TD). The Bulldogs backfield is led by Dontel James (17.33 att/game, 60.33 yds/game, TD). Defensively, Fresno State is allowing their opponents to average 32.7 ppg on 403.3 total yards per game (168.0 passing, 235.3 rushing).
The Golden Hurricane are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games.
Fresno State was one of the worst teams in college football last season as they ranked 107th in scoring offense and 118th in scoring defense and based on their early season results, it looks like it’s going to be another tough season for the Bulldogs. Tulsa still has some major question marks on the defense end however, as I’m not overly concerned about the Bulldogs offense and feel that the strong Tulsa offense will be able to easily put up a good amount of points, I’m going to take Tulsa to cover this number on the road. Take Tulsa to cover!