<![CDATA[CFB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Michigan vs. Wisconsin - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/michigan-vs-wisconsin-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan Wolverines clash in a huge Big Ten matchup Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium on ABC.

The Wisconsin Badgers have a chance to beat a third top-10 team this season and snag back-to-back road victories. Alex Hornibrook is completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 378 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Hornibrook has moved the chains 19 times through the air in three games. Jazz Peavy and Robert Wheelwright have combined for 502 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Troy Fumagalli has 14 receptions.…

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The Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan Wolverines clash in a huge Big Ten matchup Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium on ABC.

The Wisconsin Badgers have a chance to beat a third top-10 team this season and snag back-to-back road victories. Alex Hornibrook is completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 378 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Hornibrook has moved the chains 19 times through the air in three games. Jazz Peavy and Robert Wheelwright have combined for 502 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Troy Fumagalli has 14 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 184.2 yards per contest, and Corey Clement leads the way with 251 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 11.8 points and 277 yards per game. Jack Cichy leads the Badgers with 23 tackles, T.J. Watt has 4.5 sacks and Derrick Tindal has two interceptions.

The Michigan Wolverines look to get off to a 5-0 start and beat their fourth ranked team since last season. Wilton Speight is completing 63.2 percent of his passes for 875 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception. Speight has moved the chains 38 times through the air this season. Amara Darboh and Jake Butt have combined for 482 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Jehu Chesson has eight receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 229.7 yards per contest, and De'Veon Smith leads the way with 259 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 13.8 points and 269.8 yards per game. Ben Gedeon leads the Wolverines with 36 tackles, Mike McCray has 2.5 sacks and Channing Stribling has one interception.

The Badgers are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wolverines are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Badgers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Michigan and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings overall. 

I know Michigan has an elite defense, better athletes than Michigan and is tough to beat at home with that packed house. However, Wisconsin has proven itself like no other team this season with a win over LSU and an upset win over Michigan State on the road last week. It's time to start taking the Badgers seriously, as their defense gets after it and the offense is probably as balanced as it's been since Russell Wilson was around. I'm on the Wisconsin hype train, and let's not forget that Michigan's last two home losses came against ranked Big Ten teams.

Give me the points.

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<![CDATA[Marshall at Pittsburgh - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/marshall-at-pittsburgh-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Marshall Thundering Herd and Pittsburgh Panthers meet in a must win game early Saturday night at Heinz Field.

The Marshall Thundering Herd need a win to get back to a .500 record when they take the road for the first time this season. Chase Litton is completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 722 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Litton has 13 touchdown passes in his last four games. Josh Knight and Ryan Yurachek have combined for 287 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Michael Clark has seven receptions. The Marshall Thundering…

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The Marshall Thundering Herd and Pittsburgh Panthers meet in a must win game early Saturday night at Heinz Field.

The Marshall Thundering Herd need a win to get back to a .500 record when they take the road for the first time this season. Chase Litton is completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 722 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Litton has 13 touchdown passes in his last four games. Josh Knight and Ryan Yurachek have combined for 287 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Michael Clark has seven receptions. The Marshall Thundering Herd ground game is averaging 159.6 yards per contest, and Keion Davis leads the way with 152 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Marshall is allowing 41.3 points and 478.7 yards per game. Corey Neely leads the Thundering Herd with 23 tackles, Chase Hancock has 1.5 sacks and Terry Richardson has one interception.

The Pittsburgh Panthers look to snap back-to-back losses and return home where they’ve won six of their last nine games. Nathan Peterman is completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 643 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Peterman has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. James Conner and Jester Weah have combined for 306 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Quadree Henderson has 12 receptions. The Pittsburgh Panthers ground game is averaging 249.5 yards per contest, and Conner leads the way with 347 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 32 points and 422.3 yards per game. Jordan Whitehead leads the Panthers with 31 tackles, Ejuan Price has 5.5 sacks and Terrish Webb has one interception.

The Thundering Herd are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. ACC. The Panthers are 13-6-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. 

This is a lot of points to give either one of these teams considering Pittsburgh and Marshall are allowing a combined 73.3 points per game. Besides opening week against Villanova, Pittsburgh has had all of its games come down to the wire win or lose. Marshall will also have its quarterback on the field after Litton did not play last week, and he's a difference maker who has 27 career completions of 25-plus yards. While Pittsburgh is the more physical team, this has a shootout written all over it.

Give me Marshall and the points.

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<![CDATA[Wake Forest at NC State - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/wake-forest-at-nc-state-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and NC State Wolfpack square off Saturday in ACC action at Carter-Finley Stadium.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons hope to start a season 5-0 for the first time since 2006. John Wolford is completing 54.7 percent of his passes for 423 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Wolford has at least one touchdown pass in four of his last eight games. Alex Bachman and Tabari Hines have combined for 211 receiving yards and one touchdown while Chuck Wade has 11 receptions. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons ground game is averaging…

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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and NC State Wolfpack square off Saturday in ACC action at Carter-Finley Stadium.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons hope to start a season 5-0 for the first time since 2006. John Wolford is completing 54.7 percent of his passes for 423 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Wolford has at least one touchdown pass in four of his last eight games. Alex Bachman and Tabari Hines have combined for 211 receiving yards and one touchdown while Chuck Wade has 11 receptions. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons ground game is averaging 200 yards per contest, and Matt Colburn leads the way with 298 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Wake Forest is allowing 16.5 points and 338.5 yards per game. Jessie Bates leads the Demon Deacons with 22 tackles, Duke Ejiofor has 4.5 sacks and Brad Watson has two interceptions.

The NC State Wolfpack look for a solid victory which would give them their sixth home win in nine tries. Ryan Finley is completing 76.3 percent of his passes for 714 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Finley has seven touchdown passes on his last 150 pass attempts. Stephen Louis and Jaylen Samuels have combined for 361 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Bra'Lon Cherry has nine receptions. The NC State Wolfpack ground game is averaging 210.6 yards per contest, and Matthew Dayes leads the way with 312 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, NC State is allowing 23 points and 311.3 yards per game. Josh Jones leads the Wolfpack with 24 tackles, Darian Roseboro has three sacks and Jerod Fernandez has one interception.

The Demon Deacons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. The Wolfpack are 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Demon Deacons are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings in North Carolina State.

The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between these teams, but this line is an insult to Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have played solid football all season long and have the 33rd best defense in the country. In four games, Wake Forest has produced 12 sacks, 16 pass deflections and nine turnovers. The Demon Deacons get after it defensively and will force the Wolfpack into mistakes. This is a lot of points to give a Wake Forest club that simply doesn't allow many points to begin with.

Give me the points.

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<![CDATA[Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Rice Owls - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/southern-miss-golden-eagles-vs-rice-owls-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Southern Miss Golden Eagles hope to stay perfect when the Rice Owls visit in week five.

The Rice Owls are still looking for their first win following a 42-35, overtime loss to North Texas. The Owls won the battle of real estate 491-439 but three turnovers helped to even things out. Both teams had some balance but the Rice rushing attack was more or less four yards and a cloud of dust with quarterback Tyler Stehling leading the way with 92 yards while Jowan Davis added another 68 yards. Stehling had a decent day throwing the ball on a 22-38 effort for 232 yards and a touchdown with…

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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles hope to stay perfect when the Rice Owls visit in week five.

The Rice Owls are still looking for their first win following a 42-35, overtime loss to North Texas. The Owls won the battle of real estate 491-439 but three turnovers helped to even things out. Both teams had some balance but the Rice rushing attack was more or less four yards and a cloud of dust with quarterback Tyler Stehling leading the way with 92 yards while Jowan Davis added another 68 yards. Stehling had a decent day throwing the ball on a 22-38 effort for 232 yards and a touchdown with an interception with Zach Wright leading all receivers with ten receptions for 120 yards.

It seems as is the Southern Miss Golden Eagles might be done rebuilding as they have been a handful thus far. Texas El Paso will vouch for that following a 34-7 defeat as a 14 point home dog. Southern Miss didn’t rack up the yards with 378 but a 100 yard pick six was a 14 point swing and killed the Miners who totaled 258 yards and gave the ball away three times. Ito Smith led the USM rushing attack with 108 yards on 16 carries with George Payne adding another 46 yards on nine touches. Golden Eagles quarterback Nick Mullens completed 16-27 for 176 yards and three touchdowns with DJ Thompson,  Allen Staggers and Ito Smith catching TD’s.

The Owls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record while going  1-7 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game. The Golden Eagles are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and the under is 7-0 in Golden Eagles last 7 games in October while the Golden Eagles are 7-1-1 ATS versus a team team with a losing record. If the Golden Eagles paly as they have you have to go wit/h the potential…

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<![CDATA[Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Miami-FL Hurricanes - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/georgia-tech-yellow-jackets-vs-miami-fl-hurricanes-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta on Saturday, October 1, we’ve got Week 5 college football activity coming between the Miami Hurricanes and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. 

The Hurricanes come into this game at 3-0, with their most recent win coming against Appalachian State back on the 17th. Miami rolled 45-10 in that one, with QB Brad Kaaya logging a 21-of-27 line for 368 yards and three touchdowns with a pick. Ahmmon Richards sucked up most of the receiving yards, grabbing four balls for 142 yards. Miami’s Mark Walton was a terror on…

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Down at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta on Saturday, October 1, we’ve got Week 5 college football activity coming between the Miami Hurricanes and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. 

The Hurricanes come into this game at 3-0, with their most recent win coming against Appalachian State back on the 17th. Miami rolled 45-10 in that one, with QB Brad Kaaya logging a 21-of-27 line for 368 yards and three touchdowns with a pick. Ahmmon Richards sucked up most of the receiving yards, grabbing four balls for 142 yards. Miami’s Mark Walton was a terror on the ground, racking up 130 yards and two scores on 16 carries. 

On the Hurricanes’ season, Kaaya has managed a 50-of-76 line for 694 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Walton leads the team in rushing with 48 carries for 401 yards and a whopping seven touchdowns. Richards, as expected, is tops in Miami’s receiving corps with nine grabs for 203 yards and a TD. 

Moving on over the the Yellow Jackets, they’re sitting at 3-1, with their lone loss coming Saturday against Clemson 26-7. Georgia Tech was down 23-0 at halftime here, and would allow Clemson QB Deshaun Watson to throw for 304 yards. Jackets QB Justin Thomas had a miserable day against Clemson, logging a 4-of-13 line for a miserable 29 yards. Dedrick Mills was the lone bright spot on offense, as he managed 16 carries for 75 yards and Georgia Tech’s only touchdown. 

So far this year, Thomas is sporting a 23-of-51 line for 364 yards and one touchdown. Mills has put up 48 carries for 201 yards and five touchdowns, while Ricky Jeune leads the Jackets in receiving with 108 yards on seven grabs. 

The Hurricanes are 4-0 ATS in their last four games on grass, and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Miami is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in October, and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight-up win of more than 20 points. 

Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games in October. Georgia Tech is also 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall, and 1-8 ATS versus a team with a winning record. 

Georgia Tech’s offense is horribly one-dimensional, and they’re in no position to make a run at anything this year if they don’t get that fixed. The turnaround won’t come this week, however, as I expect the Hurricanes to roll here.

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<![CDATA[Syracuse Orange vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/syracuse-orange-vs-notre-dame-fighting-irish-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Over at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Saturday, October 1, we’ve got Week 5 college football action coming between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Syracuse Orange. 

Notre Dame comes into this one at 1-3, with their latest loss coming on Saturday at the hands of Duke 38-35. The Irish allowed 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter of that game to ensure their own demise. Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer would finish 22-of-37 for two touchdowns, 381 yards and an interception, with Equanimeous St. Brown getting the bulk of the receiving work with six grabs…

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Over at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Saturday, October 1, we’ve got Week 5 college football action coming between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Syracuse Orange. 

Notre Dame comes into this one at 1-3, with their latest loss coming on Saturday at the hands of Duke 38-35. The Irish allowed 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter of that game to ensure their own demise. Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer would finish 22-of-37 for two touchdowns, 381 yards and an interception, with Equanimeous St. Brown getting the bulk of the receiving work with six grabs for 116 yards and a TD. Kizer would also lead the Irish in rushing with 11 carries for 60 yards and a TD. 

So far this year, Kizer has posted a 72-of-116 line with 1096 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. Josh Adams leads Notre Dame in rushing with 47 carries for 238 yards and one TD. St. Brown sits atop the receiving rankings with his 21 receptions for 359 yards and four scores. 

Over on the Syracuse side, they’ll be entering this week’s game at 2-2, following a 31-24 victory over Connecticut this past Saturday. The Orange got a nice effort from WR Amba Etta-Tawo in that one, as he’d finish with 12 receptions for 270 yards and two scores. Syracuse QB Eric Dungey took care of the rest with a 26-of-40 line for 407 yards and two touchdowns. 

On the season to date, Dungey has posted a 117-of-179 line for 1367 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Etta-Tawo leads the Orange in receiving with 40 receptions, 706 yards and five touchdowns. On the ground, Syracuse’s Dontae Strickland is the high man with 61 carries and 226 yards but he still hasn’t found the end zone yet. 

The Orange are 5-1 ATS in their last six neutral-site games, and 6-2 ATS against a team with a losing record. Syracuse is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in October, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. 

As for the Irish, they’re 5-2 AS in their last seven games following an ATS loss, and 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 games in October. Notre Dame is also 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. 

I’d like to see more of a running game out of Syracuse, but if they can win without it more power to them. There aren’t many teams out there who can stop a passing attack like the Orange have, and Norte Dame isn’t one of them. I’ll take Syracuse to get a big win here.

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<![CDATA[Arkansas vs. Alcorn State - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/arkansas-vs-alcorn-state-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Alcorn State Braves and Arkansas Razorbacks square off Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium.

The Alcorn State Braves could use a massive road game upset in order to get back to a .500 record. Noah Johnson is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 482 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Johnson has to continue taking care of the football in order for the Braves to compete in this game. Jaborian McKenzie and Norlando Veals have combined for 361 receiving yards and two touchdowns while De'Lance Turner has nine receptions. The…

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The Alcorn State Braves and Arkansas Razorbacks square off Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium.

The Alcorn State Braves could use a massive road game upset in order to get back to a .500 record. Noah Johnson is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 482 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Johnson has to continue taking care of the football in order for the Braves to compete in this game. Jaborian McKenzie and Norlando Veals have combined for 361 receiving yards and two touchdowns while De'Lance Turner has nine receptions. The Alcorn State Braves ground game is averaging 189.6 yards per contest, and Arron Baker leads the way with 176 yards on 25 carries. Defensively, Alcorn State is allowing 35.3 points and 458.7 yards per game. Darien Anderson leads the Braves with 30 tackles, Trae Ferrell has two sacks and Eric Foster has three pass deflections.

The Arkansas Razorbacks hope to bounce back from a tough performance last week against Texas A&M. Austin Allen is completing 66.9 percent of his passes for 1,026 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Allen has two or more touchdown passes in every game this season. Keon Hatcher and Drew Morgan have combined for 535 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Jared Cornelius has 10 receptions. The Arkansas Razorbacks ground game is averaging 158 yards per contest, and Rawleigh Williams III leads the way with 433 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Arkansas is allowing 26.5 points and 389.8 yards per game. Dre Greenlaw leads the Razorbacks with 32 tackles, Jeremiah Ledbetter has 2.5 sacks and Brooks Ellis has one interception.

Arkansas is obviously a much better team than we saw last week and will be eager to get back on track before its big date with Alabama. Alcorn State doesn't see big, physical teams such as the Razorbacks often and this is a club that lost 69-6 to Georgia Tech last season. No line at the time this article was posted, so the points may be worth a look anyway simply with this being a look ahead game for the home team.

However, I still like Arkansas to win by three or four touchdowns. The Braves will be overwhelmed in the trenches.

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<![CDATA[California Golden Bears vs. Utah Utes - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/california-golden-bears-vs-utah-utes-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Utah Utes will travel to play the California Golden Bears in a PAC-12 game in week 5.

The California Golden Bears are 2-2 (0-1) this season after losing to Arizona State by a score of 51-41. Cal had a lead in the fourth quarter before their defense fell apart and gave up 31 points in the fourth. The California offense is averaging 45.5 points per game with 135.2 rushing yards and 459.2 passing yards per game. Davis Webb is completing 62.7% of his passes for 1,837 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for Cal. Vic Enwere has rushed for 293 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Khalfani…

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The Utah Utes will travel to play the California Golden Bears in a PAC-12 game in week 5.

The California Golden Bears are 2-2 (0-1) this season after losing to Arizona State by a score of 51-41. Cal had a lead in the fourth quarter before their defense fell apart and gave up 31 points in the fourth. The California offense is averaging 45.5 points per game with 135.2 rushing yards and 459.2 passing yards per game. Davis Webb is completing 62.7% of his passes for 1,837 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for Cal. Vic Enwere has rushed for 293 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Khalfani Muhammad has added 212 rushing yards and 1 touchdown for the Golden Bears. Chad Hansen has caught 50 passes for 656 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Melquise Stovall has caught 17 balls for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns for Cal. The Cal defense is giving up 42.5 points per game with 263.5 rushing yards and 228.5 passing yards per game. Raymond Davison has led the Cal defense with 34 tackles and 1 pass breakup, while Cameron Saffle has added 28 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. Matt Anderson has gone 7-8 on field goals for Cal, with a long of 47 yards. The Cal defense has been very poor and needs to improve if they want to be competitive this season.

The Utah Utes are 4-0 (1-0) this season after beating USC by a score of 31-27 in their last game. Utah trailed by 14 points in the fourth quarter and was able to take the lead with 16 seconds left in the game. The Utah offense is averaging 27.2 points per game with 173.5 rushing yards and 254.2 passing yards per game. Troy Williams is completing 62.5% of his passes for 993 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for Utah. Zack Moss has rushed for 243 yards and 1 touchdown, while Troy McCormick has added 180 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns for the Utes. Tim Patrick has caught 20 passes for 385 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Raelon Singleton has caught 8 passes for 140 yards and 1 touchdown for Utah. The Utah defense is giving up 15.8 points per game with 132 rushing yards and 182.2 passing yards per game. Sunia Tauteoli has led the Utah defense with 32 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions, while Marcus Williams has added 24 tackles and 2 interceptions. Andy Phillips has gone 6-7 on field goals for the Utes, with a long of 47 yards. Utah has been strong to start the season and will look to take advantage of a weak Cal defense.

Utah is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win. The over is 6-0 in Utah’s last 6 road games. Cal is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 October games. The over is 6-0 in Cal’s last 6 games.

This is an interesting matchup because Utah likes to play good defense and plays in lower scoring games, while Cal plays no defense and is almost always in a shootout. Utah is only giving up 15.8 points per game, but they haven’t faced an offense like Cal’s yet. I think Cal will be able to move the ball and I am hoping they can stop Utah enough times. I like Cal at home in another shootout. 

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<![CDATA[Idaho Vandals vs. Troy Trojans - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/idaho-vandals-vs-troy-trojans-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Troy Trojans will travel to play the Idaho Vandals in a Sun Belt Conference game this weekend.

The Idaho Vandals are 2-2 this season after beating UNLV by a score of 33-30 in overtime in their last game. Idaho was severely outgained in this game, but was able to hang on to force overtime and eventually get the win. The Idaho offense is averaging 18.3 points per game with 134 rushing yards and 193.5 passing yards per game. Matt Linehan is completing 52.3% of his passes for 736 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception for Idaho. Aaron Duckworth has rushed for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns,…

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The Troy Trojans will travel to play the Idaho Vandals in a Sun Belt Conference game this weekend.

The Idaho Vandals are 2-2 this season after beating UNLV by a score of 33-30 in overtime in their last game. Idaho was severely outgained in this game, but was able to hang on to force overtime and eventually get the win. The Idaho offense is averaging 18.3 points per game with 134 rushing yards and 193.5 passing yards per game. Matt Linehan is completing 52.3% of his passes for 736 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception for Idaho. Aaron Duckworth has rushed for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Matt Linehan has added 64 rushing yards and 1 touchdown for the Vandals. Deon Watson has caught 14 passes for 212 yards, while Callen Hightower has caught 12 passes for 120 yards and 1 touchdown for Idaho. The Idaho defense is giving up 40.5 points per game with 205.8 rushing yards and 251.8 passing yards per game. Tony Lashley has led the Vandals defense with 30 tackles and 1 sack, while Jayshawn Jordan has added 29 tackles and 1 interception. Austin Rehkow has gone 6-8 on field goals for Idaho, with a long of 44 yards.

The Troy Trojans are 3-1 this season after beating New Mexico State by a score of 52-6 in their last game. Troy dominated this game but was actually outgained by New Mexico State. The Trojans took advantage of 5 turnovers and were able to run away with the win. The Troy offense is averaging 42.5 points per game with 229.2 rushing yards and 244 passing yards per game. Brandon Silvers is completing 60.2% of his passes for 831 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions for Troy. Jordan Chunn has rushed for 445 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Josh Anderson has rushed for 141 yards and 1 touchdown for the Trojans. Deondre Douglas has caught 25 passes for 273 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Emanuel Thompson has caught 24 passes for 219 yards and 3 touchdowns for Troy. The Troy defense is giving up 21 points per game with 116.8 rushing yards and 290.2 passing yards per game. William Lloyd has led the Troy defense with 21 tackles and 2 tackles for loss, while Kris Weatherspoon has added 19 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. Ryan Kay has gone 6-8 on field goals for Troy, with a long of 43 yards.

Troy is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Troy’s last 4 conference games. Idaho is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 October games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The over is 4-0 in Idaho’s last 4 conference games.

Both of these teams have played well to start the season, but the Idaho defense is concerning, giving up over 40 points per game. Troy has a high-powered offense that will take advantage of Idaho’s poor defense. Idaho has a very slow-paced offense and I am not sure they can keep up with Troy on the scoreboard. I like Troy here. 

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<![CDATA[Colorado Buffaloes vs. Oregon State Beavers - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/colorado-buffaloes-vs-oregon-state-beavers-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Oregon State Beavers will travel to play the Colorado Buffaloes in a PAC-12 game on Saturday.

The Colorado Buffaloes are 3-1 (1-0) this season after beating Oregon by a score of 41-38 in their last game. Colorado was able to come from behind and win this game with their backup quarterback, while playing in Oregon. The Colorado offense is averaging 42.2 points per game with 211.5 rushing yards and 311.8 passing yards per game. Sefo Liufau (Questionable) is completing 71.1% of his passes for 768 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Steven Montez is completing 59.2% of his passes for 450 yards,…

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The Oregon State Beavers will travel to play the Colorado Buffaloes in a PAC-12 game on Saturday.

The Colorado Buffaloes are 3-1 (1-0) this season after beating Oregon by a score of 41-38 in their last game. Colorado was able to come from behind and win this game with their backup quarterback, while playing in Oregon. The Colorado offense is averaging 42.2 points per game with 211.5 rushing yards and 311.8 passing yards per game. Sefo Liufau (Questionable) is completing 71.1% of his passes for 768 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Steven Montez is completing 59.2% of his passes for 450 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Colorado. Phillip Lindsay has rushed for 248 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Kyle Evans has rushed for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Buffaloes. Devin Ross has caught 25 passes for 255 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Shay Fields has caught 14 passes for 291 yards and 2 touchdowns for Colorado. The Colorado defense is giving up 24.2 points per game with 143.5 rushing yards and 163 passing yards per game. Kenneth Olugbode has led the Colorado defense with 28 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Chidobe Awuzie has added 19 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception. Diego Gonzalez has gone 3-4 on field goals, while Chris Graham has gone 2-3 on field goals for Colorado.

The Oregon State Beavers are 1-2 this season after losing to Boise State by a score of 38-24 last weekend. Oregon State trailed by 24 points at halftime and was able to chip away in the second half, but came up short in the comeback effort. The Oregon State offense is averaging 28 points per game with 143.7 rushing yards and 197 passing yards per game. Darell Garretson (Probable) is completing 59.3% of his passes for 453 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception for Oregon State. Ryan Nall has rushed for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Victor Bolden has rushed for 105 yards and 1 touchdown for the Beavers. Seth Collins has caught 16 passes for 185 yards, while Victor Bolden has caught 13 passes for 131 yards and 1 touchdown for Oregon State. The Oregon State defense is giving up 25 points per game with 186.7 rushing yards and 198.3 passing yards per game. Devin Chappell has led the Oregon State defense with 23 tackles and 1 sack, while Treston Decoud has added 19 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 2 interceptions. Garrett Owens has gone 4-6 on field goals for Oregon State, with a long of 45 yards.

Oregon State is 3-13 ATS in their last 16 conference games and 6-16 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The over is 7-3 in Oregon State’s last 10 games on grass. Colorado is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The under is 4-1 in Colorado’s last 5 conference games.

Colorado has been extremely impressive this season and will look to continue that against the Beavers. Both quarterbacks have played well for the Buffaloes, which doesn’t give me any worry concerning who will start this week. Oregon State has struggled to start the season and will be on the road for this game. The Oregon State offense disappears at times, which will need to be corrected if they hope to turn the season around. I like Colorado in this game. 

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