<![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Cavaliers - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/duke-blue-devils-vs-virginia-cavaliers-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments On Saturday, October 1 from Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, the Virginia Cavaliers and the Duke Blue Devils will face off in Week 5 college football action. 

Duke comes into this game at 2-2, following a razor-close victory over Notre Dame on Saturday 38-35. The Blue Devils shocked the Irish in that one, rattling off 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Duke’s Daniel Jones had an efficient day with a 24-of-32 line for 290 yards, three scores and a pick—and also rattled off five carries for 19 rush yards. The reliable Jela Duncan led the Blue…

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On Saturday, October 1 from Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, the Virginia Cavaliers and the Duke Blue Devils will face off in Week 5 college football action. 

Duke comes into this game at 2-2, following a razor-close victory over Notre Dame on Saturday 38-35. The Blue Devils shocked the Irish in that one, rattling off 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Duke’s Daniel Jones had an efficient day with a 24-of-32 line for 290 yards, three scores and a pick—and also rattled off five carries for 19 rush yards. The reliable Jela Duncan led the Blue Devils in rushing with 21 carries for 121 yards and a TD, while Anthony Nash was tops in receiving with six catches, 123 yards and two TDs. 

So far this year, Jones has gone 92-of-143 for 1090 yards, five touchdowns and three picks. Duncan is far and away the rush leader with 56 carries, 314 yards and four scores. Nash heads the Blue Devils receiving game with 19 receptions for 300 yards and his two touchdowns. 

Over on the Cavaliers’ side, they’re coming off their first victory of the year at 1-3, which was a 49-35 win over Central Michigan in Week 4. Virginia let a 28-0 lead get squandered in this one, but QB Kurt Benkert would save the day with a 27-of-43 line for 421 yards and five touchdowns. Benkert’s main beneficiary was Olamide Zacheaus, who secured eight catches for 141 yards and two scores. Taquan Mizzell held down the Virginia running game with 10 carries for 79 yards and a TD. 

On the season, Benkert is sitting on a 96-of-158 line for 1119 yards, 10 touchdowns and five picks. Albert Reid leads the Cavaliers in rushing with 46 carries for 274 yards and three touchdowns, while Zaccheaus is tops in the receiving game with 22 receptions for 298 yards and three scores for Virginia. 

The Cavaliers are 6-0 ATS in their last six conference games, and 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win. Virginia is also 5-0-2 ATS in their last seven road games, and 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. 

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games in October, and 12-4 ATS versus a team with a losing record. Duke is also 1-5 ATS in their last six conference games, and 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games following a straight-up win. 

Despite last week’s win, the Cavaliers really haven’t shown us much this season—they could very well still be winless. Duke outmatches them in just about every facet, so the Blue Devils should be able to run away with this one.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:37:54 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57642
<![CDATA[Boston College Eagles vs. Buffalo Bulls - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/boston-college-eagles-vs-buffalo-bulls-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Headed our way in Week 5 college football action from Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill on Saturday, October 1, the Buffalo Bulls will be visiting the Boston College Eagles. 

The Bulls come into this one with a 1-2 record on the year, getting their lone victory in their last appearance against Army. It took overtime for Buffalo to get there, however, as Adam Mitcheson bagged a 33-yard field goal in the extra period to take it 23-20. Bulls QB Tyree Jackson went 20-of-31 for 178 yards, a TD and an interception in that one, but there wasn’t much room to run for Jonathan…

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Headed our way in Week 5 college football action from Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill on Saturday, October 1, the Buffalo Bulls will be visiting the Boston College Eagles. 

The Bulls come into this one with a 1-2 record on the year, getting their lone victory in their last appearance against Army. It took overtime for Buffalo to get there, however, as Adam Mitcheson bagged a 33-yard field goal in the extra period to take it 23-20. Bulls QB Tyree Jackson went 20-of-31 for 178 yards, a TD and an interception in that one, but there wasn’t much room to run for Jonathan Hawkins, who led the team on 37 yards on 10 carries. Marcus McGill would walk away the leading receiver, grabbing two passes for 63 yards. 

On the Buffalo season, Jackson has posted a 41-of-78 line for 433 yards, three scores and two picks. Jordan Johnson leads the team in rushing with 50 carries and 218 yards alongside a TD. Mason Schreck has a team-high 11 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown for the Bulls. 

Moving on over to the Eagles’ side, they’ve got a 2-2 mark following a victory over Wagner 42-10 on Saturday. Boston College QB Patrick Towles got to play the hero in that win, rushing for two touchdowns and adding two more through the air. Towles would finish on a 9-of-16 line for 157 yards and seven carries for 46 yards. Davon Jones would lead the rushing attack for the Eagles with 12 carries and 90 yards, while Michael Walker bagged four receptions for 72 yards and a TD of his own. 

That gives Towles a total of 572 yards on 41-of-83 passing with four touchdowns and three picks on the year. Jon Hillman heads the Eagles in rushing with 68 carries for 241 yards and four touchdowns. Jeff Smith is Boston College’s high man in receiving with nine grabs for 182 yards and three scores. 

The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. Buffalo is also 1-5 ATS in their last six games on fieldturf, and 0-4 in their last four games following an ATS win. 

As for Boston College, they’re 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight versus the MAC, and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS loss. The Eagles are also 1-4 ATS in their last five games on fieldturf and 0-5-2 ATS in their last seven home games. 

With all the weapons Boston College has on offense, there’s no excuse for them not to cover here. I expect a big showing from the links of Towles, Jones and Smith in this one.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:34:41 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57639
<![CDATA[South Alabama Jaguars vs. San Diego State Aztecs - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/south-alabama-jaguars-vs-san-diego-state-aztecs-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The South Alabama Jaguars look to upset the San Diego State Aztecs for the second straight year.

The San Diego State Aztecs went in to their bye week with a 42-28 win at Norhern Illinois as a 12 point road favorite in week three. The 3-0 Aztecs  held a slight edge in yards, 404-376 and a 2-1 advantage in turnovers while doing most of their damage on the ground. The SDSU passing attack was deadly efficient behind quarterback Christian Chapman who completed 11-19 for 126 yards and three touchdowns and an interception with Mikah Holder, Rashaad Penny and Kahale Warring snagging scoring…

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The South Alabama Jaguars look to upset the San Diego State Aztecs for the second straight year.

The San Diego State Aztecs went in to their bye week with a 42-28 win at Norhern Illinois as a 12 point road favorite in week three. The 3-0 Aztecs  held a slight edge in yards, 404-376 and a 2-1 advantage in turnovers while doing most of their damage on the ground. The SDSU passing attack was deadly efficient behind quarterback Christian Chapman who completed 11-19 for 126 yards and three touchdowns and an interception with Mikah Holder, Rashaad Penny and Kahale Warring snagging scoring tosses. San Diego State dominated the trenches where Donnel Pumphrey rambled for 230 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries.

The South Alabama Jaguars drew what turned out to be a tougher then expected assignment in Nicholls State in week four and escaped with a 41-40, overtime victory. The numbers favored the Jaguars 510-230 in yards but losing the turnover battle 4-2 hurt. Xavier Johnson paced USA on the ground with 103 yards and a pair of trips to the endzone while Deonta Moore added another 58 yards on eight carries. South Alabama quarterback Dallas Davis threw for 302 yards and a touchdown and four interceptions including a pick six with Kevin Kutchera catching four passes for 86 yards. The Colonels also scored on a blocked punt and had a 77 yard kick return that helped their scoring. 

The Aztecs are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games in October and are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games while going  6-0 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf. The Jaguars are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win and are 1-8 ATS vs. a team with a winning record while the over is 7-1-1 in Jaguars last 9 home games. If San Diego State plays hard for 60 minutes I like them but NIU did expose them a bit in the second half of their game…

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:55:15 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57636
<![CDATA[Florida State Seminoles vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/florida-state-seminoles-vs-north-carolina-tar-heels-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, October 1, we’ve got Week 5 college football action on the schedule between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Florida State Seminoles. 

The Tar Heels come into this one at 3-1, following a nail-biter 37-36 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday. QB Mitch Trubisky got to play the hero in that one, as he marched the Tar Heels down the field and found Bug Howard with a 2-yard TD pass with just two seconds left to play. Trubisky would finish his big day with a 35-of-46 line for 453 yards and…

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Down at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, October 1, we’ve got Week 5 college football action on the schedule between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Florida State Seminoles. 

The Tar Heels come into this one at 3-1, following a nail-biter 37-36 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday. QB Mitch Trubisky got to play the hero in that one, as he marched the Tar Heels down the field and found Bug Howard with a 2-yard TD pass with just two seconds left to play. Trubisky would finish his big day with a 35-of-46 line for 453 yards and five touchdowns. Ryan Switzer was the main beneficiary here with a whopping 16 receptions for 208 yards and a TD. 

On the season, Trubisky holds 1306 yards on 102-of-137 passing for 10 touchdowns and no picks. Elijah Hood is the Tar Heels’ leading rusher with 291 yards and four touchdowns on 54 carries, while Switzer is far and away the biggest receiver for North Carolina with 33 grabs for 429 yards and two scores. 

Over on the Florida State side, they’re coming into this week’s game at 3-1, following a 55-35 victory over South Florida in their last appearance. The Seminoles’ Dalvin Cook was the human highlight reel here, with a career-high 267 rush yards and two touchdowns. Deondre Francois helped out in the air with an 11-of-19 line for 169 yards and a TD—and also logged 10 rushes for 75 yards and another score. Cook was also the Seminoles’ leading receiver against South Florida, bagging four receptions for 62 yards. 

So far this year, Francois has a 76-of-121 line with 951 yards, seven scores and two picks. Cook’s big total last week pushes him up to 78 carries, 495 yards and four touchdowns for Florida State. Travis Rudolph has a firm grip on the leading receiver honor, with 16 grabs for 233 yards and three touchdowns. 

The Tar Heels are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games in October, and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss. North Carolina is also 8-3 ATS against a team with a winning record, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games versus a team with a winning home record. 

As for the Seminoles, they’re 6-0 ATS in their last six games on grass, and 5-1 ATS in their last six home games. Florida State is also 7-2 in their last nine games overall, and 5-2 ATS versus a team with a winning record. 

This should be a great game, and could very well end up being close. Still, I think Florida State outmatches the Tar Heels on paper, and the Seminoles have every opportunity to snag a big victory here.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:45:47 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57633
<![CDATA[NC State Wolfpack vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/nc-state-wolfpack-vs-wake-forest-demon-deacons-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments In college football activity on Saturday, October 1 from Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons will be visiting the North Carolina State Wolfpack. 

Wake Forest comes into this game with a clean 4-0 record, thanks to a Week 4 win over Indiana 33-28 on Saturday. That one was a defensive triumph, as the Demon Deacons grabbed five interceptions and blocked a field goal. QB John Wolford would throw for 172 yards and a TD on 16-of-29 passing, while Matt Colburn led the Deacons on 29 carries for 103 yards on the ground. Chuck Wade was the high man…

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In college football activity on Saturday, October 1 from Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons will be visiting the North Carolina State Wolfpack. 

Wake Forest comes into this game with a clean 4-0 record, thanks to a Week 4 win over Indiana 33-28 on Saturday. That one was a defensive triumph, as the Demon Deacons grabbed five interceptions and blocked a field goal. QB John Wolford would throw for 172 yards and a TD on 16-of-29 passing, while Matt Colburn led the Deacons on 29 carries for 103 yards on the ground. Chuck Wade was the high man in receiving, with his six grabs for 59 yards and a TD. 

So far this year, Wolford has 423 yards on 41-of-75 passing with a pair of touchdowns. Colburn has carried 72 times for 298 yards and a score, while Alex Bachman leads Wake Forest in receiving with seven grabs for 110 yards and a TD. 

As for the Wolfpack, they’ll come into this game at 2-1 following a big win over Old Dominion 49-22 in their last appearance. NC State was up 35-9 heading into the fourth quarter here. QB Ryan Finley posted a 24-of-48 line for three touchdowns, while backup QB Jalen McClendon got into the act with two rushing scores and a passing TD. Matthew Dayes would lead the Wolfpack in rushing with 71 yards on 14 carries, and Stephen Louis managed five receptions for 80 yards. 

On the season, Finley holds 714 yards on 61-of-80 passing with six touchdowns, and Dayes has a team-high 51 carries and 312 yards on the ground for the Wolfpack. Louis leads the way among North Carolina State receivers with his nine grabs for 226 yards and one TD. 

The Demon Deacons are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games versus a team with a winning home record, and 4-0 ATS in their last four road games overall. Wake Forest is also 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a bye week, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up win. 

As for the Wolfpack, they’re 19-4 ATS in their last 23 games following a bye week, and 1-4 ATS in their last five conference games. North Carolina State is also 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games on grass, and 0-5 ATS versus a team with a winning record. 

I really like the way the Wolfpack looked in their last outing. With Finley and McClendon under center, that offense can really cook. I’ll take North Carolina State for a big win.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:42:39 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57630
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/pittsburgh-panthers-vs-marshall-thundering-herd-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments In Week 5 college football action on Saturday, October 1, the Marshall Thundering Herd will head to Heinz Field to visit the Pittsburgh Panthers. 

Marshall comes into this game at 1-2, following a loss to Louisville on Saturday. The Thundering Herd ran into a buzzsaw in that game, allowing Cardinals QB Lamar Jackson to account for seven touchdowns (five passing; two rushing). Marshall QB Garet Morrell could do very little in that game, going 9-of-21 for just 59 yards with two touchdowns. Tony Pittman led the Thundering Herd on the ground with seven carries for a paltry…

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In Week 5 college football action on Saturday, October 1, the Marshall Thundering Herd will head to Heinz Field to visit the Pittsburgh Panthers. 

Marshall comes into this game at 1-2, following a loss to Louisville on Saturday. The Thundering Herd ran into a buzzsaw in that game, allowing Cardinals QB Lamar Jackson to account for seven touchdowns (five passing; two rushing). Marshall QB Garet Morrell could do very little in that game, going 9-of-21 for just 59 yards with two touchdowns. Tony Pittman led the Thundering Herd on the ground with seven carries for a paltry 54 yards, while Ryan Yurachek was the high man in receiving with one catch for 16 yards. 

So far this year, Morrell has gone 11-of-29 for 96 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. We’ll have to see if Marshall can get Chase Litton back before this week’s game. On the ground, Keion Davis leads the charge with 36 carries for 152 yards and a TD, while Josh Knight has a team-high 10 catches for 148 yards and two scores of his own for the Thundering Herd. 

On the Panthers’ side, they’re coming into this week’s game with a 2-2 record. Pittsburgh has dropped their last two games, most recently a 37-36 heartbreaker against North Carolina. In that one, Tar Heels QB Mitch Trubisky rallied the team on a final drive, hitting Bug Howard with a 2-yard score with just two seconds left on the clock. Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman had an efficient—if unremarkable—game on Saturday with a 14-of-18 line for 140 yards. Quadree Henderson led the team in rushing with 107 yards on nine carries, while James Conner led the Panthers in receiving with four catches for 64 yards. 

That gives Peterman 643 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions on the year, while Conner sits on 79 carries for 347 yards and four scores. Conner also leads the Panthers in receiving with 13 grabs for 169 yards and two touchdowns. 

The Thundering Herd are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss of more than 20 points, and 3-0-1 ATS in their last four against the ACC. Marshall is also 5-1 ATS in their last six games on grass, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games in October. 

As for the Panthers, they’re 13-6-2 ATS versus a team with a losing record, and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games in October. Pittsburgh is also 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall, and 1-8 ATS in their last nine home games. 

There’s not a whole lot to like about this game, as both teams come in reeling. That said, I do like Pittsburgh to be able to pick up the pieces and put together a solid win here, so I’ll take the Panthers.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:54:27 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57627
<![CDATA[Clemson Tigers vs. Louisville Cardinals - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/clemson-tigers-vs-louisville-cardinals-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We’ve got a great top-five college football matchup looming from Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 1 as the Louisville Cardinals visit the Clemson Tigers. 

Louisville heads into this one at 4-0, following yet another big victory in Week 4. The Cardinals were all over Marshall in that one, eventually coming home with a 59-28 victory. QB Lamar Jackson had another big game, tossing for a career-high 417 yards and accounting for seven touchdowns (five passing; two rushing). Jamari Staples caught a game-high five passes for 94 yards, while Brandon Radcliff held down…

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We’ve got a great top-five college football matchup looming from Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 1 as the Louisville Cardinals visit the Clemson Tigers. 

Louisville heads into this one at 4-0, following yet another big victory in Week 4. The Cardinals were all over Marshall in that one, eventually coming home with a 59-28 victory. QB Lamar Jackson had another big game, tossing for a career-high 417 yards and accounting for seven touchdowns (five passing; two rushing). Jamari Staples caught a game-high five passes for 94 yards, while Brandon Radcliff held down the rush with 19 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown. 

On the year, that gives Jackson 1330 yards passing with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions for Louisville. Jackson also leads the team in rushing with 61 carries, 526 yards and a whopping 12 scores on the ground. James Quick is tops in receiving for the Cardinals so far, with 16 receptions, 360 yards and three touchdowns. 

Over on the Clemson side, they’re coming into Week 5 with a 4-0 record as well, following a 26-7 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Tigers were up 23-0 at halftime and pretty much just coasted the rest of the way. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson was in control here, logging a 32-of-48 line for 304 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. Ray-Ray McCloud was the high man in receiving, with eight grabs for 101 yards. Wayne Gallman didn’t have to do much on the ground for the Tigers, logging 17 carries for 59 yards and a TD. 

So far this season for Clemson, Watson has posted 996 passing yards with nine touchdowns and four picks. Gallman, meanwhile, leads the rushers with 63 carries for 256 yards and three scores. Mike Williams has 21 receptions for 306 yards and a TD to lead the Tigers this year. 

The Cardinals are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up win, and 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Louisville is also 1-5 ATS in their last six games in October, and 28-11-1 ATS in their last 40 road games. 

As for Clemson, they’re 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up win, and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games. The Tigers are also 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. 

This is probably the stoutest test that either team has faced all year long, and it will be a hard-hitting battle. That said, Jackson continues to impress on a weekly basis, and he should have no trouble putting the Tigers to bed. I’ll take Louisville all the way here.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:50:25 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57624
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football Update 9/26/16: Week 4 Waiver Wire Picks]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2016/09/26/fantasy-football-update-9/26/16-week-4-waiver-wire-picks#comments It’s time for our weekly overreaction Monday in the fantasy football world, as owners everywhere flock to the waiver wire to snag the hot new commodities. Let’s check out a few of the noteworthy and trending players right now and see if anyone’s worth adding to your team. 

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: Howard has been stewing for the past couple of weeks, and he officially came out on Sunday with nine carries for 45 yards against the Cowboys. 

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It’s time for our weekly overreaction Monday in the fantasy football world, as owners everywhere flock to the waiver wire to snag the hot new commodities. Let’s check out a few of the noteworthy and trending players right now and see if anyone’s worth adding to your team. 

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: Howard has been stewing for the past couple of weeks, and he officially came out on Sunday with nine carries for 45 yards against the Cowboys. 

Howard also showed off his skills as a pass-catcher, grabbing four for 47 yards on six targets. Howard was already ousting Jeremy Langford before the latter went down (ankle), and now he’s all the more attractive heading into the Lions game. 

Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns: We’ve been predicting Pryor to have a big game for the past couple of weeks, and he proved us right in Week 3. He logged 14 targets, eight catches and 144 yards in the air and 21 yards on four carries on the ground. 

Pryor has a couple more weeks of increased activity ahead—that is until Josh Gordon returns in Week 5—so use him while you can. 

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: Rudolph flirted with double-digits in Week 2, and finally got there against the Panthers on Sunday. He bagged seven catches on 10 targets for 70 yards and a TD. 

There’s not much to get excited about out there at TE, but Rudolph is the lone exception. He’s got 26 targets through three games, and is a big part of what Minnesota is doing offensively. 

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins: Let’s move back over to WR and look at Crowder, who had a nice Week 3 as well. He bagged four catches on seven targets for 78 yards and a TD, his second straight week with a score. 

Crowder now has 25 targets, 16 receptions, 175 yards and two scores through just three games. He’s turning into a must-have guy in PPR leagues and will be a big part of the Redskins’ offense moving forward. 

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: With the Eagles an improbable 3-0 heading into their early bye this week, now’s a good time to grab and stash Wentz in fantasy. 

In Week 3, Wentz put up a 23-of-31 line for 301 yards and two touchdowns, which gives him five pass TD for the year. It was a statement game against a good Pittsburgh team, and will get plenty of owners’ eyes looking Wentz’s way. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:05:19 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57621
<![CDATA[South Carolina vs. Texas A&M - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/south-carolina-vs-texas-a-and-m-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Texas A&M Aggies face off on Saturday in Columbia is Week 5 SEC College Football action.

The South Carolina Gamecocks are 2-2 this season and are coming off of a loss at Kentucky in week 4. The South Carolina offense is averaging 14.2 points, 90.8 rushing yards, and 192 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 4 times. Gamecocks QB Brandon McIlwain has completed 51.6 percent of his passes with 2 touchdowns and he has rushed for another 2 touchdowns. A.J. Turner is South Carolina’s top rusher with 157 yards and a touchdown and Hayden…

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The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Texas A&M Aggies face off on Saturday in Columbia is Week 5 SEC College Football action.

The South Carolina Gamecocks are 2-2 this season and are coming off of a loss at Kentucky in week 4. The South Carolina offense is averaging 14.2 points, 90.8 rushing yards, and 192 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 4 times. Gamecocks QB Brandon McIlwain has completed 51.6 percent of his passes with 2 touchdowns and he has rushed for another 2 touchdowns. A.J. Turner is South Carolina’s top rusher with 157 yards and a touchdown and Hayden Hurst has 19 catches and Bryan Edwards has 17 catches. The South Carolina defense is allowing 17.2 points and 399.2 yards per game with 4 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, and 9 sacks. T.J. Holloman leads the Cocks with 25 tackles, D.J. Smith has 23 tackles, and Jonathan Walton and Bryson Allen-Williams each have 21 tackles. South Carolina looks to be headed in the right direction but it looks like it might be a long road to get where they want to be.

The Texas A&M Aggies are battle tested but are off to a 4-0 start to the season as they once again fly under the radar in the SEC. The Texas A&M offense is averaging 43 points, 269.2 rushing yards, and 276.5 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 6 times. Aggies QB Trevor Knight has completed 53.2 percent of his passes with 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions and he has rushed for 308 yards and 5 touchdowns. Trayveon Williams is Texas A&M’s top rusher with 389 yards and 3 touchdowns and Keith Ford has 210 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Aggies are loaded at receiver with Christian Kirk with 21 catches and 3 touchdowns, Josh Reynolds with 17 catches and 3 touchdowns, and Ricky Seals-Jones with 10 catches. The Texas A&M defense is allowing 16 points and 390.8 yards per game with 4 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries, and 13 sacks. Justin Evans leads the Aggies with 33 tackles, Shaan Washington has 27 tackles, and Nick Harvey has 26 tackles. Texas A&M has been fast starters in recent years and haven’t been able to close it out.

South Carolina is 3-7 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 7-3 against the spread following a game that hey didn’t cover the point spread, and 1-5 against the spread after allowing less than 20 points their previous game. Texas A&M is 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 games, 8-17 against the spread in their last 25 SEC games, and 4-1 against the spread following a win.

This is a ton of points but I can see Texas A&M scoring quickly at time and winning by greater than the number here. 

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:40:41 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57618
<![CDATA[Georgia vs. Tennessee - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/georgia-vs-tennessee-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Georgia Bulldogs and the Tennessee Volunteers face off on Saturday in week 5 SEC college football action on CBS.

The Georgia Bulldogs 3 game winning streak to start the season came to an abrupt halt on Saturday as they were handled by Ole Miss on the road. The Georgia offense is averaging 25.2 points, 196.8 rushing yards, and 216.2 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 7 times. UGA QB Jacob Eason has completed 52 percent of his passes with 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Nick Chubb is the Bulldogs top option in the backfield with 422 yards and 3 touchdowns but…

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The Georgia Bulldogs and the Tennessee Volunteers face off on Saturday in week 5 SEC college football action on CBS.

The Georgia Bulldogs 3 game winning streak to start the season came to an abrupt halt on Saturday as they were handled by Ole Miss on the road. The Georgia offense is averaging 25.2 points, 196.8 rushing yards, and 216.2 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 7 times. UGA QB Jacob Eason has completed 52 percent of his passes with 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Nick Chubb is the Bulldogs top option in the backfield with 422 yards and 3 touchdowns but he left last week’s game and Sony Michel took over while Isiaiah McKenzie is the top receiver with 21 catches and 4 touchdowns and Terry Godwin has 12 catches. Defensively Georgia is allowing 30 points and 383 yards per game with 6 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, and 4 sacks. Natrez Patrick is the Dawgs top tackler with 24, Trenton Thompson has 20 tackles, and Roquan Smith has 17 tackles. Georgia will need to bounce back in a hurry from last week’s disastrous performance where they were simply out of the game in the first few minutes.

The Tennessee Volunteers are off to a 4-0 start to the season and are coming off of their biggest program win in several years beating Florida last week in come from behind fashion. The Tennessee offense is averaging 32.8 points, 186.5 yards rushing, and 201.2 yards passing and they have turned the ball over 6 times. Vols QB Joshua Dobbs has completed 57 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions and he has rushed for 241 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jalen Hurd is Tennessee’s top rusher with 365 yards and 2 tocuhdowns and Josh Malone is the top receiver with 13 catches and 5 touchdowns and Jauan Jennings and Alvin Kamara have 9 catches each. The Volunteer defense is allowing 21 points and 351.5 yards per game with 2 interceptions, 6 fumble recoveries, and 5 sacks. The Tennessee defense is led by Todd Kelly Jr. and Emmanuel Moseley with 22 tackles each, Cortez McDowell has 21 tackles, and Jalen Reeves-Maybin has 20 tackles despite being injured and missing the better part of a game after being ejected for targeting. This is Tennessee’s first road game and it should be a pretty good barometer to see just how good this team is this season.

Georgia is 2-6 against the spread in their last 8 home games, 2-6 against the spread in their last 8 SEC games, and 5-2 against the spread following a loss. Tennessee is 6-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 SEC games, and 5-1 against the spread following a win. Tennessee is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games in Georgia.

Georgia is coming off of an embarrassing effort and while Tennessee has passed every test this is their first real road game and look for Georgia to cover as a home dog. 

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:32:35 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57615
<![CDATA[Auburn vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/auburn-vs-louisiana-monroe-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Auburn Tigers and the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks face off on Saturday in week 5 college football action.

The Auburn Tigers are 2-2 this season and they are coming off of a wild win at home over LSU. Auburn’s offense is averaging 24.5 points, 234.8 yards rushing, and 204 yards passing per game and they have turned the ball over 6 times. Tigers QB Sean White has completed 66 percent of his passes with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Kerryon Johnson is Auburn’s top rusher with 371 yards and 4 touchdowns and Kamryn Pettway has 336 yards and 1 touchdown and Tony Stevens is the top receiver…

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The Auburn Tigers and the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks face off on Saturday in week 5 college football action.

The Auburn Tigers are 2-2 this season and they are coming off of a wild win at home over LSU. Auburn’s offense is averaging 24.5 points, 234.8 yards rushing, and 204 yards passing per game and they have turned the ball over 6 times. Tigers QB Sean White has completed 66 percent of his passes with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Kerryon Johnson is Auburn’s top rusher with 371 yards and 4 touchdowns and Kamryn Pettway has 336 yards and 1 touchdown and Tony Stevens is the top receiver with 17 catches and 2 touchdowns and Marcus Davis has 13 catches. The Auburn defense is allowing 18.8 points and 385.2 yards per game with 1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries, and 8 sacks. Johnathan Ford leads Auburn’s defense with 28 tackles, Tray Mathews has 25 tackles, and Carl Lawson has 3 sacks. Auburn looks to be improved over their team last season but they are still not a contender to win the SEC.

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are 1-2 this season and they are coming off of a bye last week. ULM’s offense is averaging 25.3 points, 156.7 rushing yards, and 254.3 passing yards per game while they have turned the ball over 5 times. Warhawks QB Garrett Smith is completing 58.4 percent of his passes with 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions and he has rushed for 177 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ben Luckett is ULM’s top running abck with 157 yards and 1 touchdown and R.J. Turner has 12 receptions and a touchdown and Ajalen Holley has 10 catches. Defensively Louisiana-Monroe is allowing 34.3 points and 477.3 yards per game with 1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries, and 7 sacks. David Griffith leads the Warhawks defense with 28 tackles, Tre’ Hunter has 24 tackles, and Chase Day has 16.5 tackles. ULM’s lone win has come against FCS Southern and they appear to be in for a tough day here.

Auburn is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games, 7-2 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 4-11 against the spread in their last 15 home games. Louisiana-Monroe is 5-0 against the spread in their last 5 games, 9-4-1 against the spread in their last 14 road games, and 6-2-1 against the spread in their last 9 games following a game that they covered the point spread.

Auburn is getting better but this is a ton of points so I will take them with ULM here. 

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:24:05 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57612
<![CDATA[Vanderbilt vs. Florida - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/vanderbilt-vs-florida-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Vanderbilt Commodores and Florida Gators face off on Saturday in Nashville in week 5 SEC college football action.

 The Vanderbilt Commodores are 202 this season and they are clearly an improved team over what we have seen from them in recent years. The Vandy offense is averaging 23.8 points, 148.8 rushing yards and 163.8 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over just 3 times. Commodores QB Kyle Shurmer has completed 55.2 percent of his passes with 3 touchdowns ad 2 interceptions Running back Ralph Webb is Vanderbilt’s top option in the backfield rushing for 472 yards…

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The Vanderbilt Commodores and Florida Gators face off on Saturday in Nashville in week 5 SEC college football action.

 The Vanderbilt Commodores are 202 this season and they are clearly an improved team over what we have seen from them in recent years. The Vandy offense is averaging 23.8 points, 148.8 rushing yards and 163.8 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over just 3 times. Commodores QB Kyle Shurmer has completed 55.2 percent of his passes with 3 touchdowns ad 2 interceptions Running back Ralph Webb is Vanderbilt’s top option in the backfield rushing for 472 yards and 5 touchdowns and Kalija Lipscomb has 11 catches and 2 touchdowns. The Vandy defense is allowing 26.2 points and 452.5 yards per game with 3 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries, and 3 sacks. Zach Cunningham is Vanderbilt’s leading tackler with 38 and Ryan White and LaDarius Wiley each have 23 tackles. Vanderbilt is coming off of an exciting one-point win over Western Kentucky.

The Florida Gators are 3-1 this season and are coming off of their first loss of the year after blowing a big lead at Tennessee last week. The Florida offense is averaging 32.3 points, 178 rushing yards, and 272 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 4 times. Austin Appleby has taken over at QB for the injured Luke Del Rio and he completed 56.8 percent of his passes for 326 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Jordan Scarlett is UF’s top rusher with 219 yards and 3 touchdowns and Mark Thompson has 186 yards and 2 touchdowns while Antonio Callaway is the top receiver with 17 catches and 2 touchdowns and Brandon Powell has 15 catches and 2 touchdowns. Defensively the Gators are allowing 13 points and 221.8 yards per game with 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, and 17 sacks. Alex Anzalone is Florida’s top tackler with 26, Jarrad Davis has 25, and Marcus Maye has 22 tackles. Florida is playing their second road game in as many weeks and need to bounce back from their worst half of football in several years.

Vanderbilt is 1-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, 0-4 against the spread following a win, and 0-5 against the spread at home against a team with a winning road record. Florida is 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 road games, 5-1 against the spread following a loss, and 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 games. The road team has covered the point spread in the last 8 meetings of these two teams.

This is a lot of points for a defensive game so I will take the point with the Commodores. 

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:16:06 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57609
<![CDATA[LSU vs. Missouri - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/lsu-vs-missouri-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The LSU Tigers and the Missouri Tigers face off on Saturday in Baton Rouge in Week 5 SEC College Football action.

The LSU Tigers are 2-2 this season and are coming off of a loss at Auburn that cost Head Coach Les Miles his job. The LSU offense is averaging 21 points, 191.8 rushing yards, and 147.8 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 7 times. Danny Etling has taken over at QB for the Tigers and he has completed 56.3 percent of his passes with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. At running back for LSU Leonard Fournette has rushed for 386 yards and 2 touchdowns and Derrius…

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The LSU Tigers and the Missouri Tigers face off on Saturday in Baton Rouge in Week 5 SEC College Football action.

The LSU Tigers are 2-2 this season and are coming off of a loss at Auburn that cost Head Coach Les Miles his job. The LSU offense is averaging 21 points, 191.8 rushing yards, and 147.8 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 7 times. Danny Etling has taken over at QB for the Tigers and he has completed 56.3 percent of his passes with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. At running back for LSU Leonard Fournette has rushed for 386 yards and 2 touchdowns and Derrius Guice has 239 yards rushing and a touchdown and Travin Dural has 14 receptions and a touchdown and Malachi Dupre has 11 catches. The LSU defense is allowing 16.8 points and 341.2 yards per game with 3 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, and 14 sacks. Kendell Beckwith leads the Tigers defense with 36 tackles, Jamal Adams has 30 tackles, and Arden Key has 6.5 sacks. LSU will be coached by Ed Orgeron on an interim basis for the rest of the season.

The Missouri Tigers are 2-2 this season and they are still looking for their first SEC win of the year. Mizzou’s offense is averaging 44.5 points, 178.3 rushing yards, and 391.3 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 8 times. Tigers QB Drew Lock has completed 59.3 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Ish Witter leads the Missouri rushing attack with 209 yards and 2 touchdowns and Damarea Crockett has 210 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns while J’Mon Moore has 26 receptions and 6 touchdowns and Dimetrios Mason has 15 catches. The Tigers defense is allowing 18.8 points and 367.8 yards per game with 7 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, and 8 sacks. Michael Scherer is Mizzou’s top tackler with 29, Donavin Newsom has 27 tackles, and Thomas Wilson has 25 tackles. Missouri has fought tough but have come up just short against the tougher opponents.

LSU is 0-4 against the spread in their last 4 games, 1-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 1-5 against the spread in their last 6 SEC games. Missouri is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 SEC games, 1-5 against the spread in their last 6 road games, and 1-6 against the spread following a win.

This is just way too many points in what looks to be a defensive game and look for Missouri to have no problem covering the point spread. 

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:07:28 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57606
<![CDATA[Indiana vs. Michigan State - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/indiana-vs-michigan-state-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Michigan State Spartans and Indiana Hoosiers meet in a key Big Ten matchup Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

The Michigan State Spartans have not lost back-to-back games since November of 2012. Tyler O'Connor is completing 61 percent of his passes for 655 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. O'Connor has moved the chains 34 times through the air this season. Donnie Corley and Monty Madaris have combined for 363 receiving yards and one touchdown while R.J. Shelton has 11 receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging…

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The Michigan State Spartans and Indiana Hoosiers meet in a key Big Ten matchup Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

The Michigan State Spartans have not lost back-to-back games since November of 2012. Tyler O'Connor is completing 61 percent of his passes for 655 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. O'Connor has moved the chains 34 times through the air this season. Donnie Corley and Monty Madaris have combined for 363 receiving yards and one touchdown while R.J. Shelton has 11 receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 168.6 yards per contest, and LJ Scott leads the way with 264 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, MSU is allowing 23.7 points and 314.7 yards per game. Demetrious Cox leads the Spartans with 23 tackles, Raequan Williams has two sacks and Jon Reschke has one interception.

The Indiana Hoosiers have a chance for their first ranked victory since beating Missouri in September of 2014. Richard Lagow is completing 62.4 percent of his passes for 1,002 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Lagow has moved the chains 36 times through the air this season. Nick Westbrook and Ricky Jones have combined for 558 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Mitchell Paige has 15 receptions. The Indiana Hoosiers ground game is averaging 182.6 yards per contest, and Devine Redding leads the way with 313 yards on 64 carries. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 22 points and 351.3 yards per game. Tegray Scales leads the Hoosiers with 22 tackles, A’Shon Riggins has one sack and Rashard Fant has one interception.

The Spartans are 19-7-2 ATS in their last 28 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hoosiers are 1-6 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Spartans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Indiana and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings overall.

Michigan State looked downright awful against Wisconsin to the point I'm having questions about this team, especially it's quarterback play. If the Spartans can't move the ball, they're going to lose this game outright on the road against an Indiana team that can put points up quickly. However, Mark Dantonio hasn't lost two straight games since 2012 and the Spartans have outscored the Hoosiers 150-71 in the last three meetings.

I'm iffy on this line, but MSU is the smarter play. 

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:58:34 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57603
<![CDATA[Alabama vs. Kentucky - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/alabama-vs-kentucky-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Kentucky Wildcats face off on Saturday in Tuscaloosa in Week 5 SEC College Football action.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 4-0 this season and are the top ranked team in the nation as they continue to pursue back-to-back national titles. Alabama’s offense is averaging 46.5 points, 246.2 rushing yards, and 237.2 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 4 times. Crimson Tide QB Jalen Hurts has completed 62.7 percent of his passes with 5 touchdowns and an interception and he has rushed for 251 yards and 3 touchdowns. With several injuries…

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The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Kentucky Wildcats face off on Saturday in Tuscaloosa in Week 5 SEC College Football action.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 4-0 this season and are the top ranked team in the nation as they continue to pursue back-to-back national titles. Alabama’s offense is averaging 46.5 points, 246.2 rushing yards, and 237.2 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 4 times. Crimson Tide QB Jalen Hurts has completed 62.7 percent of his passes with 5 touchdowns and an interception and he has rushed for 251 yards and 3 touchdowns. With several injuries at running back I’m not sure if Damien Harris will be good to go here but if not Joshua Jacobs looked to be more than ready and he has rushed for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns and Calvin Ridley is the top receiver with 20 catches and a touchdown and O.J. Howard has 10 catches and a touchdown. The Alabama defense is allowing 14.8 points and 280.2 yards per game with 3 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, and 13 sacks.  Reuben Foster is Bama’s leading tackler with 29 while Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson have 3 sacks each. Alabama looks to be a handful as no one has been able to slow them down.

The Kentucky Wildcats are 2-2 this season and they are coming off of a 17-10 win over South Carolina last week. The UK offense is averaging 30.2 points, 196.8 rushing yards, and 203.5 passing yards and they have turned the ball over 12 times. Wildcats QB Stephen Johnson has completed 65.9 percent of his passes with 3 touchdowns and an interception and he has rushed for 66 yards. Stanley “Boom” Williams is Kentucky’s top rusher with 464 yards and 2 touchdowns and Benny Snell has 209 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns while Garrett Johnson is the top receiver with 13 catches and 2 touchdowns. The UK defense is allowing 35.2 points and 463 yards per game with 6 interceptions and 8 sacks. Jordan Jones leads the Kentucky defense with 43 tackles, Mike Edwards has 31 tackles, and Coutney Love has 24 tackles. This is a big step up for the Cats and they will be hard pressed just to hold their own in this spot.

Alabama is 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 home games, 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games, and 7-3 against the spread following a win. Kentucky is 1-4 against the spread following a win, 2-10 against the spread in their last 12 games, and 1-6 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The road team has covered the point spread in the last five meetings of these two.

This is a big number but I don’t see how Kentucky keeps this close especially on the road. 

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:41:26 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57600
<![CDATA[TCU vs. Oklahoma - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/tcu-vs-oklahoma-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Oklahoma Sooners and TCU Horned Frogs square off Saturday afternoon in a key Big 12 game at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

The Oklahoma Sooners are desperate for a big road victory after a disappointing 1-2 start to the season. Baker Mayfield is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 793 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Mayfield has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 11 games. Mark Andrews and Dede Westbrook have combined for 365 receiving yards and four touchdowns while A.D. Miller has seven receptions. The Oklahoma Sooners…

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The Oklahoma Sooners and TCU Horned Frogs square off Saturday afternoon in a key Big 12 game at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

The Oklahoma Sooners are desperate for a big road victory after a disappointing 1-2 start to the season. Baker Mayfield is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 793 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Mayfield has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 11 games. Mark Andrews and Dede Westbrook have combined for 365 receiving yards and four touchdowns while A.D. Miller has seven receptions. The Oklahoma Sooners ground game is averaging 178.3 yards per contest, and Joe Mixon leads the way with 235 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing 31.7 points and 401 yards per game. Jordan Evans leads the Sooners with 24 tackles, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo has two sacks and Jordan Thomas has two pass deflections.

The TCU Horned Frogs look to make a statement to the conference after a decent 3-1 start to the season. Kenny Hill is completing 66.1 percent of his passes for 1,487 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. Hill has 29 touchdown passes on his last 501 pass attempts. John Diarse and Taj Williams have combined for 568 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Kyle Hicks has 20 receptions. The TCU Horned Frogs ground game is averaging 196 yards per contest, and Kyle Hicks leads the way with 314 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, TCU is allowing 26.3 points and 384.8 yards per game. Ty Summers leads the Horned Frogs with 39 tackles, Aaron Curry has 2.5 sacks and Nick Orr has one interception.

The Sooners are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Horned Frogs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in October and 14-5 ATS in their last 19 home games. The Sooners are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 meetings.

I know Oklahoma has had an extra week to prepare for this game, but I don't care. I'm tired of backing Bob Stoops in big games only for him to crap the bed and get blown out. TCU has looked more impressive so far this season and has the offensive weapons to give this subpar OU defense all it can handle. The Horned Frogs also had some extra time to prepare considering they played last Thursday. Also, the home team has won the last three meetings between these two teams. I'm done trusting Oklahoma in toss up or big games overall.

TCU gets the win here at home. 

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:38:10 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57597
<![CDATA[Penn State vs. Minnesota - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/penn-state-vs-minnesota-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Saturday in a tough Big Ten matchup at Beaver Stadium.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have a chance to start 4-0 for the first time since the 2013 season. Mitch Leidner is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 599 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Leidner has at least one touchdown pass in nine of his last 11 games. Drew Wolitarsky and Brian Smith have combined for 336 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Nate Wozniak has six receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers…

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Saturday in a tough Big Ten matchup at Beaver Stadium.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have a chance to start 4-0 for the first time since the 2013 season. Mitch Leidner is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 599 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Leidner has at least one touchdown pass in nine of his last 11 games. Drew Wolitarsky and Brian Smith have combined for 336 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Nate Wozniak has six receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 228.3 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 298 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 25 points and 347.3 yards per game. Jack Lynn leads the Golden Gophers with 22 tackles, Tai'yon Devers has three sacks and Damarius Travis has one interception.

The Penn State Nittany Lions have a chance to get a game above a .500 record and have lost just one home game since last season. Trace McSorley is completing 63.2 percent of his passes for 949 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. McSorley has seven touchdown passes in his last five games. Chris Godwin and Mike Gesicki have combined for 409 receiving yards and three touchdowns while DeAndre Thompkins has 10 receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 101.2 yards per contest, and Saquon Barkley leads the way with 317 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 32.8 points and 386.3 yards per game. Malik Golden leads the Nittany Lions with 29 tackles, Shareef Miller has two sacks and Brandon Bell has one interception.

The Golden Gophers are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Nittany Lions are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.

Penn State has been fade material for quite some time, as the offense continues to struggle and it's getting easier and easier to zero in on Barkley, the Nittany Lions only true offensive weapon. Even the Nittany Lions defense is struggling and on the field way too often. However, this is more than a winnable game and Penn State usually plays great ball at home. Also, this is the Golden Gophers first road game of the season and they've lost five of their last eight on the road. 

I give PSU the edge here because it's at home. 

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:20:50 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57594
<![CDATA[Ole Miss vs. Memphis - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/ole-miss-vs-memphis-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Ole Miss Rebels and the Memphis Tigers face off on Saturday in Week 5 College Football action.

The Ole Miss Rebels are 2-2 this season after pounding Georgia last Saturday 45-14. The Ole Miss offense is averaging 40 points, 131.8 rushing yards, and 326.5 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 8 times. Rebels QB Chad Kelly has completed 65.4 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and 3 interceptions and he has rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown. Akeem Judd leads Mississippi in rushing with 194 yards and 2 touchdowns and Evan Ingram has 26 receptions with 3 touchdowns…

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The Ole Miss Rebels and the Memphis Tigers face off on Saturday in Week 5 College Football action.

The Ole Miss Rebels are 2-2 this season after pounding Georgia last Saturday 45-14. The Ole Miss offense is averaging 40 points, 131.8 rushing yards, and 326.5 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 8 times. Rebels QB Chad Kelly has completed 65.4 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and 3 interceptions and he has rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown. Akeem Judd leads Mississippi in rushing with 194 yards and 2 touchdowns and Evan Ingram has 26 receptions with 3 touchdowns and Damore’ea Stringfellow and Van Jefferson each have 14 catches. The Ole Miss defense is allowing 30 points and 447 yards per game with 1 interception, 3 fumble recoveries, and 7 sacks. DeMarquis Gates is Ole Miss’ top tackler with 30 including 2 sacks, Terry Caldwell has 24 tackles, and Zedrick Woods has 21 tackles. Ole Miss has losses to ranked teams where they gave up big leads.

The Memphis Tigers are off to a 3-0 start and are coming off of a 77-3 beat down win over Bowling Green. The Memphis offense is averaging 51.7 points, 185 rushing yards, and 293 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 3 times. Tigers QB Riley Ferguson has completed 67 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Patrick Taylor leads the Memphis rushing attack with 223 yards and a touchdown and Doroland Dorceus has 178 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns while Anthony Miller leads in receiving with 17 catches and 2 touchdowns. Memphis is allowing 9 points and 287 yards per game with 7 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries, and 3 sacks. Jonathan Cook leds the Tigers defense with 18 tackles, Genard Avery has 16 tackles, and Chris Morley has 15 tackles. This is a step up for Memphis but they know that Ole Miss will be gunning for them after last year’s win in this game.

Ole Miss is 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 home games, and 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 games. Memphis is 18-7-1 against the spread in their last 26 non-conference games, 1-7-1 against the spread against the SEC, and 12-5-2 against the spread in their last 19 road games. The underdog is 6-2-1 against the spread in the last nine meetings of these two teams.

I see Memphis having the firepower to put points on the board and at the very least they keep this close enough to cover the spread.  

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:13:15 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57591
<![CDATA[Nebraska vs. Illinois - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/nebraska-vs-illinois-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Illinois Fighting Illini and Nebraska Cornhuskers meet in a Big Ten matchup Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The Illinois Fighting Illini take the road for the first time and hope to get back to a .500 record. Wes Lunt is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 665 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Lunt has eight touchdown passes in his last five games. Malik Turner and Ainslie Johnson have combined for 308 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Justin Hardee has seven receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging…

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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Nebraska Cornhuskers meet in a Big Ten matchup Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The Illinois Fighting Illini take the road for the first time and hope to get back to a .500 record. Wes Lunt is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 665 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Lunt has eight touchdown passes in his last five games. Malik Turner and Ainslie Johnson have combined for 308 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Justin Hardee has seven receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 157.3 yards per contest, and Ke'Shawn Vaughn leads the way with 187 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 28.3 points and 354.7 yards per game. Hardy Nickerson leads the Fighting Illini with 29 tackles, Carroll Phillips has four sacks and Taylor Barton has one interception.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a chance to start 5-0 for the second time in three years. Tommy Armstrong Jr. is completing 56.6 percent of his passes for 931 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. Armstrong has moved the chains 42 times through the air this season. Alonzo Moore and Jordan Westerkamp have combined for 473 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Cethan Carter has nine receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 242 yards per contest, and Devine Ozigbo leads the way with 283 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 18 points and 366 yards per game. Kieron Williams leads the Cornhuskers with 30 tackles, Ross Dzuris has 3.5 sacks and Nathan Gerry has two interceptions.

The Fighting Illini are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games in October and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

This is a lot of points to lay considering Illinois has had two weeks to prepare for this game and won last years meeting by one point. Nebraska has shown it's a sleeper Big Ten contender and is playing great football right now. But three touchdowns with a team that has nice under the radar talent and has had an extra week? Not to mention the Cornhuskers may start looking ahead after a strong start. 

I don't love this game, but I'll take my free touchdowns if forced to pick.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:04:38 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57588
<![CDATA[Maryland vs. Purdue - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/10/01/maryland-vs-purdue-10/1/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Purdue Boilermakers and Maryland Terrapins meet Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten showdown at Maryland Stadium.

The Purdue Boilermakers have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since the 2012 season. David Blough is completing 60 percent of his passes for 946 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Blough has a least one touchdown pass in six of his last seven games. Domonique Young and DeAngelo Yancey have combined for 458 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Bilal Marshall has nine receptions. The Purdue Boilermakers…

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The Purdue Boilermakers and Maryland Terrapins meet Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten showdown at Maryland Stadium.

The Purdue Boilermakers have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since the 2012 season. David Blough is completing 60 percent of his passes for 946 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Blough has a least one touchdown pass in six of his last seven games. Domonique Young and DeAngelo Yancey have combined for 458 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Bilal Marshall has nine receptions. The Purdue Boilermakers ground game is averaging 176.6 yards per contest, and Markell Jones leads the way with 316 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 25.3 points and 387.7 yards per game. Ja'Whaun Bentley leads the Boilermakers with 24 tackles, Evan Panfil has two sacks and Gelen Robinson has one interception.

The Maryland Terrapins have a chance to win four straight games for the first time since the 2013 season. Perry Hills is completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 463 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Hills has three touchdown passes in his last three games. D.J. Moore and Teldrick Morgan have combined for 338 receiving yards and two touchdowns while DeAndre Lane has eight receptions. The Maryland Terrapins ground game is averaging 266.6 yards per contest, and Lorenzo Harrison III leads the way with 208 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 17 points and 365.3 yards per game. Shane Cockerille leads the Terrapins with 25 tackles, Jesse Aniebonam has 2.5 sacks and JC Jackson has one interception.

The Boilermakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a bye week. The Terrapins are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. 

There's no line out yet due to Hills being questionable with a shoulder injury. Please check back later once a line is released. 

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