Hampton Pirates vs. North Carolina A&T Aggies - 10/9/14 CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction
North Carolina A&T Aggies (4-2) vs. Hampton Pirates (1-4)
College Football: Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Aggie Stadium)
The Line: North Carolina A&T -14 See the Latest Odds
The Hampton Pirates and North Carolina A&T Aggies play Thursday night at Aggie Stadium on ESPNU.
The Hampton Pirates have gotten off to a brutal start this season and are getting very little production out of their offense. Hampton has been held to 17 or less points in three of its first five games and is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry on the ground. Jorrian Washington is Hamptons bread and butter on the offensive end, as he leads the Pirates with 399 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and he also has a team high 368 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Washington is also Hampton’s main kick returner, making him easily the most important player on the team. Jaylian Williamson is completing 64.9 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and three interceptions. Hampton will have to be more effective on the offensive side of the ball to have any chance in this game. Defensively, the Hampton Pirates are allowing 34.4 points, 433.6 yards, and they’ve sacked the QB six times. Tyrone Ward leads Hampton with 47 tackles and Joshua Thorne has 4.5 tackles for loss.
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The North Carolina A&T Aggies are coming off a shutout loss to South Carolina State but are still a solid 4-2 and look to turn to their defense in this matchup. Defensively, North Carolina A&T is allowing just 15.2 points, 245.8 yards, and has forced 12 sacks. North Carolina A&T has won seven of its last eight games when allowing 21 or less points. Landis Shoffner leads North Carolina A&T with 49 tackles and D'Vonte Grant has seven tackles for loss. Offensively, the North Carolina A&T Aggies are a running football team that’s averaging more than five yards per carry and is led by Tarik Cohen who has 630 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 81 carries. Hasaan Klugh led North Carolina A&T last week, and he’s completing 41.9 percent of his passes for zero touchdowns and an interception. Expect the Aggies to rely on their defense and running game to get back on track here.
The North Carolina A&T Aggies should win this game with ease by relying on old-school football. The Hampton Pirates have little answers offensively to match the Aggies production and even if they did, North Carolina A&T's defense is too good. I don't love the juicy chalk but this pick beats the alternative.