Texas Southern vs. Prairie View A&M - 9/4/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Prairie View A&M (0-0) vs. Texas Southern (0-0)
College Football: Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Prairie View A&M Stadium)
The Line: Prairie View A&M -23 -- Over/Under: 70.5 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Southern Tigers and Prairie View A&M Panthers open the season Sunday afternoon at Prairie View A&M Stadium on ESPNU.
The Texas Southern Tigers begin a new era under head coach Michael Haywood, who coached the Miami Hurricanes for two seasons. Averion Hurts returns at quarterback after completing 53 percent of his passes for 997 yards and 14 touchdowns. Hurts had his breakout game against Mississippi Valley last season when he threw for six touchdowns. Derrick Griffin and Larry Clark III return at wide receiver after racking up 1,000 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while Tracy Johnson had nine receptions. Texas Southern averaged 137 rushing yards per game last season and Darrell Robinson returns after leading the way with 553 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Jamal Lucas had 62 tackles, Damond King had two sacks and Archie Rice had two interceptions.
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The Prairie View A&M Panthers enter their second season under coach Willie Simmons after winning eight games last year. Trey Green returns at quarterback after completing 58 percent of his passes for 2,600 yards and 21 touchdowns. Green had at least one touchdown pass in nine of the Panthers 10 games. KhaDarel Hodge and Demarquo Lastrappe return at wide receiver after racking up 900 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Anthony Wiltz had 15 receptions. Prairie View A&M averaged 210 rushing yards per game last season and Jovante Ham returns after producing 49 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Jalan Coleman had 71 tackles, DeVohn Reed had six sacks and Dominique Weaver had three interceptions.
Prairie View A&M returns far more production than Texas Southern and has the more reliable quarterback who can put points up in a hurry if you're not careful. Also, the Tigers had issues down the stretch defensively, which includes allowing 103 points in the final two games. So, while I don't like big numbers, especially in the opening week, the Panthers should get the job done at home.