UCONN at Navy - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCONN Huskies (1-0) at Navy Midshipmen (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Navy Midshipmen -3.5 -- Over/Under: 45 See the Latest Odds
The UConn Huskies and Navy Midshipmen meet Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on CBSSN.
The UConn Huskies hope for a statment road victory after barely escaping Maine opening week. Bryant Shirreffs is completing 69.6 percent of his passes for 162 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Shirreffs has one touchdown pass in his last four games. Noel Thomas, Jr. and Arkeel Newsome have combined for 94 receiving yards on 10 catches while Tyler Davis has two receptions. The UConn Huskies ground game is averaging 200 yards per contest, and Shirreffs leads the way with 95 yards on 20 carries. Defensively, Connecticut is allowing 21 points and 309 yards per game. Vontae Diggs leads the Huskies with nine tackles, Jamar Summers has one tackle for loss and John Green has one pass deflection.
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The Navy Midshipmen look for a quick 2-0 start after beating up on the Fordham Rams opening week. Will Worth is completing 100 percent of his passes for 78 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Worth enters this game with a career 12 pass attempts. Toneo Gulley and Calvin Cass Jr. have combined for 102 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jamir Tillman has two receptions. The Navy Midshipmen ground game is averaging 427 yards per contest, and Chris High leads the way with 176 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Navy is allowing 16 points and 464 yards per game. Daniel Gonzales leads the Midshipmen with 10 tackles, D.J. Palmore has one sack and Elijah Merchant has one pass deflection.
The Huskies are 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Midshipmen are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
UConn lost to Navy by just 10 points last season and that was with Keenan Reynolds on the field. The Huskies have a solid defense and head coach Bob Diaco has a lot of experience against teams that run the triple-option due to his time with Notre Dame. I think UConn can win this game outright, which is why I'm taking the points.