Virginia vs. UCONN - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCONN Huskies (1-0) at Virginia Cavaliers (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Scott Stadium)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Down at Scott Stadium on Saturday, September 16, the Connecticut Huskies and the Virginia Cavaliers will be meeting up in Week 3 college football action.
Connecticut is 1-0 so far this year, following an opening-week win over Holy Cross 27-20. The Huskies’ second game versus USF was canceled. In the Holy Cross game, Connecticut was down 20-7 at halftime, but came storming back in the third and fourth quarters to score 20 unanswered points.
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Leading the way for the Huskies in rushing is Nate Hopkins, who has 20 carries for 130 yards and three touchdowns. Herby Mayala is the top receiver for Connecticut this year, with nine receptions for 106 yards and a score.
Over on the Virginia side, they’re sitting at 1-1 heading into this game, thanks to a win over William and Mary 28-10, then a loss to Indiana 34-17 in their last outing. During that Hoosiers game, Virginia QB Kurt Benkert finished 39-of-66 for 259 yards and a TD. Jordan Ellis was the leading rusher on 14 carries, 44 yards and a score.
So far this season, Benkert has 521 yards and four touchdowns with no picks to his credit for the Cavaliers, and Ellis has 124 yards, 34 carries and two scores. Olamide Zaccheaus is Virginia’s top receiver with 128 yards and a TD on 17 catches.
The Huskies are 14-36-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall and 6-18-2 ATS in their last 26 games in September. Connecticut is also 5-20-2 ATS in the last 27 non-conference games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four versus the ACC.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight non-conference games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games in September. Virginia is also 1-5 ATS in the last six home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four versus a team with a winning record.
This should be a pretty fun matchup, and we’ll get to see a lot more about what Connecticut is made of here. If the Huskies can forget about that first half against Holy Cross, they could make some headway here. As for Virginia, they took care of William & Mary, as expected, then didn’t get as close to Indiana as some people thought they would. All things considered here, however, Virginia should have the upper hand. I don’t think the Cavaliers will have too much trouble covering.