UMASS vs. Ohio - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio Bobcats (3-1) at Massachusetts Minutemen (0-5)
College Football: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium)
The Line: UMASS Minutemen +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some inter-conference action on the gridiron in week 5, as the Ohio Bobcats take on the UMASS Minutemen in college football action.
The Ohio Bobcats will look to build on back-to-back victories after a 27-20 double overtime win over Eastern Michigan in their MAC conference opener pushed the Bobcats to 3-1 this season overall. Nathan Rourke completed 19 of 32 pass attempts for 197 yards and 2 touchdowns. A.J. Ouellette far and away led the Bobcats, taking his 26 carries and spinning them into 145 yards while Cameron Odom logged a team-high 56 receiving yards and the eventual game-winning touchdown for the Bobcats. Andrew Meyer caught a team-high 6 passes for 44 yards, while Brendan Cope added a touchdown grab of his own. Defensively, the Bobcats combined for a pair of sacks and an interception, which Bradd Ellis returned 46 yards to the house for a pick-six to close out the 1st half as part of an Ohio defensive effort that saw the Bobcats hold the Eagles to 350 yards of total offense and just 5 for 18 on 3rd down in the win.
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The UMASS Minutemen will still be searching for their first win of the season after falling to 0-5 this season after a 17-13 defeat at the hands of Tennessee last time out. Andrew Ford threw for 129 yards on 11 of 17 passing, while Marquis Young led the Minutemen ground attack with 76 rushing yards on 14 carries. Andy Isabella led UMASS with 46 yards on 3 catches, while Sadiq Palmer caught 3 balls of his own for 43 yards and a touchdown. On defense, a Tyler Hayes fumble recovery highlighted an otherwise solid effort for the Minutemen, holding Tennessee to just 319 yards of total offense despite coming out on the losing end.
Ohio is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 non-conference games. UMASS is 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games against a team with a winning record and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against the MAC while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games in September.
UMASS hasn’t lost a game by more than 10 points this season. However, as impressive as UMASS’ defensive performance was against a power 5 team like Tennessee, I’m not sure how the Minutemen will do against an Ohio team that could be the most balanced team in the MAC. I said if this line was going to sneak up to double digits, I'd back UMASS, but with this line being just over a touchdown, I think the Bobcats can get it done, especially if Ford doesn't take the field for UMASS. Give me Ohio here and lay the points.