San Jose State vs. Fresno State - 10/7/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Fresno State Bulldogs (2-2) at San Jose State Spartans (1-5)
College Football: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm (CEFCU Stadium)
The Line: San Jose State Spartans +13.5 -- Over/Under: 61 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Fresno State Bulldogs will travel to CEFCU Stadium to take on the San Jose State Spartans this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Fresno State Bulldogs snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 2-2 (1-0 MW) on the season after defeating the Nevada Wolfpack, 41-21, this past Saturday. Fresno State was outstanding on the offensive end in the 1st half and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 31-14 halftime lead. Fresno State outgained Nevada by a 504-314 margin and held Nevada to just 61 rushing yards. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was WR KeeSean Johnson who had 104 receiving yards and 3 TD’s on 7 receptions. On the season, Fresno State is averaging 33.3 ppg on 425.8 total yards per game (284.0 passing yds/g, 141.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Fresno State has been led by WR KeeSean Johnson who had 3 TD’s on the season while averaging 82.5 receiving yds/g on 6.5 rec/g. The other leading receivers for the Bulldogs have been Da’Mari Scott (4.5 rec/g, 47.3 yds/g, TD) and Jared Rice (1.3 rec/g, 29.5 yds/g, TD). QB Marcus McMaryion has completed 72.6% of his passes for 4 TD and 1 INT while averaging 132.8 passing yds/g. Leading the way for the Bulldogs backfield has been Ronnie Rivers (10.0 att/g, 50.0 yds/g, 2 TD) and Jordan Mims (6.5 att/g, 27.3 yds/g, TD). Defensively, Fresno State is holding their opponents to an average of 27.5 ppg on 339.0 total yards per game (232.0 passing yds/g, 107.0 rushing yds/g). The Bulldogs have forced 7 turnovers on the season and has a turnover margin of +2.
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The San Jose State Spartans lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 1-5 (0-2 MW) on the season after being defeated by the UNLV Rebels, 41-13, this past Saturday. San Jose State had no answers on the defensive end in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after falling behind 35-13 at halftime. San Jose State was outgained by UNLV by a 548-462 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin. Leading the way for the Spartans was QB Josh Love who completed 30 of 48 passes with a TD and 2 INT. On the season, San Jose State is averaging 15.8 ppg on 321.2 total yards per game (203.3 passing yds/g, 117.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the Spartans have been led by QB Josh Love who had completed 52.9% of his passes for 4 TD and 6 INT while averaging 154.4 passing yds/g. The main receiving threats for the Spartans have been WR Bailey Gaither (3.5 rec/g, 52.3 yds/g, 4 TD), WR JaQuan Blackwell (3.3 rec/g, 41.5 yds/g, 2 TD), and TE Josh Oliver (3.4 rec/g, 32.6 yds/g). The Spartans backfield has been led by Zamore Zigler (7.7 att/g, 40.0 yds/g, TD) and Tyler Nevens (9.5 att/g, 40.5 yds/g). Defensively, San Jose State is allowing their opponents to average 44.5 ppg on 507.0 total yards per game (217.0 passing yds/g, 290.0 rushing yds/g). San Jose State has committed 20 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of -11.
The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Spartans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Fresno State is hard to team to read at this point of their season as their 2 wins have come against an FCD team and a Nevada team that is 0-5, while their losses have come against Washington and Alabama. San Jose State has a rough start to the season as they have one of the worst turnover margins in all of football and currently rank 126th in scoring defense. San Jose has an offense that has the potential to put up some points and although I know their defense has had issues slowing opponents down, I think the Spartans do enough at home to cover this spread.