Colorado State vs. San Jose State - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose State Spartans (1-10) at Colorado State Rams (6-5)
College Football: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Hughes Stadium)
The Line: Colorado State Rams -32 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The San Jose State Spartans will travel to CSU Stadium to take on the Colorado State Rams this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The San Jose State Spartans dropped to 1-10 (0-6 MW) on the season after losing to the Nevada Wolfpack 59-14, this past Saturday. San Jose State did not have an answer for the Wolfpack special teams who scored 3 times off of returns during the game. The Spartans were outgained by the Wolfpack by a 441-302 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 5-0 margin. Leading the way for San Jose State was QB Montell Aaron who completed 9 of 18 passes for 108 yards and 3 INT. On the season, the Spartans are averaging 15.6 ppg on 316.0 total yards per game (199.3 passing yds/g; 116.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, San Jose State is led by QB Montel Aaron who has completed 57.7% of his passes on the season for 8 TD and 8 INT while averaging passing 143.6 yds/g. The WR group is led by Bailey Gaither (2.8 rec/g, 40.0 yds/g, 4 TD) and JaQuan Blackwell (2.9 rec/g, 39.9 yds/g, 2 TD). The Spartans backfield is led by Zamore Zigler (5.9 att/g, 29.9 yds/g, TD) and Tyler Nevens (15.9 att/g, 69.0 yds/g, TD). Defensively, San Jose State is allowing their opponents to an average of 43.9 ppg on 502.5 total yards per game (209.6 passing yds/g; 292.9 rushing yds/g). The Spartans have forced 13 turnovers so far in the season and have an overall turnover margin of –26.
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The Colorado State Rams dropped to 6-5 (4-3 MW) on the season after falling to the Boise State Broncos 59-52 in OT, this past Saturday. Colorado State held a 52-38 lead with 3:02 left in the 4th quarter, however; Boise State would score the final 21 points to secure the OT win over the Rams. The Rams were outgained the Broncos by a 641-570 margin and each team had 2 turnovers on the day. Leading the way for Colorado State was QB Nick Stevens who completed 29 of 43 passes for 309 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT. On the season, the Rams are averaging 33.1 ppg on 491.5 total yards per game (288.5 passing yds/g; 202.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Colorado State is led by QB Nick Stevens who has completed 62.1% of his passes on the season for 24 TD and 10 INT while averaging 288.5 passing yds/g. Stevens and the Rams have talent at WR position in Michael Gallup (7.9 rec/g, 118.0 yds/g, 7 TD), Olabisi Johnson (3.2 rec/g, 52.9 yds/g, TD), and Detrich Clark (3.3 rec/g, 40.4 yds/g, 4 TD). The backfield is led by Dalyn Dawkins (17.5 att/g, 110.1 yds/g, 7 TD) and Izzy Matthews (12.2 att/g, 58.3 yds/g, 8 TD). Defensively, Colorado State is holding their opponents to an average of 28.7 ppg on 433.7 total yards per game (246.3 passing yds/g; 187.5 rushing yds/g). The Rams have forced 15 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of 0.
The Spartans are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games in November and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Rams are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games in November, however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.
This is a huge spread for Colorado State to cover, however, let’s not over think this one as San Jose State ranks 129th in scoring defense and last in turnover margin and as the Colorado State offense looked like they found their offense against Boise State, I think the Rams do enough in this one to cover this large spread. Take Colorado State to cover.