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North Carolina Central vs. Prairie View A&M - 9/2/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Prairie View A&M Panthers (0-1) vs. North Carolina Central Eagles (0-0)

College Football: Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Georgia State Stadium)

The Line: North Carolina Central Eagles -7 -- Over/Under: 50 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Prairie View A&M Panthers and North Carolina Central Eagles meet Sunday in college football action at Georgia State Stadium.

The Prairie View A&M Panthers look for a bounce back performance after losing their season opener to the Rice Owls, 28-31. The Prairie View A&M Panthers hope to avoid a third 0-2 start since the 2014 season. Jalen Morton is completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 244 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Morton is in for a big breakout season if he can continue to take care of the football. Tristen Wallace and Jeffery Rector have combined for 185 receiving yards and one touchdown while Kalen Riles has three receptions. The Prairie View A&M Panthers ground game is averaging 140 yards per contest, and Dawonya Tucker leads the way with 73 yards on 10 carries. Defensively, Prairie View A&M is allowing 31 points and 397 yards per game. Isaac Claiborne leads the Prairie View A&M Panthers with eight tackles, Willie Green has one tackle for loss and Ju'Anthony Parker has two pass deflections. 

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North Carolina Central vs. Prairie View A&M - 9/2/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Carolina Central Eagles are coming off a 7-4 season and are expected to be one of the top teams in the MEAC this season. Granville Eastman gets his first crack at head coach and has a pretty talented team to work with from the beginning. Chauncey Caldwell returns at quarterback after throwing for 10 touchdowns last season, while Isaiah Totten is one of the top running backs in the conference after averaging 5.7 yards per rush a year ago. The Eagles have a solid offensive line led by Nick Leverett and Andrew Dale, while Xavier McKoy is poised for breakout season at wide receiver after averaging 15.3 yards per catch as a sophomore. North Carolina Central does lose its top-three tacklers from last year, but Davanta Reynolds is arguably the best defense back in the MEAC and Kawuan Cox is coming off a season in which he had eight sacks. Randy Anyanwu should also help give the Eagles a consistent pass rush. The North Carolina Central Eagles have lost four of their last five season openers.

The North Carolina Central Eagles do have to break in a new head coach, but they have a lot of the best players in MEAC on their squad, and they have to be pleased that they're finally starting the season against a team more on their level. The Eagles have spent many seasons beginning the year against Duke or East Carolina, teams they had little chance against. The Prairie View A&M Panthers have a game under their belt, but they have to feel they let one get away considering how they hung around with Rice and had chances to win before giving up a last second field goal. It may be tough to rebound from such a performance. I'll take the North Carolina Central Eagles by a touchdown, as this team has above-average talent across the board and should be able to make a run at a conference title.

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