Harvard vs. Holy Cross - 10/12/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Harvard vs. Holy Cross - 10/12/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Holy Cross Crusaders (1-5) at Harvard Crimson (2-2)

College Football: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Harvard Stadium)

The Line: Harvard Crimson -14.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Holy Cross Crusaders and Harvard Crimson meet Friday in college football action at Harvard Stadium.

The Holy Cross Crusaders look to earn their first road victory of the season to rebound from a brutal 1-5 record. The Holy Cross Crusaders have lost seven of their last nine road games. Geoff Wade is completing 59 percent of his passes for 860 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Wade and Emmett Clifford have combined for six touchdown passes and 10 interceptions this season. Martin Dorsey and Blaise Bell have combined for 431 receiving yards and one touchdown while Richie DeNicola has 12 receptions. The Holy Cross Crusaders ground game is averaging 116.7 yards per contest, and Domenic Cozier leads the way with 272 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Holy Cross is allowing 32.5 points and 428.7 yards per game. Ryan Brady leads the Holy Cross Crusaders with 70 tackles, Teddy Capsis has three sacks and Chris Riley has two interceptions. 

The Harvard Crimson look to get a game above a .500 record with their second home win of the season. The Harvard Crimson have won four of their last seven home games. Jake Smith is completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 650 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Smith and Tom Stewart have combined for four touchdown passes and four interceptions this season. Justice Shelton-Mosley and Adam Scott have combined for 519 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jack Cook has six receptions. The Harvard Crimson ground game is averaging 223 yards per contest, and Aaron Shampklin leads the way with 527 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Harvard is allowing 20.5 points and 322 yards per game. Jordan Hill leads the Harvard Crimson with 25 tackles, Richie Ryan has 2.5 sacks and Wesley Ogsbury has three interceptions.

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The Harvard Crimson haven't played great football up to this point, so laying double-digit points with them probably isn't the best idea. However, the Holy Cross Crusaders have been simply awful on both sides of the ball this season, as the offense can't run the football and points off of turnovers has killed them all year. The Holy Cross Crusaders are also being outscored by 126-21 in the first half this season, putting everybody behind the eight ball before the game really even begins. I can't back Holy Cross on the road based on what we've seen up to this point. The only pick here if you're playing this contest is Harvard in a blowout. 

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Randy’s Pick Harvard Crimson -14.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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