Colorado State vs. Utah State - 11/17/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado State vs. Utah State - 11/17/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Utah State Aggies (9-1) at Colorado State Rams (3-7)

College Football: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Hughes Stadium)

The Line: Colorado State Rams +26 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Utah State Aggies take on the Colorado State Rams this Saturday afternoon in week 12 MWC College Football action.

The Utah State Aggies won their 9th straight game and improved to 9-1 (6-0 MW) on the season after defeating the San Jose State Spartans, 62-24, this past Saturday. Utah State continued their offensive dominance in Mountain West play and had no trouble taking care of the Spartans after taking a 38-10 lead at halftime. Utah State outgained San Jose State by an 804-400 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin. Leading the way for the Aggies was Jordan Love who completed 32 of 42 passes for 491 yards & 5 TD.

On the season, Utah State is averaging 51.3 ppg on 517.5 total yards per game (293.4 passing yds/g; 224.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Utah State has been led by QB Jordan Love who has completed 66.7% of his passes for 24 TD & 4 INT while averaging 267.6 passing yds/g. The top receiving targets for Love and the Aggies have been Ron’quavion Tarver (5.0 rec/g; 53.1 yds/g; 6 TD), Jalen Greene (2.9 rec/g; 47.9 yds/g; 4 TD), Aaren Vaughns (2.2 rec/g; 31.6 yds/g; 2 TD) and Dax Raymond (2.9 rec/g; 39.1 yds/g; 2 TD). Leading the way for the Aggies rushing attack has been the duo of Darwin Thompson (10.8 att/g; 84.2 yds/g; 14 TD) & Gerold Bright (10.7 att/g; 68.8 yds/g; 8 TD).

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Defensively, Utah State is holding their opponents to an average of 21.9 ppg on 360.7 total yards per game (226.4 passing yds/g; 134.3 rushing yds/g).

 The Colorado State Rams lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 3-7 (2-4 MW) on the season after being defeated by the Nevada Wolf Pack, 49-10, this past Saturday. Colorado State had no answers on either side of the ball against the Wolf Pack and couldn’t fight back after Nevada went into halftime with a 28-0 lead. Colorado State was outgained by Nevada by a 636-260 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Rams was QB Collin Hill who completed 23 of 40 passes for 186 yards, 1 TD, and an INT.

On the season, Colorado State is averaging 23.1 ppg on 398.3 total yards per game (297.9 passing yds/g; 100.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Colorado State has been led by WR Preston Williams who has 9 receiving TD’s on the season while averaging 102.0 receiving yds/g on 7.8 rec/g. The other top receivers for the Rams have been Olabisi Johnson (4.8 rec/g; 66.8 yds/g; 4 TD) & Warren Jackson (3.4 rec/g; 42.0 yds/g; 4 TD). QB K.J. Carta-Samuels (18 TD; 8 INT; 241.3 passing yds/g) was replaced by the sophomore Collin Hill last week who has completed 82 of 142 passes for 807 passing yds, 3 TD, and 4 INT. Leading the way for the Rams backfield has been the duo of Izzy Matthews (13.6 att/g; 56.5 yds/g; 3 TD) & Marvin Kinsey Jr. (7.3 att/g; 30.5 yds/g; 2 TD).

Defensively, Colorado State is allowing their opponents to average 38.5 ppg on 463.9 total yards per game (253.9 passing yds/g; 210.0 rushing yds/g).

Utah State has been absolutely outstanding this season as they come into this game with the top-ranked scoring offense and 31st ranked scoring defense in the country. Colorado State has been able to put some points up on the board with their passing offense this season however, their defense has had real trouble this season and come into this game ranked just 119th in scoring defense. The Rams are currently in rebuilding mode after going with the younger Collin Hill at QB and as I just don’t see the Aggies offense letting up on the gas at all in this one, I’m taking Utah State to cover this large road spread.

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Brett’s Pick Utah State Aggies -26

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

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