CFB Picks: North Alabama vs Jacksonville State College Football Picks, Predictions 10/17/20

CFB Picks: North Alabama vs Jacksonville State College Football Picks, Predictions 10/17/20 Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville State Gamecocks (1-1) at North Alabama Lions (0-1)

College Football: Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Braly Municipal Stadium)

The Line: North Alabama Lions +8 -- Over/Under: 56.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Jacksonville State Gamecocks and North Alabama Lions meet Saturday in week 7 college football action at Braly Municipal Stadium.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks look for their first road win to get a game above a .500 record. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks have lost five of their last six road games. Zerrick Cooper is completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 371 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Cooper has to be more of a difference maker for the Gamecocks to have a successful season. Trae Barry and Dave Russell have combined for 207 receiving yards on 16 catches while Uriah West has five receptions. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks ground game is averaging 110.5 yards per contest, and Josh Samuel leads the way with 64 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Jacksonville State is allowing 34.5 points and 409 yards per game. Darius Joiner leads the Jacksonville State Gamecocks with 20 tackles, DJ Coleman has one sack and Kolbi Fuqua has one interception.

The North Alabama Lions look for their first victory after losing their season opener to Liberty. The North Alabama Lions have won three of their last five home games. Rett Files is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 156 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Files and Blake Dever have combined for zero touchdown passes and two interceptions. Andre Little and Cortez Hall have combined for 91 receiving yards on seven catches while Patrick McKaufman has one reception. The North Alabama Lions ground game is averaging 63 yards per contest, and Parker Driggers leads the way with 55 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, North Alabama is allowing 28 points and 247 yards per game. Wallace Cowins leads the North Alabama Lions with nine tackles, Christon Taylor has one sack and KJ Smith has one interception.

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The Jacksonville State Gamecocks haven't had much success on the road dating back to last season, but they've looked solid through two games, competing against Florida State and taking control against Mercer. The North Alabama Lions had nothing on either side of the ball in their season opener against Liberty and are going to have a hard time this season if they can't run the football. Jacksonville State beat up on North Alabama last season, winning by 18 points, and it's hard not to think a similar result will take place here give what we saw from the Lions in their opener.

I'll take the Gamecocks by double digits.

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Randy’s Pick Jacksonville State Gamecocks -8

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