CFB Picks: Troy vs Eastern Kentucky College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 10/17/20

CFB Picks: Troy vs Eastern Kentucky College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 10/17/20 Photo by USA TODAY NETWORK

Eastern Kentucky Colonels (0-2) at Troy Trojans (1-1)

College Football: Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium)

The Line: Troy Trojans -26.5 -- Over/Under: 60 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Eastern Kentucky Colonels and the Troy Trojans meet Saturday in college football action from Troy University Veterans Memorial Stadium. 

Eastern Kentucky is sitting at 1-3 on the season. The Colonels have fallen to Marshall, West Virginia, the Citadel and Houston Baptist over their first four games. As for the Trojans, they’re 2-1 this year. Troy fell to BYU but otherwise has recorded victories over Middle Tennessee and Texas State so far. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

The Colonels’ only solid game this season came in a nice 37-14 win over the Citadel in their third game. Aside from that, Eastern Kentucky has struggled with losses 59-0 to Marshall, 56-10 to West Virginia and a tough one 33-30 to Houston Baptist back on October 3. EKU fell behind early against the Huskies and couldn’t close the gap. 

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In the loss to Houston Baptist, Eastern Kentucky quarterback Parker McKinney posted 296 yards with three scores and two interceptions. Alonzo Booth led the rushing attack with 108 yards and a score, while Keyion Dixon had six grabs for 112 yards and a TD of his own. 

Over on the Trojans side, they’ve got a relative dud game to their credit as well, this one a 48-7 loss to a good BYU team in the second game. Outside of that Troy has looked solid in 2020, beating Middle Tennessee 47-14 on September 19 and Texas State 37-17 this past weekend to move to 2-1 on the year. 

In the win over the Bobcats, Troy QB Gunnar Watson put up 338 yards with four touchdowns, and Kaylon Geiger led the receivers with seven catches for 121 yards and a TD. Tops in rushing for the Trojans in that one was Kimani Vidal with 12 carries for 106 yards total. 

Check back for the current trends in this matchup once they are released. 

PICK: I’m going with Troy here. The Trojans have looked very well-rounded in their victories, and used a tight pass defense to hold Texas State to just 93 yards in that area last weekend. Troy has scored a combined 84 points across their two wins, holding opponents to a combined 31 during that time. I don’t think Eastern Kentucky has the offensive prowess to provide much of a threat to the Trojans, and Troy should pull away sufficiently by the second half if all goes according to plan for them. 

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Andrew’s Pick Troy Trojans -26.5

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