College Football Picks: San Jose State vs Air Force Odds, Predictions 10/24/20
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Air Force Falcons (1-0) at San Jose State Spartans (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:30 pm (CEFCU Stadium)
The Line: San Jose State Spartans +7 -- Over/Under: 60.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Air Force Falcons and the San Jose State Spartans meet Saturday in college football action from CEFCU Stadium.
Air Force has already seen action in this 2020 college football season, bagging a 40-7 win over Navy on October 3 to start 1-0. As for San Jose State, this will be their first game of the year. The Spartans went 5-7 last season with a 2-6 record in the Mountain West Conference. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Air Force is coming off a successful campaign in 2019, finishing 11-2 overall and 7-1 in Mountain West Conference play. That finish left the Falcons in second place in the Mountain Division, but they earned a spot in the Cheez-It Bowl. Air Force got the win in that one 31-21 over Washington State to finish the season on a high note.
This year, Air Force has a big 40-7 win over Navy. Falcons quarterback Haaziq Daniels put up 41 yards passing in that one, also rushing for 96 yards and a TD. Timothy Jackson and Brad Roberts combined for 221 rush yards and a score on 29 carries in the win as well.
Over on the San Jose State side, they finished 5-7 overall and 2-6 in Mountain West Conference play last year. That finish left the Spartans two spots out of the basement in the West Division and ineligible for a bowl berth—though it was an improvement over 2018.
This year, San Jose State will once again have Brent Brennan on the sideline in his fourth season as head coach and 10th with the team. Kevin McGiven enters his third year as offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator Derrick Odum is back in his fourth season.
The Falcons are 4-0 ATS in their last four games in October and 6-2 ATS in their last eight as a favorite. Air Force is 5-2 ATS in the last seven after a straight-up win and 5-1 ATS in their last six conference games.
Meanwhile, the Spartans are 6-1-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven as an underdog. San Jose State is 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 conference games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games in October.
PICK: I’m going with Air Force. Granted, it’s been a few weeks since we’ve seen the Falcons play, but they posted a nice effort in their opening game versus Navy. Air Force bagged four field goals (tied for a school record) in the 40-7 win, and relied on great results from the new-look defense to carry the team the rest of the way. I like the Falcons to take a step forward this year, and this is a good matchup for them to return to.