<![CDATA[CFB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Arizona vs. Utah - 9/22/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/22/arizona-vs-utah-9/22/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The 23rd ranked Utah Utes will travel to Arizona Stadium to take on the Arizona Wildcats this Friday night in College Football action.

The 23rd ranked Utah Utes improved to 3-0 on the season after defeating the San Jose State Spartans 54-16, this past Saturday. Utah has no trouble finding the end zone against a week San Jose State defense, and pulled away from the Spartans after taking a 30-3 lead with 3:32 left in the 1st half. Utah outgained San Jose State by a 501-263 margin and won the turnover battle by a difference of 5-3. Leading the way for the Utes was QB Tyler Huntley who completed…

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The 23rd ranked Utah Utes will travel to Arizona Stadium to take on the Arizona Wildcats this Friday night in College Football action.

The 23rd ranked Utah Utes improved to 3-0 on the season after defeating the San Jose State Spartans 54-16, this past Saturday. Utah has no trouble finding the end zone against a week San Jose State defense, and pulled away from the Spartans after taking a 30-3 lead with 3:32 left in the 1st half. Utah outgained San Jose State by a 501-263 margin and won the turnover battle by a difference of 5-3. Leading the way for the Utes was QB Tyler Huntley who completed 30 of 43 passes for 341 yards, 4 TDs, while also adding 53 yards on the ground. On the season, Utah is averaging 36.7 ppg on 476.7 total yards per game (294.0 passing yds/g; 182.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the Utes are led by WR Darren Carrington II who has 4 TD's on the season and is averaging 136.3 yds/g on 8.7 rec/g. QB Tyler Huntley has completed 72.1% of his passes on the season for 5 TD and 1 INT while averaging 289.3 passing yds/g. Utah’s backfield is led by RB Zach Moss who had 2 TD’s on the season and is averaging 70.7 rushing yds/g on 17.0 att/g. Defensively, the Utes are holding their opponents to an average of 15.0 ppg on 246.0 total yards per game (196.7 passing yds/g; 49.3 rushing yds/g). Utah has forced 9 turnovers this season and has a turnover margin of +3.

The Arizona Wildcats improved to 2-1 on the season after defeating the UTEP Miners 63-16, this past Saturday. Arizona jumped out to a 35-9 halftime lead and never looked back as the Wildcats dominated the Miners from start to finish. Arizona outgained UTEP by a 501-218 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for the Wildcats was QB Brandon Dawkins who completed 18 of 21 passes for 155 yards and 3 TD while adding 133 yards and 3 TD on the ground. On the season, Arizona is averaging 47.0 ppg on 489.0 total yards per game (161.0 passing yds/g; 328.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the Wildcats are led by duel threat QB Brandon Dawkins who has completed 66.7% of his passes on the season for 4 TD's. Dawkins is also leading the Wildcats on the ground as he 5 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 83.7 rushing yds/g. The Wildcat's have talent at the WR position in Shun Brown (2.7 rec/g, 42 yds/g, TD), Tony Ellison (2.7 rec/g, 34.7 yds/g, TD), and Bryce Wolma (3.7 yds/g, 26.3 yds/g, TD). Arizona uses a running back by committee approach that includes J.J. Taylor (12.7 att/g, 62 yds/g), Nick Wilson (10.5 att/g, 63 yds/g, TD), and Nathan Tilford (6.0 att/g, 58 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, the Wildcats are holding their opponents to an average of 19.7 ppg on 387.7 total yards per game (267.7 passing yds/g; 120.0 rushing yds/g). Arizona has forced 7 turnovers on the season and has a turnover margin of +4.

The Utes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 17-35 ATS in their last 22 home games and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 home games.

Utah continued to their solid start to their season and has been led by their defense that currently ranks 12th in the country in total defense. Arizona bounced back from their loss at home against Houston to easily defeat UTEP and come into this matchup with the 6th ranked rushing offense. Arizona’s offensive numbers look outstanding but I wouldn’t read too much in to them as the majority of their stats have come against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and UTEP Miners. Utah’s has an outstanding defense that should be able to give the Wildcats trouble, just as the Houston did, and as I think the Utes offensive weapons will be able to do some damage against a weak Wildcats defense, I’m taking Utah to cover this small road spread. 

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:55:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94746
<![CDATA[Boise State vs. Virginia - 9/22/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/22/boise-state-vs-virginia-9/22/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We’ve got a fun college football matchup coming on Friday, September 22 from Albertans Stadium as the Virginia Cavaliers visit the Boise State Broncos. 

Virginia is currently sitting at 2-1 on the year following a win over William & Mary, a loss to Indiana and a win over Connecticut. In that Huskies game, Cavaliers QB Kurt Benkert finished 30-of-40 for 455 yards, three TDs and a pick, while Jordan Ellis led the rushing game on 20 carries for 95 yards and a score. Virginia had three receivers with over 120 yards in that one. 

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We’ve got a fun college football matchup coming on Friday, September 22 from Albertans Stadium as the Virginia Cavaliers visit the Boise State Broncos. 

Virginia is currently sitting at 2-1 on the year following a win over William & Mary, a loss to Indiana and a win over Connecticut. In that Huskies game, Cavaliers QB Kurt Benkert finished 30-of-40 for 455 yards, three TDs and a pick, while Jordan Ellis led the rushing game on 20 carries for 95 yards and a score. Virginia had three receivers with over 120 yards in that one. 

On the season, Benkert is sitting on 976 yards with seven scores and the one INT, while Ellis leads the Cavaliers on his 54 carries for 219 yards and three TDs. The top Virginia receiver right now is Olamide Zaccheaus with 26 catches for 250 yards and two scores. 

Over on the Boise State side, they’re 2-1 as well this season. The Broncos beat Troy in the opener, then fell to Washington State in triple OT, and beat New Mexico 28-14 in their last outing. In that New Mexico game, the Broncos’ Montell Cozart finished 15-of-19 for 137 yards and two TDs while also leading the team in rushing on nine carries for 71 yards and a score. Cedrick Wilson was the top receiver for Boise State on three receptions for 64 yards. 

So far this year, Cozart has 348 yards, five TDs and the interception and is tops in rushing as well with 179 yards and two scores. Wilson is way out front in receiving yards on 16 catches for 276 yards and two TDs to lead the Broncos. 

Virginia is 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games following an ATS win, and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five road games. The Cavaliers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last five versus the Mountain West. 

Meanwhile, the Broncos are 2-5 ATS in their last seven Friday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight-up win. Boise State is also 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall and 2-7 ATS versus a team with a winning record. 

Boise State has been solid so far this year, and realistically should be 3-0 heading into this game. Cozart is doing just about everything, however, and outside of Wilson there aren’t too many big-time receiving options on the Broncos squad. Virginia, meanwhile, has plenty of talent to go around, especially in the passing game, which will serve them well here. I’ll take the Cavaliers to cover.

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:54:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94698
<![CDATA[Utah at Arizona - 9/22/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/22/utah-at-arizona-9/22/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Utah Utes and Arizona Wildcats meet Friday in college football action at Arizona Stadium on FS1.

The Utah Utes look for their second road victory to build on their 3-0 start to the CFB season. The Utah Utes have won six of their last nine road games. Tyler Huntley is completing 72.1 percent of his passes for 868 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Huntley now has five touchdown passes on 118 career pass attempts. Darren Carrington II and Samson Nacua have combined for 539 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Siaosi Wilson has eight receptions. The…

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The Utah Utes and Arizona Wildcats meet Friday in college football action at Arizona Stadium on FS1.

The Utah Utes look for their second road victory to build on their 3-0 start to the CFB season. The Utah Utes have won six of their last nine road games. Tyler Huntley is completing 72.1 percent of his passes for 868 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Huntley now has five touchdown passes on 118 career pass attempts. Darren Carrington II and Samson Nacua have combined for 539 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Siaosi Wilson has eight receptions. The Utah Utes ground game is averaging 182.6 yards per contest, and Huntley leads the way with 212 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Utah is allowing 15 points and 246 yards per game. Sunia Tauteoli leads the Utah Utes with 18 tackles, Kylie Fitts has two sacks and Julian Blackmon has two interceptions. 

The Arizona Wildcats look for a statement victory with their first win over a ranked team since November of 2015. The Arizona Wildcats have lost five of their last eight home games. Brandon Dawkins is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 422 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Dawkins has at least one touchdown pass in 10 of his last 13 games. Shun Brown and Tony Ellison have combined for 230 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Bryce Wolma has 11 receptions. The Arizona Wildcats ground game is averaging 328 yards per contest, and Brandon Dawkins leads the way with 251 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 19.7 points and 387.7 yards per game. Tony Fields II leads the Arizona Wildcats with 17 tackles, Kylan Wilborn has one sack and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles has three interceptions.

The Utes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 Friday games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Utes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.

We've made a lot of money backing Utah the past couple of seasons, as they're a great defensive team and do a lot of little things right that lead to wins when oddmakers aren't showing respect. Well, oddmakers have caught up to the Utes. Utah already has a nice road win this season over BYU, but Arizona is one of those teams that gives the Utes trouble, as the Wildcats have won four of the last five meetings. Utah hasn't won in Arizona since 2011. Arizona is the type of offensive team that can spread out Utah's defense and force guys to make plays in space where they're not comfortable. And the fact the Wildcats hung with a good Houston team gives me more confidence that these Wildcats are being slept on a little too much. I like the points here. 

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95061
<![CDATA[USF vs. Temple - 9/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/21/usf-vs-temple-9/21/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Temple Owls and South Florida Bulls meet Thursday in college football action at Raymond James Stadium on ESPN.

The Temple Owls look for a statement victory to build on their solid 2-1 record. The Temple Owls have split their last 10 road games. Logan Marchi is completing 57.5 percent of his passes for 767 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Marchi has five touchdown passes on 112 career pass attempts. Keith Kirkwood and Isaiah Wright have combined for 365 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Adonis Jennings has eight receptions. The Temple Owls…

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The Temple Owls and South Florida Bulls meet Thursday in college football action at Raymond James Stadium on ESPN.

The Temple Owls look for a statement victory to build on their solid 2-1 record. The Temple Owls have split their last 10 road games. Logan Marchi is completing 57.5 percent of his passes for 767 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Marchi has five touchdown passes on 112 career pass attempts. Keith Kirkwood and Isaiah Wright have combined for 365 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Adonis Jennings has eight receptions. The Temple Owls ground game is averaging 94.3 yards per contest, and Ryquell Armstead leads the way with 177 yards on 48 carries. Defensively, Temple is allowing 27.7 points and 488.7 yards per game. Delvon Randall leads the Temple Owls with 28 tackles, Quincy Roche has four sacks and Mike Jones has one interception.

The South Florida Bulls look to remain undefeated on build on their impressive 3-0 start. The South Florida Bulls have won six straight home games. Quinton Flowers is completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 678 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Flowers has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 11 games. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Tyre McCants have combined for 333 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Deangelo Antoine has six receptions. The South Florida Bulls ground game is averaging 281.3 yards per contest, and Darius Tice leads the way with 256 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, USF is allowing 20.7 points and 323.3 yards per game. Nico Sawtelle leads the South Florida Bulls with 18 tackles, Greg Reaves has two sacks and Devin Abraham has two interceptions.

The Owls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bulls are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games, 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 home games and 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The over is 12-5 in Bulls last 17 games overall and the under is 7-2 in Owls last 9 games overall.

The Temple Owls have won their two games this season by a combined 11 points, and those victories came against basketball schools in Villanova and UMass. USF is coming off its best performance yet in which it blasted Illinois, and the Bulls have scored 30 or more points now in 20 straight games. I have no idea Temple is going to keep up in this contest, as the defense isn't as good as it's been in years past and the offense consistently has a hard time moving the football. This should be a routine game for South Florida. Look for the home team to win the fourth straight game in blowout fashion between these two teams. 

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:47:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94734
<![CDATA[Charlotte vs. Georgia State - 9/23/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/23/charlotte-vs-georgia-state-9/23/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Charlotte 49ers butt heads with the Georgia State Panthers in week four college football action Saturday.

The Georgia State Panthers open their Sun Belt schedule with a trip to the Charlotte 49ers. The Panthers had an extremely tough week three with a trip to face Penn State resulting in a 56-0 defeat. The Nittany Lions scored early and often and never stopped in amassing a 529-320 advantage in yards while the mistake prone Panthers tried to establish the run but were overmatched at the line of scrimmage. When the final gun sounded GSU had turned the ball over five times and easily…

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The Charlotte 49ers butt heads with the Georgia State Panthers in week four college football action Saturday.

The Georgia State Panthers open their Sun Belt schedule with a trip to the Charlotte 49ers. The Panthers had an extremely tough week three with a trip to face Penn State resulting in a 56-0 defeat. The Nittany Lions scored early and often and never stopped in amassing a 529-320 advantage in yards while the mistake prone Panthers tried to establish the run but were overmatched at the line of scrimmage. When the final gun sounded GSU had turned the ball over five times and easily negated their  nearly 39 minutes of possession.   Connor Manning tried to move the chains through the air by hitting 16-29 for 133 yards but he couldn’t connect with any stretch the field throws and with three interceptions the passing attack did more bad then good. Taz  Bateman gave the Panthers some semblance of a rushing attack with 100 yards on 29 carries while Penny Hart was the top receiving option with 56 yards on seven catches.

The Charlotte 49ers kick off their conference slate with a visit from the Georgia State Panthers on Saturday. The 49ers finally found their offense in a 35-31 defeat versus the visiting North Carolina A&T Aggies but the defense couldn’t make enough stops. North Carolina A&T has been a scoring machine and were slightly outgained 436-424 but Charlotte threw away a chance to win with four fumbles (one lost) and a pair of picks. Ben LeMay was the 49rs best offensive player with 158 rushing yards on 19 carries while Hasaan Klugh and Robert Washington combined for 108 yards on 27 touches with Klugh scoring. Klugh was all over the map throwing the ball with a 13-29 completion effort for 170 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions including a 74 yard pick six. Workpeh Kofa was  the top Charlotte receiver with six catches for 110 yards and a score while TL Ford II logged two catches  for 41 yards and another touchdown.

Georgia State are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game and Georgia State are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game while Georgia State are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game. Charlotte are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in September and Charlotte are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall while Charlotte are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss. 

Wow, this game has been hit by the ugly stick. I suppose the one good thing about it is that somebody has to win…

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:34:45 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94773
<![CDATA[Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 9/23/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/23/louisiana-lafayette-vs-louisiana-monroe-9/23/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some Sun Belt conference college football action on Saturday afternoon, as the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks take on the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are still searching for their first win of the season after falling to 0-2 thanks to a 28-17 loss to Southern Miss in week 3. The tandem of Garrett Smith and Caleb Evans under center combined for 112 yards passing on 11 of 27 through the air. Derrick Gore led ULM with 96 rushing yards on 18 carries while the aforementioned Evans racked up 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11 carries. Josh Pederson…

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We have some Sun Belt conference college football action on Saturday afternoon, as the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks take on the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are still searching for their first win of the season after falling to 0-2 thanks to a 28-17 loss to Southern Miss in week 3. The tandem of Garrett Smith and Caleb Evans under center combined for 112 yards passing on 11 of 27 through the air. Derrick Gore led ULM with 96 rushing yards on 18 carries while the aforementioned Evans racked up 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11 carries. Josh Pederson logged team-highs of 3 receptions for 42 yards, while Xavier Brown has a pair of catches for 19 yards. After Brown, no Warhawk had more than one catch the rest of the way. Defensively, the Warhawks combined for 3 sacks and an interception, but still allowed 534 yards of total offense to the Golden Eagles when the clock hit :00.

The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns will look to rebound after back-to-back losses to fall to 1-2 this season, including a 45-21 loss to Texas A&M last time out. Jordan Davis threw for 197 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 picks in the loss, while Trey Ragas led the Cajuns’ ground attack with 14 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown. Keenan Barnes led ULL with 12 receptions for 118 yards, while Ryheem Malone caught 5 balls for 40 yards and a touchdown and Jordan wright added a TD grab of his own with his lone reception in the loss. It was a struggle for the Cajuns defensively, allowing 480 yards of total offense while logging just one sack and an interception as a unit.

Louisiana-Monroe is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 road games. Louisiana-Lafayette is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 20-7 in their last 27 games in September. Louisiana-Monroe is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Lafayette.

I think the Cajuns are the better team here, but I’m not sure how comfortable I am laying points with a team that’s allowed 159 points in 3 games this season. Sure, anyone could give up 45 points to a power like Texas A&M, but 66 points to Tulsa and 48 in a win against Southeast Louisiana doesn’t instill much confidence. I think this game has the potential to go down to the wire, so I'll take my free touchdown with the Warhawks.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:37:30 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94833
<![CDATA[UCONN vs. East Carolina - 9/24/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/24/uconn-vs-east-carolina-9/24/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The East Carolina Pirates and UConn Huskies meet Sunday in college football action at Rentschler Field on ESPNU.

The East Carolina Pirates would love a nice victory here to climb out of an early 0-3 hole to the season. The East Carolina Pirates have lost seven straight road games. Thomas Sirk is completing 53.6 percent of his passes for 401 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Sirk and Gardner Minshew have combined for four touchdown passes this season. Trevon Brown and Davon Grayson have combined for 424 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Jimmy Williams…

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The East Carolina Pirates and UConn Huskies meet Sunday in college football action at Rentschler Field on ESPNU.

The East Carolina Pirates would love a nice victory here to climb out of an early 0-3 hole to the season. The East Carolina Pirates have lost seven straight road games. Thomas Sirk is completing 53.6 percent of his passes for 401 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Sirk and Gardner Minshew have combined for four touchdown passes this season. Trevon Brown and Davon Grayson have combined for 424 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Jimmy Williams has 11 receptions. The East Carolina Pirates ground game is averaging 84 yards per contest, and Tyshon Dye leads the way with 102 yards on 25 carries. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 51.3 points and 634.3 yards per game. Jordan Williams leads the East Carolina Pirates with 35 tackles, Kiante Anderson has two sacks and Bobby Fulp has one interception.

The UConn Huskies look for a nice home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The UConn Huskies have split their last eight home games. Bryant Shirreffs is completing 69.2 percent of his passes for 351 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Shirreffs has two touchdown passes in three of his last six games. Hergy Mayala and Arkeel Newsome have combined for 268 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Quayvon Skanes has six receptions. The UConn Huskies ground game is averaging 183.5 yards per contest, and Nate Hopkins leads the way with 164 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, UConn is allowing 29 points and 536.5 yards per game. Jamar Summers leads the UConn Huskies with 15 tackles, Cole Ormsby has two sacks and Tyler Coyle has one interception.

The Pirates are 4-20 ATS in their last 24 conference games, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games and 9-27 ATS in their last 36 games overall. The Huskies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games, 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 home games and 14-37-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Huskies last 7 games overall and the under is 4-1 in Pirates last 5 road games.

East Carolina hasn't played a lick of defense, which explains its 0-3 record and the fact the Pirates haven't won a road game since 2015. UConn isn't much better stat wise defensively, but that has a lot to do with an offense that has the ball less than 27 minutes per game. Defense wears down and makes things look worse than it really is. With Shirreffs at QB things improved in the last meeting. UConn is the tougher, more physical team and should be able to grind out a victory here. Also, the home team has won all three meetings between these two clubs by at least 10 points. Give me the Huskies by a touchdown.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:55:55 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95043
<![CDATA[Memphis vs. Southern Illinois - 9/23/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/23/memphis-vs-southern-illinois-9/23/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Southern Illinois Salukis and Memphis Tigers meet Saturday in college football action at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

The Southern Illinois Salukis have a chance to shock the college football world with a win here and a 3-0 start. The Southern Illinois Salukis have lost 11 of their last 12 road games. Sam Straub is completing 51 percent of his passes for 397 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Straub and Tanner Hearn have combined for seven touchdown passes this season. Darrell James and Connor Iwema have combined for 290 receiving yards and three touchdowns…

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The Southern Illinois Salukis and Memphis Tigers meet Saturday in college football action at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

The Southern Illinois Salukis have a chance to shock the college football world with a win here and a 3-0 start. The Southern Illinois Salukis have lost 11 of their last 12 road games. Sam Straub is completing 51 percent of his passes for 397 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Straub and Tanner Hearn have combined for seven touchdown passes this season. Darrell James and Connor Iwema have combined for 290 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Raphael Leonard has five receptions. The Southern Illinois Salukis ground game is averaging 192 yards per contest, and Daquan Isom leads the way with 126 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Southern Illinois is allowing 10 points and 289 yards per game. Ryan Neal leads the Southern Illinois Salukis with 12 tackles, Anthony Knighton has three sacks and Jeremy Chinn has two interceptions. 

The Memphis Tigers look to improve to 3-0 on the season after beating the UCLA Bruins last week. The Memphis Tigers have won seven of their last nine home games. Riley Ferguson is completing 52.4 percent of his passes for 495 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Ferguson has has three or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. Anthony Miller and Joey Magnifico have combined for 311 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Tony Pollard has four receptions. The Memphis Tigers ground game is averaging 240.5 yards per contest, and Darrell Henderson leads the way with 274 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 37 points and 529 yards per game. Curtis Akins leads the Memphis Tigers with 16 tackles, O'Bryan Goodson has one sack and Austin Hall has one interception.

The Salukis are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The over is 4-0 in Salukis last 4 games on fieldturf. The over is 5-0 in Tigers last 5 games following a ATS win and 5-0 in Tigers last 5 games following a straight up win.

Southern Illinois has shown it can score and put up impressive offensive numbers, but it's done nothing on the road dating back to last season and that includes losing to a bad FAU team in last years season opener. The Memphis Tigers are coming off an impressive win over UCLA and should be a confident bunch after the offense looked unstoppable. While this is a bit of a letdown spot for the Tigers, a three-touchdown victory isn't asking too much.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:53:50 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94851
<![CDATA[Buffalo vs. Florida Atlantic - 9/23/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/23/buffalo-vs-florida-atlantic-9/23/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Florida Atlantic Owls visit the Buffalo Bulls in a week four no conference college football tilt.

The Florida Atlantic Owls will be shooting for consecutive victories when the team visits the Buffalo Bulls. The Owls come off a one sided 45-0 rout of FCS foe Bethune Cookman for their first win of 2017. The 20 point home favorite Owls jumped to a 21-0 lead at the half and never let up with a massive 619-117 advantage in yardage. FAU dominated the line of scrimmage with 439 rushing yards with Greg Howell Jr. rumbling for 175 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown while Devin Singletary…

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The Florida Atlantic Owls visit the Buffalo Bulls in a week four no conference college football tilt.

The Florida Atlantic Owls will be shooting for consecutive victories when the team visits the Buffalo Bulls. The Owls come off a one sided 45-0 rout of FCS foe Bethune Cookman for their first win of 2017. The 20 point home favorite Owls jumped to a 21-0 lead at the half and never let up with a massive 619-117 advantage in yardage. FAU dominated the line of scrimmage with 439 rushing yards with Greg Howell Jr. rumbling for 175 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown while Devin Singletary ran for 109 yards on eleven touches and a trip to the endzone. Daniel Parr gave Florida Atlantic an efficient effort throwing the ball as he connected on 15-26 for 165 yards with a touchdown and interception and also ran for a pair of TD’s while Jason Driskel hit on 4-6 for another 15 yards. DeAndre McNeal topped the Owls receiving corps with 70 yards on four catches as the offense and defense freely substituted.

The Buffalo Bulls host the Florida Atlantic Owls in non conference action on Saturday. The Bulls had drooped two close games before taking out some frustration in a 33-10 victory versus the Colgate Red Raiders in week three as a 22 point favorite. UB finally received some offensive support as they rolled to a 486-223 yardage advantage with strong running and passing. Tyree Jackson did a little of everything as he connected on 9-16 for 184 yards and a touchdown and no interceptions while running for 97 yards and a score on 12 carries. Emmanuel Reed led the Bulls rushing attack with 120 yards and a TD on 22 totes while Anthony Johnson caught two passes for 60 yards and a score and Tyler Mabry hauled in a 58 yard reception.

Florida Atlantic are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game and Florida Atlantic are 2-9-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record while Florida Atlantic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.  The under is 4-0 in Buffalo last 4 vs. CUSA and Buffalo are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf while Buffalo are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. 

Buffalo has looked like an improved squad defensively but do need to up their scoring. Florida Atlantic will be a good test in my eyes and I’m inclined to side with the points…

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:52:08 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94788
<![CDATA[Coastal Carolina vs. Western Illinois - 9/23/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/09/23/coastal-carolina-vs-western-illinois-9/23/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments College football comes to Brooks Stadium when the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers host the Western Illinois Leathernecks in week four.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks are looking for their third straight win when the team travels to Coastal Carolina on Saturday. The Leathernecks upped their record to 2-0 with a 38-20 victory at the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. WIU won the yardage battle 422-278 behind the ability to both pass and throw while limiting the Lumberjacks to just 57 rushing yards. Sean McGuire led a productive and efficient Western Illinois passing attack as he connected…

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College football comes to Brooks Stadium when the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers host the Western Illinois Leathernecks in week four.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks are looking for their third straight win when the team travels to Coastal Carolina on Saturday. The Leathernecks upped their record to 2-0 with a 38-20 victory at the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. WIU won the yardage battle 422-278 behind the ability to both pass and throw while limiting the Lumberjacks to just 57 rushing yards. Sean McGuire led a productive and efficient Western Illinois passing attack as he connected on 20-26 for 215 yards and a touchdown and a pair of interceptions. Max Norris gave Western Illinois plenty of punch on the ground with a team high 103 yards while Jaelon Acklin paced the receiving corps with 101 yards in receptions.

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers look for heir second win when FCS foe Western Illinois comes to Brooks Stadium on Saturday. The Chanticleers come off of a 30-23 defeat at the Alabama-Birmingham Blazers where mistakes and a struggling offense were costly. Coastal Carolina outgained the Blazers 327-274 but three turnovers were a difference maker. The Chanticleers problems stemmed from the passing attack where quarterback Tyler Keane connected on 7-16 for 75 yards and no touchdowns but threw three interceptions. Seven Players caught passes but the Chanticleers were not consistent enough to support what was a decent ground game. Osharmar Abercrombie paced Coastal Carolina on the ground with 75 yards on 19 carries and a pair of touchdowns while Dalton Demos totaled 51 yards on ten touches while also throwing for 25 yards on 2-7.

The under is 5-0 in Western Illinois last 5 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game and the under is 4-0 in Western Illinois last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game while  the under is 4-0 in Western Illinois last 4 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game. The over is 4-0 in Coastal Carolina last 4 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game and the over is 4-0 in Coastal Carolina last 4 games in September while the over is 6-2 in Coastal Carolina last 8 non-conference games. 

Western Illinois is looking to crack the top 20 in the FCS so I’m sure they will be fired up and I think the points in a competitive game is the way to go…

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