<![CDATA[CFB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Richmond vs. Sam Houston State - 8/27/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/08/27/richmond-vs-sam-houston-state-8/27/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Richmond Spiders and Sam Houston State Bearkats meet Sunday in college football action at Bowers Stadium on ESPNU.

The Richmond Spiders are coming off a 10-4 season in which they lost in the FCS Quarterfinals, and they bring in a new coach in Russ Huesman, who was 59-37 during his days with the Chattanooga Mocs and is a two-time SoCon Coach of the Year. Richmond returns one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Kyle Lauletta, who topped 3,000 passing yards and 24 touchdowns last season in just 11 games. Lauletta will have similar weapons on the outside with…

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The Richmond Spiders and Sam Houston State Bearkats meet Sunday in college football action at Bowers Stadium on ESPNU.

The Richmond Spiders are coming off a 10-4 season in which they lost in the FCS Quarterfinals, and they bring in a new coach in Russ Huesman, who was 59-37 during his days with the Chattanooga Mocs and is a two-time SoCon Coach of the Year. Richmond returns one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Kyle Lauletta, who topped 3,000 passing yards and 24 touchdowns last season in just 11 games. Lauletta will have similar weapons on the outside with wide receivers Tyler Wilkins and Jarmal Bevels returning, a duo that combined for more than 1,000 yards and five touchdowns. Richmond’s ground game will once again be led by 1,000-yard rusher and playmaker Deontez Thompson. Defensively, Brendan Coniker returns as the leading tackler at defensive back, Brandon Waller had 5.5 sacks and Tafon Mainsah had three interceptions. The Richmond Spiders have split their last six road games.

The Sam Houston State Bearkats are 23-5 in their last two seasons and are also coming off a loss in the FCS Quarterfinals. Sam Houston is once again led by coach K.C. Keeler, who is 34-10 in three years with the Bearkats and has won over 200 games in his coaching career overall. Jeremiah Briscoe returns at quarterback after producing more than 4,600 yards and 57 touchdowns last season. He’ll have a truckload of weapons to help him out as well, as receivers Yedidiah Louis, Davion Davis and Nathan Stewart are back for another season after combining for 36 touchdowns. Sam Houston’s ground game will be led by Remus Bulmer, who had over 900 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Defensively, Justin Johnson returns after leading the Bearkats with 97 tackles, P.J. Hall had 13 sacks and Carlos Teal had six pass deflections. The Sam Houston State Bearkats haven’t lost a home game since September of 2015.

Both of these teams will have high expectations once again after making a deep playoff run last year and returning their playmaking quarterbacks. This should be a well played game from both sides, but in terms of betting, you have to side with the Sam Houston State Bearkats, who haven't lost at home in nearly two years. Richmond has had issues on the road in the past and will have a hard time stopping Sam Houston State's offensive attack. 

I'll side with the Bearkats by a touchdown.

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:52:12 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=92037
<![CDATA[San Jose State Spartans vs. USF Bulls - 8/26/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/08/26/san-jose-state-spartans-vs-usf-bulls-8/26/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The South Florida Bulls open the 2017 college football season on the west coast with a visit to the San Jose State Spartans.

The South Florida Bulls enjoyed a highly successful 2016 with a 11-2 campaign that was really built on a high powered offense. USF averaged 512 yards and nearly 44 points behind the number five rushing attack that produced 286 yards. The Bulls defense did lack stopping power with just under 32 points allowed on 482 yards with opponents finding the air problem free with 286 passing yards given up which was near the bottom of the game at #122. Head coach Charlie…

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The South Florida Bulls open the 2017 college football season on the west coast with a visit to the San Jose State Spartans.

The South Florida Bulls enjoyed a highly successful 2016 with a 11-2 campaign that was really built on a high powered offense. USF averaged 512 yards and nearly 44 points behind the number five rushing attack that produced 286 yards. The Bulls defense did lack stopping power with just under 32 points allowed on 482 yards with opponents finding the air problem free with 286 passing yards given up which was near the bottom of the game at #122. Head coach Charlie Strong enters his first year at the helm of South Florida with a high powered offense to lean on with dual threat quarterback Quinton Flowers running the show once again. Flowers and the Bulls have numerous weapons with D’Ernest Johnson leading the rushing attack with Marlon Mack gone while Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Tyre McCants will be catching plenty of passes. The USF defense has experience in 2017 so the team hopes for better things this year.

The San Jose State Spartans  are hoping for better things in 2017 after a 4-8 season a year ago. The Spartans didn’t have many positives offensively with only 377 yards and 24 points. The same could be said of the SJSU defense that allowed almost 35 points on 435 with the opposition grinding out 247 rushing yards which was ranked #121 nationally. First year San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan has some experience coming back on the offensive side of the football but quarterback is an unknown and backup  Josh Love could be the man but Montel Aaron will be ready if the passing game struggles. Whoever is under center for the Spartans,  they will have nice options in Justin Holmes and perhaps a dangerous Tre Hartley if the ball gets to them. SJSU has decent quality on the ground in Malik Roberson (ankle injury in opener?) and Zamore Zigler with plenty of experience up front to run behind so the offense has potential to be better which would be a welcome sight if a shaky run ‘D’ doesn’t improve.

The over is 6-1 in South Florida Bulls last 7 games overall and the over is 6-1-1 in South Florida Bulls last 8 non-conference games while the over is 4-1 in South Florida Bulls last 5 road games. San Jose State Spartans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf and San Jose State Spartans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in August while the under is 4-1 in San Jose State Spartans last 5 games in August. 

Laying all these points on the road is not something I like to do especially with a poor South Florida defense that has to prove themselves. To me it’s the Bulls ground game against the San Jose run defense that struggled to stop the run…

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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:53:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=91980
<![CDATA[BYU Cougars vs. Portland State Vikings - 8/26/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/08/26/byu-cougars-vs-portland-state-vikings-8/26/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Brigham Young Cougars open the college football season with the Portland State Vikings.

The Portland State Vikings begin their quest for a return to the FCS playoffs after a 3-8 campaign in 2016 with injuries and a young defense taking a toll. The Vikings were explosive offensively but not explosive enough as they were outscored 39-33 with nearly 250 yards per game allowed on the ground which was near the bottom of the FCS in defense. PSU will lean on wide receiver turned quarterback Josh Kraght who was under center as a freshman and has been used as a receiver, running back, quarterback…

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The Brigham Young Cougars open the college football season with the Portland State Vikings.

The Portland State Vikings begin their quest for a return to the FCS playoffs after a 3-8 campaign in 2016 with injuries and a young defense taking a toll. The Vikings were explosive offensively but not explosive enough as they were outscored 39-33 with nearly 250 yards per game allowed on the ground which was near the bottom of the FCS in defense. PSU will lean on wide receiver turned quarterback Josh Kraght who was under center as a freshman and has been used as a receiver, running back, quarterback and punt returner. The Vikings have experience in the receiving corps with Darnell Adams back after injury robbed him of the entire 2016 season while Trent Riley and Kahlil Dawson make this a senior laden unit. Portland State loses their top three running backs and will rely on Za’Quan Summers on the ground after totaling 212 yards on 29 totes in the last four games of 2016. The Vikings possess a veteran O-Line with several 300+ pounders so the unit has experience and size.

The Brigham Young Cougars come off of a 9-4 record in 2016 as they outscored opponents by an average of ten points (29.5-19.5) per contest. The Cougars averaged almost 400 yards behind a sturdy rushing attack that averaged just over 200 yards (#41) while the defensive side of the football gave up 367 yards with a number ten rushing ‘D’ allowing under 115 rushing yards. The question for BYU is will the team be led by the defense with the line losing some talent? Tanner Mangum will be under center for Brigham Young and he has plenty of new faces to throw to with Talon Shumway and Jonah Trinnaman looking like two of the top targets. Squally Canada is now the go to guy in the rushing attack with Jamaal Williams gone so the Cougars are replacing enough to cause uneasiness although the run has potential with a solid group of linemen returning.

Portland State are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and Portland State are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while Portland State are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The under is 7-0 in Brigham Young last 7 non-conference games and the under is 4-0 in Brigham Young last 4 games in August while the under is 7-1 in Brigham Young last 8 games overall.  

I think Brigham Young will keep things simple and run the ball versus an overmatched D-Line of Portland State. That means the Cougars will control the clock and win easily but if the Vikings can score 10-13 points, the points are the way to go with BYU looking to exit this game healthy…

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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:56:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=91977
<![CDATA[Massachusetts vs. Hawaii - 8/26/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/08/26/massachusetts-vs-hawaii-8/26/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors and UMass Minutemen meet Saturday in college football action at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors won seven games last year including a bowl game, so fans have something to look forward to in the second season under coach Nick Rolovich. Hawaii has its quarterback in Dru Brown, who completed 62 percent of his passes for 19 touchdowns, and he should be better this season with his freshman year out of the way. Hawaii also has a 1,000-yard rusher in Diocemy Saint Juste, three returning offensive linemen and two young…

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The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors and UMass Minutemen meet Saturday in college football action at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors won seven games last year including a bowl game, so fans have something to look forward to in the second season under coach Nick Rolovich. Hawaii has its quarterback in Dru Brown, who completed 62 percent of his passes for 19 touchdowns, and he should be better this season with his freshman year out of the way. Hawaii also has a 1,000-yard rusher in Diocemy Saint Juste, three returning offensive linemen and two young promising receivers in John Ursua and Dylan Collie, so the Rainbow Warriors are in good shape offensively. Defensively, Jahlani Tavai returns after 129 tackles last season, Meffy Koloamatangi had three sacks and Trayvon Henderson had three interceptions. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors have lost nine of their last 12 road games. 

The UMass Minutemen have won three or less games each of the last seven years and hope coach Mark Whipple can find something to turn things around in his fourth year. UMass has its quarterback in Andrew Ford, who topped 2,600 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, and he has a talented running back in Marquis Young to take pressure off of him. Massachusetts also returns a trio of receivers in Adam Breneman, Andy Isabella and Sadiq Palmer that combined for 16 receiving touchdowns last season. The UMass Minutemen should improve on an offense that averaged 23 points per game last season, and UMass can only hope that leads to more victories. Defensively, Steve Casali returns after 105 tackles last season, Da'Sean Downey had six sacks and Isaiah Rodgers had two interceptions. The UMass Minutemen have lost eight of their last 10 home games.

The Rainbow Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in August, 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games on fieldturf and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Minutemen are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Minutemen last 6 games overall and the over is 4-1 in Rainbow Warriors last 5 games overall.

UMass lost by just six points to Hawaii last season on the road and had a brutal schedule that should have the Minutemen battle tested for this season. We're talking about a UMass team that played Florida, BYU, Miss State, Boston College and South Carolina. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors are a team that consistently puts up points, but they struggle defensively and are not the best road team in the world. This is a long trip from the island. The Minutemen should be a confident bunch with how they performed last year against the Warriors and be able to use that to their advantage. Not to mention having a playmaking quarterback in Ford leading the way also helps. I like UMass to get the victory here in front of its home crowd.

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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:16:18 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=91950
<![CDATA[Memphis Tigers 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/08/06/memphis-tigers-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Memphis Tigers look to an experienced offense to be a factor in the AAC in 2017.

Overview: Mike Norvell has an experienced offense to lean on but the pass defense has substantial holes to fill. Can the Tigers secondary hold their own and take the pressure off the rest of the unit? 

Offense:  The Memphis Tigers saw quarterback Riley Ferguson explode over the second half of last season as he was accurate and protected the football and he has most of his receivers returning which is good news. Anthony Miller is the Tigers top target after 95…

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The Memphis Tigers look to an experienced offense to be a factor in the AAC in 2017.

Overview: Mike Norvell has an experienced offense to lean on but the pass defense has substantial holes to fill. Can the Tigers secondary hold their own and take the pressure off the rest of the unit? 

Offense:  The Memphis Tigers saw quarterback Riley Ferguson explode over the second half of last season as he was accurate and protected the football and he has most of his receivers returning which is good news. Anthony Miller is the Tigers top target after 95 receptions a year ago while Phil Mayhue and Sam Craft are among the top  options coming back. The Memphis attack was not a one trick pony with Doroland Dorceus back to lead the ground game with Darrell Henderson getting enough work as the back up to flourish. The Tigers  have plenty of experience along the  offensive  line  so moving  the  chains  and  finding  the  endzone should not be a worry for an offense that has virtually everybody coming back.

Defense: The Memphis defense was not very good at stopping the run last season but the defensive line has some decent performers returning with tackle Jonathan Wilson and end Earnest Suttles combining for nearly 12 TFL. The Tigers linebacking unit brings back Jackson Dillon who totaled six TFL in 2015 while Genard Avery logged eleven TFL  last season but there is depth to lean on throughout the front seven and if experience means better performances then the run defense should be improved. There is enough turnover in the secondary that could cause Memphis some worry  but there are some highly rated athletes  in this area so the pass defense should be competent.

Special Teams: Spencer Smith returns after averaging just over 45 yards per punt but placekicker Riley Patterson has big shoes to fill with big legged kicker Jake Elliott departing but Memphis does get back outstanding returner Tony Pollard.

Outlook: The Tigers offense will be a strength with the ability to both run and throw and if the defensive side of the football is viable versus the pass, this team will do plenty of winning and be a threat in the AAC.

Schedule:

8-31 vs. UL Monroe

9-9 @ Central Florida

9-16 vs. UCLA

9-23 vs. Southern Illinois

9-30 @ Georgia State

10-6 @ UConn

10-14 vs. Navy

10-19 @ Houston

10-27 vs. Tulane

11-3 @ Tulsa

11-18 vs. SMU

11-25 vs. East Carolina

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Sun, 06 Aug 2017 21:22:59 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=91026
<![CDATA[Navy Midshipmen 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/08/02/navy-midshipmen-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Navy Midshipmen are gunning for back to back AAC West championships in 2017.

Overview: Ken Niumatalolo and the Navy Midshipmen found life after Keenan Reynolds surprisingly successful with an AAC West crown. Can the Midshipmen overcome some defensive issues to repeat in 2017?

Offense:  Zach Abey enters 2017 as the starter under center for the Navy Midshipmen with a grand total of two starts under his belt. Abey started against Army and Louisiana Tech in their Bowl last season and gave the team a look at his potential on the ground and in…

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The Navy Midshipmen are gunning for back to back AAC West championships in 2017.

Overview: Ken Niumatalolo and the Navy Midshipmen found life after Keenan Reynolds surprisingly successful with an AAC West crown. Can the Midshipmen overcome some defensive issues to repeat in 2017?

Offense:  Zach Abey enters 2017 as the starter under center for the Navy Midshipmen with a grand total of two starts under his belt. Abey started against Army and Louisiana Tech in their Bowl last season and gave the team a look at his potential on the ground and in the air but hopefully minus the mistakes. The Navy option seems to not miss a beat whoever is running the ball and that theory will be tested with the majority of the production on the ground gone which leaves FB Chris High and SB Darryl Bonner as the top returning runners although this team historically fills the void in this area. The Midshipmen don’t put the ball in the air often but it should be noted that three of the top four in the receiving corps have departed. Arguably the biggest losses were a trio of All AAC linemen so Navy has many questions to answer.

Defense: When the topic is football or any sport in the service academies, it’s important to note the athletes are not the biggest and fastest so the ability of Navy to hold their own defensively is always something to watch although that wasn't the case in 2016 as the team’s passing ‘D’ was one of the worst in the game. The Midshipmen do lose three of their top four along the defensive line but the cupboard is not bare with DE Jarvis Polu and huge DT Jackson Pittman as two to watch. Navy is solid at linebacker with six of the top seven coming back with Micah Thomas leading the team in tackles a year ago while DJ Palmore was 4th in tackles. The Midshipmen were not very good versus the pass but with six of the top seven DB’s returning the unit has more experience and hopefully that leads to improvement.

Special Teams: Erik Harris averaged over 45 yards on ten punts in 2016 and placekicker Bennett Moehring has a big leg while Treveon Walker looks to handle the return chores for Navy after serving as a back up last season.

Outlook: Navy lost a lot at running back and  the defense hasn’t proven that a year of experience means improvement. I still belief the Middies option will produce and the ‘D’ will indeed be better and a Bowl awaits but I’m less certain about winning the AAC West.

Schedule:

9-1 @ Florida Atlantic

9-9 vs. Tulane

9-23 vs. Cincinnati

9-30 @ Tulsa

10-7 vs. Air Force

10-14 @ Memphis

10-21 vs. Central Florida

11-2 @ Temple

11-11 vs. SMU

11-18 @ Notre Dame

11-24 @ Houston

12-9 vs. Army

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Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:34:56 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90693
<![CDATA[Central Florida Knights 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/08/01/central-florida-knights-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The 2017 Central Florida Knights look to make their mark in the AAC under second year coach Scott Frost.

Overview: The Central Florida Knights went from winless in 2015  to a postseason berth under the guidance of Scott Frost despite little help from the offense. Can Frost get more scoring to give the defensive side of the football some help in 2017?

Offense: The Central Florida Knights success in 2016 was not because of the offensive side of the football that wanted to play fast but wasn’t good at it. In reality, the offense lacked experience…

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The 2017 Central Florida Knights look to make their mark in the AAC under second year coach Scott Frost.

Overview: The Central Florida Knights went from winless in 2015  to a postseason berth under the guidance of Scott Frost despite little help from the offense. Can Frost get more scoring to give the defensive side of the football some help in 2017?

Offense: The Central Florida Knights success in 2016 was not because of the offensive side of the football that wanted to play fast but wasn’t good at it. In reality, the offense lacked experience and last season’s youth has a year of experience under their belt. UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton enjoyed some early season success throwing the ball mixed with a bit of running but a freshman throwing for nearly 2,000 yards is solid ground to build on. Jawon Hamilton led UCF in rushing in 2016 with almost 500 yards while catching 17 passes while Tre’Quan Smith and Dredrick Snelson are the top guys in the receiving corps. Central Florida needs a more experienced offensive line to open holes in the ground game which didn’t happen in 2016.

Defense: Central Florida might have struggled to move the chains but the defensive side of the football was very good despite shouldering most of the load. UCF was generally better against the pass then the run and the team is hoping to balance those numbers in 2017. Central Florida gets virtually everyone back along the defensive line with DE Tony Guerad bringing back ten TFL while Trysten Hill and Jamiyus Pittman showed ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. All AAC linebacker Shaquem Griffin recorded 20 TFL and nearly 12 sacks and he has five players back around him that saw the field regularly a year ago. Central Florida’s strong showing versus the pass in 2016 will be tough to match with the two top corners and safeties gone so this might be a weak link unless somebody steps up.

Special Teams: The Knights saw placekicker Matthew Wright nail 17-22 field goals including nine 40+ yarders although punter Mac Loudermilk takes over the punting duties and needs to establish himself. Chris Johnson and Adrian Killins give Central Florida a dependable return game.

Outlook: Frost has a history of success and I think the Central Florida offense does improve a bit and so does the run ‘D’ even though controlling the pass might be more challenging. Another trip to a Bowl looks like a solid bet.

Schedule: 

8-31 vs. Florida International

9-9 vs. Memphis

9-16 vs. Georgia Tech

9-23 @ Maryland

9-30 vs. Maine

10-7 @ Cincinnati

10-14 vs. East Carolina

10-21 @ Navy

11-4 @ SMU

11-11 vs. UConn

11-18 @ Temple

11-24 vs. South Florida

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Tue, 01 Aug 2017 21:21:56 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90615
<![CDATA[South Florida Bulls 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/08/01/south-florida-bulls-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The South Florida Bulls look to an explosive offense to carry the team to the top of the AAC in 2017.

Overview: Charlie Strong is in his first year running the show for the South Florida Bulls and he will oversee a high caliber offense and a porous defense from 2016. The question is can Strong get the defensive side of the football to be at least competent to avoid a shootout every Saturday?

Offense: The South Florida Bulls could  move the chains and find the endzone  often a season ago and that shouldn’t change in 2017. The Bulls offense has…

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The South Florida Bulls look to an explosive offense to carry the team to the top of the AAC in 2017.

Overview: Charlie Strong is in his first year running the show for the South Florida Bulls and he will oversee a high caliber offense and a porous defense from 2016. The question is can Strong get the defensive side of the football to be at least competent to avoid a shootout every Saturday?

Offense: The South Florida Bulls could  move the chains and find the endzone  often a season ago and that shouldn’t change in 2017. The Bulls offense has dual threat quarterback Quinton Flowers to lean on with his ability complete passes and limit mistakes or by using his legs to wreak havoc on opposing defenses. The Bulls have several quality receivers in Tyre McCants, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and tight end Mitchell Wilcox  but the loss of Rodney Adams and his 70+ catches does hurt. Marlon Mack left USF to play on Sunday’s but the rushing attack should be on solid ground behind D’Ernest Johnson who showed explosiveness when spelling Mack while also averaging over ten yards per catch on 28 receptions. South Florida also loses a pair of All AAC linemen so the offense does have a few big pieces to replace.

Defense: The South Florida Bulls defense was not strong against the run and never found the rotation the team was looking for as a multitude of players saw the field for a unit looking for that magic albeit elusive combination. The good news for USF is that the majority of those players return to give the team experience and some depth. The Bulls defensive line will revolve around tackle Deadrin Senat who was effective versus the run while fellow tackle Bruce Hector got to the quarterback with six sacks. The Bulls linebacking duo of Nigel Harris and Auggie Sanchez logged over 17 TFL so the front seven did make some plays and has some potential. Safety’s Khalid McGee and Jaymon Thomas were solid in all phases but the secondary won’t be asked to defend the pass if opponents continue to grind away on the ground so South Florida has to be a viable run ‘D’.

Special Teams: Jonathan Hernandez returns at punter and placekicker Emilio Nadelman comes back from injury to give the Bulls a decent kicking game while D’Ernest Johnson is a dangerous returner.

Outlook: The Bulls have a few pieces to replace but look very dangerous on paper while a porous defense in 2016 has enough returning experience to say the defense should be at least a bit better. Strong appears to have the pieces to make a run at the AAC East crown and that's the expectation.

Schedule:

8-26 @ San Jose State

9-2 vs. Stony Brook

9-9 @ UConn

9-15 vs. Illinois

9-21 vs. Temple

9-30 @ East Carolina

10-14 vs. UMass

10-21 @ Tulane

10-28 vs. Cincinnati

11-4 vs. Houston

11-16 vs. Tulsa

11-24 @ Central Florida

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Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:41:25 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90594
<![CDATA[San Diego State Aztecs 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/07/28/san-diego-state-aztecs-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The San Diego Aztecs look to continue their success with another Mountain West crown in 2017.

Overview: Rocky Long and the San Diego State Aztecs lost some quality talent from last season’s MWC championship squad  but the team has returning depth and recruits that make this squad a legitimate threat once again.

Offense: San Diego State lost all world running back Donnel Pumphrey who was the top back in college football in 2016 and was also a very good receiver out of the backfield but the cupboard is far from bare. The Aztecs return experience…

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The San Diego Aztecs look to continue their success with another Mountain West crown in 2017.

Overview: Rocky Long and the San Diego State Aztecs lost some quality talent from last season’s MWC championship squad  but the team has returning depth and recruits that make this squad a legitimate threat once again.

Offense: San Diego State lost all world running back Donnel Pumphrey who was the top back in college football in 2016 and was also a very good receiver out of the backfield but the cupboard is far from bare. The Aztecs return experience under center in Christian Chapman who was decent throwing the ball and limited mistakes so the passing attack could become more a part of the offense. Rashaad Penny and Juwan Washington took a back seat to Pumphrey on the ground but in limited carries the duo proved to be productive and have tremendous potential for SDSU. Mikah Holder and tight end David Wells are the Aztecs top receiving options with several players getting a chance to prove themselves. San Diego State returns one starter on the offensive line but return all back ups so the unit has vast potential.

Defense: The San Diego State Aztecs were best known for Donell Pumphrey and a bruising rushing attack but this was a quality defensive team as well. The Aztecs graduated over 13 sacks and 20+ TFL at defensive end however and Noble Hall and Dakota Turner will be asked to fill that void. The SDSU line should be fine if this pair are viable at DE and the same could be said at linebacker where a few top contributors have departed and some talented back ups from 2016 will be asked to step in to bigger roles. The Aztecs are solid at safety with plenty of experience returning but there are some key departures at cornerback that need to be addressed. San Diego State played many different players in the secondary so the experience factor might not be a huge issue but this could change if injury forces some raw recruits in to action.

Special Teams: SDSU gets back punt returner Quest Truxton and ultra dependable placekicker John Baron II who was 21-23 on field goals and might get a shot at punting. Juwan Washington and Rashaad Penny are back to return kicks to give the Aztecs a top special teams unit.  

Outlook: The Aztecs did lose some incredible talent but there is quality depth  that saw the field in 2016 so don’t overlook San Diego State who will be competing for another MWC title.

Schedule:

9-2 vs. UC Davis

9-9 @ Arizona State

9-16 vs. Stanford

9-23 @ Air Force

9-30 vs. Northern Illinois

10-7 @ UNLV

10-14 vs. Boise State

10-21 vs. Fresno State

10-28 @ Hawaii

11-4 @ San Jose State

11-18 vs. Nevada

11-24 vs. New Mexico

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Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:33:24 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90339
<![CDATA[Colorado State Rams 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/07/25/colorado-state-rams-2017-college-football-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Colorado State Rams with a new stadium and potent offense have the 2017 Mountain West championship in their crosshairs.

Overview: Mike Bobo and the Colorado State Rams have an offense capable of some big things but the defensive side of the football has to improve their run defense to succeed.

Offense: After some ups and downs in 2016 where he lost his job at quarterback, Nick Stevens and the Colorado State Rams offense came on in a big way the last eight games of last season. Stevens has momentum heading in to the new year and CSU has the…

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The Colorado State Rams with a new stadium and potent offense have the 2017 Mountain West championship in their crosshairs.

Overview: Mike Bobo and the Colorado State Rams have an offense capable of some big things but the defensive side of the football has to improve their run defense to succeed.

Offense: After some ups and downs in 2016 where he lost his job at quarterback, Nick Stevens and the Colorado State Rams offense came on in a big way the last eight games of last season. Stevens has momentum heading in to the new year and CSU has the their top two receiving options back in Olabisi Johnson and Michael Gallup  with nearly 1,900 yards in receptions in 2016 but the team needs others to step up with no proven targets otherwise. The Rams proved they could also move the chains on the ground behind Dalyn Hawkins who will be spelled by Isaiah Matthews but only two starters are back on the offensive line with All MWC center Jake Bennett leading the way.

Defense: Colorado State did show some backbone defensively at times and at others, they gave up yards and points in bunches but the offense also helped because they were generally awesome and on the field a lot and milked the clock. Teams like to run in the Mountain West and the Rams were in the bottom third nationally versus the run but three of the top four return up front along with a few JUCO transfers to help achieve respectability against opposing rushing attacks. Colorado State also gets back four of their top five at linebacker including Tre Thomas and Evan Colorito who bring back almost 15 TFL while Deonte Clyburn comes back after missing the entire 2016 season because of blood clots. The CSU secondary has plenty of safeties but lost two of their top three at corner.

Special Teams: Colorado State will be breaking in Ryan Stonehouse as punter but placekicker Wyatt Bryan is back after connecting on 11-14 field goals.

Outlook: The Rams should produce plenty of excitement with a fantastic offense in a brand new stadium and with a viable defense there is an opportunity to approach double digits in wins and a conference title.

Schedule:

8-26 vs. Oregon State

9-1 vs. Colorado

9-9 vs. Abilene Christian

9-16 @ Alabama

9-30 @ Hawaii

10-7 @ Utah State

10-14 vs. Nevada

10-20 @ New Mexico

10-28 vs. Air Force

11-4 @ Wyoming

11-11 vs. Boise State

11-18 vs. San Jose State

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