<![CDATA[CFB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Penn State vs. Michigan - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/10/21/penn-state-vs-michigan-10/21/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Saturday in college football action at Beaver Stadium on ABC.

The Michigan Wolverines look for their third road victory of the season to stay in the CFB playoff conversation. The Michigan Wolverines have won eight of their last 10 road games. John O'Korn is completing 54.9 percent of his passes for 563 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. O'Korn has zero touchdown passes and three interceptions in his last two games. Grant Perry and Sean McKeon have combined for 405 receiving yards and one touchdown…

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The Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Saturday in college football action at Beaver Stadium on ABC.

The Michigan Wolverines look for their third road victory of the season to stay in the CFB playoff conversation. The Michigan Wolverines have won eight of their last 10 road games. John O'Korn is completing 54.9 percent of his passes for 563 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. O'Korn has zero touchdown passes and three interceptions in his last two games. Grant Perry and Sean McKeon have combined for 405 receiving yards and one touchdown while Tarik Black has 11 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 185 yards per contest, and Ty Isaac leads the way with 403 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 14.7 points and 223.8 yards per game. Devin Bush leads the Michigan Wolverines with 49 tackles, Chase Winovich has 5.5 sacks and Lavert Hill has two interceptions.  

The Penn State Nittany Lions look to improve to 7-0 on the season to remain one of the top national title contenders. The Penn State Nittany Lions haven’t lost a home game since November of 2015. Trace McSorley is completing 67 percent of his passes for 1,597 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. McSorley has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 13 games. Saquon Barkley and DaeSean Hamilton have combined for 761 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Juwan Johnson has 24 receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 165 yards per contest, and Barkley leads the way with 649 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing nine points and 285.2 yards per game. Jason Cabinda leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with 40 tackles, Shaka Toney has three sacks and Amani Oruwariye has three interceptions.

The Wolverines are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games in October, 1-4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games in October, 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 home games and 13-1-2 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings, the home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Michigan can't move the football or put points on the board with O'Korn at quarterback, and it's led to a loss to Michigan State and an overtime game against Indiana. Michigan is a combined 7-30 on third down in those two games, and it had just 58 passing yards last week. Penn State has had an extra week to prepare for this game and has won five of its six games by double digits. Not only is Penn State one of the top overall defenses in the country, but it's a top-25 defense against the run, which means Michigan has to make plays through the air if it hopes to compete in this game. I just don't see it. I like the Nittany Lions to open this game up and win by two touchdowns.

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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:13:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97382
<![CDATA[Minnesota vs. Illinois - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/10/21/minnesota-vs-illinois-10/21/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Illinois Fighting Illini and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday in college football action at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Illinois Fighting Illini would love to get their first road win of the season to snap a four-game losing streak overall. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost five straight road games. Jeff George, Jr. is completing 51.4 percent of his passes for 765 yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions. George has two touchdown passes and five interceptions in his last two games. Ricky Smalling and Mike Dudek have combined for 501 receiving yards…

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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday in college football action at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Illinois Fighting Illini would love to get their first road win of the season to snap a four-game losing streak overall. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost five straight road games. Jeff George, Jr. is completing 51.4 percent of his passes for 765 yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions. George has two touchdown passes and five interceptions in his last two games. Ricky Smalling and Mike Dudek have combined for 501 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Louis Dorsey has 11 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 118.3 yards per contest, and Mike Epstein leads the way with 346 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 30.5 points and 421.2 yards per game. Del'Shawn Phillips leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 45 tackles, Bobby Roundtree has three sacks and Tré Watson has one interception. 

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look to snap a three-game losing streak to get a game above a .500 record. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won five of their last seven home games. Conor Rhoda is completing 54.1 percent of his passes for 839 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Rhoda has one or less touchdown passes in five of the six games this season. Tyler Johnson and Nate Wozniak have combined for 566 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Brandon Lingen has nine receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 170.6 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 442 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 19.3 points and 322.8 yards per game. Thomas Barber leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 52 tackles, Carter Coughlin has 2.5 sacks and Jacob Huff has two interceptions.

The Fighting Illini are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 road games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 21-10-3 ATS in their last 34 conference games and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up loss. The Fighting Illini are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Minnesota and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings.

It doesn't seem wise to lay two touchdowns with a team that's lost three straight, which includes a home loss to Maryland and a backup quarterback. However, Illinois just lost at home to Rutgers and has been outscored 92-39 in its two road games this season. The Fighting Illini are struggling big time on the defensive end and nothing comes easy offensively, as the passing game is completing just barely 50 percent and the ground game is averaging well under four yards per pop. This is a game Minnesota should be able to win rather easily, but this isn't a game I'd bet personally, as the chalk is too steep given the form of both teams.

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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:12:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97388
<![CDATA[Michigan State vs. Indiana - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/10/21/michigan-state-vs-indiana-10/21/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan State Spartans meet Saturday in college football action at Spartan Stadium on ABC.

The Indiana Hoosiers look for a big road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Indiana Hoosiers have split their last 10 road games. Peyton Ramsey is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 815 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Peyton Ramsey and Richard Lagow have combined for 11 touchdown passes and seven interceptions this season. Simmie Cobbs Jr. and Ian Thomas have combined for 669 receiving yards and six touchdowns while…

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The Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan State Spartans meet Saturday in college football action at Spartan Stadium on ABC.

The Indiana Hoosiers look for a big road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Indiana Hoosiers have split their last 10 road games. Peyton Ramsey is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 815 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Peyton Ramsey and Richard Lagow have combined for 11 touchdown passes and seven interceptions this season. Simmie Cobbs Jr. and Ian Thomas have combined for 669 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Luke Timian has 29 receptions. The Indiana Hoosiers ground game is averaging 137.3 yards per contest, and Morgan Ellison leads the way with 426 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 25.8 points and 353 yards per game. Tegray Scales leads the Indiana Hoosiers with 48 tackles, Allen Stallings IV has 2.5 sacks and Jonathan Crawford has one interception.

The Michigan State Spartans look for a fourth straight victory to keep their lead in the Big Ten East. The Michigan State Spartans have lost six of their last 10 home games. Brian Lewerke is completing 60.1 percent of his passes for 1,177 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Lewerke has one combined touchdown pass and one interception in his last two games. Felton Davis III and Darrell Stewart Jr. have combined for 537 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Hunter Rison has nine receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 192.1 yards per contest, and LJ Scott leads the way with 408 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 18.2 points and 263.8 yards per game. Joe Bachie leads the Michigan State Spartans with 50 tackles, Chris Frey has 3.5 sacks and David Dowell has two interceptions.

The Hoosiers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 conference games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 3-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Spartans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in October, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games on grass and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Hoosiers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Michigan State, 3-10 ATS in their last 13 meetings and the over is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.

Indiana had a chance to beat Michigan last week and ended up losing in overtime after making a strong comeback. I like to fade teams coming off those emotional losses, as college kinds tend to fall for the letdown spots and struggle to get back up after a tough loss. Michigan State is coming off back-to-back impressive road victories and is starting to look more and more like the Spartans of years past. Indiana also isn't nearly the same team on the road as it is at home, averaging 85 less yards per game and was rocked by Penn State the last time it took to the road. This is a game the Michigan State Spartans should win by double digits. 

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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:12:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97391
<![CDATA[Northwestern vs. Iowa - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/10/21/northwestern-vs-iowa-10/21/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Iowa Hawkeyes and Northwestern Wildcats meet Saturday in college football action at Ryan Field on ESPN2.

The Iowa Hawkeyes look for their second road victory of the season to give themselves a shot in the Big Ten West. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won five of their last seven road games. Nate Stanley is completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 1,290 yards, 15 touchdowns and two interceptions. Stanley has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last six games. Nick Easley and Akrum Wadley have combined for 539 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Noah Fant…

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The Iowa Hawkeyes and Northwestern Wildcats meet Saturday in college football action at Ryan Field on ESPN2.

The Iowa Hawkeyes look for their second road victory of the season to give themselves a shot in the Big Ten West. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won five of their last seven road games. Nate Stanley is completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 1,290 yards, 15 touchdowns and two interceptions. Stanley has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last six games. Nick Easley and Akrum Wadley have combined for 539 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Noah Fant has 13 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 138.6 yards per contest, and Wadley leads the way with 483 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 18.7 points and 388.3 yards per game. Josey Jewell leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 70 tackles, Anthony Nelson has five sacks and Joshua Jackson has two interceptions. 

The Northwestern Wildcats look for back-to-back victories for the first time to get a game above a .500 record. The Northwestern Wildcats have won five of their last eight home games. Clayton Thorson is completing 60.4 percent of his passes for 1,496 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Thorson has thrown a pair of interceptions in each of his last three games. Bennett Skowronek and Garrett Dickerson have combined for 535 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Flynn Nagel has 22 receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 135.1 yards per contest, and Justin Jackson leads the way with 510 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 25.5 points and 376.3 yards per game. Paddy Fisher leads the Northwestern Wildcats with 47 tackles, Joe Gaziano has three sacks and Montre Hartage has one interception.

The Hawkeyes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on grass, 17-7 ATS in their last 24 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 conference games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in October. The home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings, the favorite is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Northwestern.

I'm surprised Northwestern is the favorite here considering the Wildcats have been very inconsistent and Iowa has had an extra week to prepare for this game. However, the Hawkeyes do have a banged up offensive line, and they have struggled on the road, which includes a loss to Michigan State and an overtime victory over Iowa State. Northwestern is coming off its most complete performance, which was a road win over Maryland, and Jackson is showing signs of getting going. When Jackson has success in the backfield, Northwestern is a completely different team. So, while I wouldn't be shocked either way, I'll side with the Northwestern Wildcats and the low line at home here.

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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:11:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97394
<![CDATA[Notre Dame vs. USC - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/10/21/notre-dame-vs-usc-10/21/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The college football world will have their eyes on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish when they host the USC Trojans Saturday 

The Southern Cal Trojans visit the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in their annual battle in week eight. Southern Cal stayed in the National Championship picture with a come from behind 28-27 victory versus the visiting Utah Utes as nearly a two touchdown favorite. Utah led 21-7 at the intermission but could not stop the Trojans in the second half although the team actually fell short on a two point conversion with 42 seconds left to lose a heartbreaker. 

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The college football world will have their eyes on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish when they host the USC Trojans Saturday 

The Southern Cal Trojans visit the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in their annual battle in week eight. Southern Cal stayed in the National Championship picture with a come from behind 28-27 victory versus the visiting Utah Utes as nearly a two touchdown favorite. Utah led 21-7 at the intermission but could not stop the Trojans in the second half although the team actually fell short on a two point conversion with 42 seconds left to lose a heartbreaker. 

USC owned total yardage 532-436 but struggled to hold on to the ball with three lost fumbles with one ending up in their own end zone. The Trojans were able to run a bit with Ronald Jones totaling 111 yards and an eleven yard touchdown on 17 carries. Southern Cal exploded through the air with quarterback Sam Darnold going 27-50 for 358 yards and three touchdowns with top target Deontay Burnett catching eight balls for 99 yards while Tyler Petite caught two TD’s including a 52 yard strike. 

Fans of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have to be happy the way their team has rebounded from last season’s dismal finish. Notre Dame is upped their record to 5-1 after upending North Carolina 33-10 on the road as a 12 point favorite. The Fighting Irish were up 16-7 at the half and kept the pressure on with a 487-265 yardage advantage while forcing three giveaways and turning the ball over twice. Irish quarterback was adequate in the air as he completed 17-31 for 146 yards and a touchdown but two interceptions negated some of the positives.

Fortunately it didn’t matter with Notre Dame having their way on the ground with Deon Mcintosh rambling for 124 yards and two score on 12 touches followed by Josh Adams with 118 yards and a touchdown on 13 touches. Eight player caught passes but the  Fighting Irish leaned on the run. 

USC are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and under is 4-0 in USC last 4 games following a bye week  and USC are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. Over is 4-0 in Notre Dame last 4 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game and under is 4-0 in Notre Dam last 4 games in October Notre Dame are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. Over is 4-0 in Notre Dame last 4 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game. Under is 4-0 in Notre Dame last 4 games in October and Notre Dame are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.  

I like what I have seen from Notre Dame this year and I simply think their consistency  with Wimbush coming back gives them the edge…

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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:10:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97397
<![CDATA[Texas Tech vs. Iowa State - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/10/21/texas-tech-vs-iowa-state-10/21/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Iowa State Cyclones and Texas Tech Red Raiders meet Saturday in college football action at Jones AT&T Stadium.

The Iowa State Cyclones look to remain unbeaten on the road by winning three straight games for the first time since 2012. The Iowa State Cyclones have won three straight road games. Kyle Kempt is completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 465 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Kempt will enter this game with 46 career pass attempts under his belt. Hakeem Butler and Allen Lazard have combined for 722 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while…

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The Iowa State Cyclones and Texas Tech Red Raiders meet Saturday in college football action at Jones AT&T Stadium.

The Iowa State Cyclones look to remain unbeaten on the road by winning three straight games for the first time since 2012. The Iowa State Cyclones have won three straight road games. Kyle Kempt is completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 465 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Kempt will enter this game with 46 career pass attempts under his belt. Hakeem Butler and Allen Lazard have combined for 722 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Trever Ryen has 21 receptions. The Iowa State Cyclones ground game is averaging 107 yards per contest, and David Montgomery leads the way with 478 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing 21.7 points and 356.2 yards per game. Joel Lanning leads the Iowa State Cyclones with 64 tackles, JaQuan Bailey has three sacks and Kamari Cotton-Moya has three interceptions. 

The Texas Tech Red Raiders need a bounce back victory after losing two of their last three games. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have lost four of their last six home games. Nic Shimonek is completing 70.1 percent of his passes for 2,134 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. Shimonek has thrown at least two touchdowns in five of the six games this season. Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell have combined for 1,079 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Derrick Willies has 16 receptions. The Texas Tech Red Raiders ground game is averaging 167.6 yards per contest, and Justin Stockton leads the way with 481 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing 30.8 points and 430.5 yards per game. Jordyn Brooks leads the Texas Tech Red Raiders with 48 tackles, Eli Howard has 3.5 sacks and Dakota Allen has two interceptions.

The Cyclones are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in October, 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Red Raiders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 11-4 ATS in their last 15 conference games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.

Iowa State heads into this game with a ton of confidence, playing well on both sides of the ball and proving it can win on the road. However, the Cyclones are playing an inexperienced quarterback who has less than 50 pass attempts under his belt, which is kind of scary considering Texas Tech is going to put points on the board and force ISU into a position to match. The Red Raiders are also going to be an upset football team after blowing a big second half lead last week against West Virginia. Texas Tech's only two losses this season have come against teams that can light it up offensively. Despite how well Iowa State has played up to this point, I'm not sure it's one of those teams. I'll take Texas Tech by a touchdown.

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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:10:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97400
<![CDATA[TCU vs. Kansas - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/10/21/tcu-vs-kansas-10/21/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Kansas Jayhawks and TCU Horned Frogs meet Saturday in college football action at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

The Kansas Jayhawks would love nothing more here than to steal an upset road win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Kansas Jayhawks haven’t won a road game since September of 2009. Peyton Bender is completing 55.2 percent of his passes for 1,391 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Bender has thrown two touchdowns and four interceptions in his last three games. Steven Sims Jr. and Ben Johnson have combined for 656 receiving yards and four touchdowns…

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The Kansas Jayhawks and TCU Horned Frogs meet Saturday in college football action at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

The Kansas Jayhawks would love nothing more here than to steal an upset road win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Kansas Jayhawks haven’t won a road game since September of 2009. Peyton Bender is completing 55.2 percent of his passes for 1,391 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Bender has thrown two touchdowns and four interceptions in his last three games. Steven Sims Jr. and Ben Johnson have combined for 656 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Jeremiah Booker has 16 receptions. The Kansas Jayhawks ground game is averaging 144.8 yards per contest, and Khalil Herbert leads the way with 503 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Kansas is allowing 44.8 points and 474.8 yards per game. Joe Dineen Jr. leads the Kansas Jayhawks with 77 tackles, Daniel Wise has three sacks and Mike Lee has two interceptions. 

The TCU Horned Frogs look for an impressive 7-0 record to remain in the CFB playoff conversation. The TCU Horned Frogs have split their last eight home games. Kenny Hill is completing 69.8 percent of his passes for 1,450 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Hill has two touchdown passes and one interception in his last three games. Jalen Reagor and Desmon White have combined for 467 receiving yards and four touchdowns while John Diars has 17 receptions. The TCU Horned Frogs ground game is averaging 199.5 yards per contest, and Darius Anderson leads the way with 470 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, TCU is allowing 17.3 points and 336.3 yards per game. Travin Howard leads the TCU Horned Frogs with 46 tackles, Ben Banogu has four sacks and Nick Orr has two interceptions.

The Jayhawks are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 road games, 10-26 ATS in their last 36 games in October and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Horned Frogs are 0-11 ATS in their last 11 home games, 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Jayhawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings, the underdog is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

It's no secret Kansas is one of the worst road teams in college football history, not winning on the road in eight years and failing to cover 34 of 51 tries. The Jayhawks are usually automatic fades. However, Kansas lost to TCU last year by just one point and the last three meetings have been decided by a combined 11 points. The last four meetings overall between Kansas and TCU have been decided by 10 or less points. Even with the talent gap being quite wide, the resumes not matching up and TCU having everything in the world to play for, it's tough to lay this many points given the recent history. I'll take the points here.

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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:09:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97403
<![CDATA[UNLV vs. Utah State - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/10/21/unlv-vs-utah-state-10/21/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments College football comes to Sam Boyd Stadium when the UNLV Rebels welcome the Utah State Aggies to town.

The Utah State Aggies are on the road in week eight to face the UNLV Rebels in a MWC bout. Utah State needs a win after consecutive defeats following a 28-23 loss to the visiting Wyoming Cowboys Saturday as a one point favorite at home. The Aggies led 16-9 at the half before the team struggled on both sides of the football over the final 30 minutes. USU led 363-293 in yardage but were hurt badly with five turnovers.

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College football comes to Sam Boyd Stadium when the UNLV Rebels welcome the Utah State Aggies to town.

The Utah State Aggies are on the road in week eight to face the UNLV Rebels in a MWC bout. Utah State needs a win after consecutive defeats following a 28-23 loss to the visiting Wyoming Cowboys Saturday as a one point favorite at home. The Aggies led 16-9 at the half before the team struggled on both sides of the football over the final 30 minutes. USU led 363-293 in yardage but were hurt badly with five turnovers.

Utah State had a few nice gainers on the ground but finished with only a 3.5 yard average with LaJuan Hunt  being the most productive with 73 yards on 18 carries. The Aggies had too many issues throwing the ball with Jordan Love going 8-18 for 109 yards and three interceptions including a pick six before Kent Myers came in to go 11-20 for 94 yards  but the passing game struggled to stretch the field.

The UNLV Rebels are hoping for a boost from the home crowd when the Utah State Aggies visit on Saturday night. UNLV is looking to erase the memory of a 34-30 defeat at the Air Force Falcons where a huge first half lead vanished. The Rebels were up 27-7 at the half before falling apart over the final  30 minutes where Air Force went on a 27-3 run. The Falcons led 473-411 in yardage but UNLV won the turnover battle 4-2 in a game that was difficult to watch.

Rebels quarterback Armani Rogers struggled to hook up with his receivers as he completed 12-27 for 145 yards and an interception with Lexington Thomas catching a 47 yard pass. Rogers led a solid UNLV rushing attack with 148 yards on 16 carries with Thomas adding 91 yard on 17 totes with both finding the end zone.

Utah State are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in October and over is 5-0 in Utah State last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and over is 6-1 in Utah State last 7 road games. Under is 4-0 in UNLV last 4 games following a straight up loss and under is 4-0 in UNLV last 4 conference games and under is 4-0 in UNLV last 4 vs. a team with a losing record. Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and underdog is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings. 

I could make an argument for either side but I actually think UNLV is slightly better even though both squads are struggling…

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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:08:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97409
<![CDATA[Virginia vs. Boston College - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/10/21/virginia-vs-boston-college-10/21/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down at Scott Stadium on Saturday, the Boston College Eagles and the Virginia Cavaliers will be clashing in ACC college football action. 

Boston College comes into this one with a 3-4 record, losing to Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Clemson and Virginia Tech while beating Louisville, Central Michigan and Northern Illinois. In that Cardinal game, Boston College QB Anthony Brown went just 5-of-17 for 100 yards, a TD and a pick, but AJ Dillon picked up the slack on the ground for 39 carries, 272 yards and four touchdowns. 

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Down at Scott Stadium on Saturday, the Boston College Eagles and the Virginia Cavaliers will be clashing in ACC college football action. 

Boston College comes into this one with a 3-4 record, losing to Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Clemson and Virginia Tech while beating Louisville, Central Michigan and Northern Illinois. In that Cardinal game, Boston College QB Anthony Brown went just 5-of-17 for 100 yards, a TD and a pick, but AJ Dillon picked up the slack on the ground for 39 carries, 272 yards and four touchdowns. 

On the season, Brown has 1009 yards, seven touchdowns and eight picks, and Dillon leads the Eagles with 127 carries, 608 yards and six TDs on the ground. Kobay White is Boston College’s top receiver with 21 catches for 228 yards. 

As for Virginia, they’re sitting at 5-1 on the year with a loss to Indiana being their only blemish. Otherwise the Cavs have beaten William & Mary, UConn, Boise State, Duke and North Carolina. In that Tar Heels game, Virginia QB Kurt Benkert put up 249 yards and two scores, while Jordan Ellis helped out on the ground with 27 carries for 136 yards. 

So far this year, Benkert has 1680 yards, 15 touchdowns and three picks, while Ellis has 130 carries, 544 yards and five touchdowns to lead Virginia in rushing. Tops for the Cavaliers in receiving is Olamide Zaccheaus, with his 43 catches, 448 yards and four touchdowns. 

The Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss and 4-0 ATS in the last four games overall. Boston College is also 4-1 ATS in their last five conference games and 4-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record. 

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in the last four games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games in October. Virginia is also 7-2 ATS in they last nine games following a straight-up win and 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 games following an ATS win. 

Boston College really didn’t have any business beating Louisville, but no one told that to Dillon. The Eagles have now won two of their last three, scoring a combined 73 points in those victories. As for Virginia, this is their best start in the last decade, and they’ve allowed 23 points or fewer in all of their wins. If the Cavaliers stuff the box and contain the run here, I don’t think there’s any way Boston College can keep up, even on the high from their win against Louisville. I’ll take Virginia for the cover here.

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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:08:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97415
<![CDATA[Miami-FL vs. Syracuse - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/10/21/miami-fl-vs-syracuse-10/21/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, the Syracuse Orange and the Miami Hurricanes will be meeting up in college football action. 

The Orange come into this one with a 4-3 record, losing to Middle Tennessee, LSU and NC State, along with victories over Central Connecticut State, Central Michigan, Pittsburgh and Clemson. In that Clemson game, Syracuse QB Eric Dungey went 20-of-32 for 278 yards and three scores. 

So far this season, Dungey has 2080 yards, 12 touchdowns and four picks, while also leading the Orange in rushing with 101 carries, 386…

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Down at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, the Syracuse Orange and the Miami Hurricanes will be meeting up in college football action. 

The Orange come into this one with a 4-3 record, losing to Middle Tennessee, LSU and NC State, along with victories over Central Connecticut State, Central Michigan, Pittsburgh and Clemson. In that Clemson game, Syracuse QB Eric Dungey went 20-of-32 for 278 yards and three scores. 

So far this season, Dungey has 2080 yards, 12 touchdowns and four picks, while also leading the Orange in rushing with 101 carries, 386 yards and eight scores. Tops in receiving for Syracuse is Steve Ishmael with 62 catches, 802 yards and four touchdowns. 

Over on the Miami side, they’re currently 5-0 with victories over Bethune-Cookman, Toledo, Duke, Florida State and Georgia Tech this year (with a canceled game against Arkansas State). In that Georgia Tech game, Hurricanes QB Malik Rosier posted 297 yards and a TD, and Travis Homer added 20 carries for 170 yards and a score on the ground. 

On the year, Rosier has 1371 yards, 12 touchdowns and three picks, while Mark Walton is the top Hurricanes rusher on 56 carries, 428 yards and three scores. Braxton Berrios is the leading Miami receiver with 24 catches, 326 yards and five touchdowns. 

Syracuse is 3-0-1 ATS in their last four conference games and 4-0-1 ATS in the last five games overall. The Orange are also 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games in October. 

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are 6-1 ATS in their last seven conference games and 4-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Miami is also 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six games in October. 

Syracuse’s victory over Clemson last week was nothing short of stunning, and it marked the second straight game they’ve won by a 27-24 score. As for Miami, they pulled out a crazy one last week, and have won their last two games by a combined five points. This should be a really fun matchup, and I expect it to be close. I like Syracuse to cover the spread here, as Miami has been playing it pretty loose. Give me the Orange.

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