<![CDATA[CFB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[South Dakota State vs. James Madison - 12/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/12/16/south-dakota-state-vs-james-madison-12/16/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and James Madison Dukes meet Saturday in the college football semifinal playoffs at the Bridgeforth Stadium.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits look to reach the championship game after waxing New Hampshire, 56-14, in the quarterfinals. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have won four of their last five road games. Taryn Christion is completing 60 percent of his passes for 3,281 yards, 33 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Christion has at least two touchdown passes in each of his last nine games. Dallas Goedert and Jake Wieneke…

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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and James Madison Dukes meet Saturday in the college football semifinal playoffs at the Bridgeforth Stadium.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits look to reach the championship game after waxing New Hampshire, 56-14, in the quarterfinals. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have won four of their last five road games. Taryn Christion is completing 60 percent of his passes for 3,281 yards, 33 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Christion has at least two touchdown passes in each of his last nine games. Dallas Goedert and Jake Wieneke have combined for 1,928 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns while Cade Johnson has 23 receptions. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits ground game is averaging 181 yards per contest, and Brady Mengarelli leads the way with 783 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, South Dakota State is allowing 21.8 points and 373.8 yards per game. Christian Rozeboom leads the South Dakota State Jackrabbits with 118 tackles, Ryan Earith has five sacks and Jordan Brown has three interceptions. 

The James Madison Dukes look to improve to 14-0 on the year as they hope to complete a perfect season. The James Madison Dukes are a combined 16-0 at home the last two seasons. Bryan Schor is completing 66.3 percent of his passes for 2,871 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Schor has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Terrence Alls and David Eldridge have combined for 1,101 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Riley Stapleton has 40 receptions. The James Madison Dukes ground game is averaging 197.2 yards per contest, and Trai Sharp leads the way with 719 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, James Madison is allowing 10.3 points and 242.3 yards per game. Kyre Hawkins leads the James Madison Dukes with 98 tackles, Andrew Ankrah has 7.5 sacks and Jordan Brown has seven interceptions.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits haven't lost since their game against Northern Iowa, which feels like forever ago, and they've shown the ability to blow teams out and win the close ones, which are signs of a good team. James Madison could have easily lost last week against Weber State and the offense has to be better if its going to survive to see championship weekend. South Dakota State is a balanced football team that's going to put up a fight and has the ground game to control the tempo and take some of the life out of the building. But when it's said and done, we just have to lay a field goal with a team that's unbeaten and hasn't lost at home in two years. That counts for something. So, while last week wasn't pretty and is a pause for concern, I'll take the James Madison Dukes by a touchdown here.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:35:30 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105164
<![CDATA[Sam Houston State vs. North Dakota State - 12/15/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/12/15/sam-houston-state-vs-north-dakota-state-12/15/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Sam Houston State Bearkats and North Dakota State Bison meet Friday in the college football semifinal playoffs at the Fargodome.

The Sam Houston State Bearkats have a chance to advance to the championship game after beating Kennesaw State, 34-27, in the quarterfinals. The Sam Houston State Bearkats have won three of their last four road games. Jeremiah Briscoe is completing 58 percent of his passes for 4,714 yards, 44 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Briscoe is averaging 362.6 passing yards per game this season. Davion Davis and Nathan Stewart have combined for…

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The Sam Houston State Bearkats and North Dakota State Bison meet Friday in the college football semifinal playoffs at the Fargodome.

The Sam Houston State Bearkats have a chance to advance to the championship game after beating Kennesaw State, 34-27, in the quarterfinals. The Sam Houston State Bearkats have won three of their last four road games. Jeremiah Briscoe is completing 58 percent of his passes for 4,714 yards, 44 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Briscoe is averaging 362.6 passing yards per game this season. Davion Davis and Nathan Stewart have combined for 2,715 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns while Yedidiah Louis has 66 receptions. The Sam Houston State Bearkats ground game is averaging 184 yards per contest, and Cory Avery leads the way with 1,068 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Sam Houston State is allowing 29.4 points and 438.8 yards per game. Justin Johnson leads the Sam Houston State Bearkats with 101 tackles, Chris Stewart has 13 sacks and Zyon McCollum has three interceptions. 

The North Dakota State Bison have a chance to reach the championship game after beating Wofford, 42-10, in the semifinals. The North Dakota State Bison have won each of their last eight home games. Easton Stick is completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 2,176 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Stick has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last 10 games. Darrius Shepherd and RJ Urzendowski have combined for 1,027 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Jeff Illies has 17 receptions. The North Dakota State Bison ground game is averaging 267.5 yards per contest, and Bruce Anderson leads the way with 970 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing 11.4 points and 228.3 yards per game. Nick DeLuca leads the North Dakota State Bison with 61 tackles, Jabril Cox has four sacks and Tre Dempsey has five interceptions.

The North Dakota State Bison have trucked the last two teams they've played and they're used to these big games after being in the playoffs nearly every year it seems like. Playing in the Fargodome is also one of the toughest things to do, and games can get out of hand quickly if you're not careful. However, let's not just overlook the Sam Houston State Bearkats, a squad that's scored no less than 33 points in each of the last eight games. Sam Houston State has a really good quarterback who would be tearing up UAB right now if the program didn't shutdown for a season. Having an explosive offense with a QB who can manage the game and put points on the board is key in games like this. The Bison win, but Sam Houston State can hang around here. Give me the points.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:10:10 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105161
<![CDATA[Army vs. San Diego State - Armed Forces Bowl - 12/23/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/12/23/army-vs-san-diego-state-armed-forces-bowl-12/23/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Diego State Aztecs and the Army Black Knights face off in the Armed Forces Bowl on ESPN.

The San Diego State Aztecs reached the Armed Forces Bowl thanks to their 10-2 regular season record, including a 6-2 record in Mountain West conference play, good for a tie atop the Mountain West’s West Division, missing out on a berth in the conference championship thanks to a tiebreaker with Fresno State. Christian Chapman threw for 1,848 yards, 13 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 140 of 234 passing, good for a 59.8% completion percentage. Rashaad Penny led the team in rushing, racking…

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The San Diego State Aztecs and the Army Black Knights face off in the Armed Forces Bowl on ESPN.

The San Diego State Aztecs reached the Armed Forces Bowl thanks to their 10-2 regular season record, including a 6-2 record in Mountain West conference play, good for a tie atop the Mountain West’s West Division, missing out on a berth in the conference championship thanks to a tiebreaker with Fresno State. Christian Chapman threw for 1,848 yards, 13 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 140 of 234 passing, good for a 59.8% completion percentage. Rashaad Penny led the team in rushing, racking up 2,027 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground, while Juwan Washington added 715 yards and 7 TDs. Mikah Holder led the Aztecs with 43 catches for 602 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Kahale Warring led the team with 3 receiving scores this season. The Aztecs also boasted one of the toughest defensive units in the country, holding opponents to the 11th-fewest yards of total offense per game, allowing just 304.5 yards, including 110.8 yards of rushing offense per game, the 8th-lowest mark in the country while giving up just 18.4 points per game this season.

The Army Black Knights got to the Armed Forces Bowl thanks to a 9-3 record, including wins in 7 of their last 8 games down the stretch, including a 14-13 win over Navy in their season finale. The Black Knights are well known for their run-heavy offensive attack, which is why Ahmad Bradshaw led the team in passing with just 279 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions on 13 of 40 passing. Bradshaw also led the team in rushing with 1,566 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Darnell Woolfolk added 725 yards and 12 scores of his own. Kell Walker chipped in 592 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns, while also leading the Black Knights with 111 receiving yards and a team-high 5 catches this season. Andy Davidson added 546 rushing yards and 4 TDs, while Connor Slomka added 4 rushing scores of his own. In terms of defense, Army averaged 356.5 yards of total offense against per game, to go along with 20.9 points against per game this season.

San Diego State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games following a win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 bowl games. Army is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against the Mountain West while the under is 35-16-1 in their last 52 games against a team with a winning record.

The Aztecs come into this one rested after not having to play a championship, but I think something has to be said for that much time off. Army has one of the toughest offenses in the country to figure out, as they come at you from all angles with the option, not to mention that the Black Knights have been in good form for a longer period of time. All in all, I think it’ll take San Diego State some time to get back into the swing of things, and if Army can score early, I can see the Black Knights at worst covering the spread, so I’ll take the free touchdown and the hook.

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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:01:53 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105152
<![CDATA[Navy vs. Virginia - 12/28/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/12/28/navy-vs-virginia-12/28/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments College football action features the Navy Midshipmen taking the field with the Virginia Cavaliers in the Military Bowl.

The Virginia Cavaliers stumbled to the end of the regular season with losses in five of six where there were some issues on both sides of the football. Virginia had tremendous problems finding the end zone on a consistent basis the team averaged 23.8 points on 356.2 yards with the #42 passing attack producing 257.3 yards. The Cavaliers allowed a respectable 26.7 points on 358.7 yards but the run ‘D’ gave up 179.1 yards to rank #81.

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College football action features the Navy Midshipmen taking the field with the Virginia Cavaliers in the Military Bowl.

The Virginia Cavaliers stumbled to the end of the regular season with losses in five of six where there were some issues on both sides of the football. Virginia had tremendous problems finding the end zone on a consistent basis the team averaged 23.8 points on 356.2 yards with the #42 passing attack producing 257.3 yards. The Cavaliers allowed a respectable 26.7 points on 358.7 yards but the run ‘D’ gave up 179.1 yards to rank #81.

Cavs quarterback Kurt Benkert completed 59.6% of his 473 passes for 3,062 yards for 25 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. The pass heavy UVA attack had plenty of options with Olamide Zacchaeus catching 80 throws for 833 yards while Andre Levrone (31-662) and Doni Dowling (48-632) gave the offense some explosiveness through the air. Jordan Ellis was Virginia’s workhorse on the ground with 799 yards on 204 carries but just for a 3.9 yard average.

The Navy Midshipmen are not the team we have come to know over the past several years with losses in six of seven to end the year including a one point defeat to Army which was painful beyond words. Navy did run the ball well which is no surprise with the #3 ground game averaging 343 yards which led the way to almost 29 points. The Midshipmen allowed nearly 28 points on 386.6 yards with both the run and passing ‘D’ being in the middle of the rankings.

Middies quarterback Zach Abey completed just 31-71 (43.7%) for 805 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions with Tyler Carmona and Malcolm Perry combining for 27 receptions for 684 yards and six TD’s. Abey paced the Navy ground game with 1,325 yards on 280 carries but averaged just 4.7 yards while Perry gave the team explosiveness with 1,068 yards on 122 touches and an outstanding 8.8 yards. Chris High and Anthony Gargiulo combined 903 yards on 196 totes as the rushing game produced but also seemed to be quiet at times. 

Under is 4-0-1 in Virginia last 5 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game and over is 4-0 in Virginia last 4 neutral site games and over is 4-0 in Virginia last 4 Bowl games. Navy are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 bowl games and Navy are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Bowl games and Navy are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game. 

Neither team has done one thing over the last month of the regular season but Navy’s ground game versus the Virginia run defense seems like a favorable matchup for the Middies…

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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:33:10 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105092
<![CDATA[Auburn vs. UCF - 1/1/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2018/01/01/auburn-vs-ucf-1/1/18-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The 12th ranked UCF Knights will square off against the 7th ranked Auburn Tigers in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday, January 1st.

The UCF Knights finished off their perfect, 12-0, regular season after defeating the 20th ranked Memphis State Tigers, 62-55 in 2OT, in the AAC Championship game. UCF has made an amazing turn around under head coach Scott Frost, who will be taking over the head coaching duties at Nebraska next season, as Frost help turned around a UCF team that finished 0-12 just two seasons ago. On the season, UCF is averaging 49.4 ppg on 540.4…

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The 12th ranked UCF Knights will square off against the 7th ranked Auburn Tigers in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday, January 1st.

The UCF Knights finished off their perfect, 12-0, regular season after defeating the 20th ranked Memphis State Tigers, 62-55 in 2OT, in the AAC Championship game. UCF has made an amazing turn around under head coach Scott Frost, who will be taking over the head coaching duties at Nebraska next season, as Frost help turned around a UCF team that finished 0-12 just two seasons ago. On the season, UCF is averaging 49.4 ppg on 540.4 total yards per game (339.3 passing yds/g; 201.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UCF has been led by QB McKenzie Milton who completed 69.2% of his passes for 35 TD and 9 INT while averaging 316.3 passing yds/g. Milton has also done some damage with his legs this season as he had 7 rushing TD’s while averaging 41.42 yds/g. The leading receivers for Milton and the Knights have been WR Tre’Quan Smith (4.5 rec/g, 90.2 yds/g, 13 TD), Dredrick Snelson (3.5 rec/g, 54.7 yds/g, 7 TD), TE Jordan Akrins (2.7 rec/g, 41.7 yds/g, 4 TD), and WR Gabriel Davis (2.1 rec/g, 29.4 yds/g, 4 TD). Leading the way for the UCF backfield has been the Adrian Killins Jr. (9.3 att/g, 63.5 yds/g, 10 TD) and Taj McGowan (5.8 att/g, 19.6 yds/g, 8 TD). Defensively, UCF is allowing their opponents to average 25.2 ppg on 428.5 total yards per game (262.8 passing yds/g; 165.7 rushing yds/g). The Knights have forced 29 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +15.

The Auburn Tigers were one of the best teams in College Football season, and although they have to be disappointed they couldn’t make to the College Football Playoffs, the Tigers still have to be happy with their 10-3 season which included back to back wins against Georgia and Alabama. Auburn finished SEC-West play with a 7-1 conference record, however, couldn’t win the SEC Championship after being defeated by Georgia by a 28-7 margin. On the season, Auburn is averaging 34.4 ppg on 454.0 total yards per game (225.8 passing yds/g; 228.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the Tigers have been led by RB Kerryon Johnson who had 17 rushing TD’s while averaging 120.0 yds/g on 23.9 att/g. QB Jarrett Stidham has completed 66.7% of his passes for 17 TD and 4 INT while averaging 217.5 passing yds/g. The leading receivers for the Stidham and the Tigers have been Ryan Davis (5.8 rec/g, 59.1 yds/g, 5 TD), Darius Slayton (2.0 rec/g, 47.8 yds/g, 5 TD), and Will Hastings (1.5 rec/g, 31.4 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, Auburn is holding their opponents to an average of 17.3 ppg on a total of 312.3 yards per game (177.8 passing yds/g; 134.5 rushing yds/g). LB Jeff Holland has been outstanding on the defensive end for the Tigers this season as he led the team with 9 sacks. The Tigers forced 18 turnovers on the season and had an overall turnover margin of +1.

The Knights are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. SEC opponents. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 game following a ATS loss however, are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.

This should be one of the more intriguing matchups in the all the bowl games as we will find out if the UCF offense can still have success against one of the better SEC defenses in the Tigers. UCF finished the season with the 7th ranked passing offense, however, the Tigers were successful defending the pass as they finished with the 14th ranked passing defense. UCF defense has done a great job forcing turnovers on the season, however, their 66th ranked rushing defense could have trouble against the solid Auburn offensive line and their star RB, Kerryon Johnson. I want to pick UCF as it’s amazing to see their turnaround, however, as long as Kerryon Johnson and Tigers defense is healthy, I think Auburn will be too much for the Knights and win this one by double-digits. Take Auburn to cover. 

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:13:12 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104753
<![CDATA[Washington State vs. Michigan State - 12/28/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/12/28/washington-state-vs-michigan-state-12/28/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The 18th ranked Washington State Cougars and 16th ranked Michigan State Spartans will square off in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium on Thursday, December 28th.

The Washington State Cougars had a successful season after finishing the regular season with a 9-3 overall record and 6-3 conference record. Washington State almost made the Pac-12 Championship game, coming out of the competitive Pac-12 North, however, couldn’t get the necessary win against in-state rival, the Washington Huskies, in the final game of the regular season. On the season, Washington…

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The 18th ranked Washington State Cougars and 16th ranked Michigan State Spartans will square off in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium on Thursday, December 28th.

The Washington State Cougars had a successful season after finishing the regular season with a 9-3 overall record and 6-3 conference record. Washington State almost made the Pac-12 Championship game, coming out of the competitive Pac-12 North, however, couldn’t get the necessary win against in-state rival, the Washington Huskies, in the final game of the regular season. On the season, Washington State is averaging 31.4 ppg on 446.4 total yards per game (374.8 passing yds/g; 71.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington State has been led by QB Luke Falk who completed 66.9% of his passes for 30 TD and 13 INT while averaging 299.4 passing yds/g. The leading receivers for the Cougars has been Tavares Martin Jr. (6.4 rec/g, 75.5 yds/g, 9 TD), Isaiah Johnson-Mack (5.0 rec/g, 46.3 yds/g, 5 TD), Renard Bell (3.0 rec/g, 43.8 yds/g, 3 TD), and Kyle Sweet (4.2 rec/g, 40.1 yds/g, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Washington State backfield has been Jamal Morrow who had 4 TD’s while averaging 43.5 yds/g on 7.2 att/g. Defensively, Washington State is holding their opponents to an average of 24.4 ppg on 313.6 total yards per game (167.4 passing yds/g; 146.2 rushing yds/g). Leading the way for the aggressive Cougars defense has been DL Hercules Mata’afa who led the team with 9.5 sacks. On the season, Washington State forced 27 turnovers, however, still ended up an overall turnover margin of -2.

The Michigan State Spartans finished the season with an overall record of 9-3 and finished 2nd in the Big-10 East Division, with a conference record of 7-2. Michigan State had a strong finish to their season, winning 3 of their last 4 games which included an impressive 27-24 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions. On the season, Michigan State is averaging 23.1 ppg on 378.3 total yards per game (215.4 passing yds/g; 162.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Michigan State has been led by QB Brian Lewerke who has completed 58.8% shooting from the field for 17 TD and 7 INT while averaging 215.0 passing yds/g. Lewerke also has done some damage with his legs as he had 5 TD’s on the season and is the 2nd leading rusher for the Spartans, averaging 40.5 yds/g. The leading receivers for Lewerke and the Spartans have been Felton Davis III (4.3 rec/g, 54.8 yds/g, 8 TD), Darrell Stewart Jr. (4.0 rec/g, 40.5 yds/g, 2 TD), and Cody White (2.7 rec/g, 37.4 yds/g, 2 TD). The Michigan State backfield has been led by the duo of LJ Scott (16.6 att/g, 71.6 yds/g, 6 TD) and Madre London (7.2 att/g, 26.1 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, Michigan State is holding their opponents to an average of 20.3 ppg on 297.8 total yards per game (196.5 passing yds/g; 101.3 rushing yds/g). Michigan State forced 21 turnovers on the season and had an overall turnover margin of +2.

The Cougars are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Big-10 opponents. The Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Bowl games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.

Washington State and their record setting QB Luke Falk will bring in one of the best offensive passing attacks in the country into this matchup, however, it’s important to not overlook the aggressive and athletic Cougars defense that does a great job forcing turnovers. Michigan State had another solid year led by an efficient offense and a stout defense which ranked 5th in the country against the run. Washington State can sometimes struggle away from home, however, as long as the offensive limits their turnovers, I think they’ll have success putting up points through the air against the Spartans defense and that the Cougars defense does enough to allow Washington State to cover this spread. Take Washington State to cover. 

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:32:56 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104744
<![CDATA[Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech - Camping World Bowl - 12/28/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/12/28/oklahoma-state-vs-virginia-tech-camping-world-bowl-12/28/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The #22 Virginia Tech Hokies and the #19 Oklahoma State Cowboys face off in the Camping World Bowl on ESPN.

The #22 Virginia Tech Hokies come into the Camping World Bowl with a 9-3 overall record with a 5-3 mark in conference play, good for the 2nd spot in the ACC Coastal division. Josh Jackson threw for 2,743 yards, 19 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on 216 of 355 passing, good
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The #22 Virginia Tech Hokies and the #19 Oklahoma State Cowboys face off in the Camping World Bowl on ESPN.

The #22 Virginia Tech Hokies come into the Camping World Bowl with a 9-3 overall record with a 5-3 mark in conference play, good for the 2nd spot in the ACC Coastal division. Josh Jackson threw for 2,743 yards, 19 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on 216 of 355 passing, good
for a 60.3% completion percentage. Jackson also led the Hokies with 4 rushing touchdowns, while Travon McMillan led the team with 439 rushing yards and Deshawn McClease added 406 yards on the ground. Cam Phillips was Virginia Tech’s top receiver, hauling in team-highs of 71 catches for 964 yards and 7 receiving touchdowns. The Hokies also relied heavily on their defense, holding opponents to just 305.2 yards of total offense per game, while allowing the 6th-fewest points per game in the country with 13.5 points against per game.

The #19 Oklahoma State Cowboys also got an invite to the Camping World Bowl by virtue of their 9-3 record, including a 6-3 record in Big 12 play, good for a tie for 2nd in the Big 12, but losing out on a spot in the championship game thanks to a tiebreaker with TCU. Mason Rudolph threw for 4,553 yards, 35 touchdowns and 9 interceptions on 297 of 457 passing this season, good for a 65% completion percentage. Rudolph also rushed for 10 scores as well, while Justice Hill led OSU with 1,347 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. The Cowboys also boast a pair of 1,000 yard receivers, with James Washington leading the team with 65 catches for 1,423 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Marcell Ateman added 54 catches for 1,049 yards and 8 TDs. Unlike the Hokies, Oklahoma State had a mediocre season defensively, giving up over 400 yards of total offense and over 30 points per game this season.

Virginia Tech is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Oklahoma State is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall.

I think this has the potential to be one of the best bowl games of bowl season. Wit that said, In all 3 of Oklahoma State’s losses, they hung up at least 31 points, including 52 against Oklahoma and 40 against Kansas State. Granted, Virginia Tech has one of the best defensive units in the country, but the Cowboys boast the 3rd-highest scoring offense with over 46 points per game. I think Virginia Tech will have a hard time slowing down the Cowboys’ offense, so I’ll lay the points with Oklahoma State here.

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:05:27 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104693
<![CDATA[Arizona State vs. NC State - Sun Bowl - 12/29/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/12/29/arizona-state-vs-nc-state-12/29/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The ACC and the Pac-12 duke it out in the Sun Bowl, as the North Carolina State Wolfpack face off against the Arizona State Sun Devils.

The NC State Wolfpack got to the Sun Bowl by way of their 8-4 record overall in the regular season, including an impressive 6-2 mark in ACC play, good for the 2nd spot in the ACC Atlantic division. Ryan Finley led the Pack by throwing for almost 3,200 yards, 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 287 of 449 passing, good for a 63.9% completion percentage. Nyheim Hines rushed for a team-high 1,040 yards and 9 touchdowns, while Jaylen Samuels punched in…

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The ACC and the Pac-12 duke it out in the Sun Bowl, as the North Carolina State Wolfpack face off against the Arizona State Sun Devils.

The NC State Wolfpack got to the Sun Bowl by way of their 8-4 record overall in the regular season, including an impressive 6-2 mark in ACC play, good for the 2nd spot in the ACC Atlantic division. Ryan Finley led the Pack by throwing for almost 3,200 yards, 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 287 of 449 passing, good for a 63.9% completion percentage. Nyheim Hines rushed for a team-high 1,040 yards and 9 touchdowns, while Jaylen Samuels punched in a team-high 11 rushing scores. Kelvin Harmon led NC State with 993 receiving yards on 65 catches, while the aforementioned Samuels caught a team-high 68 receptions this season. Defensively, the Wolfpack gave up just under 25 points per game, while giving up 377 yards of total offense per game this season.

The Arizona State Sun Devils received their invitation to the Sun Bowl thanks to a 7-5 record, including a 6-3 record in Pac-12 play to sit in the 2nd spot in the Pac-12 South division. Manny Wilkins led the team with 2,918 yards passing on 235 for 370 pass attempts, good for a 63.5% completion percentage with 17 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Demario Richard led the team with 977 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, while Kalen Ballage and the aforementioned Wilkins each added 6 touchdowns on the ground. N’Keal Harry led the team with 1,000 receiving yards, 73 receptions and 7 touchdowns, while Kyle Williams added 6 TDs and 678 receiving yards. Defense wasn’t a strong suit for the Sun Devils, giving up over 31 points and 447 yards of total offense per game, including an average of 268.1 passing yards per game, one of the highest marks in FBS.

NC State is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 bowl games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games while the under is 8-1 in their last 9 games overall. Arizona State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games following a win.

Despite a lot of trends pointing towards a lower scoring game, I’m coming into this one expecting a shootout between two teams that aren’t afraid to go after it offensively. With that said, I have this one going back and forth and it could end up coming down to which team has the ball last, so I’ll want to have the points in my back pocket, so I’ll take Arizona State with the points here.

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:02:34 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104690
<![CDATA[Penn State vs. Washington - Fiesta Bowl - 12/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/12/30/penn-state-vs-washington-fiesta-bowl-12/30/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The #11 Washington Huskies and the #9 Penn State Nittany Lions face off in the Fiesta Bowl on ESPN.

The #11 Washington Huskies received their invitation to the Fiesta Bowl thanks to a 10-2 overall record in the regular season, including a 7-2 mark in Pac-12 play, missing out on a berth in the Pac-12 championship after losing a tiebreaker to Stanford. Jake Browning led the team in passing with 2,544 yards, 18 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 212 of 308 passing, good for a 68.8% completion percentage. Myles Gaskin led the Huskies in rushing with 1,282 yards and 19 touchdowns, while Dante…

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The #11 Washington Huskies and the #9 Penn State Nittany Lions face off in the Fiesta Bowl on ESPN.

The #11 Washington Huskies received their invitation to the Fiesta Bowl thanks to a 10-2 overall record in the regular season, including a 7-2 mark in Pac-12 play, missing out on a berth in the Pac-12 championship after losing a tiebreaker to Stanford. Jake Browning led the team in passing with 2,544 yards, 18 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 212 of 308 passing, good for a 68.8% completion percentage. Myles Gaskin led the Huskies in rushing with 1,282 yards and 19 touchdowns, while Dante Pettis was the team’s top receiver, leading the way for Washington with 62 catches for 721 yards and 7 touchdowns. The Huskies defense was one of the best in the country, giving up just 278 yards of total offense per game, including just over 97 rushing yards per game, the 2nd-lowest mark in FBS. Washington also held their opposition to 16 points or less in 9 of their 12 games this season, helping play a part in their 14.5 points against per game, the 6th-lowest total in FBS.

The #9 Penn State Nittany Lions got to the Fiesta Bowl by virtue of their own 10-2 finish to the regular season, including a 7-2 mark in Big Ten play, good for the 2nd spot in the Big Ten East division. Trace McSorley threw for 3,228 yards, 26 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on 252 of 386 passing. Saquon Barkley was a dual threat for Penn State this season, racking up 1,134 rushing yards as part of his 2,154 all-purpose yards and 21 all-purpose touchdowns this season. DaeSean Hamilton led the team with 747 yards and 7 touchdowns on 48 receptions, while Juwan Johnson also had 48 catches for 635 yards and Mike Gesicki led the team with 51 catches. Penn State also boasted an extremely tough defensive unit this season, giving up just 15.5 points
per game and 329 yards of total offense per game.

Washington is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win. Penn State is 16-4-2 ATS in their last 22 games overall and 9-2-2 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win.

With all of the pro potential going into this game, there are a lot of question marks on both sides, including the status of key pieces like Washington’s Dante Pettis and Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, so I will keep my eye on that. With that said, if both are able to go, I like Penn State here. The Nittany Lions’ two losses came by just a combined 4 points, and they were against two of the best teams in the country, including the game against Ohio State where Penn State choked up the lead late. Washington held their own in the Pac-12 and were stingy against the rush, but no opponent posed the rushing threat like Saquon Barkley, who looked like a Heisman favorite for the majority of the season. Plus, the line is low enough that I think Penn State should be able to win this one and cover in the process.

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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:32:44 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104678
<![CDATA[Oklahoma vs. Georgia - College Football Playoff - 1/1/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2018/01/01/oklahoma-vs-georgia-college-football-playoff-1/1/18-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments One of the College Football Playoff matchups pits the #3 Georgia Bulldogs against the #2 Oklahoma Sooners in the Rose Bowl on ESPN on New Year's Day.

The #3 Georgia Bulldogs booked their spot in the playoff thanks to an 11-1 regular season record, including an 8-1 record in SEC play, culminating in a 28-7 victory in the SEC championship over Auburn, avenging their only loss of the season from 3 weeks prior. Jake Fromm threw for 2,173 yards, 21 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 145 of 230 passing, good for a 63% completion percentage. The Bulldogs boasted one of the most lethal ground…

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One of the College Football Playoff matchups pits the #3 Georgia Bulldogs against the #2 Oklahoma Sooners in the Rose Bowl on ESPN on New Year's Day.

The #3 Georgia Bulldogs booked their spot in the playoff thanks to an 11-1 regular season record, including an 8-1 record in SEC play, culminating in a 28-7 victory in the SEC championship over Auburn, avenging their only loss of the season from 3 weeks prior. Jake Fromm threw for 2,173 yards, 21 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 145 of 230 passing, good for a 63% completion percentage. The Bulldogs boasted one of the most lethal ground attacks in all of college football, with Nick Chubb leading the team with 1,175 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, while Sony Michel added 948 rushing yards and 13 TDs of his own. Javon Wims led the team with 631 yards, 38 catches and 6 touchdowns, while Terry Godwin added 540 yards and 6 TDs of his own. Georgia posed one of the toughest defensive units in the country, holding their opponents to 19 points or less in all but 2 of their 12 games this season, helping the Bulldogs hold their opponents to just 13.2 points per game this season. Georgia also gave up just over 270 yards of total offense per game, the 4th-lowest mark in the country in addition to just over 158 yards passing per game this season.

The #2 Oklahoma Sooners booked their spot in the playoffs after posting a 12-1 record this season, including an 8-1 Big 12 conference record culminating in a 41-17 win over TCU in the conference championship. Heisman finalist Baker Mayfield threw for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 262 of 369 passing, good for a 71% completion percentage. Rodney Anderson led the Sooners with 960 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns while Trey Semon added 710 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns and the aforementioned Mayfield added 5 rushing scores of his own. Marquise Brown led the team with 981 receiving yards to go along with 6 touchdowns and 49 receptions, while Mark Andrews caught a team-high 58 passes for 906 yards and a team-leading 8 TDs. CeeDee Lamb also chipped in 741 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. All of this while the Sooners led FBS with 583.3 yards of total offense per game, including 367.4 passing yards (3rd-most) and 44.9 points per game (4th-most). Defense wasn’t necessarily the strongest suit for Oklahoma, but the Sooners were decent defensively, giving up just 25 points per game and 384 yards of total offense per game this season.

Georgia is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 non-conference games. Oklahoma is 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 games against the SEC.

Normally for a bowl game with this much pro potential, I’d be concerned about players resting up for the NFL combine. However, with this being for a spot in the National Championship, I’m expecting all hands on deck. With that said, the Sooners will have their hands full trying to break down the Georgia secondary. Even in their loss to Auburn, the Bulldogs still held Jarrett Stidham to just 214 passing yards, but the 3 touchdowns were mostly done on a short field. The bulk of Auburn’s damage was done on the ground, and Oklahoma’s strength is their passing, not their ground attack. Plus, the Sooners gave up 38 or more points in 5 of their last 9 games of the season. I think if Georgia can get on the board early, the Bulldogs may be able to do enough defensively to control the game, which I think they will so I’ll lay the points with Georgia here.

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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:24:20 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104675