San Jose State Spartans (3-8) at Fresno State Bulldogs (1-10)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 26, 2016, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Fresno State Bulldogs +3.5 -- Over/Under:
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The San Jose State Spartans will travel to Bulldog Stadium (CA) to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The San Jose State Spartans lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-8 (2-5 MW) on the season after being defeated by the Air Force Falcons, 41-38, this past Saturday. San Jose State took a late 38-34 lead on a Kenny Potter rushing TD, however, allowed the Falcons to take the lead for good with a 22-yard TD pass with just 32 seconds left to play. San Jose State was outgained by a 491-457 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-2 margin. Leading the way for San Jose State was QB Kenny Potter who completed 25 of 37 passes for 340 yards, 2 TD, and 2 INT while also gaining 52 yards and a TD on the ground. On the season, San Jose State is averaging 25.2 ppg on 382.9 total yards per game (232.2 passing, 150.7 rushing). Offensively, San Jose State has been led by QB Kenny Potter who has completed 59.4% of his passes for 15 TD and 9 INT while averaging 216.2 passing yds/g. Leading the rushing attack for the Spartans has been Malik Roberson (8.8 att/g, 44.6 yds/g, 2 TD), Zamore Zigler (9.9 att/g, 52.9 yds/g, 3 TD), and Kenny Potter (12.1 att/g, 26.0 yds/g, 7 TD). Tim Crawley (4.6 rec/g, 55.7 yds/g, 2 TD), Tre Hartley (3.7 rec/g, 63.6 yds/g, 4 TD), and Justin Holmes (3.1 rec/g, 51.8 yds/g, 3 TD) are the leading receivers for the Spartans. Defensively, San Jose State is allowing their opponents to average 36.5 ppg on 452.5 total yards per game (192.2 passing, 260.4 rushing).
The Fresno State Bulldogs lost their 9th straight game and dropped to 1-10 (0-7 MW) on the season after being defeated by the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors, 14-13, this past Saturday. Fresno State held a late 13-7 lead however, allowed Steven Lakalaka of the Rainbow Warriors to score the game winning TD with just 59 seconds left to play. Fresno State outgained Hawai’i by a 322-276 margin and won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was RB Josh Hokit who had 97 rushing yards on 18 carries. On the season, Fresno State is averaging 18.0 ppg on 336.9 total yards per game (218.9 passing, 118.0 rushing). Offensively, Fresno State has been led by Chason Virgil who had completed 51.6% of his passes for 13 TD and 10 INT while averaging 202.1 passing yds/game. Virgil was replaced by QB Zach Kline in their recent game against Hawai’i and played well completing 13 of 23 passes for 108 yards while also picking up 52 rushing yards on 10 carries. The Bulldogs rushing attack is led by Dontel James who had 4 TD’s on the season and is averaging 65.5 rushing yds/g on 19.6 att/g. KeeSean Johnson (5.9 rec/g, 65.5 yds/g, 6 TD), Jamire Jordan (4.0 rec/g, 63.8 yds/g, 2 TD), and Aaron Peck (4.0 rec/g, 56.7 yds/g, 3 TD) have been the leading receivers for the Bulldogs. Defensively, Fresno State is allowing their opponents to average 32.3 ppg on 422.6 total yards per game (172.8 passing, 249.8 rushing).
The Spartans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
San Jose State had a tough start to the season but has played better as of late, winning 2 of their last 5 games while playing both Boise State and Air Force tough. It’s been a season to forget for Fresno State as not only do they have 10 losses, the Bulldogs fired Head Coach Tim DeRuyter midway through the season. Fresno State has done well ATS at home this season however, the Bulldogs are still a very young team in a transition period and as I like what I’ve seen out of San Jose State as of late, I think they do enough here to cover this small road spread. Take San Jose State to cover.