Hampton Pirates (1-1) vs. Howard Bison (0-2)
|Date & Time||Friday September 18, 2015, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Howard +5 -- Over/Under: 58
The Howard Bison and Hampton Pirates square off Friday night at RFK Stadium.
The Howard Bison are still looking for their first win and are coming off a 76-0 loss to Boston College. Kalen Johnson is completing 45.2 percent of his passes for 123 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Johnson and Da'Vaun Johnson have combined for zero touchdowns in two games. Aquanius Freeman and Matthew Colvin have combined for more than 70 receiving yards while Robert Mercer has two receptions. The Howard Bison ground game is averaging 21.5 yards per contest, and Ricquaz Brannon leads the way with 30 yards on 16 carries. Defensively, Howard is allowing 62.5 points and 573 yards per game. Jacob Bennett leads the Bison with 17 tackles, Marquese Blanchard has two tackles for loss and Jalen Day has a forced fumble.
The Hampton Pirates hope to get a game above .500 after suffering a close loss to Richmond last week. David Watford is completing 55.7 percent of his passes for 574 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Watford and Twarn Mixson have combined for eight touchdown passes. Mixson and Rashawn Proctor have combined for more than 360 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Leon Shorter has five receptions. The Hampton Pirates ground game is averaging 81.5 yards per contest, and Chris Dukes leads the way with 89 yards on 26 carries. Defensively, Hampton is allowing 25.5 points and 365 yards per game. Tyrone Ward leads the Pirates with 16 tackles, Miles Grooms has 2.5 sacks and Jaston George has an interception.
Hampton has actually shown some signs of life this season and nearly beat Richmond last week. Meanwhile, Howard is averaging less than 100 yards of total offense and has allowed a combined 125 points in two games. The Howard Bison are off to as bad of a start as I remember any team being.
Hampton and the reasonable chalk is the only pick here.