Texas State Bobcats (3-7) at Idaho Vandals (3-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 28, 2015, 5:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Idaho Vandals -1 -- Over/Under:
The Texas State Bobcats will travel to the Kibbie Dome to take on the Idaho Vandals this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Texas State Bobcats snapped a three game losing streak and improved to 3-7 (2-4 Sun Belt) on the season after they were able to defeat Louisiana Monroe Warhawks, 16-3, this past Thursday. Texas State got a great effort from their defense in the victory as they were able to outgain Louisiana Monroe by a 334-181 margin and forced the Warhawks into committing two turnovers. Leading the way for the Bobcats was WR Lawrence White who had 83 yards and 2 TD on five receptions. On the season, Texas State is averaging 27.5 ppg on 411.6 total yards per game (221.3 passing, 190.3 rushing). Leading the way for the Bobcats this year has been duel threat QB Tyler Jones who has 20 total TD’s on the season while averaging 207.6 passing yards and 53.10 rushing yards per game. RB Robert Lowe leads the Texas State backfield as he is averaging 89.00 yds/game and has 7 TD. Jafus Gaines (42.1 yds/game, 2 TD) and C.J. Best (41.3 yds/game) lead the way for the WR’s. TE Lawrence White has also caught 3 TD’s this season. Defensively, Texas State is allowing their opponents to average 37.7 ppg on 521.9 total yards per game (266.5 passing, 255.4 rushing). The Bobcats have only forced 11 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of -5.
The Idaho Vandals dropped their 4th consecutive game and fell to 3-8 (2-5 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Auburn Tigers, 56-34, this past Saturday. Idaho found themselves down 35-14 by halftime in the loss and although they did outgain Auburn by a 479-460 margin, they did commit three turnovers. Leading the way for the Vandals was WR Callen Hightower who had 161 yards and a TD on 8 receptions. On the season, Idaho is averaging 29.6 ppg on 421.9 total yards per game (278.5 passing, 143.5 rushing). Leading the way for Idaho has been QB Matt Linehan who has completed 62.8% of his passes for 14 TD, 11 INT while averaging 266.3 passing yds/game. Linehan has also done a little damage with is legs as he has 4 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 21.90 rushing yds/game. RB Elijhaa Penny has had a solid season out of the Idaho backfield as he has 8 TD’s and is averaging 92.18 yds/game. Dezmon Epps has been incredible at the WR position for the Vandals as he although he has just 2 TD’s on the season, Epps is averaging 10.2 receptions for 126.2 yds/game. Defensively, Idaho is allowing their opponents to average 43.1 ppg on 486.3 total yards per game (205.5 passing, 280.7 rushing). The Vandals have committed 21 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of -6.
The Bobcats are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in November and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win. The Vandals are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following at S.U. loss and 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
This should be a game that features little defense as Texas State and Idaho is combining to give up more than 1000 yards of total offense a game. Texas State got a nice win at Louisiana Monroe however, as the Warhawks are just 1-10 on the season and have yet to win a conference game, it’s not what you would call a big victory. Idaho certainly has displayed that they can put up points, however, over their last 4 games they are giving up an average of 52.5 ppg. I expect this to be a shootout and as of right now, I'm leaning on taking the home team in Idaho to cover this small spread.