Virginia Cavaliers (1-0) at Indiana Hoosiers (1-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 8, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -5.5 -- Over/Under:
The Virginia Cavaliers and Indiana Hoosiers meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Virginia Cavaliers look for their first 2-0 start since 2012 after beating Richmond, 42-13. The Virginia Cavaliers have lost each of their last four road games. Bryce Perkins is completing 54.2 percent of his passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Perkins enters this game with 24 pass attempts under his belt. Olamide Zaccheaus and Hasise Dubois have combined for 137 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Joe Reed has two receptions. The Virginia Cavaliers ground game is averaging 301 yards per contest, and Jordan Ellis leads the way with 146 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Virginia is allowing 13 points and 203 yards per game. Bryce Hall leads the Virginia Cavaliers with six tackles, Mandy Alonso has one sack and Brenton Nelson has one interception.
The Indiana Hoosiers look for a 2-0 start for the second time in three years after beating FIU, 38-28. The Indiana Hoosiers have split their last six home games. Peyton Ramsey is completing 74.1 percent of his passes for 156 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Ramsey has six touchdown passes on his last 68 pass attempts. Donavan Hale and Luke Timian have combined for 110 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Ty Fryfogle has five receptions. The Indiana Hoosiers ground game is averaging 213 yards per contest, and Stevie Scott leads the way with 70 yards on 20 carries. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 28 points and 327 yards per game. Dameon Willis Jr. leads the Indiana Hoosiers with six tackles, Jerome Johnson has one sack and Jonathan Crawford has one interception.
The Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games in September. The Hoosiers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games, 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf and 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Hoosiers last 6 vs. ACC and the over is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 non-conference games.
The Virginia Cavaliers are probably going to be one of the worst teams in the ACC this season, and a blowout win over Richmond doesn't move the needle. The Indiana Hoosiers won a tough trap game against an improved FIU team on the road and waxed Virginia last year on the road, 34-17. One reason to consider the Cavs and the points here is the fact they've covered eight of their last 11 road games when an underdog of at least three points. The Indiana Hoosiers are 5-7 ATS in their last 12 home games when a favorite of at least three points. Still, I'm backing Indiana by a touchdown. The Hoosiers had no issues with this team last year on the road, and Virginia is worse off this year than it was a year ago.