Charlotte 49ers (2-1) at Massachusetts Minutemen (1-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 22, 2018, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen +4.5 -- Over/Under:
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The Charlotte 49ers will travel to Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium to take on the UMass Minutemen this Saturday in College Football action.
The Charlotte 49ers improved to 2-1 (1-0 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Old Dominion Monarchs, 28-25, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game, Charlotte was able to hold on late for the victory after they took a 28-18 lead with 8:45 left in regulation. Charlotte outgained Old Dominion by a 373-338 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for the 49ers was QB Chris Reynolds who completed 23 of 34 passes for 202 yards and 2 TD’s. On the season, Charlotte is averaging 23.7 ppg on 354.7 total yards per game (192.3 passing yds/g; 162.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the 49ers have been led by QB Chris Reynolds who has completed 63.2% of his passes for 3 TD & 1 INT while averaging 192.3 passing yds/g. The leading receivers for Reynolds and Charlotte have been Victor Tucker (6.0 rec/g; 79.7 yds/g; 2 TD), Workpeh Kofa (4.3 rec/g; 49.7 yds/g), and Benny LeMay (2.7 rec/g; 40.7 yds/g). Leading the backfield for the 49ers have been Benny LeMay (19.0 att/g; 87.7 yds/g; 2 TD) and Aaron McAllister (9.3 att/g; 43.7 yds/g; TD). Defensively, Charlotte is allowing their opponents to average 26.7 ppg on 353.0 total yards per game (268.7 passing yds/g; 84.3 rushing yds/g).
The UMass Minutemen lost their 3rd consecutive game and dropped to 1-3 on the season after being defeated by the FIU Golden Panthers, 63-24, this past Saturday. UMass struggled defensively throughout the game and couldn’t fight back after 21 unanswered points by the Golden Panthers gave FIU a 42-10 halftime lead. UMass was outgained by FIU by a 536-423 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-2 margin. Leading the way for the Minutemen was RB Marquis Young who had 83 rushing yards on 13 carries. On the season, UMass is averaging 30.3 ppg on 408.5 total yards per game (245.0 passing yds/g; 163.5 rushing yds/g). UMass has an uncertain situation at the QB position as both Andrew Ford (62.8 Comp %; 2 TD; 3 INT; 121.5 passing yds/g) and Ross Comis (55.9 Comp %; 3 TD; 0 INT; 77.5 passing yds/g) have seen significant time behind center for the Minutemen. The leading receivers for the Minutemen have been Andy Isabella (5.8 rec/g; 91.3 yds/g; 3 TD), Brennon Dingle (2.8 rec/g; 36.3 yds/g; TD), and Jessie Britt (3.0 rec/g; 28.3 yds/g). Leading the way for the UMass backfield has been Marquis Young who had 2 TD’s on the season and is averaging 63.3 yds/g on 12.0 att/g. Defensively, UMass is allowing their opponents to average 41.8 ppg on 468.8 total yards per game (202.5 passing yds/g; 266.3 rushing yds/g).
The 49ers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Minutemen are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
UMass really struggles at the defensive end, however, even with the question marks at who will start at QB, certainly can put up points through the air which they should have success agianst the 49ers defense that is allowing 268.7 passing yds/g. Charlotte certainly looks like the better team at the moment, however, this is not a team I can trust in their first road game of the season and I think UMass will do enough at worst with the points, to get us the win. Take UMass and the points.