Wagner Seahawks (4-3) at Massachusetts Minutemen (1-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 29, 2016, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen -- Over/Under:
The Wagner Seahawks and Massachusetts Minutemen meet Saturday afternoon in a college football game at Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
The Wagner Seahawks look for their second road win of the season to build on their 4-3 record. The Wagner Seahawks are 2-6 SU on the road dating back to last season. Alex Thomson is completing 54.5 percent of his passes for 1,402 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Thomson must continue to take care of the ball for the Seahawks to win this game. John Williams and Andre Yevchinecz have combined for 594 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Keith Foster has 14 receptions. The Wagner Seahawks ground game is averaging 165.9 yards per contest, and Denzel Knight leads the way with 540 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Wagner is allowing 20.1 points and 342.9 yards per game. Santoni Graham leads the Wagner Seahawks with 63 tackles, Quintin Hampton has five sacks and Jesse Flaherty has two interceptions.
The Massachusetts Minutemen would love a feel good victory after a brutal 1-7 record that includes five straight losses. Four of the Massachusetts Minutemen last six wins have come at home. Andrew Ford is completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 1,364 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Ford and Ross Comis have combined for 17 touchdown passes this season. Adam Breneman and Andy Isabella have combined for 948 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Jalen Williams has nine receptions. The Massachusetts Minutemen ground game is averaging 106.2 yards per contest, and Marquis Young leads the way with 667 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, UMass is allowing 33.4 points and 459.4 yards per game. Steve Casali leads the Massachusetts Minutemen with 70 tackles, Da'Sean Downey has five sacks and Shane Huber has one interception.
The Seahawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Minutemen are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games in October and 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Massachusetts has been a joke all season and is still struggling to find its footing in FBS play. The Minutemen has most struggled on defense, allowing 31 or more points in five straight games. However, UMass hasn't had the easiest schedule and Wagner is the type of team the Minutemen could beat up on. Wagner has been hit or miss all season long and doesn't have much success against FBS schools, which includes getting beat up by Rice last season.
I look for UMass to get a rare victory and win in blowout fashion.